Click to hear the "Help is on the Way"
theme song by Nancy Lamott.
GALA CO-CHAIRS: Sophie Azouaou, Eric Huang, Dr.Lisa Kang, Dr. David Kang
GALA COMMITEE: Diane Yancy, Doug Waggener
PROJECT OPEN HAND
& REAF'S SMALL EMERGENCY GRANTS PROGRAM
FEEDING THE NEEDY
Providing aid for HIV services, hunger programs and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth and seniors
This year's concert will feature most of the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Les Miserablés in addition to some of our REAF favorites in this Broadway-themed spectacular including Phantom of the Opera star LISA VROMAN, Wicked and Light in the Piazza star DAVID BURNHAM, MAC Award-winners LEANNE BORGHESI and MARTA SANDERS, Cabaret star AVA NICOLE FRANCIS and Billboard top recording star DEBBY HOLIDAY singing a tribute to TINA TURNER. Joining them will be comedian/author/director DEL SHORES as auctioneer and we'll be paying special tributes to our REAF grand diva CAROLE COOK and REAF veteran LESLIE JORDAN.
We're also happy to announce that the VIP after party will be held at the the beautiful new Beacon Grand Hotel, one block from the theater where you can meet and mingle with the cast while enjoying fabulous Ketle One and Bulliet Bourbon cocktails, wonderful wines and delicious appetizers and desserts.
This past year, we lost two of our icons from past "Help is on the Way" concerts and will pay tribute to their many years of iconic performances. Del Shores, who cast Leslie Jordan in the offbeat comedies, Sordid Lives and A Very Sordid Wedding among other things will be on hand to share a few of his favorite memories of working with Leslie. Debby Holiday was also part of the "Sordid" family and was featured in the sequel.
Carole Cook, was our "Help is on the Way" Grand Diva having performed in over 25 of our gala concerts and several other appearances.
Debby Holiday has been touring the world with rave revuews in her one-woman show paying homage to the great Tina Turner and will be on hand to pay tribute to this iconic singer we just lost this May.