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Valley Resident Helps Out Inglewood Boy

Reported by Jackie Pedroza
May 22, 2010
 
   A new beginning Saturday for an eight year old boy from Inglewood, thanks to one valley resident. Saturday 8 year old Xavier Jones who has autism and is deaf in one ear is overjoyed, but a week in a half ago his life was almost cut short. "It went through the roof, it hurt my head," said Jones. Jones tries to explain what happened to him in his Inglewood home. A stray bullet came through the ceiling, hit his headboard and bounced off of his head. His mother Queen Robinson said its hard for her to talk about. She's just thankful the only injury her son suffered was a concussion.

"I was shocked and scared and really just not well, not good," added Robinson. And that's where Palm Springs resident Bette King enters the story. She said she saw the story on the news and just had to do something to help this family.

 "It was just an unusual story and then hearing that this little boy desperately needed a hearing aid and the family had no health insurance. I didn't sleep that night because I couldn't wait until the morning when I could do something for him," said King.

King arranged for the family to come and stay in the Coachella Valley for 4 days of fun! Xavier and his family went to the Discovery Museum, the Living Desert and the Air Museum.

"You hear about it and see about other people getting help and you figure it never reaches where you are, but it did and we are grateful and just overwhelmed," said Robinson. The best part of the trip, Saturday Xavier received a hearing aid from Advanced Hearing Systems in Rancho Mirage. "I can hear," shouted Jones! Words his mother has been waiting to hear for a long time. "I'm happy for him, I'm just excited for him," said Robinson.

Robinson said she and her family enjoyed being in the valley so much that they are considering moving here.
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FreePress.com October 29, 2009

PALM SPRINGS (Calif.) — In a one-night-only, star-studded concert, Natalie Cole, The Commodores, Player, British singing star Elaine Paige and friends join Grammy-nominee Dennis Lambert Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in a musical extravaganza to benefit DesertArc.

"This will be one of the most celebrated concerts in the Coachella Valley with such a large cast of terrific entertainers on one stage for one night to pay tribute to Dennis Lambert -The Man Behind the Music," said Bette King, who is producing the event.

The lineup of friends: Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas, Tavares, television-film star Connie Stevens and her daughters, actress-singers Joely Fisher and Tricia Fisher, singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett (wrote "Man in the Mirror" For Michael Jackson), Tom Laughlin And Delores Taylor of "Legend of Billy Jack" fame ("One-Tin Soldier"), and more entertainers to be added.

Tickets are on sale today for "Dennis Lambert - The Man Behind The Music" at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. Please call The Show at (800) 585-3737. Concert tickets are priced from $75 for balcony seats to $250 for box seats. King, a long-time friend of Lambert, is producing the "Dennis Lambert - The Man Behind the Music" to raise money for DesertArc, formerly the Foundation for the Retarded, the Palm Desert-based organization that does so much to serve the Coachella Valley's developed disabled.

For three decades, Lambert has written chart-busting rock and pop hits such as "Ain't No Woman," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Nightshift," "Pink Cadillac," "Baby Come Back," "We Built This City" and produced and written songs for America's most popular artists and groups like The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Glen Campbell, The Commodores, Santana, The Righteous Brothers, among dozens of others. Nominated for 12 Grammys, Lambert has also achieved 40 Gold and Platinum Record Awards, two American Music Awards for Record of the Year, one Academy of Country Music Award for Record of the Year. He has written 600 songs. Most recently, a full-length feature film "Of All The Things" chronicling his five-city tour of the Philippines performing to more than 20,000 fans has won "Best of" from several prestigious film festivals such as the Sarasota, Palm Beach and Nantucket
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