Radiant Health Centers is hosting Stairway to the Stars gala on Saturday, June 2 from 6pm to 10pm. The event will help raise funds for Radiant Health Centers’ expansion of health services to the entire LGBTQ community, while maintaining its long-standing commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Orange County.
It will be a night filled with entertainment and inspiration. Singer-songwriter and Tony award-winning actor Levi Kreis and actor and comedian Jason Stuart will headline the gala. The event takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and features former CNN anchor and accomplished television journalist and broadcaster Rudi Bakhtiar as the evening’s MC.
Renowned singer and songwriter Levi Kreis will revive some of his best-known stage performances, perform original songs and share some of his personal journey as a gay man. Kreis has starred in the national tour of RENT and played and performed as Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet, for which he won a Tony Award.
Jason Stuart, a well-known actor and stand-up comedian, who is widely known for starring on shows including The Closer, Will & Grace and House, M.D., will perform skits from his acclaimed standup comedy routine.
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization; will be honored at the event with an award for its groundbreaking work to improve health equity for the LGBTQ community.
“Stairway to the Stars will raise funds to build a dedicated LGBTQ health center and create a healthy Orange County for all,” said David Piazza, Chief Development Officer, Radiant Health Centers. “Through our 33 years serving the community, we have seen first-hand how stigma, poverty, cultural misunderstandings and other health barriers have led to heighted health risks in Orange County’s vulnerable LGBTQ population.”
“This is a very special and important event for Radiant Health Centers and we consider it an honor to be able to share it with the Human Rights Campaign,” said Piazza. “The advancements in LGBTQ rights that HRC has achieved over the years is simply amazing.”
More than 12,000 LGBTQ residents of Orange County are underinsured, or without health insurance, and many live at or below the poverty level so even basic healthcare is out of reach, let alone HIV prevention or suppression medications and mental or behavioral health counseling.
To eradicate HIV/AIDS in Orange County and to improve health equity for the LGBTQ community, Radiant Health Centers is raising funds to expand and offer medical services specialized to meeting the unique needs and issues of the LGBTQ community.
Radiant Health Centers’ medical center will become a one-stop shop for medical and dental needs, counseling services, and easy access to medications through an onsite pharmacy.
To join in the fun at Stairway to the Stars and support the cause of LGBTQ health in Orange County, visit www.radianthealthcenters.org/events/stairway-to-the-stars, or contact David Piazza at (949) 809-5733 or DPiazza@radianthealthcenters.org.
About Radiant Health Centers
Radiant Health Centers has provided more than three decades of exceptional care and support to people affected by HIV and their loved ones. It has been instrumental in driving new HIV transmissions down over the past 15 years; however, six people a week in Orange County are still diagnosed with HIV.
Radiant Health Centers encompasses traditional HIV testing and prevention outreach as well as long-standing services to Orange County’s HIV positive community while also creating a safe space to help more members of our LGBT community in need of compassionate care. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.