Debby Boone lights up 12th holiday ‘Help Is On The Way’ 

Back in the late 1970s, she lit up the charts with the mega-hit “You Light Up My Life,” but now Debby Boone is just as content to add spark to a holiday benefit in The City.

The Grammy winner takes the stage Monday in “Help Is On The Way For The Holidays XII” at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre. The annual showcase is produced by the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, which raises funds for AIDS service providers; beneficiaries of this week’s show are Positive Resource Center and Maitri Compassion Care in San Francisco.

“Not only do I believe in the cause and the great work that [REAF] does, I really have a blast doing it,” says Boone, who has performed for the group in the past. “It’s fun. It’s quality.”

Boone is in good company this year. Company members from “The Book of Mormon”; the cast of New Conservatory Theatre’s “Avenue Q”; and a parade of other performers, including Jason Brock, Tim Hockenberry, Sharon McNight, Carly Ozard, Jai Rodriguez and Bruce Vilanch, also are on the roster.

Boone, daughter of singing legend Pat Boone, will sing a holiday-themed arrangement.

Her stellar fate as a singer was sealed when she was a child. She says, “Early on, my mother began to teach my sisters and myself four- and five-part harmony. We would do it for company. I had the biggest, loudest voice of the four girls and got a lot of attention.

“When you’re one of four girls and your parents dress you the same, it’s great to find something that gets you noticed more,” she adds. “And I thought, ‘Huh, this is something I do that sets me apart.’”

And not just from her family — from other performers.

“You Light Up My Life” remained at No. 1 for 10 weeks, earning Boone a Grammy. Her most recent album, “Swing This,” is a showcase inspired by her childhood years immersed in swing music culture while traveling with her famous father.

“I remember Dad took us on the road when I was about 15 years old,” Boone recalls. “And to get on the stage and sing in front of an audience — it was scary and thrilling. I loved every second of it. And I thought … I never want to stop doing this.”

IF YOU GO

Help Is On The Way For The Holidays XII

Where: Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Tickets: $40 to $500

Contact: (415) 273-1620, www.helpisontheway.org

Note: A gala reception at Hotel Adagio, 550 Geary St., S.F., follows the show.

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