The MusiCares MAP Fund honored women in recovery and saluted former first lady Betty Ford and her pioneering work with the Betty Ford Center at its annual benefit concert on May 7 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Several artists were on hand to join the celebration, including Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine, the Go-Go's; Cherie Currie, former lead vocalist for the Runaways; Exene, former vocalist for Los Angeles rock band X; Ace Frehley, former Kiss guitarist; Beth Hart, rock artist; Lemmy Kilmister, GRAMMY-winning artist, Motörhead; Wayne Kramer, MC5 co-founder; Annabella Lwin, Bow Wow Wow vocalist; Corey Parks, former Nashville Pussy bassist; Linda Perry, producer/songwriter, 4 Non Blondes; Allison Robertson, guitarist for the Donnas; Slash, GRAMMY-winning guitarist; and Matt Sorum, GRAMMY-winning drummer, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver. Samantha Ronson spun live during dinner in memory of the late DJ AM, who DJed at the event last year. Comedian/musician Sarge hosted the evening.
Performances included a cover of Led Zeppelin's haunting "Since I've Been Loving You," sung by Perry; Frehley's signature Kiss cut "Shock Me" and Slash's "Dr. Alibi," both of which also featured Parks, Robertson and Sorum; an all-star medley including the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" and the Go-Go's "We Got The Beat" featuring Caffey, Kilmister, Kramer, Lwin, Valentine, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan; among others. Currie closed the concert by leading a run-through of the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb."
Betty Ford, who has publicly shared her struggles with drug and alcohol use in two books, The Times Of My Life and Betty: A Glad Awakening, is renowned for her work in raising funds to help research and design treatments to assist men, women and families in recovery from alcoholism and other drug dependency. The Betty Ford Center, co-founded by Ford in 1982 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is recognized as one of the pre-eminent treatment facilities in the world.
Susan Ford Bales, Betty Ford's daughter and Betty Ford Center chair, accepted the MusiCares MAP Fund Award on behalf of her mother. Ford Bales said, "I know my mother is honored and even humbled by this award. I hope that it serves as motivation and a beacon of hope for other women and families to follow her example."
All proceeds from the event will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources. Over the past four years, the MusiCares MAP Fund has provided more than $3.1 million for addiction recovery treatment and sober living care for close to 1,000 clients. In addition, the MusiCares MAP Fund offers free aftercare group weekly meetings across the country. For more information on the MusiCares MAP Fund, visit www.musicares.com.