The monthly fundraising event, Mondays Dark with Mark Shunock kicked off the New Year with the January edition that took place on Monday evening, January 25 inside Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This month’s chosen charity was the The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) which helps injured police officers and the families of those officers killed in the line of duty, who are often in situations where insurance and other services fall short in providing the help they need.
The theme for the entertainment filled evening was “The Music from ’Anchorman’, the 2004 hit movie comedy starring Will Ferrell as the lead character, Ron Burgundy.
Singers Jassen Allen and Phillip Drennen (The Backup Boys) opened the show singing “She’s Gone”. Among the list of other amazing performers that lent their time and talent for the worthy cause included: John Celentano with ‘Ride Captain Ride’; the country quartet, Ghostlight performed ’Sunshine Go Away’; Autumn Belanger-Madill sang ‘Treat Her Like A lady’; Shawn Perucca sang ’That Lady’; Travis Cloer performed ‘Groovy Situation’; Jessenia Paz gave her rendition of ‘Use Me’; Cheryl Daro sang ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’; three members of Mo5aic were joined by Mark Shunock to perform ‘Afternoon Delight’; and Mark Shunock sang a solo of ‘Help Yourself’. Comedian Geechy Guy was on hand with a hilarious stand up routine of “joke grenades” and burlesque queen Lou Lou D’Vil performed a provocative exotic dance number. And as always, musical director Kenny Davidsen and the Mondays Dark Band provided back up.
As part of the evening’s festivities, famed Disney artist James C. Mulligan painted a Marilyn Monroe portrait on stage and auctioned it and a Star Wars: The Force Awakens original painting to raise an additional $1500 for the IPOF..
In two years of monthly charity events, Mondays Dark has raised about $250,000 to support local charitable organizations. All proceeds from the evening’s fundraising event, including ticket sales and a silent auction, go to the IPOF.
Tickets are on sale now for the February edition of Mondays Dark featuring the music of Elton John that will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas.
Advance tickets are $20, $30 at the door. You won’t find a more worthwhile, entertainment value in Las Vegas. Nowhere else can you some of the city’s best entertainers perform on one stage while at the same time helping to support a worthy local charity. http://www.mondaysdark.com #mondaysdark https://www.facebook.com/mondaysdarkvegas