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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Dinner@My Place

Dinner@My Place is a unique series of privately hosted parties, each individually and smartly planned to create memorable and exceptional experiences for the lucky attendees. Reserve your place at the party and look forward to an evening filled with scrumptious food, drinks, fun conversation, one of a kind themes and plenty of surprises. All parties […]

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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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PrEP Yourself for the New Year!

Have questions about PrEP? Wondering if PrEP is right for you? Join us on Wednesday, December 28, to learn more about the benefits of PrEP from special guest – PrEP advocate – Damon L. Jacobs. Damon L. Jacobs is a New York-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author, and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work […]

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Desert AIDS Walk 2016

Desert AIDS Walk October 22 Ruth Hardy Park

The 2016 Desert AIDS Walk events begin at 8 am on Saturday, October 22nd in Ruth Hardy Park. DJ JC DiStefano will energize the park while walkers sign-in and explore the Health & Wellness Festival featuring over 40 vendor booths and a kids activity zone. The main stage will be emceed by 2016 Queen of the Desert, Tommi Rose and 2016 Queen of the Desert Fan Favorite Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, and features headliner Pepper Mashay.

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FREE PrEP Education Forum at Chill Bar

You are invited to join us at Chill Bar on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to learn about PrEP! This free PrEP education forum will focus on the benefits of PrEP, answer your questions about PrEP, and will help you have a better understanding of the available resources right here in Coachella Valley. Featured […]

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PAW/D.A.P. – Helping the furry friends who help our clients

About 30 minutes after client Randy Broo dropped off his rescued Lhasa Apso, Gladys, at the groomer, he received a call saying she had suffered a freak accident and was paralyzed. It took about $5,700 in vet and therapy bills to get Gladys walking … OK, mostly scooting … again. Even though Gladys is on […]

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Tommi Rose crowned 2016 Queen of the Desert

Tommi Rose crowned 2016 Queen of the Desert

Pinkie Meringue Shimmer this year’s Fan Favorite \For the third year in a row, drag aficionados showed the love to their favorite performers – and to Desert AIDS Project as beneficiary of all their hard work – at the Queen of the Desert lip-sync competition. “Once again, we expanded our venue at the Renaissance Palm […]

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Dining Out for Life volunteers at Lulu

Dining Out for Life: Best year yet for Desert AIDS Project

Record-breaking $190,000 and counting raised so far “Dine Out – Fight AIDS” is the long-standing motto used by Dining Out For Life as the fundraiser is promoted in selected cities throughout the U.S. and Canada on the last Thursday in April. Desert locals took that message to heart in a big way, by patronizing participating […]

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Dining Out for Life Palm Springs Coachella Valley Thursday April 28, 2016

Oscar’s Café & Bar and five Kaiser restaurants bring Dining Out For Life choices to 59

Record-breaking total makes it even easier to support Desert AIDS Project As they welcome Jackalope Ranch to the 2016 roster, Desert AIDS Project has added its first-ever Indio restaurant to its annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser on Thursday, April 28 – that one day of the year when supporting D.A.P. client services is as […]

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Dining Out for Life Palm Springs Coachella Valley Thursday April 28, 2016

Dining Out For Life, presented by Bank of America, returns Thursday, April 28

Help D.A.P. beat last year’s $175,000 raised just by patronizing a participating business From Palm Springs and Cathedral City to Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert to Indian Wells and La Quinta, a record 53 restaurants, coffee shops, juice bars, and other popular hot spots have joined Dining Out For Life 2016 to benefit patients and […]

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Queen of the Desert returns June 1st to benefit D.A.P.

Performers are intent on beating last year’s $30,000 raised PALM SPRINGS, CA, March 17, 2016 – Jazmyn Simone-Echelon will come to the 3rd Annual Queen of the Desert stage on Wednesday, June 1 at the Renaissance Palm Springs to defend her lip-sync competition crown against Trixie Garnett, Tommie Rose, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, Anita Rose, Mystic […]

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Fashion at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala

“Who are YOU wearing to the Steve Chase?”

2016 gala brings fashion, philanthropy, and fundraising into the SPOTLIGHT The late Joan Rivers, doyenne of TV’s “Fashion Police” and host of the 2012 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, famously inquired of the wardrobe of just about anyone on a red carpet just about anywhere: “Who are you wearing?” That’s always a good question at “The […]

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Jason Collins to present award to Jim Burba and Bob Hayes in Palm Springs

Jason Collins, first openly-gay NBA player, to present Partners For Life Award for 2016 to Jim Burba and Bob Hayes

Don’t miss the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala on February 6 Jason Collins blazed the trail for other professional athletes to come out to the world as proud gay men. Jim Burba and Bob Hayes wrote the book on how to succeed in a gay partnership. No wonder they all became friends and Collins jumped […]

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2015 Everyday Heroes: Bella da Ball, Kenny Jervis & Michael Crisp, Margie Lobley, Nicholas Snow

D.A.P. to mark December 1st as World AIDS Day both on-campus and at Camelot Theatres

PALM SPRINGS, CA, November 9, 2015 – Is an end to AIDS really in our near future? David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, thinks so, after returning earlier this week from Washington, DC where he had been invited to share the success of Get Tested Coachella Valley, as the nation’s first-ever, region-wide HIV testing […]

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Employees were fired up for Desert AIDS Walk 2015

Right up to the eve of Desert AIDS Walk 2015, the excitement at Desert AIDS Project was palpable as employees pitched their final fundraisers in hopes of becoming the staff team to raise the most money for the 28th annual walkathon. Meanwhile off campus, Revivals’ team captains also rallied their troops for a final push […]

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5th Annual Dancing with the Desert Stars: An All-Star Event

Jackie Beat and Dennis Hensley to co-host PALM SPRINGS, CA, October 29, 2015 – The “Fan Favorite” competition this year ought to be more heated than ever before … last year’s choice for that title, Mindy Reed, is back but so are the Desert Dancing Stars from the first, second, and fourth years: Ron Duran, […]

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Danny Pintauro honored at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala

Danny Pintauro to be honored at 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Saturday, February 6 at Palm Springs Convention Center PALM SPRINGS, CA, October 27, 2015 – Those who remember him as the fresh-faced Johnathan Bower who grew up in front of America on the hit 1980s TV sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” might have been a bit surprised to hear what he had to say recently on […]

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Grease back your hair, slip on that poodle skirt … and LET’S DANCE!!

Palm Springs Pavilion new venue for the 8th Annual Mid-Summer Dance Party benefiting D.A.P. on July 25th PALM SPRINGS, CA, June 29, 2015 – You don’t have to be John Travolta or Olivia Newton-John … just tap your “inner greaser” and get ready to have a great Saturday night because July 25th is going to […]

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Queen of the Desert returns, raising $30,000 for D.A.P.

Jazmyn Simone-Echelon crowned by Champagne Showers PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 29, 2015 – A sold-out audience of more than 600 packed the ballroom at the Renaissance Palm Springs on May 27 to cheer on their favorite drag performer in the 2nd Annual Queen of the Desert lip-sync competition. And they all showed their appreciation – […]

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Women’s Empowerment at D.A.P.

Last Wednesday, May 7 , we hosted our 1st Annual Women’s Empowerment Day. This day was all about helping women living with HIV or AIDS feel good about themselves and to learn to become their own best advocates. As we heard some of the client stories and the burdens that can come with living with […]

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FREE Oral, Head And Neck Cancer Screenings

The Oral Cancer Foundation has declared April Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, and asked dentists and doctors to promote screenings by scheduling them by appointment throughout the month. Desert AIDS Project and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Hospital has provided free oral cancer screenings at the Annette Bloch Cancer Care Center […]

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CURTIS RINGNESS, JR.: 30th Anniversary, Board Of Directors Distinguished Leadership Award, Sponsored By Desert Regional Medical Center

Curt and his now-husband, Barry, attended the very first Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala in 1995. Excited by what they saw from the still-evolving Desert AIDS Project, they continued to attend fundraising events and became donors through the Partners for Life annual giving program in 1998. But Curt soon realized that wasn’t enough – he […]

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Super Heroes Champion Dining Out for Life

For years, Dining Out for Life (DOFL) spokeswomen celebrity chef Daisy Martinez and actress Pam Grier have been reminding everyone the good that the international fundraiser does for those living with HIV and AIDS. Last year, DOFL raised $4.13 million for AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in the U.S. and Canada. The event was that successful […]

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Dining Out For Life 2015 bigger than ever for D.A.P.

50 participating restaurants and counting – Thursday, April 30 PALM SPRINGS, CA, March 17, 2015 – Dining Out For Life is that one day each year when supporting Desert AIDS Project is as simple as having breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, dessert, coffee, a cocktail, or all of the above (is your mouth watering yet?) […]

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Imagine a world without HIV … then be a part of making it happen at the 2015 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Experience a tender music-and-dance interpretation of a couple facing life with HIV together PALM SPRINGS, CA, December 3, 2014 – In the video promoting D.A.P.’s signature fundraising gala, the 21st Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, February 7, guests are invited to Imagine … a world without HIV. an AIDS-free generation. helping to create […]

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Everyday Heroes whose worth is beyond measure

Sometimes a volunteer collects enough food to feed 250 people in need during the holidays. Other times, it’s someone who performs an essential task totally free of charge. Still others offer their professional expertise for a fundraiser, then fill the room with their colleagues, friends and family. Volunteers like these help Desert AIDS Project go. […]

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Desert AIDS Walk a favorite of new D.A.P. board member

Be tenacious, be passionate, be tax deductible. Patrick Jordan, a new board member at Desert AIDS Project, has been using this strategy to raise funds for Desert AIDS Walk held this year on Oct. 18 at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs. He’s generated over $200,000 since he first became active with the event about […]

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Cameron Neilson to perform at Summer Dance Party, benefiting D.A.P. for its 30th birthday!

Time to get your dance on with DJs Femme A and All Night Shoes at the ACE on Friday, July 25 PALM SPRINGS, CA, July 18, 2014 – From the bonnie shores of Scotland … to fame on the “X Factor” … to performing for YOU at the ACE Hotel & Swim Club … you’re not […]

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Free cancer screenings on Friday, June 20 at The Annette Bloch Cancer Care Center at D.A.P.

Partnering for a second year with Desert Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Care Center PALM SPRINGS, CA, June 9, 2014 – Anyone in the community wishing to receive a free screening for oral, head, and neck cancer is invited to call 1-800-491-4990 to make an appointment. All free screenings will be performed, for one day […]

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AIDS IN CINEMA: Arts & Activism Award for 2014

“Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. The self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression and Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy.”~ Oscar Wilde Throughout the 19 years of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala, many artists who might seem most comfortable on stage or […]

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CURTIS RINGNESS, JR.: 30th Anniversary, Board of Directors Distinguished Leadership Award, Sponsored by Desert Regional Medical Center

Curt and his now-husband, Barry, attended the very first Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala in 1995. Excited by what they saw from the still-evolving Desert AIDS Project, they continued to attend fundraising events and became donors through the Partners for Life annual giving program in 1998. But Curt soon realized that wasn’t enough – he […]

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TERRI KETOVER: 2014 100 WOMEN AWARD, Sponsored by Annette Bloch

Some people might respond with a sense of hopelessness to the Centers for Disease Control’s statistic that one in 139 women in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during her lifetime. For Terri Ketover, such a public health issue was simply a reason to roll up her sleeves and get even busier than […]

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DAVID KAPLAN & GLENN OSTERGAARD: PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD FOR 2014 , Sponsored by Eisenhower Medical Center

During the 2011 Steve Chase gala, the husband-and-husband team of David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard happily surprised everyone by donating more than $50,000 as a challenge to audience members to “Fund-A-Need” for the many HIV medical and social services offered by Desert AIDS Project. This wasn’t the first time David and Glenn demonstrated generosity to […]

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Enroll in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 at Desert AIDS Project on Saturday, November 16

D.A.P. is helping recruit a diverse group of at least 300,000 men and women across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a new research study, called Cancer Prevention Study-3 … or CPS-3 for short. To participate, you must be between the ages of 30-65 and have never been personally diagnosed with cancer. This does not […]

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Chelsea Lane Bodywear Presents ‘Under & Out 2’

Charity Fashion Show and Reception to Benefit Desert AIDS Project PALM SPRINGS–August 26, 2013: Chelsea Lane Bodywear is proud to present Under & Out 2, a poolside reception and fashion show featuring men’s swim and underwear designs at the Skylark Hotel Palm Springs from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Co-Presented […]

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DJ Phenom Kimberly S Will Spin the 6th Annual Mid Summer Dance Party at the ACE Hotel and Swim Club on Friday, July 19

PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 22, 2013 – Bust out your sexiest neon beachwear – this year’s theme – and head to The Commune at the ACE on Friday, July 19 from 8:00 PM to 1:30 AM for the 6th Annual Mid Summer Dance Party, benefiting client services at Desert AIDS Project. With convenient valet parking […]

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Let’s make AIDS history. Register for the AIDS Walk this fall.

Registration for the Desert AIDS Walk is Now Open! For 25 years, the Desert AIDS Walk has been raising money and awareness that HIV and AIDS is still among us. We know that some of you have been Walking with us from the very beginning, helping to raise money for HIV/AIDS services! Even though we’ve […]

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