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Pay it Forward: Lady in Red Gala has ‘Supreme’ theme

Singer Diana Ross will perform at the Jan. 3 event.

By Amy Woods

Diana Ross and Rita Rudner return to The Breakers on Palm Beach to entertain an elite crowd at the Lady in Red Gala.


The Jan. 3 affair serves as an encore to the 2019 gala, at which the music icon and acclaimed comedian performed, drawing record attendance.


“Just like last year, L.I.F.E.’s 26th annual Lady in Red will be supreme,” said Lois Pope, chairwoman of the event and founder of Leaders in Furthering Education.


Ross, whom Billboard magazine declared “Female Entertainer of the Century,” and Rudner, who has the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas history, will headline the gala, with the Palm Beach Symphony playing during the cocktail hour. The Danny Beck Party Band will take over after dinner.


Proceeds from the $1,000 ticket will benefit Pups4Patriots, a L.I.F.E. program that trains shelter dogs so they can be partnered as companions for veterans with disabilities.


“Our goal, as always, is to raise as much money as possible because the need is so great,” Pope said, adding that the United States has more than 4 million disabled veterans.


“It is estimated that upwards of 20% of these veterans suffer from PTSD, and we know that about 20 veterans commit suicide each and every day.


“We also know that having specially trained therapy and companion dogs has a profoundly positive impact on these veterans — helping them cope with the challenges of trying to reintegrate into society while still dealing with the physical and emotional scars of war.”


The cost to train one Pups4Patriots dog exceeds $20,000.


“The reason we have the freedom to have a gala such as the Lady in Red, that we have the freedoms that we enjoy so much in this country, is because of the courageous men and women who serve in our armed forces,” Pope said.


“We have a collective obligation to express our gratitude to them. So, the more money we raise, the more dogs we can train and then give them free of charge to the veterans.”

If You Go
What: Lady in Red Gala to benefit Pups4Patriots for disabled veterans
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 3
Where: The Breakers, 1 South County Road, Palm Beach
Cost: $1,000
Information: 561-582-8083 or www.life-edu.org

Send news and notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@bellsouth.net.

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