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LOS ANGELES -- For the fifth year in a row, the award-winning singer-songwriter-producer Linda Perry has gathered together many of her friends from the entertainment industry to raise money for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's many important programs.
Called "An Evening With Women," this year's star-studded fundraiser will be bigger than ever, and is being held Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton.
Perry, an out lesbian who has both penned and produced dozens of award-winning songs for other artists aside from her own, and is one of the most sought after artists in the industry, said she "wanted to be involved," when she first began the event back in 2007 for the Center that supports the City of Angels where she lives.
The first year was a small affair, but under her direction, the event has grown, and is now described as "an elegant evening with some of the most influential women in music and entertainment."
The annual fundraiser, now also co-produced by Brent Bolthouse, helps put money in the Center's coffers, especially for homeless LGBT youth, seniors and women's vital services programs. Last year's event raised almost $400,000.
This year's line-up includes Perry, her longtime friend Courtney Love, out comedian Wanda Sykes, Aimee Mann, and Camp Freddy, a " super group" of established musicians who get together for performances at various events around the world. Each performance includes guest appearances, and Perry, among others, will be joining them May 19.
"I’m so excited about the event this year, it’s going to be very raw, edgy and fun," Perry said in a released statement.
"One thing I love about this event is the way it uses music to bring people together," she continued. "To add to that the power of comedy by Wanda, who’s not only a hilarious but also an outspoken activist — to me, it makes this the perfect celebration. The Center is saving kids who got thrown out onto the streets for being gay. It’s advancing the equality of LGBT people. It’s helping those who are most in need in so many ways. That’s why I got involved, and that’s why I can’t imagine not being a part of the Center.”
Sykes has been a long time supporter of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Aimee Mann, who became a staple on MTV in the 1980's with her band, Til Tuesday, is about to release her eighth solo studio album, "Charmer," and was just recently added as a headliner.
The event will start with a chic cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm, followed by dinner and the blockbuster show at 8 pm. There will also be a live auction with various travel and dining packages, exciting celebrity items including Linda Perry's own Harley Davidson motorcycle.
This event is open to the public and tickets are still available at the An Evening With Women website, or by calling (323) 993-7408.
About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our wide array of services and programs includes: free HIV/AIDS care and medications for those most in need; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth; low-cost counseling and addiction-recovery services; essential services for LGBT-parented families and seniors; legal services; health education and HIV prevention programs; transgender services; cultural arts and much more.