Beach Boys concert at the Schuster promises to be fun, fun, fun

The Beach Boys headline Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s 30th annual Heart to Heart concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Monday, Nov. 19. CONTRIBUTED
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The Beach Boys headline Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s 30th annual Heart to Heart concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Monday, Nov. 19. CONTRIBUTED

In its 30 years of existence, Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Heart to Heart concert has featured top talent such as Steve Allen, Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Ross, Itzhak Perlman, Vince Gill, Carol King, Clint Black and the Commodores. However, the even bigger story is the $7.5 million raised by the annual event, which presents the Beach Boys at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Monday, Nov. 19.

“This is really about raising money for life-giving care,” said Susan Barcus, president of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation. “The incredible part of this is Heart to Heart was started by a volunteer, Linda Lombard, and she is still a board member for us. Linda looked around and noticed that others were raising money through an event and she decided we needed one.

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“We were trying to bring around the Schuster Heart Hospital at the time and cardiac services were really important to us and that’s what we did,” she continued. “Linda and a staff member single-handedly started this and she has been involved for 30 years.”

The funds raised by the concert and gala have gone toward patient care, surgical equipment and employee education.

The Beach Boys will perform at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 19. CONTRIBUTED
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The Beach Boys will perform at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Monday, Nov. 19. CONTRIBUTED

“The money has gone to very direct needs,” Barcus said. “It directly impacts volunteers and patients and that’s why it’s so important to us. Heart to Heart is really a celebration of what we’re doing it for. We celebrate with our caregivers, the nurses, doctors and the many people who touch our patients. We celebrate with our volunteers, who help us raise money all year long.”

A portion of the program will also spotlight several patients who received life-saving care through work of Kettering Health Network.

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“We have so many grateful patients and we tell some of their stories,” Barcus said. “This year we’re celebrating four specific grateful patients who wouldn’t be here if it had not been for the folks at Kettering. One of things I loved last year was the surprise on the faces of concert ticket holders going, ‘Wow, this is about something larger than just tickets. I am a part of something.’

“It was fun,” she added. “I was dancing in the aisles with people who came to see the Commodores and left being somebody that helps heart patients. It’s larger than just the concert, it’s also a celebration of life. I’m looking forward to celebrating 30 years of helping heart patients and the lives we touch every day at the Schuster Heart Hospital, Kettering Health Network and Kettering Medical Center.”


HOW TO GO

What: Kettering Medical Center Foundation's 30th annual Heart to Heart gala and concert featuring the Beach Boys

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19

Cost: $53-$93

More info: 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com

Artist info: www.thebeachboys.com

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