Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Costas Dinner Draws a Drew (Carey)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Costas Dinner Draws a Drew (Carey)

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WHITEY HERZOG and Ozzie Smith will headline the ninth annual Bob Costas Celebrity Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

The fund-raiser for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital has netted a total of over $2 million. Tickets, $200 a person, can be reserved by calling 577-5605 or 982-9101.

This year, funds raised will go directly to the Bob Costas Cancer Center at the hospital, which turns away no child because of his or her parents' inability to pay. Top stars include Drew Carey, of ABC the television sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" (8 p.m. Wednesdays, Channel 30); and comedians Jeff Cesario and Kathleen Madigan, the latter a former St. Louisan. Chairman Costas and honorary chairman Jerry Ritter will head the event. Allen Allred, planning committee chairman, will be assisted by co-chairmen James Brennan, James Castellano, Bill McDermott, Robert Merenda and Peggy Ritter. Members of the planning committee include Larry Bayliss, Julian Carr, Christine Cool, Greg Fox, Peter Genovese, Thomas Hilton, Charles Holmes Jr., Daniel Jasper, Tony Jones, Tom Keefe, Craig LaBarge, James Sansone, Judith Simpson, Richard Sullivan Jr., Sam Vitale, Mark Weber and Jim Woodcock. This premier party sells out early. At this writing, 1,100 tickets have been sold, but there are still places available for those who reserve promptly. Special table sponsorship packages are available. Tenor Jose Carreras will perform at only three appearances this year, and one of them will be March 22 in St. Louis at a black-tie fund-raiser for The Sheldon. Maybe the proceeds will at last mean an elevator at the acoustically perfect concert hall. The Sheldon's sound is so flawless and its setting so intimate that many great artists perform and record here. Carreras is perhaps best known as a member, with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, of the celebrated "Three Tenors." Carreras, who made his opera debut at age 11 in his native Barcelona under conductor Jose Iturbi, has had a distinguished international career as an opera star. His collection of recorded works consists of over 60 complete operas. In 1986, the tenor's career was severely limited as he fought to regain his health from a particularly deadly form of leukemia. Carreras will meet with representatives of the Leukemia Society of America, Gateway Chapter, who have been collaborating with The Sheldon for their mutual benefit. Marion Black and Donna Wilkinson will co-chair the event, which sponsors hope will conclude The Sheldon's $5.8 milllion capital campaign to make the facility accessible to those with disabilities. Until then, local volunteers will carry up the steep stairs in a tinsel-trimmed sedan chair those who can't handle steps. Because the committee hopes to raise megabucks, the ticket price is correspondingly steep: patron level seats begin at $1,000 a person, $900 of which is tax deductible. …

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