Tony Orlando

[caption id="attachment_3169" align="alignright" width="434"]Tony and Jack thumbs up Tony Orlando meets an Ironstone Farm client. Tony called his visit “one of the most inspiring days I’ve ever had.”[/caption]

Tony Orlando, one of America’s most enduring and endearing entertainers and a superstar humanitarian, will receive Ironstone Farm’s Spirit of Giving Award at our gala, Saturday, Nov. 14.

Throughout his life, Tony has been a champion for the populations that Ironstone Farm serves, especially people with special needs. From singing to his sister with cerebral palsy as a boy, to teaming for 33 years with Jerry Lewis in the fight for children with muscular dystrophy, Tony has inspired and improved the lives of countless people. His electric stage presence is matched by a giving spirit evident at events throughout the year, including the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans event offered each Veterans Day. Tony has been a fan of Ironstone since he first visited the farm in 2010 calling the visit “one of the most inspiring days I’ve ever had.”


Tony Orlando has been a fan of Ironstone since 2010.

VIDEO: See Tony’s first visit to Ironstone in 2010.

More about Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando, an iconic, American show business entertainer, became a household name as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s. His career began before that, when he was just 16 years old, and he continues to perform and do charitable work.

Tony’s personal connection to children with special needs came from his experience with his only sister, Rhonda Marie, who had cerebral palsy and passed away when she was 21. In 1977, Tony told People Magazine, “Music was the only thing she would respond to,” so he taught himself to play guitar. “I found I could cheer her up with some songs, put her to sleep with others or make her stop crying.”

Tony Orlando has carried on this selfless attitude throughout his lifetime and his career. In 2010, during one of his many initiatives to raise money for deserving organizations, Tony visited Ironstone Farm and told the Lowell Sun that “it was one of the most inspiring days I’ve ever had. I thank the Ironstone people — what you gave me today was a gift.”

Tony Orlando also does special work with veterans, which is fitting considering his hit song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” This Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 — a few days before the Ironstone Farm Spirit of Giving Gala — Tony will be master of ceremonies at Mohegan Sun for “Vets Rock”, an event dedicated to providing resources and world-class entertainment to veterans.

Tony Orlando’s incredible passions coincide with Ironstone’s mission to help certain populations achieve an optimum quality of life. For this reason, Tony Orlando will attend this year’s Spirit of Giving Gala and will receive Ironstone Farm’s Spirit of Giving Award. He will be recognized for his enthusiasm, his talent and, specifically, his support for individuals with special needs and veterans.

More about Spirit of Giving

Ironstone’s largest annual fundraiser, the Spirit of Giving Gala is recreating Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball this year on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Join us as we celebrate and recognize an American music icon and a member of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Tony Orlando!

Quick Facts about Tony Orlando:

• His song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” reached No. 1 in 1973 in the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand

• Awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1990

• Featured on Billboard Music’s All-Time Top 100 Songs list

• Winner of three American Music Awards and a People’s Choice Award

• Appeared on The Cosby Show, in Adam Sandler’s movie That’s My Boy and as Sammy Starfish on the kid’s TV show, Oswald

• Has performed for five United States presidents


“The star and gold records are great, but the most wonderful thing I can do is give back.”


[caption id="attachment_3208" align="aligncenter" width="385"]Click image to see a flier about Mohegan Sun's Vets Rock event on Veterans Day, where Tony Orlando will be the master of ceremonies. Click image to see a flier about Mohegan Sun’s Vets Rock event on Veterans Day, where Tony Orlando will be the master of ceremonies.[/caption]


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