Thelma Houston to ROCK Los Angeles at 10th Annual C.A.R.R.Y. GALA on 11/17, Beverly Hilton!

Legendary R&B Grammy award-winner Thelma Houston (‘Don’t Leave Me this Way’) will bring down the house with her stunning voice in a rare, breath-taking performance with the Celebrated Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra at the 10th annual CARRY benefit, a star-studded event on Friday, November 17, 2017,6:30PM at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, (Beverly Hills Ballroom), 9876 Wilshire Blvd., benefitting the prestigious C.A.R.R.Y. organization.





Watch Thelma Houston discussing her upcoming performance at the CARRY gala on KTLA news here (11/14/2017)


Less than a decade after she released her debut album via Motown Records, Thelma Houston had a #1 hit with 1977’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” A Grammy Award-winning song written by Gamble & Huff with Cary Gilbert, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” has also been a hit for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the British artist The Communards, in addition to being covered by Cher during her Las Vegas residency. Houston has also had other international hits with “If It’s The Last Thing I Do,” “If You Feel It,” and “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,” and she has never stopped recording, creatively releasing the Forty-Two EP in collaboration with Janitor in 2013.

With appearances from Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, Thelma continues to bring audiences to their feet with her new dynamic, energetic show. “THELMA HOUSTON: My Motown, Memories & More!” The show features non-stop classic Motown songs (that we all know and love).


This Diva logs over 200 performances annually and the singer/songwriter is enjoying every moment of her success. “I still feel a tremendous excitement about performing,” states the upbeat songstress.


More on the C.A.R.R.Y event:

Favorite actors and lauded activists Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) & Courtney Vance (The People v. OJ Simpson) will be honored. Founded by esteemed celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Pearl Grimes.  C.A.R.R.Y. is dedicated to improving the lives of foster and at-risk youth by providing life-changing social skills, scholarship programs, and pro-bono dermatological services.

Over 300 of Southern California’s most influential and socially conscious supporters will attend the organization’s annual fundraising event of year in an evening hosted by talk show personality Rolonda Watts which will also honor Dr. Robert Blackman of HealthCare Partners Medical Group with the Lifetime Achievement Orchid Award.

A number of philanthropic name celebrities including

-Yara Shahidi (Black-ish),
-Michael Einzegir (Incubus),
-Ernie Hudson (Grace & Frankie),
-Donnell Turner
(General Hospital),
-Kate Linder (Young & the Restless),
-Tasha Smith (Empire),
-Brianna Barnes (Nocturnal Animals),
-John Savage (The Last Measure),
-Blanca Blanco (Fake News),
-Dwayne Adway (Vital Signs),
-Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.,
-casts of “The People v. OJ Simpson,” “American Horror Story,” are confirmed to attend (list developing).

Sponsors include Harper Collins Books, Quest Nutrition, WEN Hair & Skincare products and more.

The 10th annual C.A.R.R.Y. Gala will celebrate the organization’s decade of service to at-risk youth in the greater Los Angeles area. “We cherish our youth and the difference we make together to impact the lives of the underserved and neglected population who, with CARRY’s love and support, can fulfill their potential,” says founder and Gala Chair, Dr. Pearl Grimes.  “Resilience, compassion and the spirit of ‘giving’ to children who need a helping hand most is what heroes are made of.”

For more information, contact



We carry our youth to a safe, secure and productive place.

The Coalition for At-Risk Youth is an all-volunteer effort led by Dr. Pearl E. Grimes. In less than ten years, they have raised over $1 million, helped thousands of foster kids and sponsored hundreds with their unique programs devoted to build character and self-esteem for children via arts & crafts, entertainment, dance and horseback riding. They are completely dependent upon fundraising activities and private donations.  They receive no state, federal or local funding.




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