November 3rd we travelled to Victorville, California to perform a benefit for the Happy Trails Foundation. It was a special trip for us for several reasons:
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were passionate about helping abused children, and were instrumental in founding the non-profit Happy Trails Foundation. Today the foundation continues their passion by providing a number of critical services for boys 10 - 16 who are victims of abuse. The Sons of the Pioneers are honored to have the opportunity to help further this valuable legacy by performing at this fund raiser benefit.
Roy and Dale lived for many years in Victorville, and that is where Dusty grew up. This was abundantly clear, from the VIP reception before the show to the reaction during the concert from 750 enthusiastic fans. Dusty seemed to know everyone in the place, and they all seemed pretty excited to hear him singing with the Sons of the Pioneers, the band his father founded 84 years ago.
Memories of Roy and Dale are everywhere in Victorville. (Where else would you fine Roy Rogers Drive, Dale Evans Parkway, and Happy Trails Highway?) Ken, John, and Paul took the opportunity for a quick visit to their final resting place at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley to pay their respects and connect with some deep Sons of the Pioneers history.
It was a lovely trip all around. The Happy Trails Foundation had a sold-out benefit and VIP reception, we had a great time meeting so many people, and the Victor Valley Performing Arts Center is an excellent place to play.
We can’t wait to come back!