Check presentation to Sister Caritas Cancer Center with the Board of Directors and staff at the center.
This check is being used for breast cancer patient needs. It wouldn't have been possible with your continued support.
We hit that goal and then some! The final total...$21,000, bringing our total to $66,000.
Awesome job to our attendees, sponsors, all who donated, volunteers, tributes, The Diamond Collection, and the list goes on and on. Thank you everyone!!
Kenny and I were honored and humbled to accept the Community Collaboration Award on behalf of The Great Pretenders from Mercy Medical Center.
The tribute artists, The Diamond Collection, volunteers, sponsors, attendees, ,production crews and venues have poured their hearts and souls into making The Great Pretenders Benefit Concert a success and they have succeeded year after year.
From all of us at The Great Pretenders, thank you Mercy Medical Center and Sister Caritas for all you do.
Our 2019 benefit concert preparations are under way, with a goal of $20,000 donation.
Well......we did it. We broke our previous record and raised $17,000! That takes our total donation to $45,000. And the best part? Every penny will go right to the patients of the Sr Caritas breast cancer unit at Mercy Medical Center. We will be submitting the 4’ check to them the week after next. If anyone would like to attend, or if WWLP would like to do a follow up story, please contact me for the details.
Sr Caritas was in attendance and led the opening prayer. President Mark Fulco came up to say a few words about his personal experience with cancer, and Trish’s oncologist, Dr. Kirtani, brought the audience to tears sharing what she sees on a daily bases. President Fulco, Sister Caritas and Dr. Kirtani are such wonderful, humble, down to earth people. It was a honor and pleasure having them in attendance.
The Diamond Collection band and every performer were nothing short of amazing and held the audience all night. The donations we received for the raffles were spectacular and a huge hit. For those of you in attendance, as I mentioned, every attendee at the benefit concert will be receiving a complimentary 5 day / 4 night vacation in Cancun courtesy of Cancun Cards. The cards are good for Laguna Suites Golf + Spa (www.lagunasuites.com.mx) or Ocean Spa Hotel (www.oceanspahotel.com) and can be upgraded to all-inclusive as well as extended days. There is a $89.00 activation fee and $110 fee for taxes (per card). I will be mailing those out next week to the person who ordered the tickets through me to distribute.
Just wait until you see what’s up my sleeve for next year!
Next year’s tickets are already on sale and going extremely fast. It will be held November 2, 2019 at Crestview Country Club. Please remember, the earlier you call for your tickets, the closer the seat you will receive. Call today to reserve your seat. 413-9773019
Thanks to all who attended, sponsored, donated, volunteered, and for having faith in us to follow through and make it happen. YOU made this happen for the patients and I’m so proud to be among such wonderful, generous people.
Local Tribute Artists’ Las Vegas Debut
Leads to Movie Fame & New World Tour
Kenny LaBelle and The Diamond Collection co-star in New Musical Documentary – “Diamond Mountain”
On April 21st – April 24th, the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to a unique music event featuring twelve of the world’s favorite Neil Diamond tribute acts. The first annual DiamondFest weekend kicked off with the premiere of the highly anticipated movie “Diamond Mountain” featuring the trials and tribulations of thirteen Neil Diamond tributes artists from around the world.
Director Steve Tatone began his project by filming Kenny LaBelle and The Diamond Collection in August of 2014 at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield, MA. After that filming, Mr. Tatone said The Diamond Collection “absolutely blew me and my team away with their high-energy, perfectly orchestrated and performed concert. We captured on film the magic of this amazing band led by a vocalist/guitarist Kenny LaBelle who gave his audience and our film so much more than we bargained for.”.
After traveling the globe filming 12 additional Neil Diamond tribute artists, Mr. Tatone asked that The Diamond Collection be the premier band to back up the twelve cast mates for the Cast Concert. Sharing the stage with The Diamond collection were five members of Neil Diamond’s band, Tom Hensley, Ronnie Tutt, Mark LaVang, Bill Cinque and King Errisson.
The Diamond Collection has been performing Neil Diamond’s music for the past sixteen years across New England to a growing legion of fans. As a result of the overwhelming audience response to the band in Las Vegas, Tatone signed Mr. LaBelle as his Musical Director and The Diamond Collection to be the core band of Tatone’s new Neil Diamond Broadway-style Musical Experience titled “Diamond Mountain Live!”.
The “Diamond Mountain Live!” World Tour commences this summer and is slated for performances all across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia over the next 18 months. When LaBelle was offered the opportunity to tour extensively outside of his western Massachusetts home base, he stated:
“This is a dream come true for me and the band. We’ve worked tirelessly for years to present Neil Diamond’s hits and deep album cuts in a way that connects our audience with the soul of his music. Our show is more than a Tribute to all things ‘Neil’ – it’s a presentation of his massive canon of work with new arrangements and a passion to do the man’s words and music justice. This world tour gives us the rare opportunity to spread the music of Neil Diamond, as interpreted by The Diamond Collection, to fans in different countries and of all age groups! We’re grateful to be a part of this amazing project and humbled that Steve and Neil Diamond’s Bandmates think so highly of our musical skills. We can’t wait to get started!”
Kenny LaBelle is available for interview. Please contact Trish at 413-977-3019 to set up a time that is convenient.
High res photos & video available upon request.
August 16, 2015
"PLAY ME" On-Location Filming update from Director Steve Tatone in West Springfield, MA:
"So here we are, down to one final concert to film tonight for the movie...back where we started almost exactly one year ago - at the Majestic Theater with not one, but 4 dynamic Diamond Troubadours performing together, sharing the stage and singing their hearts out to a SRO crowd.
For the life of me, I have no idea how they can possibly top last night's show. But our cameras will be rolling anyway to capture the magic - just one more time.
But what I witnessed last night was nothing short of the Transcendence of a unique Neil Diamond Tribute into the kind of Live Performance Artist that defies gravity & labeling.
Suffice it to say that KENNY LABELLE - backed by his multi-talented 8-piece band that rivals any I've ever heard during this marathon filming odyssey - is a force to be reckoned with; not just as an excellent ND Tribute - but as a gifted Musician-Singer-Songwriter who is comfortable with his triumphs to date and his lot in Life, whose world-view has been deeply affected by personal tragedies suffered since the first time we filmed him, and who has now crossed over into territory sought after by every live entertainer...that special place where a Singer and his Audience and his Music - in this case the music of Neil Diamond - become One with the Universe and generate the kind of electricity that can only be described as a theatrical, one-of-a-kind, emotionally-charged Musical Statement.
There was something different in the vibe this year at the Majestic...more serious, more heartfelt...you could just feel it in the theater as the pre-concert excitement set in. And true to form, Kenny had his audience with him from the first note.
Kenny's take on Mr. Diamond's songs is inventive and yet familiar. And most of all...best of all...it's original, fresh and delivered by a master showman with an intensity that was not only immensely entertaining, but made you wonder if this weekend could be his swan song? I mean...the guy gave us every ounce of juice in him and left the stage with nothing more to give. He emptied the tank. What more could anyone ask?
Catch Kenny in our film and live on stage at our PLAY ME Movie Las Vegas Premiere at Diamondfest 2016!
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My sincere thanks to Kenny & Trish and TDC for the warm hospitality and to my entire PLAY ME Movie CAST.
Over the last 12 months, you helped me create a truly memorable film by 'revealing the Heart...providing the Soul...and surviving the Life' without holding anything back. Thanks for the laughter and the tears and especially the amazing performances. You've all done Mr. Diamond proud. I can't wait for everyone to see it!"
- Steve Tatone