imageEven for a weekend packed with dance events and pool parties, there’s a serious side.

One of the last events to kick off during Stonewall Week is “Music for a Cause,” an evening on Sunday packed with female musicians performing to raise money for the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.

But it’s not just a general fundraiser for the women’s health group. Proceeds from this three-hour event benefit ALHI’s Health Fund, which provides health screenings for under- and un-insured women. Organizers hope to raise a few thousand dollars to pay up to $150 per woman for tests that include physicals and pap smears.

“It’s really one of the most important programs that truly impacts our community one woman at a time, so it is a really powerful and popular program,” says Jan Suchomski, vice chair of the ALHI board. “We really want to expand it.”

The Health Fund has helped 50 women since it started about 18 months ago. ALHI receives about 10 calls a month asking for assistance, though that number has been increasing as the economic recession continues, Suchomski says.

The idea for “Music for a Cause” came from state Rep. Karla Drenner (photo), the only openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly. Drenner approached the non-profit about hosting a benefit and has since helped to organize the evening, which includes artists Lindsey Hinkle, Satin Britches and Renee Mixon.

All of the $10 cover charge, as well as any donations during the event, benefits the Health Fund, Suchomski says.

“We are so appreciative of Karla doing this for us. We are always looking for money and more ways to serve our community,” she says.

View the full event listing from the Project Q Atlanta community calendar.

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