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Donnie & Marie Christmas in Arizona
She's a Little Bit Country, He's a Little Bit Rock & Roll

Donnie and Marie Osmond performed their Christmas in Arizona show at the Gammage at Arizona State University for a week and ended their show on December 2, 2012.

It was a fantastic show with music from their careers with Christmas songs performed throughout the show.  It was one of the best shows I have ever been too, and I have been to a lot of shows.

Entertainer Marie Osmond delivered a little early Christmas cheer to some special patients in Phoenix.

Before she and brother Donny hit the stage at Gammage for their series of holiday shows, Marie paid a visit to the young patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

She spent the afternoon at the hospital, visiting patients' rooms and meeting with youngsters in the hospital's playrooms.

Marie is the co-founder of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit that raises donations for 170 children's hospitals across the U.S. and Canada, including Phoenix Children's Hospital.

During her visit, she accepted a check for the Phoenix Children's Hospital from Walmart. The company donated more than a million dollars to the hospital.

Osmond says all of that money will stay here in Phoenix "It goes to the children," she says. "It goes to help your kids. Statistically, everybody will use a children's hospital at some point in their life."

The money that Walmart donated was all raised by company employees through events in individual stores.

Osmond says the big donation is a perfect example of the Christmas spirit.

"To me, Christmas isn't so much about the gifts as it is the experience. I can't think of anything that's a greater experience than knowing that you're blessing a child's life."

Osmond is also promoting a website: It allows people to donate online to one of the 170 hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network, including Phoenix Children's Hospital.    

More on Marie:

Beginning with her national debut at age three on The Andy Williams Show, Marie has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence recognized across generations.  Entertaining for five continuous decades is a rare accomplishment, achieved by very few women.

Marie recorded "Paper Roses" at age 12, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to #1 on the charts, followed by a Grammy nomination.  She still holds the record as the youngest host of a national television variety show, The Donny & Marie Show (1976-1981); "appointment television" for millions of viewers.

As a recording artist with over 35 albums and numerous gold records, a standout career highlight was a Country Music Association's "Vocal Duo of the Year" Award for "Meet Me In Montana."  The new single "A Beautiful Life" soared to up the charts to #1 in 2012.

Beckoned to the Broadway stage in the mid-1990's, Marie starred in The Sound of Music and The King and I, which garnered rave reviews on national and international tours.

In 2001, Marie was the first-ever celebrity to publish a book about her experience with Postpartum Depression, Behind the Smile, followed in 2009 by Might As Well Laugh About it Now.  Both books were New York Times bestsellers.

On Season Five of Dancing With the Stars, 25 million people voted Marie into the finale.  Her infamous faint has been replayed millions of times on TV and YouTube, to which Marie responded: "I hit my head so hard when I passed out...I won, right?"

Now celebrating 22 years, Marie Osmond Dolls has received many "Dolls of Excellence" and "Doll of the Year" (DOTY) awards (4 awards in 2011) and nominations; making Marie one of the top doll designers in the world.

As co-founder of the Children's Miracle Network, the largest and top-rated children's charity in North America, Marie has helped to raise 4.3 billion dollars in 30 years with one hundred percent of all funds going to the children.

Since September of 2008, Marie has continuously performed five nights a week to sold-out crowds at the famous Flamingo Hotel Showroom in Las Vegas with her brother, Donny.  "Donny and Marie" 2012 won top honors from the Las Vegas Review, when their show was voted "Best Show" and "Best All Around Performers" in Vegas.

In November of 2010, Marie's new inspirational album titled I Can Do This, was an iTunes top ten listing after she performed "Pie Jesu" on Oprah.  In August of 2011, Marie toured to sold-out venues across the country with her new solo show "A Little Bit Country...and a Whole Lot More."

To add to her long and varied career, October of 2012 launched Marie! a one -hour talk and entertainment show on Hallmark Channel nationwide.

Marie has always had great affection for her countless fans and keeps in touch every week on their Facebook page:, and through her popular Twitter account: She is often one of the most quoted and re-tweeted celebrities on Twitter.

Above every other accomplishment, Marie is mother to eight beautiful children who will always be her greatest treasures, along with her true love, her husband Steve Craig.

More on Donnie:

Spanning five decades of entertainment, Donny Osmond has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at #1), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver.  One of his most notable appearances was his starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which broke records during its six-year run with more than 2,000 performances in the United States and Canada.

Today, Donny performs at the Flamingo Las Vegas with his sister, Marie.  The show began back in September 2008 and was originally scheduled to run for 6 months.  The response was so overwhelming that the that the Flamingo immediately asked for an extension, which continues today.  In 2012, The Las Vegas Review Journal acclaimed The Donnie & Marie Show as "Best Show" and "Best Performers" of Las Vegas.  Donny went on to receive the "Best Singer" of Las Vegas.

Concurrent with his nightly performances at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Donny hosts two internationally syndicated, daily radio shows for McVay Syndication in a partnership with TeshMedia Group: The Donny Osmond Radio Show and Donny's 8-Track Playback.  Formatted to fit both Hot AC and Classic stations, his lifestyle-driven music radio show delivers helpful and insightful information to listeners who are looking for "a friend to help them through the day."

Donny is a huge proponent for health and wellness and is the paid spokesperson for LifeVantage, makers of Protandim, a dietary supplement he takes daily.  According to Donny, "I talk a lot about good health because it's a priority for me; I believe in staying fit and getting regular exercise.  I've been on the lookout for products that help me maintain my youth and vigor.  I've done my research and it led me to Protandim."

Throughout his illustrious career, Donny earned 33 gold records; selling roughly 100 million albums.  He is currently working on his 60th album, which is scheduled to be released in 2013.  In 2011, he and Marie released their first studio album Donnie and Marie in over two decades.  The single "A Beautiful Life" became #1 on the US Country Charts.

In 2009, Donny was crowned Dancing with the Stars Champion for season 9. (The show garnered 37 million viewers weekly).  Donny's multigenerational worldwide fan base is reflected by the 200 million plus hits his official website,, and social media sites receive (annually).

Donny has generated millions of dollars over the years for several charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Best Buddies, The Children's Miracle Network, and The One Heart Foundation.

For five decades, Donny Osmond has been making a difference in people's lives.  He has continually proven himself to be not only a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, but also a compassionate humanitarian, a man of principle and faith, and most importantly a good husband and father.

Donnie and Debbie, his wife of 34 years, have five children and four grandchildren.


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