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Oct. 2 Garden Party to benefit Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing in LA

LOS ANGELES -- The 2011 Garden Party to benefit Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing will be held from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 2, at the W Hotel-Drais Hollywood.

This year's event will feature these special celebrity honorees:

Caroline "Pam Ann" Reid -- Glamorous, hilarious and outrageous Pucci-clad Pam Ann is the alter-ego of Australian comedienne, writer and producer Caroline Reid, whose portrayal of the gutsy curvaceous air-hostess is unique in the world of comedy. She can be found selling-out every stage she hits – in 2010 performed at the prestigious London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall to a sold-out crowd.

Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles City Council president -- As the third-term councilmember serving the 13th Council District, Garcetti has shown that a commitment to the street-level health of the community is a necessary first step in creating positive change. His unique combination of pothole politics and vision has won measurable results in the 13th District, showing how local solutions can show the way to make our city safer, create transportation solutions, and ease the city's housing crisis.

Ivy Bottini -- Born in August 1926, she is an artist, a mother and a legendary activist,devoting over 40 years to the feminist and LGBT struggles for civil and human rights. Bottini is a founder of the first chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She has fought to get funding and services for the sick and dying during the AIDS epidemic. Ivy originally conceived the idea of providing affordable housing for gay and lesbian seniors, which is now Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing.

Frenchie Davis -- She was a Top 8 finalist on NBC's hit “The Voice,” where she was selected by Grammy Award-winner Christina Aguilera to battle it out - vocally - on Team Christina. Davis quickly became a front-runner on the series, belting out powerful renditions. She made her mark on Season 2 of “American Idol.” Her stage presence, charismatic performances and power-house vocals cemented her as an audience and critic favorite nationwide.

Comic Shawn Pelofsky will host the event. She has been entertaining audiences all over the world. This high energy female performs regularly all over the world entertaining the LGBT community. She has opened for great talents such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho. Also, just released on iTunes is her new hit album "Lady HaHa." Her TV credits include “Chelsea Lately” (E!), “The Gossip Queens” (Logo), “Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed” (ABC), “Comedy Coliseum” (NBC), “Minding The Store” (TBS), “Last Comic Standing” and “The Tonight Show.”

For information about the event, sponsorship or to purchase tickets, please visit HERE or contact the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing at (323) 957-7200.

About Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing

Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and operating high-quality affordable, multicultural housing developments which include a community space used to provide social and recreational services for GLBT older adults. Its goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment that supports the well-being of GLBT elders.