HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR BRET MICHAELS AND POISON, MUSIC ICONS, TO BE THE FIRST MUSICIANS INDUCTED INTO THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Los Angeles, CA — January 29, 2020 — Fresh off receiving the Humanitarian of the Year award, Bret Michaels and Poison will lead the group of first-ever inductees into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame on Thursday January 30, 2020.
Michaels, who hails from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is currently on his Unbroken World Tour with his solo band. The tour has played to sold-out arenas and record-setting audiences around the world. He has also been entertaining three generations of fans at shows and often makes stops at local favorites when he is back in the Pennsylvania area.
“The Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame (CPMHOF) is proud to induct Bret Michaels and Poison into its inaugural class. As a non-profit organization focused on music education for the local youth, the CPMHOF is honored to recognize Bret and the band in a positive light. Bret and Poison have always held a special place in the hearts of Central Pennsylvanians, and now they’ll be immortalized in our local Hall of Fame.” states Brandon Valentine President/Founder – Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame
This summer, the global music superstar will reunite with his longtime bandmates from Poison for the highly-anticipated Stadium Tour 2020. Michaels and Poison will join Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Joan Jett in a tour of stadiums. The Stadium Tour has been rapidly selling out venues, with more shows already added to satisfy demand to see the once-in-a-lifetime lineup. Michaels will receive the CPMA award at the Hershey, Pennsylvania show happening on August 11th. Also on the horizon is Bret’s upcoming autobiography coming early spring. In the book, Bret talks fondly of his days growing up in Central Pennsylvania and how great the state is and helping him when his father passed to bury him at Fort Indiantown Gap War Memorial.
As a philanthropist Michaels capped off 2019 with a relief trip to give back to the people of the Bahamas and Puerto Rico for the holidays. He made the trip in his own plane loaded with supplies, in between sold-out shows.
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About the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame
The Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame was created to acknowledge local musicians via annual induction and receive the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards (CPMAs). The organization strives to educate local youth by providing music scholarships, offering complementary music camps, and recognizing the finest music educators, and increase awareness about the local Pennsylvania music scene. For more information, visit https://cpmhof.com/
About Bret Michaels:
Bret Michaels is a multi-platinum global music superstar whose multi-faceted brand encompasses record-breaking touring sales, TV stardom and chart-topping songs. A successful entrepreneur in addition to his musical achievements, he created the multi-million dollar selling Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars and created “Bret’s Blend, Diet Trop-A-Rocka” which is a number-one-selling beverage for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group.
Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, the son of a veteran, and survivor of a life-threatening brain hemorrhage has always stood up to any challenge that was thrown at him. As a type 1 juvenile diabetic since the age of 6, he consistently leads the charge for diabetes awareness. He developed one of the first diabetic youth camps to help children with the life-threatening disease and teach them how to manage it into adulthood. Michaels also recently supported in-person the California bill SB138 which aims to bring diabetes education to the state’s schools. Through his Life Rocks Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars for charity and he has additionally personally donated to causes throughout his career, including his winnings from “Celebrity Apprentice.” Michaels is also personally donating $10,000 this Christmas to Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown’s family for assistance with his daughter’s Down syndrome and health conditions. He is additionally refurbishing the room and hospitality suite that he built for patients and their families at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. His philanthropy has helped not only diabetes education and research but also a diverse range of causes such as childhood cancer, Veterans organizations, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Feelgood Foundation and many more.
Michaels’ latest hit single and video, “Unbroken” is dedicated to the idea of overcoming any challenge that life puts in front of you. He co-wrote and recorded the song with his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, who currently attends a music and arts school. His eldest daughter, Raine, is an in-demand model after being a finalist in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Search earlier this year. Michaels himself is one of the most sought-after performers in the world, keeping him on the road for each of the last 10 years for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly.