Monday, December 18, 2006

Lyricist Donates $20,000 to Lucy-Desi Center

The Celebrity Cafe reported that lyricist Ray Evans donated $20,000 to The Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York. The donation will be used towards the center's expansion plans.

Evans and his musical partner, the late Jay Livingston, penned many popular songs including "Silver Bells" and Doris Day's signature song, "Que Sera, Sera." They also wrote the TV theme songs for "Mister Ed" and "Bonanza."

Asked about his gift, from his home in Beverly Hills Mr. Evans responded: “I’m glad to be part of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York. I was born and grew up in Salamanca, right around the corner, and this is a real hometown kind of program. I knew Lucille Ball very well, and in addition to writing songs for several of the movies she did with Bob Hope, we talked about our common background. I get back to Salamanca once a year, and I’m planning to visit Jamestown on my next trip.”

Evans and Livingston wrote the music for Sorrowful Jones (1949) and Fancy Pants (1950).

Read more about Mr. Evans' Donation at The Celebrity Cafe.