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“The Center Stage”

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The Center that serves the Deserts LGBT Community held a gala “The Center Stage” concert at the Palm Springs Convention Center on October 30th. The benefit concert was headlined by Frenchie Davis a Broadway star and TV’s The VOICE finalist. Hundreds of guests filled the lobby of the Convention Center where a huge silent auction was held during the cocktail hour.

The event honored some special people from the Desert. Willie Rhine and his partner Albert Gonzales were honored as Community Volunteers of the Year. Both men have been have had a huge impact in working with so many charities in the Valley. The other honoree was Martin Massiello as the Humanitarian of the Year. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Eisenhower Medical Center. Massiello has been a supporter of the Center and made many programs accessible to all the members of the Center.

Comedian Alec Mapa hosted the gala and had the audience laughing at his many jokes and comments. He introduced the nights entertainer, SingerFrenchie Davis. What a voice this lady has. She said she just loves to sing and the audience showed their appreciation with loud applauses
after each song. The event was held to raise money for the Center to help them keep the over 40 programs a month, weekly food bank and a lot
of social events that they provide to the community.

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