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Singing for supper?

Ac­tu­ally, these folks have been singing for the last few years to raise money for their fa­vor­ite char­it­ies. Now the group is gear­ing up for its first golf out­ing, which will be on Ju­ly 25 at Tor­res­dale-Frank­ford Coun­try Club.

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Debbie Knight and her friends in the loc­al singing com­munity not only know how to en­ter­tain crowds, but they can raise some ser­i­ous money for char­ity at the same time.

In a series of mu­sic­al shows over the last few years, the Pink Double D’s raised more than $100,000 for Susan G. Ko­men for the Cure, a char­ity that pro­motes early de­tec­tion and re­search for breast can­cer.

The Double D’s fea­ture fe­male “Di­vas” and male “Divos” in con­cert sep­ar­ately or to­geth­er, usu­ally at La Casa Di Lu­cia, a Somer­ton bar/res­taur­ant. The wo­men’s theme was “Proud and Pink,” while the guys pro­claimed “Real Men Do Wear Pink.” There are more than 50 sing­ers in all.

One high­light was an ap­pear­ance by Bobby Ry­dell, who sang a half-dozen songs dur­ing a June 2009 sa­lute to Amer­ic­an Band­stand at Keen­an’s Val­ley View Inn in Roxbor­ough.

The con­certs were for the be­ne­fit of all wo­men with breast can­cer, in­clud­ing Edie Ver­na, a sur­viv­or who was giv­en pink box­ing gloves for her fight against the dis­ease. She re­mains a Diva.

“She was our in­spir­a­tion,” Knight said. “It gave us such a great feel­ing.”

By the end of 2010, the en­ter­tain­ers de­cided to use their tal­ents to raise money for oth­er char­it­ies. Last Decem­ber, at a con­cert at La Casa Di Lu­cia, the be­ne­fi­ciary was Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia. In April, a beef-and-beer fund-raiser be­nefited a wo­man with can­cer.

Now, the newly formed Show­time Char­it­ies Inc. is pre­par­ing for its first big fund-raiser. The first Shotz for Tots golf out­ing will take place Monday, Ju­ly 25, at Tor­res­dale-Frank­ford Coun­try Club, at 3801 Grant Ave.

The golf out­ing is be­ing held to hon­or and carry on the char­it­able work of at­tor­ney Ger­ard P. Shotzbar­ger, who died in Feb­ru­ary. A Car­din­al Dougherty High School gradu­ate and Somer­ton res­id­ent, he served as a city jury com­mis­sion­er and was just 54 when he died of a heart at­tack. He was a La Casa Di Lu­cia pat­ron, a Tor­res­dale-Frank­ford Coun­try Club mem­ber and pop­u­lar all-around fig­ure.

“He was every­body’s friend,” Knight said. “He was just loved by so many people. He gave so much to so many char­it­ies.”

The cost is $175 per golfer and in­cludes cart, green fees, use of a lock­er room, bar­be­cue lunch, re­fresh­ments, a cock­tail hour, buf­fet din­ner, door prizes and en­ter­tain­ment. Re­gis­tra­tion be­gins at 11 a.m., fol­lowed by a shot­gun start at 12:30 p.m. Non-golfers can sign up for $40.

Spon­sors will have their signs placed at the holes or on the course, and cash and prize dona­tions are be­ing ac­cep­ted.

Money raised that day will go to two of Shotzbar­ger’s fa­vor­ite char­it­ies — the Of­ficer Danny Boyle Schol­ar­ship Fund and the Ami­gos de Je­sus Orphan­age in Mal­vern.

Knight, pres­id­ent of the char­ity, said her group is happy to help chil­dren.

“We love kids,” she said.

Show­time Char­it­ies, whose logo is a top hat and cane with the let­ters “DD” on the hat, has also sched­uled an Aug. 15 Divos show at La Casa Di Lu­cia, at 14425 Bustleton Ave. The men will pay trib­ute to an ori­gin­al Divo, Frank Drake, who died last month. Drake liked to sing Frank Sinatra mu­sic, and his former fel­low Divos will fol­low a Rat Pack theme. Pro­ceeds from the con­cert will go to the fight against pro­state can­cer.

“It’s a nice idea that the Divos ded­ic­ated the show to him,” Knight said.

On Oct. 10, the Di­vas will per­form at La Casa Di Lu­cia, with pro­ceeds go­ing to a breast can­cer char­ity. As for 2012 and bey­ond, Show­time Char­it­ies is eye­ing a Monte Carlo night, a com­edy show and a mys­tery din­ner-theat­er pro­gram.

“We’re so for­tu­nate. Every­body is com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate about rais­ing money for great causes,” Knight said.

Every­one from the golf out­ing or­gan­izers to the en­ter­tain­ers to the video­graph­er to the law­yer who set up the char­ity is serving as a vo­lun­teer.

“It’s amaz­ing how gen­er­ous people are,” Knight said. “Nobody is ask­ing for one nick­el.” ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

Get in­volved … 

Dona­tions can be sent to Show­time Char­it­ies Golf Out­ing, c/o Sonny Sylvester, Co-Chair­man, P.O. Box 66, Croy­don, PA 19021.

To re­gister for the golf out­ing or for more in­form­a­tion, call Debbie Knight at 215-512-0992, Terry Fen­ning­ham at 215-499-3652 or Sonny Sylvester at 215-669-4963, or vis­it www.show­timechar­it­ies.org

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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