Famed jazz singer and new PPB member Diane Schuur was welcomed to the Frankie Valli celebrity luncheon by, left to right: Shotgun Tom Kelly, Wink Martindale, Honoree Frankie Valli, Joey Reynolds, Owen Wright and Kenny Nolan. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Before his October 6 Celebrity Luncheon at Sportsmen's Lodge, Frankie Valli met with friends in the green room. Shown here with Frankie is Tammy Scher, actor Frank Pasce and PPB member Carson Schreiber. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

The dais table was occupied by Frankie Valli's close friends, all of whom were closely involved with his spectacular career. Chatting before lunch was, left to right, Joey Reynolds, Richie Palmer, Bruce Charet, honoree Frankie Valli and Jim Gosnell. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Frankie Valli drew a crowd of over 300 members and guests for his celebrity luncheon on October 6. The Empire Room of the Sportsmen's Lodge was the setting for an afternoon of interesting stories about Frankie's life and career. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Frankie Valli received a standing ovation from attendees and dais members when introduced at his October 6 celebrity luncheon. Shown here, left to right, are Joey Reynolds, Richie Palmer, honoree Frankie Valli, Jim Gosnell and PPB President Alan Perris. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Frankie Valli holds up a bottle of Dawn detergent, given to him in jest during tales of years past, related by PPB member Wink Martindale. Wink said that he had kept that bottle for years to give to Frankie, then later he admitted that it belogs to his wife and that he needed it back. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

PPB President Alan Perris presided over the afteroon's post-luncheon program, at the conclusion of which he presented PPB's prestigious Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to the honoree, Frankie Valli. The award is named for famed announcer and actor, the late Art Gilmore, a founder and a past president of PPB. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Frankie graciously accepted the Gilmore award, admitting that he wasn't expecting it. He thought he was just having lunch with a group of friends, so hadn't prepared an acceptance speech. Although in his early 80s, he told the audience that he will continue to sing so long as he feels comfortable doing so. He received warm response from those present. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)


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