Los Altos father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “Magic To Do: Broadway in the 1970s,” their 18th annual benefit concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Accompanying the Gills will be pianist and former Los Altos resident Linda Jordan, Menlo School alumni traveling from as far away as Sweden and Bay Area director and actor Alex Perez.
The program will include selections from “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Company,” “Chorus Line” and many more Broadway shows.
In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and with a brain injury. In the spring of 1998, after a long rehabilitation period, she returned home.
Steve and his wife, Nancy, were frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and others help the blind and visually impaired, few resources are designed to help people like their daughter, who have multiple disabilities.
They were pleased to discover that LightHouse offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp for visually impaired adults who have other disabilities as well.
The Gills’ desire to support the special-needs session inspired Steve, veteran Bay Area actor/singer and founder of Menlo School’s Fine Arts Program, to organize the first benefit concert for LightHouse in 1999.
Previous concerts have raised more than $133,000 in donations, which have enabled dozens of adults with multiple impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp. Like Anne, they enjoy spending five days in the Napa hills participating in activities such as horseback riding, swimming and hiking with a dedicated staff.
Proceeds from this year’s concert will be used to help rebuild the many sections of the camp that were destroyed by the Napa wildfires in 2017.
A donation of $20 is requested. Seating is first come, first seated.