Wayne Brady, Marcia Cross, Gina Torres Perform at Concert for America
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Soap opera alums raise money for low-income immigrants.
Soap opera alums Wayne Brady (Dr. Reese Buckingham, Bold and Beautiful; Let’s Make a Deal), Marcia Cross (Kate Sanders, One Life to Live, Liz Correll, Edge of Night, Tanya, Another World; Desperate Housewives), and Gina Torres (Nell, One Life to Live; Pearson, Suits), joined a large group of entertainers that performed at the Concert for America on Saturday, September 21 to raise funds for the National Immigration Law Center to help low-income immigrants. Soaps.com has Torres’ post about the event in which she states, “I’m so proud to join some wonderful big-hearted people to help a great cause on Sat at 6PM PT at Royce Hall. Tix only $25 or watch the livestream! ConcertForAmerica.com. All for National Immigration Law Center.”
Other performers at the event, which took place at UCLA’s Royce Hall, included Jane Lynch (Glee), Kate Flannery (The Office), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Laurie Metcalf (The Connors), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Allison Smith (West Wing), Rachel Bay Jones (Modern Family), newlyweds Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood from Supergirl, who sang a duet, and Chicago Fire’s Yuri Sardarov, who told his story of immigrating from Baku, Azerbaijan at the age of three. Torres, who is the daughter of Cuban immigrants, was among the others who shared their personal experiences.
Saturday’s event marked the third Concert for America organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who explained that The Flash producer, Greg Berlanti and his husband Robbie Rogers had underwritten and funded the entire event to ensure every dollar raised would go to the National Immigration Law Center. Rudetsky and Wesley, who are married, founded a non-profit, Your Kids. Our Kids, in 2015, but broadened their scope beyond children after realizing the number of people at risk in America had increased. They held their first Concert for America in 2017 at The Town Hall in New York City.