The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has announced that musicians Courtney Love, Linda Perry and all-star band Camp Freddy, along with comedian Wanda Sykes will headline “An Evening with Women” on Saturday, May 19 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The dinner and show, featuring some of the most influential women in music and entertainment, will be co-chaired by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Perry and impresario/event producer Brent Bolthouse. Kat Von D will also join the all-star lineup for a performance and DJ Samantha Ronson will be spinning for the crowd during the high-energy after-party.
The night will include a chic cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm, followed by dinner and a fabulous show beginning at 8 pm, which will include a large auction with incredible travel and dining packages, and exclusive celebrity items such as a Linda Perry’s very own low-rider Fat Boy Harley Davidson. Known for years as L.A.‘s premiere event for lesbians, bisexual women and their allies, “An Evening with Women” has soared to new heights under the direction of the event’s co-chairs – Linda Perry, Brent Bolthouse, Shannon Del and Center board members Kelly Lynch and Annie Goto.
“I’m so excited about the event this year, it’s going to be very raw, edgy and fun,” Perry says. “One thing I love about this event is the way it uses music to bring people together. 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, too, is a stalwart Center supporter. At the Center’s 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction in 2010, the comic was honored with the Center’s Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition for her LGBT community activism. Sykes has also starred in a ThinkB4YouSpeak PSA that humorously derided the phrase, “That’s so gay.”
“An Evening with Women” benefits the Center’s vital services for women and girls, including: food and shelter for homeless youth; services for seniors; legal assistance; domestic violence services; health and mental health services and cultural arts programs. Last year’s event raised more than $365,000 for these vital services.
Tickets to “An Evening with Women” start at $300. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit aneveningwithwomen.org or call 323-993-7408.