For those who remember Frank Dodini, you also remember he has a lot of musical talent and won't be surprised he has been instrumental with the non-profit Friends Benefitting The Ridge. The goal of this group is to select three non-profit groups to share the proceeds of a variety show concert produced once a year. Sandy Miller and Dodini co-produce the show and in the last two years have given over $12,000 to six groups. They were Boys and Girls Club of Paradise, Strings In Schools Program (afterschool violin instruction), VIPS (Volunteers In Police Service), Gold Nugget Museum Children's History Program, Paradise Police Dept. K9 Unit, and A Simple Gesture Food Pantry.
This year's beneficiaries are Butte County Search and Rescue, Paradise Police Officers Assoc. Shop With a Cop Program, and Paradise Performing Arts Center. The $2,000 donation to each of the groups has enabled them to make real advances in their programs. The VIPS were able to buy an additional patrol vehicle, and the K9 unit just finished construction of an on-site kennel/exercise yard for the K9s between assignments. A great aspect of the show is that they have the three beneficiaries do a presentation during the show to educate the public about their programs. Many people did not realize, for example, that the VIPS and Police Dept K9 Unit are supported almost completely by private donations.
The show is a family-friendly variety show featuring top local talent from all over Butte County.
This year there will be everything from an Irish dancer, to vocalists, a string quartet, a blues musician-singer,and a big band with girl vocal trio (ala Andrews Sisters).
The show is called "Encore Paradise!" and it will stage at Paradise performing Arts center, 777 Nunnely Rd, Paradise, on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Wilson Printing ,PIP Printing , PostNet and Paradise Cinema 7 in Paradise, and at Eventbrite, as well as at the door.
Dodini can be contacted at 530-872-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.