He admits society at large might look upon the event with a sorrowful attitude, but Pendergrass prefers to celebrate how the accident showed him how he can conquer adversity.
As such, he is hosting Teddy 25: A Celebration Of Life, Hope And Possibilities, a gala event in Philadelphia on June 10 that will feature singers like Patti LaBelle and Ruben Studdard performing Pendergrass classics like The Love I Lost and If You Dont Know Me By Now.
Pendergrass says the event is meant to publicly thank key individuals whove helped me since 1982.
The event will also herald in a new era in Pendergrass career as a clothing mogul.
Back in the early 80s, Pendergrass had his own line of Teddy Jeans, and figures the 25th anniversary of his accident is a good time to revive the line.
Thats why hes currently looking for a Teddy Girl who is in her late 20s to early 40 who, as he puts it, exudes strength, intelligence and self- confidence.
He also wants a woman who isnt a size 2, because, he points out, the jeans are made for women who have a derriere.
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