In a "World Gone Crazy," the Doobie Brothers plan on using their musical talents in the fight to prevent child abuse.
The Third Annual Summer Promises Concert -- sponsored by Promises2Kids -- will feature the classic rockers in a private setting that will be open to the public for the event. At the La Jolla estate of Joan Waitt (a Promises2Kids co-chair), guests will dine on a swanky dinner from Hyatt Regency chefs, and bid on live and silent auctions throughout the night. Donations at the auction will include tickets to Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the American Music Awards and St. Mary, Jamaica.
As good as that sound, though, a better deal to some attendees will be the intimate Doobie Brothers show. Tickets for the private concert start at $350 for general admission, $500 for VIP and -- for the big donors-- $3,500 for a bronze sponsorship.
Co-chair Rocio Flynn said that last year's event -- featuring Pat Benatar -- raised about $375,000.
The Doobie Brothers have stood the test of musical time since they formed in the 1970s. Their hits "Black Water," "China Grove" and "Minute by Minute" (among others) earned the band a place in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, in 2004. They were last in town in December at KPRI's Holiday Soiree show at Spreckels Theater.
Promises2Kids offers resources, programs and partnerships to end child abuse in San Diego. The nonprofit has been around for 30 years; former San Diego mayor Susan Golding now acts as the organization's chief executive officer and president.
The event is June 20, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available now online.