New Children's Concert Series for Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital

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Lanny Sherwin, children's performer in Santa Barbara, CA, helped obtain a grant from the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation to create a series of concert performances for children in Cottage Hospital.

Children in Santa Barbara's (CA) Cottage Hospital will have something cheery to look forward to every month thanks to a grant obtained by singer-songwriter, Lanny Sherwin.

The "Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concert Series" is being funded by the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. The program consists of monthly performances at Cottage Hospital by Sherwin and other regional children's performers.

"I've been participating in the Los Angeles Pickleberry Pie program for a couple of years and wanted to establish something similar in Santa Barbara," says Sherwin, a Santa Barbara resident.

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and Cottage Hospital both said an enthusiastic "Yes!", and the program was launched in April of this year.

Sherwin himself played the inaugural concert for children in the common area on the Pediatrics Floor, in clinics, and in individual rooms. Santa Barbara's Putnam Gillespie ("Putnee") played in May, and Dave Kinnoin of Los Angeles will perform in June.

The Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concert Series is a program sponsored by Pickleberry Pie, Inc.

Lanny Sherwin is President of Sandman Records, a children's record label whose 31 music awards he attributes to his company's motto: "Don't Drive Parents Crazy!" His label contributes to several nonprofits nationwide.

As he explains, "Music is such a great way to reach across cultures, ages, and genders. It's a delight to see the kids' faces light up when we come in to perform. And the music is enjoyed by families, nurses, and staff, as well -- they all need a much-deserved break!"

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