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BetteBack November 4, 1985: Bette Midler Helps Raise Funds Fight AIDS

Galveston Daily News
November 4, 1985

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NEW YORK (AP) – Bette Midler and Mikhail Baryshnikov were among the stars who appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday night to raise J1.3 million in the fight against AIDS and show that “caring and concern are spreading faster”vthan the disease.

To thunderous applause, Mayorb Edward Koch strolled into the spotlight and declared that “the city of New York will do its part and more” to assist the groups for which the fund-raiser is being held — the AIDS Medical Foundation, the AIDS Resource Center and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

The show, “The Best of the Best: A Show of Concern,” was designed to demonstrate, that “caring and concern are spreading faster than AIDS,” said producer Barry Brown.

Following Brown onto the stage of the ornate opera house were Midler; Victor Borge; Christopher Reeve; Lily Tomlin; Brooke Shields; the Count Basic Orchestra; Carol Burnett; Colleen Dewhurst; Marilyn Home; the McGuire Sisters; Robert LaFosse; Leslie Brown, Baryshnikov and other members of the American Ballet Theater; and the cast of the Broadway musical “La Cageaux folles.”

Also appearing was Ruth Westheimer, a sex therapist. “I don’t sing or dance,” Mrs. Westheimer said. “All is I do is talk about relationships and good sex.”

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