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March 27, 2017

S.T.A.G.E. Returns to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills May 13 With “Idols & Icons”

The world’s longest running HIV/AIDS fundraiser will feature popular stars of stage and screen and will also honor philanthropist and The Abbey Food + Bar Owner David Cooley

We are pleased to announce the 33rd annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) will take place Saturday, May 13, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Titled “Idols & Icons,” this year’s S.T.A.G.E. will pay tribute to the stars of yesterday and today and feature performances from a wide range of stars of stage and screen, including Carole Cook, “American Idol” alumnae Kimberley Locke and Melinda Doolittle, Jai Rodriguez, Jake Simpson, and many more. Tickets are now on sale Saturday, March 25, at the Saban Theatre website and Ticketmaster.

In addition to the talented cast who will perform, this year’s S.T.A.G.E. will also pay tribute to philanthropist and business owner David Cooley, with APLA Health presenting him with our first-ever Humanitarian Award. Since 2001, Cooley’s West Hollywood hot spot, The Abbey Food + Bar, has hosted numerous fundraisers for APLA Health and has helped raise nearly $2 million for the organization, allowing us to provide life-saving services to thousands of patients and clients. Cooley is a supporter of numerous community organizations both locally and nationally.

This year marks S.T.A.G.E.’s 33nd annual performance, making it the longest running HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world. To date, the event has raised over $5 million for HIV/AIDS organizations throughout Southern California. David Galligan returns to direct this year’s production, with musical direction by Michael Orland and choreography by Lee Martino.

Cast updates and more information will be available on the S.T.A.G.E. Facebook page and at

VIP packages are also available, and can be purchased by calling Charles Robbins at 213.201.1525 or sending email to


APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 14 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at