When Harry Belafonte agreed to perform a concert at Abravanel Hall last Thursday, he did more than enchant audiences with his brand of calypso.
The concert, which was preceded by a dinner and auction, raised enough money to provide health insurance coverage for a year for 360 children as part of the Utah's Caring Program for Children.The Caring Program is the child of Regence Blue Cross/
Blue Shield and provides medical treatment for children who don't otherwise have access to it. The program now enrolls just more than 1,000 children, according to Kevin Bischoff, spokesman for Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
The concert raised $65,000 and Regence Blue Cross matched that amount, as well as picked up the tab to bring Belafonte to town. That $130,000 will be used to provide the 360 children with regular insurance coverage for the year.