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Warwick’s performance for local benefit earns standing ovation

RANCHO SANTA FE — Attendees for the “Touching Hearts Across Nations” fundraiser waited anxiously for the arrival of Dionne Warwick to appear on stage. The Morgan Run Club & Resort golf course backdrop was picturesque for the June 27 event.

Before Warwick appeared on stage, master of ceremonies, Jaime Chambers of Fox5 News welcomed guests and then introduced The Young Divas.

Following a great performance, attendees then had the opportunity to hear about the two youth organizations they were supporting that very evening: Promises2Kids of San Diego and Ignite: A Foundation for Learning, who championed an Alpha Montessori School located in East Delhi, India.

Applause then erupted as the five-time Grammy Award Winning Warwick took center stage, singing her most popular hits of all time. During the course of her performance, Warwick invited her son, David Elliot, to join her in singing, “Say A Little Prayer.” The minute Elliot sang his first note the crowd was in awe of his voice.

She ended her performance with the legendary song, “That’s What Friends Are For.” While Elliott remained on stage, Warwick invited her 7-year-old granddaughter to sing along with them.

The high caliber musical talent continued when world-renowned, violinist, Irina Tseitlin, played her musical composition, “Meditation.”

The evening was also punctuated by extraordinary silent and live auction items.

This charity banquet was presented by “Show Your Talent,” a talent competition show, created and produced by Celeste Hudson and Arline “A.J.” Genis.

The ladies thanked their fundraiser sponsors who included Ranch and Coast, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Genis, Designers Circle LTD, Event Makers Productions, Color Proof, European Motors, Chase, Morgan Run, and The Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs.

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