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Center Stage Benefit Concert
The LGBT Community Center of the Desert


The LGBT Community Center of the Desert Announces Annual Gala - Center Stage

Palm Springs, CA - Supporters of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert are urged now to save the date, Thursday, November 1, 2012, for the 3rd Annual Center Stage Benefit Concert that will headline Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program, with special guest emcee Ross Mathews, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, beginning at 6 PM.

Fans of award-winning actress Megan Mullally, best known for her hysterically funny role as “Karen Walker” from the hit NBC series Will & Grace, will be in for a delightful surprise when she sings with her band, Supreme Music Program, and performs songs from her recent albums: The Sweetheart Break-In, Big as a Berry and Free Again.

“This should be one of our best concerts yet,” said John O'Connor, Executive Director of The Center. “This is definitely going to be one of the highlights of the Coachella Valley social season, and a fun kick-off event to Palm Springs Pride weekend."

Emceeing Center Stage will be Ross Mathews, a regular on Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show, Mathews has been entertaining audiences on television since 2001 where he has interviewed some of the biggest stars and has made the nation laugh all the while.

The Center is also pleased to announce that Dr. Woody Baldwin of Austin, Texas, founder of the Prime Timers Worldwide, will receive the Founder's Award, and Senator Sheila Kuehl of Los Angeles, and currently the Founding Director of the new Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College, a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Horizon Institute Fellow, will receive the Leadership Award.

“We are so excited to have such an incredible range of accomplished honorees and entertainment,” said O'Connor. "The support for this line-up and the work of The Center is overwhelming. Sponsorships are selling. We are thrilled to be an official Palm Springs Pride event and looking to sell out."

Eisenhower Medical Center, The Center's Health Partner, has signed on to be a Presenting Sponsor of this event. Martin Massiello, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Eisenhower, said, "Eisenhower Medical Center is pleased to once again step up as a friend to the LGBT community and to salute the good work of The Center."

For more information on reserving a table for the event, call Gary Costa at The Center at 760-416-7790 or go to General tickets at $100 will go on sale in mid September.

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The mission of The Center LGBT Community Center is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community. A thriving, community-based organization, The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy health, wellness, educational and social programs, where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. The Center advances its mission through senior programming, clinical counseling and internship program, weekly food bank, youth suicide prevention, extensive social and recreational offerings, David Bohnett cyber center, a growing volunteer program and periodic special events in the community.

Eisenhower Medical Center is a not-for-profit, comprehensive health care institution that includes the 540-bed Eisenhower Hospital, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, and the Betty Ford Center, also located on the Eisenhower campus. Located in Rancho Mirage, and with locations across the valley, Eisenhower has provided a full range of quality medical and educational services for more than 40 years for residents and visitors to the greater Coachella Valley.

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