Grand Canyon Performing Arts is excited to announce that this season's Blush and Bashful Gala has been scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix.|
Blush and Bashful 2013 is building off of the success of last year's event with performances by national and local artists, a five-star dinning experience, and a high-end auction.
In addition to a performance by the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus, we are honored that Blush and Bashful will feature a special performance by Grammy-winning pop, disco, and Motown legend Thelma Houston.
Ms. Houston, best known for her high-powered rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way," has the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Female Vocal Performance." Ms. Houston has long been known as a humanitarian for her work on numerous charitable causes and her tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS.
Blush and Bashful will also be the venue for the much-awaited inaugural performance of Phoenix's first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Chorus. This exciting new LGBTQ Youth Chorus is a joint initiative between Grand Canyon Performing Arts and One n Ten.
Blush and Bashful prides itself as a way to highlight local artists and performers. This year will be no different. A variety of local artists are scheduled to perform during the cocktail reception, charitable auction, and dinner service.
One thing that makes the Blush and Bashful Gala unique is that a percentage of funds from the event are shared with another non-profit. Last year, GCPA was able to make a contribution of funds raised at Blush and Bashful to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
This year, the GCPA is excited to name The Matthew Shepard Foundation as our special beneficiary. The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who died after an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998. The Foundation seeks to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance" through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs, and by continuing to tell Matthew's story. The Foundation encourages respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.
Blush and Bashful offers something for everyone. It will be a fun event, but more importantly, it will support a very worthy cause. We hope to see you there!
Ritz Carlton Phoenix (View)
2401 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|