CHRISTMAS CROONER is a one-day-only, star-studded tribute to the classic holiday baritones of the 40's, 50's and 60's: Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and more.
The show stars Marc D. Donovan of Million Dollar Quartet, and will feature the incredible 13-piece Smokin' Joe Escriba Big Band, the Swing City Dolls, and with special guest appearances from Jimmy Hopper, Michelle Johnson, Graham Fenton, Justin Shandor and more.
All proceeds benefit FOSTER CHANGE, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, resources, and empowerment for foster, kinship and adoptive families of Southern Nevada.
This is a very personal cause for Donovan and wife, who have been foster parents themselves since 2014.
Caring for a child is one of the most important things a person can do. Caring for a child who is not your own requires a special kind of dedication. There are many children in Southern Nevada who are unable to remain in their homes. Families who open their homes and hearts to these children are committed to improving their lives and their futures. Foster Change is committed to those families.
Mission: Foster Change is committed to the empowerment of foster, adoptive, and kinship families. We want a system that produces happy, healthy children in happy, healthy families.
History: Foster Change was founded in 2016 by the directors of Fostering Southern Nevada, Foster Kinship, The Foster and Adoptive Coalition, and Foster Connect, to be an umbrella organization connecting the work of the individual organizations and to provide a unified voice for families.
Marc D. Donovan
Known for his role as “Sam Phillips” in the smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Harrah’s Las Vegas as well as his role as “Sheriff Ramsey” on the critically acclaimed HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Donovan’s most important role to date has been that of a foster parent. Nearly three years ago, Donovan and his wife Jennifer decided to attempt adoption through the foster care system, embarking on what turned out to be an epic journey and emotional rollercoaster. Like so many foster parents in Southern Nevada and beyond, they have opened their home and hearts to children and loved as their own - some of whom they've had to say goodbye to along the way. Last year, the Donovans brought home a baby boy (whom they call Oscar) from the hospital. He is now 14 months old - they love him desperately, and very much hope to adopt him in the near future.
Originally conceived as a simple celebration of the inspirational deep-voiced vocalists of a bygone era in a showcase of Donovan’s musical side, CHRISTMAS CROONER has since evolved into an opportunity to shed light on an issue of great personal and social importance, helping to raise funds and awareness for FOSTER CHANGE while providing an afternoon filled with top-notch entertainment.
“We’ve seen and been through a lot in the foster care system,” says Donovan. “We got into this to be parents, but now we want to be advocates.”