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Photos by Rick Camargo

She came, she sang. We wept, we blinked. Then she was gone.

San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House was the venue on Monday night for the Help Raise Healthy Children Gala. Oscar winning “Dreamgirl” and former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson was the headliner.

She belted out just three songs—each one amazing; each one raised the roof. From Aretha Franklin’s “Change is Gonna Come” to the crowd fave from Dreamgirls “I am Changing,” Hudson didn’t disappoint. However when she left the stage after just three numbers one did feel a tad shortchanged.

The other star of the night was Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch. He whizzed through half a dozen of his movie hits including tunes from Funny Girl and Cabaret.

The gala was fun and entertaining—meaty on talent, but thin on performance time. Proceeds from the event went to the Help Raise Healthy Children campaign.

Enjoy the pics.