Red Dress Party Benefits LGBT Center Services

Michael Holmes of "The Judy Show" will host second annual event

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Michael Holmes of "The Judy Show" will act as master of ceremonies for the second annual Red Dress Party on March 2 at the Sand Acre Estate in the Movie Colony neighborhood of Palm Springs.

Tickets for the event, set for 7-10 p.m., are on sale with proceeds benefiting the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Tickets for members of The Center are $75, and $85 for the general public. Last year’s event was a sell-out. Dress for the evening is "Style Optional, Red Required."

“The Red Dress Party provides an opportunity for our membership, donors, plus community members to get together and have a great time while supporting a good cause,” said Randy Lowe, board chairman. “Funds raised through the event will be used to support direct services to the community, including low-cost counseling, a weekly food bank, and over 40 educational and enrichment programs.”

Guest judges for the Fashion Walk and "Best of" contest include: CBS Local 2’s Jenifer Daniels, 94.3 K News’ Bill “Bulldog” Feingold, Project Runway finalist Michael Costello, and philanthropist Donna MacMillan. Contest categories include Couture, Sexiest, Outrageous, Entourage and Best Marilyn.

Based on a nation-wide event concept that raises awareness, wearing of a red dress, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation, serves as a symbol of solidarity with people who have been ostracized at some point, according to Gary Costa, interim executive director of The Center.

To purchase tickets, visit The Center’s website at www.thecenterps.org or call (760) 416-7790.

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