Fashion designer John Varvatos has tapped country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson to perform at his annual Stuart House benefit, scheduled for Sunday in front of the Varvatos West Hollywood boutique.
This year will mark the 11th that the fashion designer has thrown his support -- and rifled through his impressive Rolodex -- on behalf of Stuart House, a UCLA rape treatment center program that helps sexually abused children.
Willie Nelson & Sons -- who also happened to front Varvatos' fall 2013 print advertising campaign -- will perform a mini-concert in a tented space in front of the store as part of this year's event, which, as in past years, will also feature live and silent auctions, shopping, children's activities, food and drink and a bevy of bold-faced names on hand to add some serious star power.
Among those set to be in the house (make that tent) this year are the event's honorary co-chairs, Amy Adams and fiancé Darren Le Gallo. (Last year's co-chairs were husband-and-wife duo Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck; in 2012, it was spouses Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann).
Over the last decade, the annual benefit has raised more than $3.62 million to benefit the Stuart House, a program created by the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center to serve the special needs of sexually abused children.
Although Sunday's event is invitation-only, you don't need an invite to flex your charitable muscles by bidding on many of the same auction items online (at charitybuzz.com/johnvarvatos) through April 23.
The list of eye-catching items currently up for bid includes an autographed Eric Clapton guitar, a kids' basketball clinic with Rajon Rondo, dinner for six prepared in your home by chef Michael Voltaggio and a new wardrobe shopping spree accompanied by Varvatos himself.
The John Varvatos 11th Annual Stuart House Benefit, noon to 5 p.m. April 13, 8800 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood (at Robertson). Invitation only.
[For the Record, 6:40 p.m. PDT April 9: An earlier version of this post said tickets to the event were available for purchase. Actually, it's an invitation-only event.]