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Born to Entertain: Joey Fatone & Fatone Family Foundation set the stage for fun

Submitted by on September 3, 2010 – 9:05 pmNo Comment

Since his illustrious days with the famous boy band *NSYNC, Dr. Phillips resident Joey Fatone, has remained busy and blessed doing what he loves best—entertaining. As an actor, TV host, and celebrity dancer, Fatone continues to showcase his talent and land in the spotlight.

In early 2010, Billboard Magazine gave NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached” album a No. 1 spot on their list of top albums of the past decade. In May, Fatone made a special appearance on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” reality TV show after being voted by fans to perform a tango with Season 8 contestant, Melissa Rycroft.

Not one to forego a challenge, Fatone enjoys the excitement of new opportunities along with the risks and rewards of the entertainment business. “I just love the game,” says Fatone, “and the fact that in this business you can be broke on Friday, and rich on Monday.”

(more of Joey’s interview under the cut)

Fatone’s greatest joy as an entertainer comes from having fun with people while doing whatever project he is involved with. According to former NSYNC band mate Lance Bass, “Joey made life on the road so much fun. There was and never is a dull moment with him. He is a multi-talented brother of mine. I cherish our past and look forward to our working together in the future.”

For Fatone, 2010 has been filled with rewarding activities such as the launch of his first solo single, a fun pop-rock tune called “Radio.” Recent acting roles include an appearance in the musical “The Producers,” and a part in a horror film starring Robert Englund.

Fatone’s schedule also remains active with numerous charity functions. “I feel like life has gotten crazy again,” Fatone says. “But I welcome it with open arms and really just appreciate the position I’m in.”

Fatone’s success has not gone to his head, but rather to his heart. His passion for music and his generosity have dovetailed to bring a music therapy program to hospitalized children called “My Healing Harmony.”

Jeff Muddell, vice president of Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, affiliated with Orlando Health, worked closely with the Fatone Family Foundation to implement Fatone’s vision of setting up a music studio right in the children’s hospital. When Muddell shared the idea with hospital staff, “everyone jumped for joy.”

“With funds from the Fatone family, the concept grew to include hiring a full-time music therapist so music could be brought to the bedside, kids could enjoy group jam sessions, and have all the bells and whistles,” explains Muddell. “What a wonderful addition to Arnold Palmer Hospital—and what a wonderful family to bring it to us!”

Muddell hopes to expand the program with volunteers and envisions My Healing Harmony as a model for what can be done to help kids through music. “Our plan is to help spread music therapy into pediatric hospitals throughout Central Florida,” says Fatone.

Always trying to come up with creative ways to raise money and get the community involved, Fatone says they are planning a Halloween event for the whole family in October.

Fatone and his wife, Kelly, became proud parents once again in January with the birth of Kloey, giving 9-year-old Briahna a new little sister. “Being a dad is not easy, but I enjoy it ‘cause I like the changing of the diapers, the driving to school. I think a family keeps me from getting too caught up in being ‘Joey Fatone’ or thinking I have to act or be a certain way.”

The Fatone Family Foundation is a private foundation that was established by Joey Fatone and his family benefiting various local charities, with an emphasis on children-related organizations.

Upcoming events include: A Holiday Charity Celebration on Dec. 9 at Blue Martini at the Mall at Millenia. Proceeds will benefit the Fatone Family Foundation Music Therapy Program at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. $40 includes dinner and one drink, $100 includes dinner, an open sponsored bar, VIP and a gift bag. For more information visit http://www.fatonefoundation.com/.

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