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"Help is on the Way" With Song, Dance and Fund Raising for Sunday Entertainment

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Short on time and you still want to see a bunch of concerts? I have the answer - Help Is on the Way. It’s the solution and the name of the show.

This semi-annual event through the REAF Foundation not only raises money for AIDS charities, but it is a damn fun night at the theatre.

The summer edition, celebrating its 20th anniversary, comes to San Francisco at 7:30pm on Aug. 24 at the Palace of Fine Arts.

The evening can actually start at 5pm if you want to buy VIP tickets and go to the VIP party and auction.

Once that’s over, there’s the music. And what music there is!

Musical fans will be wowed by a performance from the “Motown” company as well as by Valarie Pettiford, Carole Cook and Lisa Vroman, who played Christine for YEARS in San Francisco’s “Phantom of the Opera.”

There’s also a good number of big voiced singers who got their start on TV, including Jason Brock, who has been selling out his own shows in San Francisco since his days on “The X Factor; ” Alex Newell, who has kept TV’s “Glee” relevant and Unique with his transgender performance and Jake Simpson, whose dimples may get you to take a look but it’s his voice that proves why he’s a “Star Search” grand champion.

Cabaret and jazz fans will find delight in Paula West, one of my favorite local performers, as well as the wonderful Meg McKay. While fans of old school entertainment will thoroughly enjoy Maureen McGovern, Florence Henderson and Richard Chamberlin. Top that off with world champion same sex dancers John Narvaez and Andrew Cervantes , direct from “America’s Got Talent,” and you have an entire evening of talent, song and dance.

This concert's charities include Abzyme Research Foundation, Aguilas, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) and Positive Resource Center (PRC),

To learn more and to get tickets of various price levels, go to