Rancho Mirage resident Lorna Luft is adding another item to her resume - volunteer puppy raiser. She and her husband, musician Colin R. Freeman, have just embarked on raising a puppy for Guide Dogs of the Desert.
The puppy, a yellow Labrador retriever named Gene, will be with the family for 15-18 months, and will accompany them everywhere as part of his socialization training. The puppy will then be returned to Guide Dogs of the Desert for additional training and then, if successful, matched with a client to help provide the miracle of independence.
Lorna is a good friend of recent Heroes Brunch honoree Jim Casey, through whom she became acquainted with Guide Dogs of the Desert.
Lorna's acclaimed career has encompassed virtually every arena ofentertainment. A celebrated live performer, stage, film and television actress, best selling author, recording artist and Emmy nominated producer - she continues to triumph in every medium with critics labeling her one of the most vibrant, versatile and exciting artistson stage today. Born to legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, music and entertainment was an integral part of her childhood. From her early work with her mother to spectacular concert performances, acclaim on Broadway, and in television, Lorna proves again and again that she's a stellar entertainer and humanitarian, proudly carrying the torch of her family's legendary show business legacy.
One of her most celebrated projects is the highly acclaimed multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me--A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland. This theatrical extravaganza melds one of the world's most familiar songbooks with personal memories of a loving daughter. Barry Manilow and her husband Colin produced a CD of this celebration of song.
Lorna has two children, Jesse and Vanessa, and is married to celebrated musician, Colin R. Freeman. Lorna will be performing "Songs My Mother Taught Me" at the McCallum Theatre on Thursday, March 10, 2011.
Guide Dogs of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, that improves the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence, and by conducting community outreach and education programs. They offer safe mobility, loving companionship and the "miracle of independence" to the blind through the use of a guide dog. Since 1972, over 1100 guide dogs teams have graduated from our school. Guide Dogs of the Desert breeds, raises and trains dogs and then trains their blind clients to work with their hand selected dog-at no cost to their clients.
According to the American Foundation for the Blind, every seven minutes someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired. Please contact Kim Laidlaw at Guide Dogs of the Desert 760-329-6257.