Mandurah: WA Mums Cottage finds support in international entertainer Buddy Loren

Buddy Loren with WA Mums Cottage founder Kaye Seeber. Picture: Jon Hewson d473635
Buddy Loren with WA Mums Cottage founder Kaye Seeber. Picture: Jon Hewson d473635

WA Mums Cottage in Mandurah provides a drop-in centre for women and children of all ages in need of compassion and support.

Attendance is increasing and although some funding grants have been acquired, all operational costs must be funded by the organisation.

To the rescue has come international singer, comedian and impressionist Buddy Loren,

Loren will perform in concert at Peel Thunder Football Club on Monday, October 2, to raise funds for the cottage.

Born in New York, Loren joined a doo wop group as lead singer in high school and was soon appearing at supper clubs throughout the US.

In the early ’70s he wrote his own act and went solo, getting his first break when booked at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, part-owned by Frank Sinatra.

He was a big hit and later spotted by an agent in England doing a Stan Laurel impersonation.

The agent was so impressed by Loren, he signed him to perform with Sir Harry Secombe in a Laurel and Hardy sketch for a three- month summer season.

Performing with Secombe was one of his more cherished moment in show business.

“He was a great talent and a wonderful human being,” he said.

Loren’s first visit to Australia was the result of being booked for shows at Sydney’s top Leagues clubs and he also performed for supper clubs in Perth.

He and wife Trish were attracted by the beauty of the South-West and decided to settle in Perth.

They now live at Mandurah Quay, where he commutes overseas to perform at corporate events.

In 1992, his performance at an international convention in Singapore stole the show and he was inundated with offers.

He formed companies in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and became one of the most sought-after corporate entertainers in South- East Asia. Loren can sing in 24 languages and his versatility has kept him in high demand.

Tickets cost $25, including morning tea, from WA Mums Cottage on 9595 1670, wamumscottage@gmail.com or Peel Thunder Football Club.

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