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Linda Perry reunites her band 4 Non Blondes, raises $600,000 for LA Gay & Lesbian Center

Other performers included Margaret Cho, Evan Rachel Wood, Milla Jovovich and Rumer Willis
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Linda Perry did it again - and this time she had her old band with her.

The rocker once again spearheaded An Evening With Women - one of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's two biggest annual fundraisers - and raised more than $600,000 for the organization.

Gay Star News attended Saturday's event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where such stars as Perry's wife Sara Gilbert and celebs including Sia, Natasha Bedingfield, Michelle Rodriguez and Joely Fisher chowed on vegan food, bid on big ticket live auction items and enjoyed a live concert.

In addition to the highly-anticipated reunion of the band 4 Non Blondes (see video below), there was music and comedy from Margaret Cho.

'The Center is really my Center and we are really proud of the work the Center does so we're here to celebrate and to help it out more,' Cho told GSN before the show.

Cho sang a comedic song on stage about having a fat vagina and also observed that 'lesbians don't have Grindr - the closest we have is Animal Rescue.'

Funnyman Alec Mapa was on hand to present the Special Board of Directors Award to the ABC Family show The Fosters which is about a lesbian couple and their brood of children - including some foster kids.

Star Teri Polo was on hand to accept as were co-creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg.

Producer Jennifer Lopez was not present but appeared via video to thank The Center and to congratulate The Fosters team for 'continuing to show everybody that love is love.'

Paige remarked that 'we think women make society work' and said 'I believe deeply in the work of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.'

Paige, who starred on Showtime's Queer as Folk for five seasons, told the crowd that when he first arrived in Los Angeles 15 years ago and needed help, he was able to find counseling at the center for $10 a week.

In addition to the 4 Non Blondes reunion, there were other first-rate musical performances.

Evan Rachel Wood, the actress who we know from such films as The Wrestler and Thirteen, showed she is a tremendous rock and roll singer with a sensational, soaring voice during her three-song set.

Wood told GSN on the red carpet that organizer Perry 'is one of my biggest inspirations' and that 'I really admire everything that the center does and I'm honored to be here. This is one of the main events and I'm just so happy that Linda asked me to be a part of it.'

Rumer Wills may be best known as the daughter of Brice Willis and Demi Moore, but she's also an impressive singer. She belted out a version of You Don't Own Me that the crowd loved.

There was also a rocking three-song set from Milla Jovovich who may be best known from starring in the Resident Evil movies but who has released an album and other recordings and is a knockout performer.

The LA Gay & Lesbian Center's CEO Lorri Jean gave a passionate and fiery speech early in the evening about religious fundamentalism and its attempts worldwide to oppress LGBT people and women.

She chatted with GSN on the red carpet about the evening which she said is a way to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in a way that is 'creative and unique.

'This is not your typical rubber chicken dinner - this is a musical extravaganza that Linda Perry organizes and makes possible for us - totally memorable nights. We've had some of the biggest stars in town coming here to sing.'

Perry wandered into the audience during the event's live auction carrying a bottle of whiskey and began offering shots to audience members.

'I'm gonna get these bitches drunk!' she joked - with the clear intention of getting the crowd to bid big.

And they did.

An autographed guitar belonging to Joan Jett sold for $16,000 while a trip to New York City that included two Broadway shows and meet and greets with stars Idina Menzeland Neil Patrick Harris went for $17,000.

Willis offered herself up as a date for the highest bidder and fetched $12,000 and a Baby Grand piano belonging to Perry sold for $15,000. The piano had been signed by a number of stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Pink, Sia, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and even Britney Spears.

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