One of daytime's busiest women, Kate Linder, is at it again. This Thurs., Feb. 11, from 6 pm-10 pm PST the actress/fight attendant/humanitarian will be hosting Emerging Magazine's First Annual Celebrity Charity Gala to benefit The ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, 225 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.
I recently caught up with Linder, who shared why her work to fight ALS is so important to her and what it means to have Esther Valentine's daughter Kate/Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) back home in Genoa City with her on The Young and the Restless.
Daytime Confidential:Your commitment to finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is strong. Please give us some background on how you became aware of ALS.
Kate Linder: I had heard of ALS and knew that Michael Zaslow of Guiding Light had the disease. When we learned that my brother-in-law Scott was diagnosed with ALS, my husband and I decided to commit to working for a cure. Over the past five years, our commitment has only grown stronger as we meet more ALS patients and families. I have had the fortunate opportunity of becoming the celebrity spokesperson for The ALS Association for the past five years and participating in national activities including testifying in Congress and lobbying on their behalf during The ALS Association's annual advocacy days each May. We also do fundraising for various chapters throughout the United States including the Walk to D'Feet ALS events.
DC:How did you become involved with the Celebrity Charity Gala?
KL: I met Stefan duBois, Managing Director of Emerging Magazineand he was in the process of launching a charity event. I told him about the horrific disease, ALS and he immediately wanted to get involved. This will become an annual event and I am very excited that we were able to join forces. He and his wife are amazing individuals.
DC:What do you hope to achieve by hosting this event? What are your goals?
KL: We of course would like to raise money to help the ALS cause in Los Angeles, but another important goal of this event is to raise awareness. The incredible support we have obtained from my fellow performers and sponsors provides encouragement toward meeting our goal.
DC:In our first interview with you, we talked about the possibility of your daughter Kate's return. Did you expect Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) to turn out to be Kate or were you surprised as we were?
KL: I am absolutely thrilled that Chloe turned out to be Esther's daughter. This is one turn of events that I didn't see coming. Maria Bell and all the writers are incredible. I was just as shocked and happy as the viewers were. Elizabeth Hendrickson is a wonderful actress. I always look forward to our scenes.
DC:Esther's a grandmother! Isn't it time for her to meet a man who is not a cad or after the Chancellor fortune?
KL: Of course Esther would love to meet a man that is not a cad. Do you know of anyone?
DC:Would you like to see Esther settle down and get married at some point in the future?
KL: Esther definitely would like to settle down. Even after being kidnapped and almost blown up, she still dares to dream.
DC:What other charities are you involved in?
KL: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, The Los Angeles Mission, Canada's Breast Cancer Foundation and various cancer and AIDS fundraising and research organizations.
DC: You're a busy woman. What do you like to do in your spare time? How do you relax?
KL: I am a tap dancer and weekend golfer.
DC: Are there still any tickets left for your charity gala for any last minute people who may find themselves in Los Angeles?
KL: A limited number of tickets will be available at the door so if you want to definitely be a part of this event, I'd suggesting calling or emailing for tickets today!
For more infomation on Emerging Magazine's First Annual Celebrity Charity Gala go to Emerging Magazine's website. Tickets can be purchased HERE. To keep up with Linder, visit Facebook, Twitter or her official website.