‘Keep the Music Playing,’ on June 12

When Beverlye and Bob Fead, Julie and Jack Nadel and Bobbie and Ed Rosenblatt went out for a casual dinner at a Montecito eatery recently, they found they had more in common than they thought.

After discussing their children and grandchildren, houses and trips, the subject turned to a more serious one: health. It turned out that all of their families had been touched by cancer and the doctor who had shuttled them through the difficult and painful process was Dr. Kurt Ransohoff, chief executive officer of Sansum Clinic.

Over bread and wine, the three couples agreed they would be co-chairs for a musical fundraising event to support Sansum Clinic, a major non-profit and one of Santa Barbara county’s oldest and largest medical foundations. On June 12, Jack and Julie’s Nadel Foundation will sponsor “Keep the Music Playing,” a special evening of cabaret music starring George Ball, who recently starred in Rubicon Theatre’s production of “The Man of La Mancha,” Amanda McBroom, the golden Globe award-winning composer of “The Rose,” and cabaret singer Joel Silberman, a director and co-creator of the Rubicon’s “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues” and “A time for Love.” One hundred percent of event proceeds will benefit Sansum Clinic and The American Cancer Society.

“It’s great entertainment for two great causes,” says Jack Nadel.

At the show, Beverlye, an author, artist, cancer survivor and national cancer activist, will make welcoming remarks. Her artwork, “White Orchid on Red Background,” a 20-inch-by-26-inch original oil painting on canvas, will be auctioned off at the patrons reception following the concert.

According to its website, the Nadel Foundation, created in 1996, “makes grants to improve the quality of life and encourage a higher level of humanity and responsibility to the community.” It often raises funds through “Keep the Music Playing,” concerts that assist non-profit organizations, including Sansum Clinic.

“The Nadel Foundation’s support means we can make important upgrades to our pediatrics department and services that will make a difference to our children and the future of our community,” says Dr. Ransohoff.

The event will take place on June 12, at 7:30 pm, at the Lobero Theatre. Tickets are $1,000 for patrons (2 tickets and VIP reception); $100 for Angels; and $50 for all other contributors.

For more information about tickets, please call the Lobero box office at 805-963-0761 or Lorna Berger at the Sansum Clinic, 805-681-7700. For more information about the Nadel Foundation, visit www.jacknadel.com.