Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Actress and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph’s DIVA Foundation will pay a special tribute to Dionne Warwick during this year’s 24th Annual HIV/AIDS benefit concert DIVAS Simply Singing on Saturday Oct 18th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at The Richardo Montalban Theatre.
Warwick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United States Ambassador of Health. She ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with 56 of Dionne’s singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
A longtime supporter of HIV/AIDS research and support, Ms. Warwick famously teamed up in 1985 with composer Burt Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to record the landmark song “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds (over $3 Million) for the AIDS cause in support of AMFAR, which Warwick continues to support.
It is for her unsung lifetime of AIDS awareness, support, and devotion to the cause that Sheryl Lee Ralph and The DIVA Foundation have chosen to honor her at this year’s event, that’s what friends are for!
Created and produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, DIVAS Simply Singing! is the longest consecutive running musical HIV/AIDS benefit in the country.
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