In the Region : Kenny Rogers Appears at Homeless Shelter Benefit

Country music singer Kenny Rogers made an appearance last week at a benefit dinner that raised $5,500 for the Rio Hondo Temporary Home for homeless families in Norwalk, an official said.

The Santa Fe Springs Sunrise Rotary Club sponsored the benefit last Thursday night at the Candlewood Country Club in Whittier.

Rogers, a longtime advocate of the homeless, sang last week in concerts in Santa Fe Springs. The singer did not perform at the benefit but spoke to the 130 attendees about his experiences with the homeless, said Rotary Club spokeswoman Carlene Grossman.

The Rio Hondo Temporary Home opened its doors last summer on the grounds of the Metropolitan State Hospital. It provides free shelter for up to 60 days, as well as workshops on finding a job and employment referrals.

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