Concert featuring 60s legends to benefit Greenwich United Way

From left, Greenwich United Way Board Chairman Virginia Meyer and agency President Stuart Adelberg are eager to promote next Thursday’s concert to benefit the United Way featuring iconic singers from the 1960s.

From left, Greenwich United Way Board Chairman Virginia Meyer and agency President Stuart Adelberg are eager to promote next Thursday’s concert to benefit the United Way featuring iconic singers from the 1960s.

If you’re in the mood for some iconic 1960s hits, then the Greenwich United Way has the concert for you as it marks its 80th anniversary with a little trip back in time next Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Palace Theater in Stamford.

The Legends of the 60s — Greenwich United Way Rocks! benefit concert features quite a triumvirate of 1960s icons. There will be Micky Dolenz of The Monkeys, Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders. All three men will be performing some of the biggest hits their groups had and will be doing it to benefit the Greenwich United Way as it looks back at its own history all the way to its founding in 1933 as the Greenwich Community Chest and Council.

Today the Greenwich United Way is the largest source of non-governmental funding in town for local health and human services programs. According to the United Way, this year it’s supporting programs in town to the tune of $2.4 million, and this concert will benefit those efforts, which go beyond just giving money. The programs the United Way supports are there to benefit children and families, assist individuals in crisis, foster self-sufficiency, and assist seniors. Grants and support from the United Way can often be the only thing keeping critical social services agencies in Greenwich.

The event is being chaired by two United Way volunteers, Patricia Burns and Amanda Davis. In an interview with the Post this week, Ms. Burns said the concert was an idea they came up with so they could have a distinctive event.

“Amanda and I sat down and we thought that people were a little tired of black-tie country club events and we wanted to do something different,” Ms. Burns said. “We fell into doing a concert, and we thought it sounded like a really fun way to do this. Everyone can relax here. No one has to dress up. People can have fun and it can be a really upbeat event that can help give people a new vision of the United Way.”

Ms. Burns said people don’t always know what the United Way does in Greenwich, thanks to its often behind-the-scenes role. She said the agency gets out into the community in so many different ways and it’s not just through giving grants but through forming partnerships in town to meet the needs of social services groups.

“The Greenwich United Way is the go-to agency when someone runs into a problem and it’s not in their budget,” Ms. Burns said. “We’re synergistically coming together and bringing all these groups to the table so we can solve their problem. I don’t think people realize all the United Way does in the community.”

Ms. Burns said that the agency provides a “safety net for everyone” and this benefit is meant to celebrate that. She said the music was specifically chosen because it was upbeat, allowing everyone to have a good time. Mr. Dolenz, Mr. Noone and Mr. Lindsay have all performed concerts together before and are good friends off stage, Ms. Burns said. Not only will they play their own hits but they will collaborate on others as well with the help of a 10-piece backup band.

Stuart Adelberg, president of the Greenwich United Way, said he’s happy with how all of this is coming together for next Thursday’s event.

“We’re very excited about the concert,” Mr. Adelberg said in a statement to the Post. “It seemed like such a fun, unique and inclusive way of celebrating the United Way’s legacy of impact and leadership in Greenwich. Music is such a universal language, and the idea of celebrating Greenwich history and the impact of so many legendary volunteers by presenting rock and roll history and legends of the 60s seems like a perfect fit.”

The good news is that there’s still a great chance for anyone who wants to attend the concert to do so, and the even better news is that if you’re out of town but still want to support the United Way you can and also have the chance to bid on some prizes. The website for the silent auction part of the benefit was scheduled to go live this week and is available at 501auctions/unitedwayrocks/register.

Ms. Burns said this was done to allow people who could not attend to still have the chance to get involved. There are only five items up for auction, but she said she believes they will all be sought after. There will be a signed guitar from Mr. Dolenz, Mr. Noone and Mr. Lindsay, a year’s worth of shoes from Richards, and diamond and sapphire earrings from Simon Teakle. But those aren’t the only items. Buddy Valastro aka the “Cake Boss” is set to come to Greenwich with his first Connecticut location, and people may bid on the chance to cut the ribbon at his new Greenwich Avenue bakery with him and get a cooking class for themselves and their friends. People may also bid on a photo safari to South Africa complete with luxury hotels and a wine tasting.

Tickets are still available for the show, with VIP tickets for $200 that include priority concert seating as well as admission to the VIP cocktail party that will take place before the concert. Those tickets may be purchased by calling the United Way’s office at 203-869-2221 or by going online to Unitedway-greenwich-org.

Tickets are also available in the $75 and $50 areas for the concert. Those may be purchased by calling the Palace Theater at 203-325-4466.


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