Trading in their stethoscopes for microphones, 18 medical doctors and one hospital CEO performed for a sold-out crowd Aug. 20 as part of the 2nd Annual Physicians Talent Showcase at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace.
The two-hour event, which featured singing, dancing and comedy routines, raised $55,000 to support Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches and the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation.
Both non-profit organizations work to improve the lives of children and their families.
“This is the second year we’ve worked with Adopt-a-Family and its Project Grow program,” Kretzer Piano office manager Jessica Tietboehl said of the initiative, which focuses on building social, emotional and educational skills for children who live in the agency’s housing programs.
“Eighty percent of the proceeds go there. The other 20 percent goes to the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, which is dedicated to providing music education, performance opportunities and scholarships to children from economically challenged families.”
Kretzer Piano, a Jupiter-based piano and music business founded by businesswoman Kathi Kretzer in 1985, has long supported music education in Palm Beach County.
Beginning in 2002, the business has sponsored a monthly concert series at the Himmel Theater to raise money to keep music in schools and communities.
The Music for the Mind concerts, which draw musical groups from around the county, are held on the third Tuesday of each month.
The series has provided 8,851 musicians the opportunity to perform while raising over $344,000 for music education in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Proceeds from each concert are donated to the school or education program featured on stage.
Kathi Kretzer formed the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation in March in an effort to continue supporting music education in schools.
One of the organization’s first fundraisers was the Physicians Talent Showcase, which drew an eclectic group of singing and dancing physicians representing 10 hospitals in Palm Beach and Martin Counties as well as Dana Oaks, CEO of West Palm Hospital.
Performances ranged from classical guitar, New Age Piano and dance to a comedy routine performed by anesthesiologist Dr. Richard Wayne of West Palm Hospital.
The event was emceed by Dr. David Soria, chief of emergency medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center, and obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Maureen Whelihan.
“People are amazed at how talented they are,” Tietboehl said of the performers, who volunteered their time for the show. “It’s always a great concert.”
Last year’s inaugural concert raised $40,000, and expectations were high for the 2013 show, Tietboehl said.
“Since this was our second year, it’s a little bit easier getting performers to come,” Tietboehl said. “Last year was so good. A lot of the doctors were already contacting us about wanting to participate this year. We change them out a little bit. Kathi’s already working on next year’s as well, to give everybody a chance.”
Kretzer Piano Music Foundation will host its Keys to the Cities fundraiser beginning Nov. 1. Local painters and artists will decorate old pianos donated by the foundation and display them in parks, public spaces and businesses throughout Palm Beach County.
Concerts are scheduled at many of the piano locations, and members of the public are invited to play the pianos wherever they see them. After their public debut, the pianos will be donated to local children’s charities and community organizations.
For information, contact Kathi Kretzer at 561-748-0036 or email@example.com.