The event is sponsored by former University of Arizona Wildcats basketball player ( 1986-90) and Grammy-winning record producer/songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. and his wife, Jeannine. Mason works with all three singers including with Hudson on her 2008 Grammy-winning eponymous album.
Toscano — sister of Tucson Symphony Orchestra principal timpanist Kimberly Toscano — Sparks and Hudson are all alumni of “American Idol.” Sparks won the title in season six in 2007; Hudson was a season three finalist who finished seventh; Toscano, predicted by many to win the crown in 2011’s season 10, finished ninth.
Friday’s benefit begins at 6 p.m. at La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, and includes an auction. Tickets, at $250 apiece, are sold out. Organizers said 1,150 people are expected to attend.