Dave Koz Fan Network hits $2 Million Milestone for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Dave Koz, the nine-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist, and his friends and fans have hit a major milestone for nonprofit fundraising. The Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise, a music-filled journey across the Mediterranean Sea, concluded in May, raising over $150,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to delivering happiness to hospitalized kids and their families. Donations were raised through live and silent auctions held onboard the two sold-out trips to Greece, Malta, and Sicily.

Koz, a longtime ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation since 1993, said, "From the moment I heard about Starlight some 30 years ago, I knew this would be an organization near and dear to my heart. And over the years, meeting so many of these courageous young heroes in hospitals around the country only served to grow my commitment. Now, here we are three decades later, hitting the $2M mark raised through the incredible generosity of our cruise guests and fan network—it’s a milestone that makes me so proud and happy, knowing that these funds have truly affected the lives of so many sick children and their families.”

The Koz voyages have been supported by a plethora of artists and celebrities such as singer-songwriter Regina Belle, singer and drummer Sheila E, saxophonist Candy Dulfer, singer and American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart, musical duo The Righteous Brothers, comedian and television host Loni Love, saxophonist and flutist Najee, guitarist Peter White, and saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum, just to name a few.

Koz and his community have raised funds through various initiatives – including the annual Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise, which has raised more than $1 million since its inception, charitable Koz Wines, and year-round donations – to support Starlight’s signature programs, such as Starlight Gaming, Starlight Virtual Reality, and a jazz-inspired Starlight Gown.

To learn more about the mission of Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit starlight.org.