Dave Koz with kids at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital — photo provided.
Dave Koz with kids at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital — photo provided.

Dave Koz, Starlight Children's Foundation Ambassador

Dave Koz has been a global ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation for over 25 years. As he heads out on his annual Dave Koz & Friends' 22 date holiday tour on Nov. 29 — featuring Melissa Manchester, Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington and Chris Walker — the Grammy-nominated sax man will be delivering US$200,000 worth of virtual reality headsets to Starlight-affiliated children’s hospitals.

“I won’t be delivering them all of them in person, due to the tour schedule,” Koz, the popular smooth jazz artist and SIRIUS-FM radio host, tells Samaritanmag over the phone recently while driving in Los Angeles. “We have enough to provide 100 of these VR headsets with state of the art technology into 100 children’s hospitals across the United States. That’s something I’m extremely proud of and honoured to be able to be a part of.”

The donation comes courtesy of the silent auction held annually at the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea cruises, where fans pay between $1950 and $5900 U.S (minus airfare) to hang out with Koz and his musical guests for a week of concerts on the ocean. Destinations have included such locales as Greece, the Caribbean, Alaska, Spain, and their 2019 destination, Australia.

— Continue reading Nick Krewen's interview with Dave Koz online at Samaritanmag.

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