Barefoot Broadway Benefit at BoatYard Brings in Big Bucks

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 14            April 6, 2000

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Barefoot Skinny and Dale Wallace accompany Sean during performance
Birthday girl Melanie Paz is serenaded by Sean
A barefoot Sean McDermott croons to a welcoming audience
Sean with members of the San Pedro Lions Club

It was a first for many in San Pedro to experience Broadway! It was probably the first barefoot performance for star Sean McDermott. Approximately 250 people were on hand Sunday evening to enjoy the beautiful tenor voice that belted out the tunes of so many hit shows. Accompanied by Barefoot Skinny (Tim Budd) and Dale Wallace, Mr. McDermott started the show with "The Best Is Yet To Come". He certainly fulfilled that promise by entertaining the crowd for two more hours at this charity benefit for the Lions Inter-Community Hospital construction fund.

    Lion "Beto" Marin, Chairman for the new hospital fund, was on hand to collect the many pledges coming in. As Sean finished "Unchained Melody" the largest donation of the night, $100,000 was announced, earning Senator Barry Bowen a standing ovation from the crowd. Knowing how much a hospital is needed and having just returned from a hospital stay in the United States, Mr. Bowen's support seemed quite appropriate. Other generous pledges included Dr. & Mrs. Wil Lala, Marshall & Valerie Pickard, Jerry McDermott, Corry McDermott, Royal Palm/Destiny Resorts, Celi Greif Varela, Heart and Sole Boutique, Pat Syley, Dredge and Land Ltd., Rick and Rose (from the Beissner House), Amigos del Mar, Emory & Lisa King (in memory of Lisa's father Danny Vasquez), an anonymous donation and a special pledge in honor of the late Dr. Herman Smith. After all was "sung" and done, more than $135,000 was raised for this much needed charity.

    Melanie Paz had her very own special moment with the star as he not only led everyone in "Happy Birthday," but serenaded her with "Vaya Con Dios". In honor of his father, Corry, he performed dad's favorite show tune, "New York, New York".

    As the evening progressed, raffle intermissions were held with many ticket holders winning fabulous prizes. Kind donations for prizes were given by the following businesses: Capricorn, Captain Shark's, Caruso, Celi's Deli, El Pescador, Jade Garden, Mata Chica, Moncho's Rentals, Rendezvous, Romy Kie & Ramon's Restaurant, Royal Palm, San Pedro Hardware, San Pedro Sun, Sweet Basil, Tropic Air, Victoria House and many thanks to Ed Callaway of Island Auto Golf Cart Rentals for Sean's transportation for the week. Thank you to all the hard workers of the San Pedro Lions Club who gave of their time so generously, once again, to work at the benefit.

    Special thanks and all our gratitude to Sean McDermott for taking the time, energy and money to fly to our lovely island to perform for this much needed facility and for the extraordinary entertainment.
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