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Tony Bennett will leave his heart in Chicago as his national “Here’s to the Ladies” concert tour ends with a final engagement February 28 at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel. Dean Witter, Discover and Co.’s ‘BRAVO Card’ is the official sponsor of the tour which included 41 stops. At the Chicago finale BRAVO will present a $100,000 check to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Tickets are available for $150 each with special discounts, of course, for using a ‘BRAVO Card’.


The BRAVO(R) Card, sponsor of 41 stops of Tony Bennett’s acclaimed “Here’s to the Ladies” 1996-97 national concert tour, will host the tour’s grand finale with a lavish dinner and concert, “BRAVO Card Applauds Tony Bennett: A Magical Evening of Song,” on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago.

The black-tie affair will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception. An elegant dinner in the hotel’s grand ballroom follows, featuring the music of The Stanley Paul Orchestra. This intimate setting is a rare opportunity to enjoy the brilliant music of six-time Grammy-Award-winning Tony Bennett, who has bridged the generation gap with his extraordinary ability to move the hearts and souls of all ages. Appearing with Bennett will be the outstanding Ralph Sharon Trio, featuring Bennett’s longtime musical director and accompanist Ralph Sharon, bassist Doug Richeson and drummer Clayton Cameron. Singer-songwriter and former “Days of Our Lives” star Gloria Loring, who actively supports JDF, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.

A special highlight of the evening will be the BRAVO Card’s presentation of a $100,000 check to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s “Tony Bennett Diabetes Research Fund.” This guaranteed contribution pledged by the BRAVO Card at the tour’s beginning was received from a portion of the concert ticket proceeds sold. Bennett will accept the check on behalf of the fund, which was established in 1995 in honor of his long-standing personal commitment to diabetes research. JDF was founded in 1970 by parents of children who have diabetes and is committed to finding a cure through research.

The BRAVO Card, issued by a business unit of Dean Witter, Discover & Co., is a general purpose credit card designed for consumers who tend to carry balances on their credit cards. The card is accepted nationwide wherever the NOVUS(R) sign is displayed. In addition to its primary credit line, called the “Active Line,” BRAVO Card also offers an over-the-limit protection feature called Approval: Yes!(R) that allows cardmembers to make purchases, balance transfers and cash advances that exceed their Active Line credit limit by up to 15 percent. The BRAVO Card also offers no annual fee, a choice of monthly billing dates, the ability to skip a payment and access to more than 85,000 NOVUS Cash Network(R) ATMs nationwide.

The incomparable Tony Bennett entered his fifth decade in popular music with the release of the “Tony Bennett — MTV Unplugged” album, which won the 1995 Grammy Award for “Album of the Year” as well as “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.” His “Here’s to the Ladies” album has been nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance” category. Bennett’s latest album, “Tony Bennett on Holiday: a Tribute to Billie Holiday,” is scheduled to be released in February.

Gloria Loring, whose son has diabetes, is an avid supporter of JDF. In the past 15 years she has served as a celebrity spokesperson and the Los Angeles Chapter president and hosted numerous JDF events. Loring’s seventh and latest album is “Is There Anybody Out There.”

Tickets for “BRAVO Card Applauds Tony Bennett: A Magical Evening of Song” are available for $150. Special discounts are available when using your BRAVO Card. For further information and to purchase tickets, call 312-751-5531. For information on diabetes and diabetes research, contact Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 800-JDF-CURE.

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