Steve Grand helps raise big bucks for gay Houston charities

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Singer Steve Grand took a respite from touring Pride celebrations – and sexy boat outings – to help the Diana Foundation raise funds for several gay Houston charities on Saturday. 

But it didn't stop there. The gay singer did a meet-and-greet to open the Diana Country Dinner Weekend on Friday, then delighted fans with a taste of his vocal chops on Saturday during the main event dinner and dance at Neon Boots. The weekend closed with a Sunday brunch at the Wynden.

Grand had plenty of fun.

 

He also helped make it rain for fundraising. One of Grand's t-shirts and some backstage one-on-one with the “All-American Boy” raised $3,600 thanks to a winning bid from Robert Lawson. A painting by Houston artist Rodolfo Banuelos – “Texas Summer Sunset” – raised $500. 

A final tally isn't yet complete, but organizers expect that the weekend raised about $15,000. Proceeds from the events benefit AIDS Foundation Houston, the Botts Collection, Homeless Gay Kids – Houston, Lesbian Health Initiative and University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center.

Guests for the dinner on Saturday included Frank Billingsley, chief meteorologist at KPRC, and husband Kevin Gilliard.

In March, the foundation held its signature Diana Awards in March. And by signature, we mean the 62nd annual rendition of the black tie fabulousness.

Photos by Rob Martinez

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