One of soul’s leading performers has been unveiled as the headline act at the annual Divas and Diamonds Ball at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on October 14.

Organisers have revealed that Gwen Dickey, who fronted internationally celebrated soul-funk group, Rose Royce, is to perform at the event, which will raise funds for the Graham Wylie Foundation.

The singer, who’s hits include Car Wash, Wishing On A Star and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, will be the highlight of what is always a sell-out event, regularly attracting more than 350 guests.

And the singer revealed that she is delighted to be able to support the evening.

“I’ve heard a great deal about the Divas and Diamonds event and it sounds amazing,” she said.

“And I’m thrilled to be asked to perform. I know, personally, how music transforms lives and knowing that the Graham Wylie Foundation is building a music therapy centre for children and young people in the area makes me proud to be donate my performance to this wonderful cause.”

Divas and Diamonds was the brainwave of a group of business women who wanted to create a female-focused ball, raising funds for a chosen charity. Over the years the event, which includes a champagne drinks reception, dinner and live entertainment, has raised thousands of pounds for various good causes.

This year’s event has been named Saturday Night Diva and will be supported by Dandy Events, Big Purple Productions and At Sisters Hair and Beauty.

Lynn Waterman of the Divas and Diamonds organising committee believes Gwen’s appearance will make the evening even more special.

“Given the theme of this year’s event there couldn’t be a more perfect performer,” she said.

“We are so grateful that Gwen has agreed to perform and that it will be the icing on the cake of what is always a great evening.”

Tickets are now on sale, with table prices available for Diva Sparkles tables at £750, with Diamond VIP packages at £1,250 which include front row tables, an enhanced drinks package and premium goody bag.

For further information, or to book tickets, contact sparkles@divasanddiamondsnewcastle.co.uk or visit the website divasanddiamondsnewcastle.co.ukThe event can also be followed on twitter @divasnortheast.