Benefit tonight for CoachArt, organization that offers classes to children with serious illnesses

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CoachArt, an organization that helps young people with chronic illness, will benefit from a fundraiser tonight.

CoachArt offers free, one-on-one lessons in the arts and athletics to children and teens with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The organization matches kids aged 6 to 18 with volunteer professional coaches who help boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Organizers have mounted the Evening of Champions at the Beverly Hilton to generate publicity about CoachArt and the 2,000 young people it helps every year.

The event will honor cosmetics guru Victoria Jackson and her daughter Ali Guthy for starting a foundation to help find a cure for so-called “orphan illnesses” that don’t get much money for research or new drug therapies. Ali Guthy has one of those – neuromyelitis optica – a rare disease that affects the optic nerve and spinal cord.