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Suzanne Mariani Fundraiser Realtor raising cash for shelters

Suzanne Mariani puts on fundraisers for Siloam Mission, Habitat for Humanity

Posted: 11/4/2014 11:47 AM

You may have seen her face in her ads across the city,
but next week realtor Suzanne Mariani is using her star
power for a good cause.The Suzanne Mariani Benefit Fundraiser
for local shelters is taking place at the West End Cultural Centre on Nov. 5. Funds from the social will go towards the Manitoba Realtors Association’s
annual Give Me Shelter benefit, which Mariani helps organize.
The benefit typically raises between $40,000 and $50,000 each year for
charitable organizations that support shelter-related causes,
but this year Mariani said she wanted to raise as much as she good on top of their regular draw.
The funds will be split between Siloam Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Before becoming a successful realtor, Mariani had a long career in the music
business, at one time working with Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire, and even attending the Grammys.
But at one time, Mariani was down on her luck, losing her home and having to rely
on Winnipeg Harvest to feed herself and her four children. This experience has motivated her to give back, she said.
“Right now I’m a successful realtor, but with that experience of climbing
back up and building myself up again and raising my kids, I just started volunteering when things got better again,” she said.
“If it weren’t for those people, some people like myself wouldn’t have
been able to pull up their socks and have a normal, healthy,
successful career like I have now. So we need those places, we really really do.”

Tickets are $25 each, which is close to amount the Siloam Mission would spend to feed a family of eight, Mariani explained.
The social will feature classic rock music from Mariani’s band as well as other “surprise” musical guests.

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Kenny Kramer - comic, Seinfeld inspiration and the man who wants to be the next mayor of New York - is planning his first visit to Winnipeg. Consider yourself warned. "The sooner, the better," says Kramer, 58. "I guess it's a matter of making sure there's interest and getting things organized. That's all it will take and I'll be there. People will never watch Seinfeld the same again after they've seen me." Kramer and his close friend, local singer Suzanne Mariani, want to put on a benefit show to raise funds for the New York Relief Fund. The comic, who performs at colleges and corporate events, would waive his usual $10,000 (US) performance fee. Tickets would sell for about 10 bucks and, Mariani hopes, entire families could come to the show. She's still trying to work out a promoter, date and venue.

"I had suggested to him that it was about time he came to Winnipeg," says Mariani, a blonde beauty who is still waiting for her big break in the music biz. Her next local public appearance comes Nov. 22 when she will sing the national anthem at a boxing match being held at the Duckworth Centre.

"We've been friends for so long, so why not come here? We're deep friends. We talk about music. We talk about life alot. Even since Sept. 11 we've talked alot more. "The pair connected two years ago through a mutual friend, says Mariani, and developed a phone friendship. Kramer invited her to stay with him in his New York apartment, she accepted and they've been bosom buddies ever since.

"Kramer walks down the streets in New York and everyone knows him," says Mariani. "The first time I came to New York he met me at the airport. I wasn't really sure what he looked like and all of a sudden he jumped in front of me. He really is Kramer. All sorts of people started mobbing him and taking his picture."

Before Kramer can headline a fundraiser in Winnipeg, he's got a mayoralty race to win.I'm running for mayor of New York," he explains earnestly. "I'm running as a Libertarian. Libertarians believe in liberty. 'Legalize freedom' is our slogan." Kramer ran for mayor four years ago but admits that was a publicity stunt. "Our motto is 'this time I'm not kidding." The comic says he knows who his constituency is. "If I could get all the pot smokers to vote for me, I'd win in a landslide. The problem is getting them to remember it's election day." Win or lose, Mariani will be in New York on election day, Nov.6. She'll perform at a party at the Manhattan Chili Company, a restaurant owned by Kramer's brother. "She'll be there to hold my hand, if it's necessary, when I give my concession speech. She's coming down to support me. I want my favorite vocalist to be there."

Mariani, who has a day job as a sales rep for a beauty supply company, says she wouldn't miss her friend's party for anything. "He supports me as an artist," she says earnestly. "He encourages me to write my own material. If he wants my support, I'll be there. "And, if all goes well, Kramer will soon be here. Lock your apartment doors.

Winnipeg Free Press - Lindor Reynolds - Tuesday, October 30, 2001

 

Singer's Success Starts on the Inside

Suzanne Mariani's singing voice is like a fine French liqueur. After savoring the first sip you want more. Mariani who discovered her bliss six years ago admits that singing did not come naturally. "I only wanted to sing on key because when I sang with friends, I'd be the one who was off key. So I taught myself, and along the way I developed a love for singing. Since then singing has become my passion," she said. In 1996 Mariani's devotion paid off. She landed a gig as a choir singer for Celine Dion when the Canadian superstar performed at the Winnipeg arena.

Along the way Mariani has had an active singing career locally. Her many accomplishments include performing the National Anthem for the Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Goldeyes home games as well as performing solos at The Forks and McPhillips Street Station. Mariani says her friends thought she should sing folk music, but her instincts said otherwise. "I couldn't express myself singing folk and I didn't enjoy that. When you sing, you have to have an impact on your audience and I wasn't doing that with folk," she said. "I became a closet R & B singer. I practiced and practiced until I sounded descent enough," she said.

Mariani is currently working with Winnipeg music producer Danny Schure and Chris Burke-Gaffney who is noted for launching Chantal Kreviazuk's career in 1996. Mariani recently finished recording her first single entitled "Back In My Arms". The Southdale resident describes the song as mainstream. "When I wrote Back In My Arms the words were generic enough so listeners can relate the song to their own lives," she said. Mariani has both feet firmly planted in reality concerning the music industry in landing a recording contract with a major label.

"Being successful starts on the inside. Follow that internal passion. Taking that first baby step is the start. That can lead to being successful in reaching your goals on the outside," she said. Mariani's face may look familiar. She has done a number of television commercials.

The Lance - Thursday, February 17, 2000

 

Up-and-comer rises with sun in Stonewall.
A new Much Music video will broadcast a little piece of Stonewall nation-wide.

Early last Saturday morning, Winnipeg recording artist Suzanne Mariani stood in the middle of Murray's Maze - behind her, the perfect Manitoba sunrise. "Nothing like this has ever happened," said Boonstra. "Especially having Much Music out here - it's a pretty impressive thing, watching them shoot a video out here."

The scene in the maze just east of Stonewall on Highway 67, will be just one of several Manitoba scenes Mariani will be using for her Let's Get Together video. The song, originally done by the Young Bloods, is being updated by Mariani in dance version. "There are all kinds of music on my CD," said Mariani, who describes her voice as R & B/Pop. "But Let's Get Together is a really universal song."

A relative new-comer to the music industry, Mariani is working with producer Chris Burke-Gaffney - who has also launched the careers of Chantal Kreviazuk and McMaster and James. Mariani's 12-song CD should be released in the near future and the video will be premiered on Much Music.

by Holly MacLean - October 2000