Donna Summer, aka the “Queen of Disco,” died this morning at 63-years-old after a long battle with lung cancer. Just like she will always be remembered for her hits like “Bad Girls,” “Last Dance” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” she will also be memorialized for her charity and humanitarian work.
In 2000, she was a featured performer at a black-tie charity event called An Evening for Special Children where money was raised to benefit children. Forty-four major charities received money ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 thanks to Summer and other celebs’ generosity.
Summer not only sang at the event, but also auctioned off several personal items including a gown she wore when accepting an honorary doctorate from University of Massachusetts in 1998, the outfit worn in her “I Will Go With You” music video and a signed lithograph.
She also made sure to give back when it came to music and music education. Summer took the stage in 2005 at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation benefit concert, and in 2010 she performed at the 25th Great Sports Legend Dinner to help The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
She was a very influential person throughout her life and music career. No one will forget the impact she had on the music industry. Ever since her death was announced, celebrities have taken to Twitter to show their love for Summer. Here are just a few of the tweets.
“So sad about Donna Summer passing away. Her music was such a big part of my life & memories. I wasn’t ready for her “last dance,” Bethenny Frankel tweeted.
Ryan Seacrest tweeted this fond memory. “I remember sitting in the front seat of my mom’s toyota while she sang Donna Summer’s “she works hard for the money” songs were just classic.”
“R.I.P Donna Summer…I remember roller skating to hits like “Last Dance” “Hot Stuff” & “Bad Girls.” Synonymous with the 70’s..,” Mario Lopez remembers.
Sir Elton John also released a statement. “Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her great.”