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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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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