CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall will host Bret Michaels, making his first public appearance in Florida in two years for a worthy cause.
The Bret Michaels Concert with a Purpose will take place on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the venue at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $58.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
The show will also feature special guests Warrant and Dancing With The Stars alum Noah Galloway. In keeping with Michaels’ commitment to philanthropy, proceeds from the concert will benefit the local Florida chapter of the 50 Legs Foundation.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Bret to return to Ruth Eckerd Hall and Florida for his first public appearance in two years,” said Bobby Rossi, Director of Programming/Executive Vice President of Programming at the room. “Bret always goes above and beyond, and I have no doubt that this event will be one for the books. People crave entertainment for a purpose that brings the community together and this event ticks all those boxes. An evening of greats success, to give back and a party with a purpose.
Michaels, a lifelong diabetic first diagnosed at age 6, will continue his philanthropic efforts through his Life Rocks Foundation, providing relief and support to organizations based in the Southeast and Florida. These include previously performing at the Toys in the Sun Run, benefiting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, while making a personal donation to the organization and riding his personal jet to deliver toys to children in Bahamas and Puerto Rico while also serving as grand marshal for the biggest Winterfest parade yet. Michaels, whose charitable reach is detailed in his best-selling “Auto-scrap-ography” — available exclusively on ShopBretMichaels.com — will also return to Florida this summer to have a great time performing on the “Stadium Tour.”
Michaels is a global entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has sold over 100 million records, digital copies and streams worldwide, and is also a reality TV star. As an entrepreneur, Michaels created the multimillion-dollar Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars, and created Diet Snapple “Trop-A-Rocka” tea for the band Dr. Pepper/Snapple. Michaels, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation, has helped raise millions of dollars for charity and donates not only for diabetes awareness and research, but also for causes such as cancer. infant care, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Fealgood Foundation and more. His talent, business acumen and natural candor have made him one of the most sought after artists not only for live performances, but also for virtual performances, speaking engagements, corporate events, charity concerts and private commitments.
The 50 Legs Foundation provides amputees with the necessary care and prostheses they could not otherwise afford. The foundation also helps amputees live happier, healthier lives. The values of 50 Legs, coupled with the group’s desire to give back, positively impact the lives of amputees by removing despair and providing necessary care and prostheses. 50 Legs is committed to helping provide the care and/or prostheses necessary for someone who loses a leg or foot to lead an active and productive life.
Hailing from Hollywood, California, Warrant burst onto the scene in the mid-’80s and from 1988 to 1996, their five albums sold over 10 million copies. The group first appeared in the national spotlight with their double-platinum debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and single “Heaven” – which reached No. 1 on Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Hot 100. The band’s success continued with the double-platinum album “Cherry Pie”, which provided the hit song of the same name. After more than 30 years, the group is still recording music and performing, with former Lynch Mob lead singer Robert Mason.
Noah Galloway is a husband, father and soldier, originally from Birmingham, Alabama. His story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Galloway shows how to live life to the fullest, without excuses. His story includes the battle he faced overcoming the loss of two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom, how mental health and fitness were crucial in his recovery, and how fitness is now more a passion – it’s a way of life. A much sought-after speaker, Galloway travels the country to share his story, encouraging and motivating others to live without excuses.