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Dick Van Dyke brings his show to San Bernardino to raise money for arts entertainment for youths

By in Press Enterprise on November 5, 2017

By Fielding Buck

The factory floor of Garner Holt Productions transformed into a stage for a fundraising variety show Saturday. The star? Dick Van Dyke.

Nearly 200 people paid as much as $2,500 a ticket, and some traveled cross-country to San Bernardino for the chance to see the 91-year-old entertainer perform songs from his 1964 hit “Mary Poppins.”

“New York, Wisconsin, Texas — they’re coming from everywhere,” said Todd Regan, director of the Dick Van Dyke Foundation.

The event served as a kickoff to the foundation, which Van Dyke is forming to help fund arts entertainment for young people through grants to nonprofit organizations and schools.

  • Dick Van Dyke performs with his a cappella group, the Vantastix, during a fundraising variety show held Saturday, Nov. 4 at Garner Holt Production’s animatronics plant. The event raised money for arts entertainment for youths to be funded through the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. (Photo by Frank Perez)

  • Students from Bing Wong Elementary School in San Bernardino perform a tribute to Dick Van Dyke during a fundraising variety show Saturday, Nov. 4. (Photo by Frank Perez)

    Students from Bing Wong Elementary School in San Bernardino perform a tribute to Dick Van Dyke during a fundraising variety show Saturday, Nov. 4. (Photo by Frank Perez)

  • Dick Van Dyke watches as a sculpture of him as Bert, the chimney sweep in “Mary Poppins,” is unveiled. (Photo by Frank Perez)

    Dick Van Dyke watches as a sculpture of him as Bert, the chimney sweep in “Mary Poppins,” is unveiled. (Photo by Frank Perez)

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