The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts marked the first anniversary of the entertainer's death Thursday by adding eight schools to the list of those receiving scholarship funds.
Family and friends of "Mr. Showmanship" also planned a brief graveside ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills to mark the event, said foundation spokesman Jamie James.
Schools added to the list of 28 receiving grants from the foundation include the Combs College of Music in Pennsylvania; Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; Rocky Mountain College in Montana; San Francisco Opera Company; Southern Nazarene University of Oklahoma; University of Nevada-Reno; University of Southern California and West Texas State University.
The nonprofit foundation was established by Liberace 10 years ago. Grants are made at the rate of $10,000 a year per school, James said.