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Gladys Knight brings the soul to 15th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art

Gladys Knight brings the soul to 15th annual Two x Two

Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight will headline the 15th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art on October 26. Photo courtesy of Gladys Knight

Two x Two hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky have secured Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight as the headlining performer for the 15th annual charity gala and auction slated for Saturday, October 26, at the Rachofsky House.

Knight has numerous No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary to her credit, but she is also a devoted humanitarian and philanthropist. She is committed to such worthy causes as the American Diabetes Association, for which she is a national spokesperson; the American Cancer Society; the Boys & Girls Club of America; the Minority AIDS Project; amfAR; and Crisis Intervention.

Dallas art patron Christen Wilson will serve as the event chair for the 2013 charity gala. Artist Luc Tuymans and Kiehl’s Since 1851 president Chris Salgardo will be presented with the amfAR Award for Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS and the amfAR Leadership Award, respectively.

One of the most anticipated social events in Dallas, Two x Two has attracted such celebrity guests such as Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Natasha Richardson, John Benjamin Hickey, Taylor Dayne, Dita Von Teese, Stanley Tucci, Gavin Rossdale, Alan Cumming, Cheyenne Jackson and Patti LaBelle.

Two x Two has raised more than $40 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. The gala benefit features a seated dinner for 400 guests with live and silent auctions of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items. It is the largest U.S. fundraiser for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.