Benefit show to be held for man who was hit by car inside Boca Raton home

Gary Schweikhart is known to local PR colleges as the “Godfather of PR.” He’s built a career promoting the arts in the Palm Beaches and now the artists he’s spent his entire life promoting are helping him after a car drives through his house and leaves him in intensive care.

“He’s going to be away from home for a year,” Broadway alum Avery Sommers said.

After multiple surgeries and countless hours in rehab, Schweikhart still has a long way to go to recover. He is still homeless for at least the next eight months as he needs repairs. He currently lives in a hotel.

“I feel pretty good (all things considered). I realized seven weeks ago that I was buried under a pile of rubble, not to mention a white Audi. So just the fact that I’m up and whether I’m talking and moving, I’m doing great,” Schweikhart said optimistically.

Jill Switzer and her husband Rich perform at the benefit concert.

“Well, describing Gary before the accident is a lot like describing him now. He has a positive spirit. He has a wicked sense of humor. He’s smart as a whip. He’s just always active and in the best way. And he’s in service,” said cabaret artist Jill Switzer.

That’s why those who know him best are hosting a fundraising concert in his honor on Sunday — a concert that will feature some of South Florida’s top talent, including Broadway star Avery Sommers.

“We’re just going to sing about Gary,” Sommers joked.

Schweikhart said his heart was warm.

“These are artists that I’ve been proud to promote and bring to light over the past 50 years. And the fact that they’re coming together now to do a benefit concert for me. It’s so exciting. Plus , I get to hear them perform,” Schweikhart said.

“There’s nothing better than listening to Avery Summers or Jill and Richard Denver Silver. They’re amazing performers. So yeah, that’s a plus, but it’s going to be one hell of a show,” Schweikhart said.

There are only a few tickets left for “He Did Survive: A Benefit Concert for Gary Schweikhart”. The show is at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach on Sunday, August 28 at 7 p.m. and the tickets start at $50.

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