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  Hope For Haiti


This past November 2016, TARA produced a benefit concert for Hope For Haiti, a Naples-based organization that provides various forms of aid to the people of Haiti. Ben Taylor and Sophie Hiller headlined the event, which was held at Riptide, a fabulous local brewery in Naples. Ben and Sophie, with the help of Riptide, performed a beer/song tasting. The Boston-based band, The Womps, also performed at the event. Hope For Haiti received a $20,000.00 check from TARA following the event.


  Hope For Haiti
  The Dan Signor Project


On April 17, 2015, The Dan Signor Project rocked the Alto Live Jazz Kitchen Naples with their jazz, blues and rock infused music. They were supported by the Community School of Naples jazz superstars. The sold out performance netted $35,000 for the Foundation For The Developmentally Disabled.


  The Dan Signor Project
  From left, Bob, Dan, Arnold and Wilson Smith of The McGregor Smith Foundation


Kevin Mahogany and his band wowed a crowd at Artis-Naples on May 8 with Kevin’s powerful and sultry vocals and the band’s incredible musicianship. The CSN band Performed in support and showed they are ready for prime time. But, most importantly, this benefit concert yielded over $50,000 for the benefit of The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, a worthy local charity assisting adults with various disabilities and their families. Thanks to Alto Restaurant, Beasley Broadcast Group, Trianon Hotels, and the Mahogany team, just to name a few, for making the event so successful.


  Kevin Mahogany and his team, along with Tara’s trustee, Bob “Big Cheese” Goldman enjoy a moment in the Trianon lobby
  From left, Bob, Dan, Arnold and Wilson Smith of The McGregor Smith Foundation


Friday, April 26, 2013, Arnold McCuller, Dan Signor, and the CSN high school rock band, gave Naples the high level of musical entertainment for which it is starving. Dan Signor, a piano virtuoso from New York played his own material, amazing covers, and accompanied Arnold on several songs, including a heart- wrenching rendition of Beth Chapman’s “Emily.” Then, Arnold and his local band of high school rock students took the stage and schooled the audience on a wide range of rhythm & blues, rock, jazz and blues, including some of Arnold’s original material. Thanks to sponsors like The McGregor Smith Foundation and Beasley Broadcasting, the benefit yielded a net $39,500 for Easter Seal’s local autism programs.


  From left, Bob, Dan, Arnold and Wilson Smith of The McGregor Smith Foundation
  Dan Signor, Arnold McCuller, and a young fan claiming to be Dan’s wife...
  Dan Signor, Arnold McCuller, and a young fan claiming to be Dan’s wife…
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile

Beth Nielsen Chapman, Rodney Crowell and the CSN All-Stars Grace Kill It For A Great Cause

The fifteenth “Alive In The World” concert benefiting Southwest Florida children and adults with autism was as good as they get. The Community School of Naples started things off with their stylish rock vibe, which perfectly filtered through the intimate Daniels Pavilion. The really fantastic band was even better with CSN alum and Berklee student, Natalia Muniz on lead vocals. They were followed by Beth and Rodney, who appeared together on stage, reeling off hit after hit from their impressive catalogues. “Behind every great song is a story and we heard them all that night,” said Andy Solis, a local lawyer and regular presence at the AITW gig. The concert netted over $45,000.00 for Eden Florida and a great time was had by all. Stay vigilant for word of our next gig.


  Beth and Rodney playing with Annette Summersett and Mike Hirby from Relic Vineyards.
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile
  CSN All-star band.
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile
  Beth, Rodney, Bob Goldman, Annette Summersett (wine marketer for Relic Vineyards) and Mike Hirby (wine maker for Relic Vineyards).


On May 6, 2011, the Community School of Naples All-star band and Ben Simon-Taylor performed a benefit concert for Eden Florida at The Philharmonic Center For The Arts in Naples, Florida. The sold out event raised over $70,000 for Eden’s programs, which support children and adults with autism. We must thank all of the sponsors, particularly The McGregor Smith Foundation.

  Ben performing with the CSN All-stars.
Photograph by Mary McTague

Hearths for Haiti:

Nourishing the Children of Haiti

TARA has partnered with Hot Tin Roof to put on a series of concerts to raise money to send efficient and environmentally friendly, StoveTec stoves to Haiti.


StoveTec is a non-profit company whose mission is to deliver clean and efficient cooking stoves to the nearly three billion people that currently cook over open fire or antiquated cook stoves. 1.6 million people—eighty-five percent of whom are women and children—die every year as a result of inhaling the smoke emitted by open fires or old, inefficient cooking stoves.


Please help us deliver these stoves to the people of Haiti by making a donation below. Thank you for your support.


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  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile


The Atlanta-based band, Girlyman, wowed the patrons of the 13th annual Eden “Alive In The World” concert, benefiting southwest Florida children and adults with autism. Showing off their beautifully written songs and their amazing harmonies, Girlyman helped TARA raise over $65,000 for the cause. Ben Taylor, a TARA alum, and his mother, Carly Simon, contributed greatly with their donation of a private concert as the featured live auction item. This year’s Eden concert also featured the amazing talents of the Naples Community School Jazz Band, which opened for Girlyman.


  Girlyman with Wilson Smith and members of The McGregor & Elizabeth Smith Foundation at the Girlyman rehearsal dinner.
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile
  CSN high school Jazz band
opening for Girlyman
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile


On March 27, 2009, Alison Sudol and her band mates (aka A Fine Frenzy) performed at the annual Eden Florida concert (benefiting children and adults with autism). Alison wowed the audience with her “One Cell In The Sea” catalogue, covers of Beatle and Death Cab For Cutie tunes, and newly written songs never before heard live. The fans were mesmerized by Alison’s grace, beauty and soulfulness—her haunting melodies and clever lyrics. If that were not enough, Alison also donated her comp tickets to some of the adult autistic students in the Eden Florida program and donated 100% of her merchandise sales after the show to Eden Florida, which will be used to provide scholarships to families who cannot otherwise afford one-on-one therapy for their children. Alison is a great human and the world is a much better place with her in it. THANKS ALI!

  Alison flanked by her Naples security team. Thanks to their prowess, no terrorist attacks occurred at the venue.
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile
  TARA’s Director of Word of Mouth, Megan Goldman, with her new big sister, Ali.
  Ben Taylor and Brandi Carlile


In 2006, Ben Taylor and his band mates, Larry Ciancia and David Saw, played TARA’s benefit for Eden Florida. As is customary, the show was produced and recorded by TARA. Unique to this gig, however, Ben Taylor and his record label, Iris Records, distributed a digital EP of Ben’s performance and continues to donate the royalties from that project to Eden Florida (currently in excess of $11,000). “Ben is the quintessential responsible artist for whom TARA enjoys booking and promoting a gig. The world is a brighter place with him in it,” says TARA’s trustee, Bob Goldman.

Ben gives fellow TARA alum, Brandi Carlile, the Kung Folk, killer squeeze
  Eden Florida Ice Sculpture


On May 21, 2008, The Doyle & Debbie Show performed its country music parody before a Naples, Florida crowd for the benefit of Eden Florida, providing services to children and adults with autism. The Doyle & Debbie Show is a unique musical that is unknown to most (outside of Nashville), but loved by all who bear witness to it. Thanks to D&D, the Eden Florida clients will prosper...

Eden Florida Logo sculpted in ice
  Left to right: Bruce Arntson (Doyle), Bob Goldman (Tara trustee), Jenny Littleton (Debbie), Matt Carlton (Buddy)
  Doyle and Debbie
The Doyle & Debbie Show in action

October 1, 2007

On October first, TARA and IRIS RECORDS released its first joint venture, digital cd on itunes. Follow the links below to purchase "Alive In The World" from either the USA or the UK. These live recordings of Ben Taylor and David Saw exhibit their creativity and musicianship. Proceeds benefit Eden Florida, helping children and adults with autism.

From the USA:
Purchase "Alive In The World"

From the UK:
Purchase "Alive In The World"