Queen of the Desert 2019

In the LGBTQ community, drag queens have a long history of saying yes to hosting, performing and fundraising – often at their own expense, and always with a firm commitment to social equality and compassionate care.  GET TICKETS HERE! On May 31, five drag queens will continue that tradition by competing for the title of […]

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2019 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Brunch

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Steve Chase Star Dedication February 8 Palm Springs Walk of Stars Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Steven Henkeshenke@desertaidsproject.org(760) 656-8401 PALM SPRINGS, CA (January 16, 2019) –Designer and humanitarian Steve Chase will receive the 427th star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on February 8.  The dedication ceremony will take place at 4:30PM at the steps of the Palm Springs Art Museum.  Three of the valleys most notable non-profit […]

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Thanks to The Chase 25 Years of Local Impact

As seen in The Standard Magazine Many would agree, we’ve made so much progress since the earliest days of AIDS, but with conditions. Culturally and legally, being LGBTQ is not as dangerous as it once was, although hate crimes still occur. Living with HIV is no longer a death sentence, but stigma remains. And when […]

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25th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Featuring a Performance by Music Legend Barry Manilow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Steven Henkeshenke@desertaidsproject.org(760) 656-8401 PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 27, 2018) – Attendees of The 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will be treated to a special performance by pop music icon Barry Manilow.   Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame […]

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Everyday Heroes Honors Individuals Who Inspire

Everyday Heroes Honors Individuals Who Inspire November 30 Event at Palm Springs Cultural Center PALM SPRINGS, CA Greater Palm Springs will come together on Friday, November 30 to celebrate this year’s Everyday Heroes honorees at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  The annual event, now in its fifth year, shines a spotlight on local individuals who […]

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Community Action Impact More than Ever, Coachella Valley Needs Desert AIDS Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Steven Henkeshenke@desertaidsproject.org(760) 656-8401 2018 Desert AIDS Walk – Community Action Impact More than Ever, Coachella Valley Needs Desert AIDS Walk Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn PALM SPRINGS, CA On Saturday, October 20, 2018 over 2,000 community members will unite in Ruth Hardy Park to walk in the 32nd Desert AIDS Walk in support of […]

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Aging Positively: 3rd Annual HIV and Aging Conference

Event Contact: JP AllenDesert AIDS Project(760) 992-0440jallen@desertaidsproject.org Press Contact: Jack BuntingDesert AIDS Project(760) 656-8472jbunting@desertaidsproject.org Aging Positively – 3rd Annual HIV and Aging Conference Keynote by amfAR co-founder Dr. Michael Gottlieb Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn When:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where:  Joslyn Senior Center  73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Beverages, snacks […]

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5th Annual Everyday Heroes Awards

5th Annual Everyday Heroes November 30, 2018 Palm Springs Cultural Center Desert AIDS Project honors local everyday heroes who’ve made an impact in our community. The annual event, now in its fifth year, features an outdoor reception, awards presentations, live entertainment and an after-party. Traditionally held on December 1, World AIDS Day, this year’s event will be […]

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Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley 2018 Raises $280,000 Local Restaurants Support Propels Greater Palm Springs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley 2018 Raises $280,000 Local Restaurants Support Propels Greater Palm Springs PALM SPRINGS, CA (July 19, 2018) Seventy Five  local restaurants and bars participated in Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley on April 26, raising $280,000 ($50,000 more than last year) […]

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African American Day Of Action To Screen for Hepatitis C and Raise Awareness

Desert AIDS Project and the Desert Highlands Wellness Committee are coming together to unite the community in vigilance against a deadly infection that is twice as prevalent in African Americans as it is in whites and Lantinx. The 6th Annual National African-American Hepatitis C Action Day will bring together the community with activists, health educators, […]

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SOLD OUT! Queen of the Desert 2018

2018 QUEEN OF THE DESERT! Six drag queens compete for the title of Queen of the Desert, decided by a panel of local celebrities, while attendees vote for their Fan Favorite by donating dollar bills!   CAST YOUR VOTE NOW FOR QUEEN OF THE DESERT 2018 Click here to vote for Rusty Waters! Click here […]

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Queen of the Desert 2018 Celebrity Judge Lypsinka to Perform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Queen of the Desert 2018 Celebrity Judge Lypsinka to perform PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 15, 2018 – Ethylina Canne, winner of Best in Drag 2016, returns to host Queen of the Desert assisted by Bella da Ball as “Voice of Goddess” on  Friday, June 1 at the Palm Springs […]

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At White Party 2018: HIV and HCV Tests, plus Hep A Vaccinations Onsite

Desert AIDS Project and Riverside University Health System-Public Health want to make sure the roughly 30,000 fun seekers who descend on Palm Springs for the 2018 White Party know their HIV and Hepatitis C status during the event. And this year, vaccinations for Hepatitis A will be offered to those interested. Starting in 2017, Hepatitis […]

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National Transgender HIV Testing Day Social at Wang’s in the Desert April 18, 5-6:30pm (FREE)

At the National Transgender HIV Testing Day Social, you’ll notice attention being paid to HIV testing, prevention and treatment among transgender people. But what you might not be expecting is an emphasis on community building, mutual support, and performances by some of Coachella Valley’s top trans talent. Transgender women have 49 times the odds of […]

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Dine Out for Life – April 26, 2018 Local Restaurants Lead Fundraising in North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Dine Out for Life –  April 26, 2018 Local Restaurants Lead Fundraising in North America PALM SPRINGS, CA (April 4, 2018)  More than 70 generous restaurants across the Coachella Valley will ‘Make One Meal Matter’ on April 26 when they participate in Dining Out for Life […]

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Ask Dr. Foltz at Revivals Palm Springs Wednesday, March 28 6-7 (FREE)

Navigating through today’s strategies for your best health. PrEP and PeP have taken a lot of the worry out of living and loving today, but what about managing your health overall? Regular access to a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine plus infectious diseases means you can trust he has your complete health in […]

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31st Annual Palm Springs Black History Month Parade & Town Fair

Saturday, February 24 11am-6pm (FREE) This year’s parade will begin at Alejo and Palm Canyon Drive at 11am, and end at Arenas around noon. This year’s grand marshall is Capitol Records recording artist Alvin Taylor. From there, join us at Frances Stevens Park (Alejo Road between Indian Canyon Dr. and Palm Canyon Dr.) for performances, […]

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Undetectable = Untransmittable at The Corridor (Courtyard Area) Thursday, Feb. 22 5-7 (FREE)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) verified in September that achieving viral suppression continuously for six months with antiretroviral therapy will prevent HIV transmission. But Bruce Richman, executive director of Prevention Access Campaign, had been telling people that for a while. Come hear Richman talk about Prevention Access Campaign’s efforts to get the […]

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Carson Kressley to Host 2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-84012018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Carson Kressley will be new host PALM SPRINGS, CA (February 2, 2018) – Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley will replace Ross Mathews as host of the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. […]

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2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honoring Community Members in Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 PALM SPRINGS, CA (January 19, 2018) – This year’s awards will shine a bright spotlight on local community members who’ve dedicated their time, talent and energy to ensuring Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is able to provide compassionate care to those who need it most. We are excited […]

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Sex Toy Talk, How To Do It Safely at Toucan’s Thursday January 25 5-6pm (FREE)

If you thought you knew everything about sex toys, you’re in for a surprise. When Joey Valenzuela, co-owner of Not So Innocent adult store presents to the crowd at Toucan’s, it will be about more than latex. He will explore the benefits of role-play for sexual health, as well as the potential for human disconnection […]

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2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards En Vogue and Thelma Houston Headline Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 29, 2017) – Co-chairs  Patrick Jordan and Lauri Kibby will join Senator Barbara Boxer on February 10 when they welcome more than 1,500 D.A.P. supporters at the 2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards benefitting Desert AIDS Project. The party begins with red carpet arrivals at the […]

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Damon Jacobs on Dating and Relationships In The Age of PrEP at Wang’s in the Desert and live on Facebook December 27 5-6pm (FREE)

Join us in person for a complimentary drink or two plus passed hors d’oeuvres, or watch our Facebook Livestream during the event to ask this nationally recognized PrEP advocate your questions. Getting our heads around how PrEP and PEP works likely is less of an undertaking than the emotional implications it will have for how […]

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24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

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Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community Members In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 2017 World AIDS Day Celebration Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community Members In Action PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 1, 2017) On World AIDS Day 2017, Desert AIDS Project will honor four community members who’ve made it their mission to get into action by supporting its mission to […]

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Walk with D.A.P. in the Palm Springs Pride Parade

For the Palm Springs Pride Parade this year, Desert AIDS Project will be celebrating our Community In Action. This includes clients, volunteers, community groups, individuals, and especially you, who help Desert AIDS Project continue our mission to promote the health and well-being of our community. We invite you to join our celebration and walk with […]

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Thank you, KMIR and KPSE Palm Springs!

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Enter to Win a Living Room by Scott Living

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Revivals Stores Grand Re-Opening Event October 14 Enter to win a Living Room by Scott Living PALM SPRINGS, CA (October 2, 2017) – Revivals Stores Palm Springs location will be hosting a Grand Re-Modeling event on October 14 to introduce its store redesign to the community. […]

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France Joli will Perform Disco Classics at the 2017 Desert AIDS Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 2017 Desert AIDS Walk – Our Community in Action France Joli will perform Disco Classics PALM SPRINGS, CA (September 27, 2017) Entertaining the troops at the Desert AIDS Walk will be disco diva France Joli, who in 1979, at the age of 16, unveiled her dance […]

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‘Walking Out’ Film Screening October 12 Benefitting Desert AIDS Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 ‘Walking Out’ Film Screening October 12 Benefitting Desert AIDS Project PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 30, 2017) Local film producers Jim Burba and Bob Hayes are proudly presenting a screening of the new film ‘Walking Out’ on October 12 to benefit Desert AIDS Project. The film premiered […]

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Wine and Design Event Benefitting D.A.P.’s Artist Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Wine and Design Event September 16 Benefitting Desert AIDS Project’s Artist Program PALM SPRINGS, CA (September 1, 2017) For their first event of the season on September 16, Wine & Design will feature Desert AIDS Project’s Client Artist Program. Initiated by D.A.P.’s Valerio Iovino, Associate Director […]

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2017 HIV and Aging Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Event Contact: JP Allen Desert AIDS Project (760) 898-0133 jallen@desertaidsproject.org D.A.P. Contact: Tom Tarr (760) 656-8464 direct ttarr@desertaidsproject.org SAVE THE DATE: September 15, 2017 Local Organizations Present “Aging Positively” A Free Conference Focusing On Seniors with HIV on National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 21, 2017) – On […]

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D.A.P. Shines Spotlight on Community Partners for the 2017 Desert AIDS Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 2017 Desert AIDS Walk – Our Community in Action D.A.P. Shines Spotlight on Community Partners PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 23, 2017) On Saturday, October 21 over 2,000 community members will unite in Ruth Hardy Park to walk in the 31st Desert AIDS Walk in support of […]

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Revivals Stores Announce CV Art Scene Collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Revivals Stores Announce CV Art Scene Collaboration PS You Make It DIY Fashion Event August 19 at Palm Springs Fan Club PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 14, 2017) – Revivals Stores and Sarah Scheideman — founder and executive director of The Coachella Valley Art Scene have partnered with […]

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Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley Raises $230,000 for D.A.P. Client Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley Raises $230,000 Local Restaurants Support Desert AIDS Project PALM SPRINGS, CA (July 12, 2017) More than sixty restaurants participated in Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley on April 27, raising $230,000 for client services at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). Because […]

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Queen of the Desert Returns!

Ethylina Canne returns to host the fourth Annual Queen of the Desert So-Cal Lip Sync competition Wednesday, May 31 at the Renaissance Palm Springs. The fun begins with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show time at 7:00 PM. Last year was a sold-out crowd of 700, so make sure you get your tickets soon by visiting www.desertaidsproject.org. Participating Queens […]

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Client & Community Wellness Dinner

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National Transgender HIV Testing Day Social

   

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Local restaurants ‘Make One Meal Matter’ to benefit Desert AIDS Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke shenke@desertaidsproject.org (760) 656-8401 Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley is April 27 Local restaurants ‘Make One Meal Matter’ to benefit Desert AIDS Project PALM SPRINGS, CA, (March 30, 2017) More than 60 restaurants across the Coachella Valley will ‘Make One Meal Matter’ on April 27 when they participate in […]

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Free Screenings for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Free oral, head and neck cancer screening available on April 14, 2017, at the Annette Bloch Cancer Care Center

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Dining Out For Life® 2017 Participation Information

Dining Out For Life® is a national campaign held each year on the last Thursday of April throughout the United States and Canada to raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations. In your local community, the event benefits Desert AIDS Project. 2017 marks Desert AIDS Project’s 12th annual event. In 2016, Dining Out for Life raised […]

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“Positive” debuts at the Jewish Community Center

Free admission to the U.S. debut of “Positive” at the Jewish Community Center

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Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Gallery500

Join the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Palm Springs Mayor, Robert Moon, and leaders from Desert AIDS Project as they celebrate the D.A.P. client art exhibit at Gallery500.

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Client & Community Wellness Dinner

Enjoy a complimentary 3-course buffet at the free client and community event. Topic of discussion: Living Well with HIV,

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Music legend Barry Manilow to present award honoring legacy of Elizabeth Taylor at Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Pop music icon Barry Manilow will present the Partners for Life Award honoring the legacy of his friend Elizabeth Taylor during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards February 11, 2017.

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Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honors the Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala on February 11.

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Free National Transgender HIV Testing Day Training

This one-day interactive training is designed to build the capacity of health departments, community-based organizations and transgender community members to implement a Transgender HIV Testing Day.

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Dancing with the Desert Stars Announces Headline Entertainer and Celebrity Emcees

Songbird Frenchie Davis will join Lucie Arnaz, Jai Rodriguez and Randy Roberts when she entertains during the December 17, 2016 Dancing with the Desert Stars. Davis was first introduced to the world as a fan-favorite on the second season of the television show American Idol, and since then, she has continued to wow audiences with her unique and versatile talent. She has performed in numerous Broadway shows, including RENT; Cinderella, Enchanted, Dreamgirls, and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which earned her a Grammy nomination.

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A Special Holiday Invitation for Our Transgender Community and Friends!

Our transgender community and friends are invited to join us on December 12, from 6-8PM at Lulu California Bistro for an evening of holiday cheer and festivities! Welcome program begins at 7PM followed by an exciting evening of sparkling beverages, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a free raffle with holiday surprises! Please RSVP by Friday, December 9 to Frank Roman at froman@desertaidsproject.org. […]

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