Channing and Others Join Dec. 9 Help Is On the Way Benefit in San Fran

News   Channing and Others Join Dec. 9 Help Is On the Way Benefit in San Fran Theatre legend Carol Channing, former Applause star Bonnie Franklin as well as San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Muriel Maffrey, Benjamin Pierce and Parrish Maynard, have been added to the line-up for the fourth annual Help Is on the Way for the Holidays benefit.

Theatre legend Carol Channing, former Applause star Bonnie Franklin as well as San Francisco Ballet principal dancers Muriel Maffrey, Benjamin Pierce and Parrish Maynard, have been added to the line-up for the fourth annual Help Is on the Way for the Holidays benefit.

Presented by The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, the star-studded performance is scheduled for Dec. 9 at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. The evening, which begins with a 6 PM silent auction followed by the 7:30 PM concert, will include performances from a host of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, cabaret, TV and film. Among those scheduled to take part in the fundraiser are the previously announced Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Gregory Harrison, Rod McKuen, Sally Struthers, Davis Gaines, Franc D'Ambrosio, Sharon McNight, Wesla Whitfield, Lisa Viggiano, Opie Bellas, Michael Bannett and the cast of Stomp.

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The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation is a non profit organization established to raise funds for AIDS service provider agencies. The Dec. 9 concert will benefit the HIV/AIDS program at Children's Hospital Oakland, HIV services at Lyon Martin Women's Health Services and BAY (Bay Area Young) Positives.

Tickets for the show only are priced at $35, $50 and $75; tickets for the show plus the champagne and dessert party range from $100 to $5,000. Call (415) 273-1620 for reservations; visit www.helpisontheway.org for more information. —By Andrew Gans