First Ladies of Disco Headline 27th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala

It will soon be time to hit the dancefloor and help raise funds for AAP—Food Samaritans, now in its thirtieth year of service to the Coachella Valley community. The First Ladies of Disco—Linda Clifford [A&U, June 2016], Martha Wash [A&U, January 2012] and Norma Jean Wright (formerly of Chic)—will perform at the Palm Springs nonprofit’s 27th annual Evening Under the Stars Gala on April 30, 2022. Two special surprise guests will join these iconic songstresses on this Saturday night of feverish fun.

Left to right: Linda Clifford, Martha Wash, and Norma Jean Wright. Photo by Hush Hush Shoot/Pose Las Vegas/Kat Armendariz

Along with hip-shaking performances, guests will be treated to cocktails, community awards, dinner, and, of course, dancing. Festive attire redolent of the era is encouraged. The gala, which takes place on the grounds of the O’Donnell Golf Club in downtown Palm Springs, is presented by Eisenhower Health. Proceeds from the gala will directly support AAP—Food Samaritan’s nutritional support program, which provides services for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses in the desert communities.

This gala follows in the footsteps of earlier iterations of the theme, First Ladies of Disco. Produced by James Washington, the inaugural show in 2014 was based on James Arena’s book, First Ladies of Disco, which showcased thirty-two female vocalists who became shining lights on the disco horizon. Some of the book’s featured singers took to the stage that night, including the women of Chic, who sang on stage together for the first time in nearly twenty-five years.

Corporate and individual sponsorship as well as program advertising opportunities are availble.


For tickets, visit aapfoodsamaritans.org or call (760) 325-8481.