Heartthrob as Hero

Gary Floyd's hunky. That he's also helping find missing persons, well, that just makes him hunkier.

As if being the Best Theater Heartthrob isn't enough, turns out local crooner Gary Floyd is also a do-gooder volunteering his talents and helping spread the word about missing persons.

The Stone Street Theater, another Best of Dallas winner, hosted Floyd Friday night on something called the Squeaky Wheel Tour. Floyd and his band played an ample set of torch songs and jazz numbers, amd in between songs, he explained the purpose of his show and the tour was to raise awareness about those who have gone missing. The organization behind the tour is Greater Information Now Available (or G.I.N.A.) for Missing Persons, a non-profit initiative of the National Heritage Project based in California and started by musician Jannel Rap, whose sister, Gina Bos, went missing October 17, 2000, after leaving an open-mike event in Lincoln, Nebraska. Pap organized musicians across the country--some of who are friends, like Floyd--to perform and bring awareness to local missing persons.

At Floyd's show, flyers detailing Dallas' Tasha Wright, who went missing October 14, 1989, were at each table. Wright was 10 years old at the time. Floyd encouraged the audience to take the flyers and distribute them, saying the goal "is to bring at least one person home." Others missing persons can be found on the organization's Web site; there are currently 11 links for people missing in Texas and one who has been recovered. And be sure to give Mr. Floyd a standing ovation whenever you get a chance (hint: November 9 at 9:30 p.m. at Phases). --Rich Lopez

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Robert Wilonsky
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