A Message From Mary Gaines Bernard

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To my many friends known and unknown it’s been awhile since you heard from me, so I would like to share my journey with you.

Life without my sister has been a huge transition. I miss her more than words can express. She was not just Donna; she was my big sister, my confidant, my road buddy, and my best friend. The last couple of years have been a difficult transition for my family, myself and I’m certain for many of you. AT first, it was very painful to even hear her music playing. It seemed to be playing everywhere and for a time the whole world was mourning. I could not listen to the music because of the sadness that it brought to my heart, knowing she was no longer on the planet.

Early one morning, I heard Donna’s voice whisper to me, “Mary, you don’t have to miss me. Remember me through the music. I’m with you and I come to life in the music. In the music, you’ll always remember the good times we had and all the incredible places we’ve been! In the music, you will remember the amazing people we’ve met from all around the world. In the music, you will remember the wonderful times that we shared with our fans and friends, doing what we loved, singing, performing, laughing, and making wonderful memories. We will always be a part of one another. We are part of a great family and our fans are also part of this family.”

Because you have always been there for us, you are the first to be invited to my “Donna Summer Birthday Celebration” on December 31, 2015. It will be a musical journey into the life and music of my sister Donna. You can dance if you want to dance, sing if you want to sing, you can dress in a tuxedo, wear your blue jeans or your best disco dress and maybe even sporting an Afro wig. So unbutton that collar and put on your dancing shoes because we’ll be singing all of your favorite songs right into the New Year.

Come join us as we make some new memories together!



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    Diane Sherrow October 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    WHO???? BETTER, BUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! What a glorious idea!!! Your voice has her tones, just enough to Mezmerize her longing fans and show YOUR awsome talents too!! Godspeed Mary, Kill it!!

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    Diane Sherrow October 24, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    good luck

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    Henk October 24, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    As a 12 year kid, i watched Donna on dutch tv. Fan ever since, wish i could celebrate here life on 31 dec… Unfortanaly i will not be able to attent, have a great party.
    Always a good tought for Donna!

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    Charles October 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Miss you Donna Summer. Thank you for the great music during a great time of all people getting together as one in dance. RIP.

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    Reymo Ruisanchez November 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    What can I say? My first album of Donna Summer was a little cassette that my uncle from Miami gave to me, that was in 1979, and the disco was On The Radio. I learned to love that incredible voice. Living in Havana you can think that Donna’s music was hard to find, big mistake! Donna had and -of course- still have a lot of followers in Cuba. I think I have the most of her music, one of my favorites is MacArthur Park. In my computer the file of Donna Summer is the biggest . For at least once in a week I listen and enjoy her, one of my dreams was to attend one of her concerts, now is impossible, anyway she will be always in my heart with her music and that powerful voice. I love you Donna.

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