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Saturday, Sunday: Atherton concert benefits Lighthouse for the Blind

 

Menlo School will host "Harold Who?" featuring the life and music of Harold Arlen, as a benefit for Lighthouse for the Blind at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 11, in the Spieker Ballroom at the school, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Suggested donation is $15.

Harold Arlen is the composer of "That Old Black Magic," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and many other favorite American songs. George Gershwin is said to have called Harold Arlen "the most original composer of all of us."

The benefit will feature Steve Gill, emeritus teacher at Menlo, his daughter Anne, and seven Menlo School alumni.

After graduating from Los Altos High School in 1997, Anne Gill was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain-injured. Mr. Gill, a veteran singer with local theater groups, was inspired to organize the concerts in appreciation for the Lighthouse for the Blind summer camp in Napa for visually impaired adults with other disabilities a camp his daughter has enjoyed.

Since Mr. Gill organized the first benefit concert in 1999, more than $87,000 has been raised in donations, which have allowed dozens of adults to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp.

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