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Steve Chase Star Dedication February 8 P …

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Contact: Steven Henke
shenke@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 organizations will come together to honor Chase for the impact his support made locally.  David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, Allen Monroe, CEO of The Living Desert, and Katherine Hough, Chief Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum will each pay tribute to a man who impacted the work of their organizations.

Board Chair of Desert AIDS Project, Steve Kaufer, was a personal friend of Steve Chase and remembers Chase’s commitment to serving people living with HIV/AIDS.  “D.A.P. started in 1984, and we had a small office, and then we moved to a facility on Vella Road in Palm Springs—but it was an industrial building,” Kaufer said. “I don’t know what it had been used for before we moved in, but it was pretty rough around the edges, and Steve became involved. He used his talents and his firm, and he also leaned on a lot of his vendors to donate services and products that could be used in his work at the D.A.P. to make it look pretty.”

“He felt that, just because we were a charity, and we were dealing a lot of times with people who lived below the poverty level, we didn’t have to have an office that looked horrible. He wanted people who came in to have a nice environment in which to be in, to receive their care, and to work.”

In the 1980s and early 1990s, it was difficult to raise money for HIV- and AIDS-related service organizations like D.A.P., because the virus and disease such carried a huge stigma.

“It wasn’t popular to be a corporate sponsor of an AIDS program, and many people in the area of normal philanthropy didn’t look at AIDS as an area that they wanted to get involved in,” Kaufer said. “Steve recognized that, and he used his celebrity and his contacts with major stars and big people like Joan Kroc, and President and Mrs. (Gerald) Ford, to try to expand the giving that D.A.P. received from groups that we normally wouldn’t get funding from.”

Those contacts paid huge dividends, as did Chase’s personal generosity. Not only did he lend significant support to D.A.P. – he also gave major support to the organizations today known as The Living Desert and Gardens, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Steve Chase founded Steve Chase Associates, his Rancho Mirage interior design firm, in 1980, following a lengthy and noted affiliation with Arthur Elrod Associates of Palm Springs. An acclaimed designer, Chase was active for many years in community organizations, including the Desert AIDS Project, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, The Living Desert Reserve, and The McCallum Theatre. During his firm’s formative stages, Chase offered design, consulting, and purchasing services to the McCallum Theatre, confirming his longtime passion for the performing arts. In addition, numerous projects were undertaken at The Living Desert Reserve where Chase was a Board Member. Chase worked closely with Reserve administration, offering both design and financial support for additions including Eagle Canyon and the Meerkat Café.

Chase contributed $2.5 million to The Living Desert Reserve for construction of an administrative center and a collection of California landscape art. In addition, he gave $1.5 million and 132 works of art to the Palm Springs Desert Museum, which opened the Steve Chase Art Wing and Education Center in 1996.

Chase’s introduction to the Desert AIDS Project followed his Board work with The Design Alliance to Combat AIDS (D.A.C.A.) in Los Angeles. The impact and need for local community services was apparent early, and Chase was committed to serving the desert community following his departure from the D.A.C.A. Board. He was an annual participant in the Desert AIDS Walk and he was instrumental in bringing “Heartstrings” to the Coachella Valley in 1992. This production was followed by “A Valentine’s Gala” in 1993, when Betty Ford, Joan Kroc, and Chase were honored for their longtime compassion and personal dedication to the Desert AIDS Project and its clients. Chase introduced his friends, business associates, and clients to the Desert AIDS Project and encouraged their financial and personal involvement. This introduction led to the dedication and donation of the private residence of Joan Kroc to Desert AIDS Project, a significant donation which allowed the D.A.P. to expand and broaden its mission.

Chase’s professional honors included Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame Award, and Designer of the Year, presented to him by Designers West Magazine. The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards honors Steve Chase’s commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication serves as the beginning to a weekend of events honoring the legacy of Steve Chase.  The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards VIP party will follow the dedication inside the Palm Springs Art Museum for a guest list of donors and supporters of D.A.P.  The 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is February 9 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. 

To reserve your place at the party for the 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, go to  www.stevechase25.eventbrite.com or call 760-992-0445.

This year’s awards will posthumously honor Steve Chase with Steve Chase Humanitarian Award honoring the impact 25 years of fundraising has made at Desert AIDS Project.  The evening will also honor Geoff Kors and James Williamson’s marriage to community service when they are presented with the Partners for Life Award.  Kors and Williamson have a long history of community leadership, focusing their time and resources on social and political issues as varied as LGBTQA+ rights, education, and healthcare.  Long-time supporters of Desert AIDS Project, both are members of Partners For Life.  Locally, Williamson served on the Palm Springs School Board and Kors is a member of the Palm Springs City Council.

D.A.P. Chief Development Officer, Darrell Tucci explained why this award is so important. “Few individuals have made a lasting impact in our community with the purpose and clarity of Geoff and James.”

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing D.A.P. in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability, and transparency. Visit www.desertaidsproject.orgwww.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

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 held a day prior on November 30. Click here for tickets to the 5th Annual everyday Heroes Awards!

Queen of the Desert 2018 Celebrity Judge …

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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 Cultural Center. The fun begins with cocktails at 6:00 PM and show time at 7:00 PM.  The annual event is as much a friend-raiser as fundraiser, serving as a start of summer outing for local drag fans.  Tickets start at $20 with VIP seating available.

Legendary Entertainer Lypsinka will serve as a celebrity judge and wow the sold-out audience with a very special performance.  Joining Lypsinka on the judge’s panel this year will be Joey English, Kaye Ballard, Dottie Du Boise and Maude Chapeau of Les Dames du Soleil.

2017 Queen of the Desert Vanity Halston will defend her lip-sync competition crown against Mona Statseven, Rusty Waters, Lady Vajayjay, Lola, and Xotica EroticaEach contestant will be scored on talent, evening gown, and bathing costume.  The five-person judging panel will select Queen of the Desert and Fan donations will determine the Queen of the Desert Fan Favorite award.

Last year was a sold-out crowd of 700 and raised $35,000 for Desert AIDS Project. Only 130 tickets remain for this year’s competition so fans will want to get tickets soon via Eventbrite.  Fans of the competition can get a jump-start on making their choice for Fan Favorite feel the love, by voting for  Queen of the Desert Fan Favorite 2018.  Each dollar donated counts as one vote.


Asked what we can expect from this year’s show, Host Ethylina Canne was enthusiastic.  “First and foremost, we’re at a new venue with theatre seating.  Jeffrey Drew is directing and he also directs Best in Drag.  It will be a tighter show with multi-media because of the large screen at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It’s going to be Queen of the Desert 2.0.”

In the tradition of past special appearances, Desert AIDS Project Board Chair, Steve Kaufer, will raise funds by making his drag debut at this year’s event.

Queen of the Desert 2018 is presented by Hop Valley Brewing Co. and sponsored by Gilead, Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, Tito’s Vodka, Kimpton Rowan, and The Abbey.  Contestant sponsors include: Azul, Chill Bar, Hunter’s Toucan’s and Shamrock Escrow.

About Lypsinka
The character of Lypsinka was created by veteran New Yorker John Epperson, a native of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. On stage as Lypsinka, Epperson has written and starred in the following critically acclaimed shows: I Could Go on Lip-SynchingNow It Can Be Lip-Synched; Lypsinka! A Day In the Life (2 Drama Desk nominations); As I Lay Lip-Synching; Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!; Lypsinka IS Harriet Craig!Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Non-Resident Production; L.A. Weekly Theatre Award Best Solo Performance; Drama Desk nomination); Lypsinka! The Trilogy (2014)and a new cabaret show John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka. Epperson has also starred as The Stepmother in the NYCO production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Lincoln Center; The Passion of the Crawford, a fantasia on Joan Crawford; Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House (Off-Broadway, 2017); and Once Upon A Mattress (Off-Broadway, 2015).

As a film actor, Epperson has appeared in Black Swan, Witch Hunt with Dennis Hopper, Wigstock: The MovieAngels in America, Kinsey, Vampire’s Kiss and Another Gay Movie. He was the guest curator of the Club 57 film series “You Are Now One Of Us” at the Museum of Modern Art 2017-2018. The audio recording of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House will be available from First Look Media in 2018 with the original Off-Broadway cast. Epperson is the author of three screenplays and a teleplay. Epperson and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS. www.lypsinka.com

About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by About.com. Visit www.desertaidsproject.orgwww.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

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Dine Out for Life – April 26, 2018 Loc …

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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 2018 supporting Desert AIDS Project.  Last year’s event raised $230,000 for Desert AIDS Project making Greater Palm Springs the third largest fundraising market in 52 markets across North America.


Dining Out for Life is a national campaign held each year on the last Thursday in April throughout the United States and Canada to raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations. Greater Palm Springs is proudly home to the top three fundraising restaurants in North America.  Many new restaurants have joined the cause this year, committing to donate 33% or more of their food, beverage, and liquor gross sales to support Desert AIDS Project on April 26.

Click here for the Dining Out for Life website

“This is a unique opportunity for people to join the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Just choose one of the participating restaurants and invite your friends or family to enjoy a great meal together.  We are grateful to the restaurants that continue to support our mission and invite everyone to make one meal matter.” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project (DAP).

Sponsors of Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley include: Bank of America, Sysco Riverside, City of Palm Springs, The Desert Sun

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Donating 100%
Townie – Bagels Bakery Cafe – 110% All Day
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge – Lunch
Holiday House – Lunch
Ristretto For Coffee Lovers – All Day
Rooster and the Pig – Dinner

Donating 75%
Earnest Coffee – All Day
Spencer’s Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zin American Bistro – Lunch, Dinner

Donating 60%
Blackbook – All Day
Chill Bar – All Day
Tool Shed – All Day
Trio Restaurant – Lunch, Dinner

Donating 50%
533 Viet Fusion (formerly Pho 533) – Lunch, Dinner
Acqua California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Desert – Lunch, Dinner
Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Jake’s – Lunch, Dinner
LULU California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Kitchen @ Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Over The Rainbow Cupcakes – All Day
RetroRoom Lounge – Evening
Revel Public House (formerly Alicante) -All Day
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill – Dinner
Sunshine Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vinny’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard – All Day

Donating 33%
AC3 Restaurant and Bar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alebrije Bistro Mexcio – Lunch, Dinner
Aspen Mills Bakery & Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club – Dinner
Blaze Pizza – Palm Desert – Lunch
Blaze Pizza – Palm Springs – Lunch
Bonta Restaurant & Bar – Dinner
Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant – Dinner
Carousel Bakery – Lunch
Chicken Ranch – All Day
Copa Palm Springs – Evening
Copley’s On Palm Canyon – Dinner
Cuistot – Lunch
Dead or Alive Bar – Evening
Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge – Lunch, Dinner
Elmer’s – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
El Mirasol at Los Arboles – Lunch, Dinner
El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana – Lunch, Dinner
Escena Lounge & Grill – Dinner
FARM – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guacamoles – Lunch, Dinner
Haus of Poke – Lunch, Dinner
The Hood Bar & Pizza – Lunch, Dinner
Ice Cream & Shoppe – All Day
Juniper Table – Breakfast, Lunch
Kaiser Grille – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Kaiser Grille – Palm Desert – Lunch, Dinner
King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Le Donne Cucina Italiana – Dinner
Maracas Cantina & Grill – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Michael Holme’s Purple Room – Dinner
Native Foods – Lunch, Dinner
Oscar’s Cafe & Bar – Lunch, Dinner
Peaks Restaurant – Top of the Tram – Dinner
Pinocchio in the Desert – Breakfast, Lunch
Purple Palm – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reservoir – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sherman’s Deli & Bakery – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SO PA at L’Horizon Resort and Spa – Dinner
Stacy’s @ Palm Springs – All Day
Tipper’s Gourmet Marketplace – Breakfast, Lunch
Three Sixty North – Dinner
The Tropicale – Dinner
Trunks – All Day
Venezia – Dinner
Wang’s in the Desert – Dinner
Watercress Vietnamese Bistro – Lunch, Dinner

 *as of 4/20/18 

 

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing D.A.P. in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability, and transparency. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

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At White Party 2018: HIV and HCV Tests, …

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 A outbreaks in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz have left California cities struggling to contain the spread of the virus, which primarily affects the homeless, drug users, and individuals involved in high-risk sexual behavior. But since the virus can be passed by consuming contaminated food, water or ice, it is possible for people outside these groups to contract it.

“We see offering HIV and HCV testing as integral to stomping out both epidemics,” said Bruce Weiss, director of Community Health at D.A.P. “The more people know their status, the less likely they will accidentally spread either virus, and we can link them to care.”

Desert AIDS Project’s Get Tested Coachella Valley team will be on hand to conduct HIV and HCV testing and to assist those affected to find treatment, all three days of the event. Riverside University Health System-Public Health will be offering vaccinations for the Hepatitis A virus on Friday and Saturday.

“The collaboration between Public Health and D.A.P. is one example of community partners coming together to tackle some critical health issues,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Public Health. “We agree that getting tested and learning your status is empowering and a key to slowing the spread of illness.”

Please see below for the schedule of testing and vaccination information.

Friday, April 27            10:30a.m. to 6p.m.
Renaissance Hotel        Mobile Van, Valet Parking Lot
D.A.P. for HIV and HCV
Riverside University Health System-Public Health for Hep A vaccine

Friday, April 27             10p.m. to 2 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel- Pueblo Room
D.A.P. for HIV and HCV

Saturday, April 28        10a.m. to 6p.m.
Renaissance Hotel- Pueblo Room
D.A.P. for HIV and HCV
Riverside University Health System-Public Health for Hep A vaccine

Sunday, April 29           3p.m. to 6 p.m.
Inside T-Dance (next to Impulse tent)
D.A.P. for HIV and HCV

To learn more about hepatitis care at D.A.P., click here.
To learn more about STI screening at D.A.P., click here.

Ask Dr. Foltz at Revivals Palm Springs W …

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 his focus.

Come meet Dr. Christopher Foltz at Revivals Palm Springs. He will present the best current strategies for staying healthy and happy, and will take your health questions. Passed apps and drinks will be served, and seating is limited.

If you cannot join us in person, you can watch as we livestream on the Desert AIDS Project Facebook page during the event. Click here to learn more here.

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 to vote for Xotica Erotica!

Click here to vote for Lola-Lola!

Click here to vote for Vanity Halston!

Click here to vote for Lady Vajayjay!

Click here to vote for Mona Statseven!

EVENT DETAILS
Friday, June 1st
The Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters)
Palm Springs, CA
7pm to 9pm

CONTESTANT INFORMATION
The Queen of the Desert competition is limited to contestants who have pledged to raise a minimum of $1,000 each to pre-qualify. This is a “celebrity judged” competition where the focus is to have fun, entertain the crowd and raise money for Desert AIDS Project’s HIV/AIDS services. There is also Fan Favorite voting which is your opportunity to raise funds from the attendees and win Fan Favorite.

Each contestant will be asked to compete in resort wear/bathing suit and evening gown segments as well as perform.

Awards are given in the following categories:
Queen of the Desert
Fan Favorite
Best Bathing Costume
Best Performance
Best Evening Gown

31st Annual Palm Springs Black History M …

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, live music, shows, and specialty booths.

Desert AIDS Project will offer free Hepatitis C and HIV testing at the fair until 6pm.

It is estimated that approximately 4,000 residents of the Coachella Valley live with chronic Hepatitis C and half of them are unaware. This disease can be cured, and if caught in time, long term health problems from liver damage can be avoided.

Desert AIDS Project is offering free testing, as well as linkage to care. If you cannot meet us Saturday, please call for an appointment at Desert AIDS Project Hepatitis Center of Excellence at (760) 276-5097.

Undetectable = Untransmittable at The Co …

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 message out nationally about this monumental finding, and learn about what barriers still exist. He will also talk about strategies for safe loving and healthy living now that we know undetectable equals untransmittable!

The first 50 people will receive two complimentary drinks and free passed appetizers.

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