It’s time to ‘Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music!’

By Donna Steph Hansard

Iconic American rock band Three Dog Night will perform its top hits from the '60s, '70s, and beyond, at the annual Legends benefit for St. Paul Medical Foundation and the Heart, Lung, Vascular and Cerebrovascular Programs at UT Southwestern University Hospitals.

Don't miss hearing classics like "Mama Tell Me (Not To Come)," "Sure as I'm Sittin' Here," "The Show Must Go On," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Joy to the World" on Oct. 19 at House of Blues Dallas.

Legends - 2013 Poster

"This is a can't-miss evening with one of the true rock-and-roll legends of all time," said Rick O'Brien, who is chairing the event with his wife, Caroline, and honorary chairs Joyce and Larry Lacerte, and Maryann and Frank Mihalopoulos. "Legends has been an important event for St. Paul for a long time."

In the years 1969 through 1974, Three Dog Night achieved more top 10 hits and sold more records and concert tickets than any other band. The Grammy Award-winning group registered 21 consecutive Top 40 hits – with three of those hitting the No. 1 single spot – during that same time period. The band's hits have appeared on best-selling charts in all genres – pop, rock, and country – and continue to sell around the world.

Today, the group continues to wow audiences. Two of the band's original founding members, Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, remain as lead vocalists. In addition to the band's beloved favorites from earlier years, like Black and White," "Eli's Coming," "Shambala," "Never Been to Spain," "One," new songs have been added to its repertoire, including "Heart of Blues" and "Prayer of the Children." The album, "The Best of Three Dog Night: 20th Century Masters," has stayed on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart for nine of the last 12 months.

For the O'Briens, chairing the gala event has been a way to give back to their community and help St. Paul Medical Foundation, an organization to which the couple is strongly committed.

"Caroline and I are excited to chair such an extraordinary event, to raise money for such a worthwhile cause – and, in a fun environment, listening to a timeless band playing music many of us grew up with," Mr. O'Brien said.

The event also has uncovered some hidden talents of its chairs, illustrated by a video on the Foundation's website promoting the gala and featuring Mr. O'Brien's own teen rendition of a Three Dog Night standard.

"The video says so much about Caroline and Rick, their sense of fun, and their philanthropic work and commitment to St. Paul Medical Foundation," said Sally Ridgway, Foundation President. "We are honored to have them chair this important event."

The first Legends gala was held in 1993 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $5 million for St. Paul programs. Past Legends entertainers include Bill Cosby, the Supremes, Jay Leno, Frankie Valli, Clint Black, Burt Bacharach, and Chicago.

Proceeds from past events will support a rehabilitation exercise facility for heart and lung patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center's new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, scheduled for completion in late 2014. The state-of-the-art gym will honor the heritage of St. Paul University Hospital by having "St. Paul" included in the facility name.

Sponsorships are available for the event at the $1,500 to $50,000 levels. Individual tickets are $250 each. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, please call 214 645-1000 or email susan.seay@utsouthwestern.edu.

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