S.T.A.G.E. to honor David Cooley

The Abbey, APLA
David Cooley

S.T.A.G.E. to Honor Longtime APLA Health Supporter David Cooley at May 13 Performance at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

Cast for “Idols & Icons” includes the legendary Carole Cook, “American Idol” alumna Kimberley Locke, Jai Rodriguez, Jake Simpson, and many more

APLA Health invites you to join us on Saturday, May 13, for the 33rd Southland Theatre Artists’ Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. After raising more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS service organizations in Southern California, this performance marks the final curtain call for the esteemed event.

This year, S.T.A.G.E. will honor The Abbey Food + Bar Owner David Cooley with our first-ever Humanitarian Award. Since 2001, Cooley’s West Hollywood hot spot has hosted numerous fundraisers for the organization and has helped raise nearly $2 million, allowing us to continue providing life-saving services to thousands of patients and clients across Los Angeles County. “APLA Health provides vital services to our community as the current administration is attacking both the LGBT community and health care,” Cooley says. “We can all make sure that the LGBT community continues to receive free and low-cost medical care by donating to APLA Health.”

This year’s S.T.A.G.E., titled “Idols & Icons,” pays tribute to stars of yesterday and today and will feature a powerhouse cast list including Carole Cook, Kimberley Locke, Melinda Doolittle, Jai Rodriguez, Barrett Foa, Christine Pedi, Jake Simpson, Dale Kristien, Bill Hutton, and many more. David Galligan returns as director and Michael Orland returns as musical director in the show’s final year.

Begun in 1984, S.T.A.G.E. has been the longest-running annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world. Over the last three decades, more than 350 stars of Broadway, film and television have performed at the event.


Funds raised through S.T.A.G.E. support a variety of APLA Health’s services, including primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries, in-home health care, benefits counseling, housing assistance, HIV prevention and testing efforts, and a range of other services on which thousands of Angelenos affected by HIV/AIDS depend.

Tickets for S.T.A.G.E. are available via the Saban Theatre website or Ticketmaster.

For more info on the S.T.A.G.E. program and for cast updates, see stagela.com or visit us on Facebook.

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 aplahealth.org.
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