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Jimmy Borges: Faced It All
It’s an intimate, one-of-a-kind concert.

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiJimmy Borges, one of Hawaii’s most beloved performers, tells a small studio audience of hand-picked friends that he’s “in the process of learning how to die.”

 

I invite you to tune in and watch this concert and the man who shines through the music, in the show’s premiere on Thursday, January 21, at 8:00 pm on PBS Hawaii. The title, Jimmy Borges: Faced It All, comes from a phrase in the song “My Way.”

 

Jimmy Borges

 

Jimmy speaks to his friends matter-of-factly, from the heart: “My cancer is back. And this time, it’s not planning to leave. But tonight, or any night, is not about ‘poor Jimmy.’ Tonight is about me having a wonderful life, sharing my music. And tonight is about someone out there whose life is going to be affected by what we’re doing here tonight.”

 

By “someone out there,” Jimmy has in mind a Hawaii high school graduate with financial needs who will benefit from the brand-new Jimmy Borges Vocal Music Scholarship fund at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His friends in the audience established this perpetual fund in his honor.

 

Actor Jim Nabors, 85, has a moment with Jimmy during a pre-concert audio check.

Leading whirlwind fundraising were cancer survivor and retired Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) CEO Robert Clarke and Matson Chairman and former First Hawaiian Bank CEO and Chairman Walter A. Dods. Jr. They raised $300,000 in less than a month.

 

Right: Actor Jim Nabors, 85, has a moment with Jimmy during a pre-concert audio check.

 

Taped last December 3, in PBS Hawaii’s studio, the concert marked Jimmy’s first public disclosure of the recurrence of liver cancer which has spread to his lungs. We at PBS Hawaii are honored to present this gift of a program from a former PBS Hawaii Board member and favorite son of Hawaii, who assures us, “I’m here living the life I chose to live. I’ve got the best musicians, and each song we’re doing tonight is a song seen through the prism of my life. So let’s cook.”

 

Thursday, January 21, 8:00 pm

 

Friends of Jimmy Borges establish UH music scholarship in his name

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HONOLULU, HI – Friends of local jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges have raised more than $300,000 for a vocal music scholarship fund bearing his name at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The needs-based scholarship will benefit Hawaii high school graduates.

 

Borges, 80, is battling cancer.

 

Friends of Jimmy Borges establish UH music scholarship in his name

 

Borges is thrilled with this legacy fund and wants the vocal music scholarship to encourage Hawaii teens to pursue their dreams, just as he has done during his successful 60-year music career. “There’s no such thing as a stop sign,” Borges said. “Just speed bumps.”

 

A team of the entertainer’s friends raised the scholarship money in less than a month:

 

• Robert Clarke, a cancer survivor and retired chief of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI)
• Walter A. Dods Jr., Matson Chairman and retired First Hawaiian Bank CEO and Chairman
• Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO

 

Contributions are still being accepted by Malia Peters at the UH Foundation: malia.peters@uhfoundation.org

 

About 50 scholarship donors were treated to a special concert by Borges last week at PBS Hawaii. The singer candidly explained his situation: a recurrence of cancer has migrated from his liver to his lungs. He does not expect to survive.

 

The footage will be used in an upcoming TV presentation, Jimmy Borges: Faced It All, scheduled to premiere at 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 21 on PBS Hawaii.

 

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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

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