You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jane Lynch Gets Serenaded at Peace Through Music Gala

Indi.com and Adopt the ArtsPeace Through Music Gala was a charitable event turned rock show, with performances from Guns N’ Roses’ Matt Sorum and Slash and Macy Gray at the Loews Hollywood Hotel Sept. 15.

Sorum co-founded Adopt the Arts, a foundation benefitting youth arts education, and joined Jane Lynch, Pakistani singer and philanthropist Shehzad Roy to benefit his organization the Zindagi Trust, which supports improving education in Pakistan.

“This whole idea tonight was bringing people together through music, and it always works,” Sorum said. “I mean, we wouldn’t be here if this was a mathematics fundraiser!”

Sorum said Adopt the Arts started when he was on his way to send guitars to Haiti, and Adopt the Arts co-executive director Abby Berman stopped him and said there was a school in Los Angeles, the Rosewood Avenue School, that didn’t have music equipment. He proceeded to donate 50 instruments to the school, which provided the children’s choir that sang at the event.

“I don’t have any kids of my own, but now I have these guys,” he said. “I love it!”

Guitars signed by Slash and Lynch’s Sue Sylvester track suit from “Glee” were auctioned off for thousands of dollars.

Sadia Ashraf, volunteer for both Adopt the Arts and the Zindagi Trust and co-host of the evening, said Lynch’s involvement was invaluable for the cause, and that celebrity involvement has a huge impact.

“I always thought the media’s obsession with DUIs and twerking is overrated,” she said. “I want to bring attention to causes and celebrities doing good, because that is so rare.”

Lynch was also treated to a romantic serenade during Roy’s performance — he even got down on one knee to sing.

The night climaxed in a rock show concert after Roy’s, with Sorum, Slash and Gray all combining on stage for a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

Ashraf estimated that the gala raised close to $260,000 for the cause.

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • Gaby Hoffmann, Albert Cheng, Alexandra Billings,

    'Transparent' Team Reflects on Series Finale Without Jeffrey Tambor

    Friday night’s premiere of the series finale of “Transparent” at L.A. Live’s Regal theater felt like a family reunion for the Pfefferman clan. Matriarch Judith Light embraced each one of her TV children (Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass) and guest stars from previous seasons (Cherry Jones, Melora Hardin, Bradley Whitford) who also turned [...]

  • Game of Thrones Season 8

    'Game of Thrones,' 'Avengers' Win Big at 45th Annual Saturn Awards

    As Jamie Lee Curtis picked up her first trophy ever at the 45th Annual Saturn Awards Friday night, she had a good luck charm on her arm: former manager Chuck Binder, whom she said was the reason she became an actor. “I was in college and had no thought of being an actor,” Curtis told [...]

  • Pom Klementieff poses at the launch

    Marvel Cinematic Universe Star Pom Klementieff Talks Disney-Fox Merger, X-Men Dreams

    Pom Klementieff may have entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” followed by appearances in the last two “Avengers” movies, but that wasn’t her original superhero plan. “My dream was to be in X-Men,” she told Variety on Thursday at the Chanel dinner for its new fragrance Gabrielle [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow to Be Honored at amfAR Gala Los Angeles

    Gwyneth Paltrow and art dealer Larry Gagosian are set to be honored at the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles. The American Foundation for AIDS Research announced that the two honorees will receive the Award of Courage for their commitment in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as for their other humanitarian efforts. Christina [...]

  • David Mandel Sam Richardson

    'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Veep,' 'When They See Us' Writers Honored at Emmy Nominees Reception

    Ava DuVernay (“When They See Us”), David Mandel (“Veep”) and Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) were among those honored at the Television Academy’s Emmy nominees writers reception on Tuesday night in North Hollywood. There, ceremony hosts, “Escape at Dannemora” star Eric Lange and “Veep’s” Sam Richardson, kept the show moving by tossing in [...]

  • Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart Return for 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes

    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, John Oliver and Hasan Minhaj will again Stand Up for Heroes. Comedian Ronny Chieng will join the multi-talented group on stage for a night of music and comedy in honor of military veterans and their families at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4. The 13th annual event [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content