To celebrate Dennis Mangers’ 75th birthday, the area’s brightest talent took the stage at Wells Fargo Pavilion, and together with the 500 guests gathered for the event on October 5, raised over $40,000 to support our Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists.
Named for Mangers, who is Chair of the Board of Directors and whose career in public service has spanned five decades, the newly launched Fund supports young performing artists from underserved backgrounds in the Sacramento region, who will now have increased access to performing arts education and training.
The cause is a personal one for Mangers. At the concert, he recalled the barriers he encountered as a young man who loved the performing arts but whose family was unable to afford the costs of private arts instruction. Even when his music teachers in school noted his talent – and passion – for singing, he was unable to pursue further training.
The inauguration of the Fund and Mangers’ birthday celebration also marked the official launch of the Foundation’s arts initiative. That initiative, Transforming the Creative Economy, aims to foster a thriving cultural community in the Sacramento region by supporting arts organizations as they innovate, diversify and build board capacity, and develop new audiences as the needs of the Sacramento region’s communities evolve.
In all, nearly 20 area performers and the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus graced the stage to support Mangers and the Fund. From blues to show tunes, cabaret to gospel, the birthday concert featured a range of the Sacramento region’s most accomplished talent – culminating in Mangers’ commanding rendition of the Neapolitan folk song “’O Sole Mio.”
View his performance below:
The holidays are a time for family and coming home -- whoever makes up that family and wherever that home may be! Join Pearl and the guys as we celebrate our family and friends with heartfelt songs and a little country charm. The cornbread's bakin' and the coffee's on the stove!