New Album, Gifts Of The Season, Out Now
LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2019)— In what’s become an annual tradition, Dave Koz is donating the money raised by the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea silent auctions to help the heroic kids served by Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to delivering happiness to seriously ill children and their families. This year’s $200,000 donation will provide state-of-the-art Starlight Virtual Reality headsets to 100 children’s hospitals along the route of the 2019 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour.
Starlight’s VR program offers hospitalized kids a fun way to explore the world – and beyond – through the magic of VR. Built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo, Starlight VR features a customized, hospital-ready headset that comes preloaded with age-appropriate, dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids. Check out the impact these headsets have on the lives of children in this short video.
Dave also donates all his proceeds from KOZ Wines – which recently introduced a new KOZ Rosé – to Starlight. Koz has served as global ambassador for the Foundation for over 25 years and has raised over one million dollars for Starlight through the help of the Dave Koz Fan Network.
Koz will be joined on the road with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker, who also appear on his new album, Gifts of the Season. For details on the tour, which kicks off on November 29, you can visit www.davekoz.com.
“One of the reasons I continue to record this music and tour every year is that the holidays are a reminder for all of us about the things that matter most. It’s easy to get off course during the year, especially with all the antagonism and intolerance in our world,” Koz explains. “Music is perhaps our one last vestige of uniting people who may be at odds in other areas of life. I am delighted to see that my cruises are populated by people of every race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. They’re so incredibly generous, making this donation to Starlight possible.”
“Dave and the Dave Koz Fan Network exemplify the real power that individuals and grassroots donors can have in making a huge impact in the lives of seriously ill children and their families,” said Adam Garone, CEO, Starlight. “We’re so grateful to Dave for his decades of support as a Starlight global ambassador and to his incredibly generous network of devoted fans.”
Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, an NAACP Image Awards nomination, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
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Starlight is a 501(c)3 organization that delivers happiness to seriously ill children and their families. Since 1982, Starlight programs have brought smiles to hospitalized kids by helping them heal faster. With your help, more kids and families can enjoy Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, Starlight Gaming, and other Starlight programs that deliver happiness at a children’s hospital or health care facility near you. Help us deliver happiness at www.starlight.org.