Known as "The Golden Platter," former Platters member Milton Bullock will take the stage in a concert to benefit the Unionville Lions Club.
Together, Bullock and Tate will take audience members back in time with music from the 1950s and 60s.
"It was the Lions Club
that was the first to come and help my hometown get back on its feet," Bullock
Since then, Bullock has established a Lions Club in Princeville and currently serves as the club's president.
also travels to many different towns, performing to support their Lions Clubs.
Walker got to know Bullock
personally and learned more about his Lions Club
One thing led to another, and with the help of several local sponsors - including Union Power Cooperative and the Union County Community Arts Council
- Walker booked Bullock
to perform for the Unionville Lions Club
was first discovered on a whim when he
was visiting his
uncle in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Then a teenager, Bullock
would often sing to himself as he
One day, a woman passing by stopped and told Bullock
she'd been listening to him sing for three days and asked him if he'd ever considered singing professionally.
The woman knew the publisher of the group The Platters in Manhattan and connected Bullock
with the group.
Bullock subsequently joined The Platters and performed as the group's first tenor from 1965 to 1971.
During that time, the group released a number of worldwide hit singles, such as "Only You
," "The Great Pretender
Gets In Your Eyes" and "Sweet, Sweet Lovin'."
Following his departure from the group, Bullock
branched out into film work, playing roles in motion pictures like "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Straight Talk" with Dolly Parton and the underground boxing movie "Gladiator."
also began charity work and established the Do It For the Kids Foundation
, which promotes the welfare of America's youth.
Do It For the Kids is collaborating with the Lions Club
to raise money to purchase a camera that uses newly discovered technology that can detect dormant eye issues in children as early as six months that may cause vision problems after age 8.
With this new technology, these conditions can be detected before they start surfacing, allowing families and doctors to take steps to prevent, avoid or alleviate serious problems.
The cameras cost about $10,000 each, which is why successful and frequent fundraising is critical.
"There are eye issues that are overlooked because (doctors) are still using the old method of covering one eye," Bullock
"We're trying to get this camera in every district in the country.
The services don't cost the parent or kid one dime, only time.
That's what propels me and drives me beyond my imagination.
It's critical that our kids see."
Which is why Bullock
continues to travel, performing for Lions Clubs every chance he
"That's how I want to be remembered," he
Having seen Milton
perform last year, I can truly say this guy is great!
voice is excellent and when he
starts singing those oldie hit songs by the Platters
, it sounds so much like the original recordings.