Motown Comes to Naples
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas brought Motown to the Naples Ritz-Carlton in April. They were the main event for the Time to Remember gala that ended up raising $1.2 million for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. The money they were able to raise helps to lift some of the stress from cancer patients by helping to pay bills that aren’t related to medical. The founding chair of the event, Jackie Bearse, said that Martha Reeves wasn’t exactly what one might call a diva when she stopped by her room to welcome give the 74-year-old entertainer a warm welcome. Jackie said that she was delighted with the warm embrace she received from Martha. Patty Baker (Event chair) arranged for Mrs. Reeves using her strong ties to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Martha and her backup singers ended up keeping the dance floor full by playing hits such as Dancing in the Street, Heat Wave Jimmy Mack.