Legendary two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge, who topped the Billboard charts in the 1970s and 1980s will perform her hits during LifeStream Blood Bank’s Inaugural Thanks4Giving Gala fundraising event, Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Rita Coolidge songs were on Billboard magazine’s pop, country, adult contemporary, and jazz charts, and she won two Grammy Awards with fellow musician and then-husband Kris Kristofferson. Her recordings include “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” “We’re All Alone,” and the theme song for the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy: “All Time High.” according to Wikipedia.

Since 2012 the singer has been married to Tatsuya Suda, a retired professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine. The couple resides in Fallbrook, Calif., according to Biography.

In April 2016 Coolidge released her autobiography, Delta Lady: A Memoir.

“We are thrilled to add the ‘star power’ of Rita Coolidge to Thanks4Giving,’ Dr. Rick Axelrod, LifeStream’s president/CEO and medical director, said in a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to her performance that ensures our gala will be a very, very special evening.”

Thanks4Giving also includes dinner, silent and live auctions, testimonials, and a special awards presentation to Desert Oasis Healthcare. Social hour is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; the program is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To discuss sponsorships, contact Dan Ballister, LifeStream’s Coachella Valley community relations manager, at (909) 677-0136.

“We’re excited to debut this event and tell our story before a receptive, generous Valley audience,” Axelrod said.

Robert Schein, managing director and partner of event presenting sponsor Blanke Schein Wealth Management, High Tower Advisors, serves as gala chairperson.

LifeStream is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs; Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage; and JFK Memorial Hospital, Indio.

For more information, call 800-879-4484.

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