Gills return with Broadway tunes for benefit concert


Father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill will be back on stage to present "The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled" for the 17th annual benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at Menlo School.

The Gills will be joined by Menlo School alumni in presenting highlights from "some of Broadway's most beloved musicals," according to Nancy Gill, Anne's mother and a co-organizer of the annual event. Those musicals include "Guys and Dolls," "The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," West Side Story, and The King and I."

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the school's Spieker Ballroom.

Anne Gill was left blind and brain-injured in a car accident in 1997. Her dad, a veteran Bay Area actor/singer and the founder of Menlo School's Fine Arts Program, organized the first benefit concert for the Lighthouse in 1999, Nancy Gill said.

Anne's parents had been "frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and others help the blind and visually impaired, very few resources are designed to help people like (Anne) who have multiple disabilities," Nancy Gill explained. They were "delighted" to discover LightHouse, which offers programs at its Enchanted Hills Camp for visually impaired adults who have other disabilities as well, she said.

Previous concerts have raised $115,000 in donations – funds that have allowed dozens of adults with multiple impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp, Nancy Gill said in a press release. "Like Anne, they enjoy spending five days in the Napa Hills participating in activities like horseback riding, swimming and hiking with a remarkable, inspiring staff," she said.

The proceeds of this year's concert will be used to help rebuild the many sections of the camp, including 10 cabins, staff housing and recreational areas, that were destroyed by the Napa wildfires of 2017, she said.

A $20 donation is requested. The seating will be first-come, first seated.

Menlo School is located at 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. For more information, email Nancy Gill at or call 650-948-4648.

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