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Danny Gokey, an 'American Idol' finalist and country music singer, and girlfriend Leyicet Peralta, a model who appeared on the reality show 'Model Latina,' married in Florida on Jan. 29, 2012.
announced on Dec. 25, 2011 that they are engaged. The news came more than three years after Gokey's wife Sophia died after undergoing heart surgery.
Gokey, a Wisconsin native, and Peralta, who is from Florida, plan to wed in late January of 2012, according to a message posted on the website of Sophia's Heart Foundation.
The charity helps raise funds for impoverished children and adults was launched to honor the memory of Sophia.
'Danny's passion and focus for the last three years has been his country music career and launching Sophia's Heart Foundation,' the message on the group's website said. 'He is thrilled to have found Leyicet who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need. Accordingly, Danny and Leyicet have requested to their wedding guests that all gifts be in the form of a donation to Sophia's Heart.'
(Pictured: Danny Gokey appears in a promotional photo posted on his Facebook page in November 2011. / Danny Gokey and Leyicet Peralta are seen in a photograph posted on the sophiasheart.org, the website of the charity that honors his late wife, on Dec. 25, 2011.)
(facebook.com/DannyGokeyOfficial / sophiasheart.org)