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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.

Carson Kressley to Host 2018 Steve Chase …

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven Henke
shenke@desertaidsproject.org
(760) 656-84012018

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Carson Kressley will be new host

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. It was announced this week that Mathews will be sequestered in the Big Brother Celebrity House as he competes in the reality show that begins airing on February 7 on CBS. Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) CEO, David Brinkman shared the organizations support for Mathews. “We, along with all of his Palm Springs friends, will be cheering for Ross as he competes on Celebrity Big Brother and we look forward to having him return to host the 25th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2019”.

The addition of Kressley compliments an every growing list of style personalities and experts who will greet attendees when they arrive on the red carpet. Palm Springs Life fashion editor Susan Stein will be joined by celebrity fashion stylist Salvador Camarena, fashion designer Franck Ford, “Best in Drag Show” winner Ethylina Canne, Palm Springs Social’s Rob Grace, and KESQ’s Bianca Rae as they report on the Red Carpet Fashion Experience. KMIR News will be at the top of the main red carpet as guests arrive.

Now in its 24th year, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV.  First organized by and named for famed interior designer Steve Chase – a former D.A.P. donor, volunteer, and board member – the gala is a highlight of the desert social season and pre-ceded the night prior by an exclusive VIP pre-party honoring major donors and celebrity guests.

The awards kick off at 7:00 PM and will feature En Vogue as headline entertainment and Thelma Houston at the after-party. 

Click here to reserve your place at the party for the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards or call 760-992-0445

This year’s awards will shine a bright spotlight on local community members who have dedicated their time, talent and energy to ensuring D.A.P. is able to provide compassionate care to those who need it most. We are excited to announce Tony Marchese, owner of Trio Restaurant, will receive the Partners for Life Award, and Dr. Shubha Kerkar, MD, HIVMA, MACP, AAHIVS, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist, will be recognized with the 100 Women Award.

Kressley started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers like Ralph Lauren. A few years later, he took a leap into television when, in 2003, he became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, which won a primetime Emmy.

He revolutionized America’s personal fashion sense of style as he filmed OWN Network’s “Carson-Nation”. Kressley travelled to small towns throughout the U.S. transforming lives – one person at a time- with his signature style, humor and heart. He also hosted multiple TV shows including Lifetime’s “How to Look Good Naked”, ABC’s “True Beauty” and competed on several reality competition shows such as the 13th season of “Dancing With The Stars” where he was a fan favorite.

Kressley is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit, including You’re Different and That’s Super and Off The Cuff: The Essential Style Guide for Men and The Women Who Love Them. His latest book, a women’s style guide Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in Your Own Skin & Unleashing Your Personal Style was released on October 11, 2016 [St. Martin’s Press] to rave reviews.

A strong supporter of many philanthropic causes, Kressley uses his celebrity to advance different concerns such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, AIDS WALK, and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. Kressley is also a trustee on the board of the True Colors Fund, The American Saddlebred Museum and Philadelphia University.

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

PRODUCING: Harold MatznerWalgreens

MAJOR: Desert Regional Medical CenterEisenhower Medical CenterGrace Helen Spearman FoundationReaction MarketingThe Desert SunWells Fargo Foundation

STAR: Annette Bloch, Elgart Aster & Paul Swerdlove, KMIRRenova Energy

SUPPORTING: Mark Adams, AFR Furniture RentalsBlackbookBrush Palm SpringsChill Bar, Desert Oasis Healthcare, El Paseo Jewelers, Hydro Studios, Friends of John Rock, ITEX of the Desert EmpirePatrick JordanKaiser Permanente, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Laura Kibby, Dorothy and Melvyn Lefkowitz, Macy’sRenaissance Hotel, Savoury’s, Gregory E. Seller, Bruce Strohm, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Wade Endowment – Steven Anders, Trustee, Watkins Construction, Wells Fargo

BENEFACTOR: 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Barkingham Palace, Karen & Tony Barone, DiageoGilead, HBA, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, Frank Kurland, Laboratory Corporation of AmericaLoan DepotCounty Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Signs by TomorrowSpectrum, Bruce & Ann Strohm, Sysco-Riverside, TheBank Palm Springs, Union Bank of California Foundation

MEDIA: CV IndependentGay Desert Guide, LOCALE Magazine,  Palm Springs LifeThe StandardHere Media, The Hollywood Times

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.

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Hon …

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 to announce Tony Marchese, owner of Trio Restaurant, will receive the Partners for Life Award, and Dr. Shubha Kerkar, Sr. Physician Specialist, will be recognized with the 100 Women Award.

Click here to reserve your place at the party for the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards or call 760-992-0445.

Now in its 24th year, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV.  First organized by and named for famed interior designer Steve Chase – a former D.A.P. donor, volunteer, and board member – the gala is a highlight of the desert social season and preceded the night prior by an exclusive VIP pre-party honoring major donors and celebrity guests.

Tony Marchese is the co-producer, with Palm Springs Life Magazine, of the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival, a weekend-long event with over 4000 guests and growing. He also serves on the boards of Palm Springs Hospitality Association, and AAP Food Samaritans. He has supported Desert AIDS Project for many years by competing in Dancing with the Desert Stars, raising funds for Desert AIDS Walk as ‘Team Trio’, and participating in the annual Dining Out for Life Event.  More than sixty restaurants participated in Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley in 2017, raising $230,000 for client services at D.A.P. Because of the generosity of participating restaurant owners and diners, D.A.P.ranks third in overall fundraising as compared to 52 other participating U.S. cities. Trio Restaurant is consistently in the top three of local fundraising restaurants donating 60% of revenue that day to Desert AIDS Project.

Tony’s early career was in Chicago where he was both a successful restauranteur and real estate professional. He won awards for both Top 20 Best New Restaurants in Chicago Magazine for his upscale Brazilian Restaurant, Rhumba, and top sales awards for 15 years for his Keller Williams Office.

At age 40, Tony decided to leave the cold and move to Palm Springs. He continued in real estate but realized that people come to Palm Springs for the experience, and his true passion was reborn in the restaurant business. He opened Trio restaurant, “Where Palm Springs Eats,” with Mark Van Lannen in 2009.  Mark decided to take a business turn toward a fine foods market and left Trio in 2017. TRIO has garnered recognition as one of Palm Springs’ top restaurants and hot spots by numerous lifestyle and travel publications and websites. Shortly after their grand opening, TRIO was named one of Palm Springs Best New Restaurants by Palm Springs Life Magazine in 2010. TRIO is also listed among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Percent of Restaurants Worldwide, Open Table’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America, 2017 Expert Choice Award and is Zagat Rated as Very Good to Excellent. Since then Tony has also expanded his business opportunities into Liquid Catering- a full-service beverage and event catering business.

Tony is very excited about what’s coming next for him; he is partnering with Chef Andrew Copley and Juliana Copley of Copley’s restaurant to create a new restaurant experience in Palm Desert, CA, called AC3 Restaurant + Bar, New American food with a twist. Opening January 2018.

Dr. Shubha Kerkar has been making the lives of D.A.P. clients better for 25 years. She moved to Palm Springs in 1990 after completing her medical degree in Philadelphia, specializing in internal medicine at Episcopal Hospital, followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hahnemann University Hospital. She started her career as an infectious diseases consultant and served as Director of Infection Control at Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC). Soon after, she began volunteering at D.A.P., at the time only a small clinic on Vella Road near the airport. In 1993, she joined D.A.P. as a part-time infectious disease consultant. In 2008, she became one of the founding members of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation, which provides assistance to women and children with HIV/AIDS.

In her early career at D.A.P., when AIDS was a death sentence, she worked toward setting up an HIV/ AIDS Health Center at DRMC, to care for D.A.P. clients who needed hospitalization and hospice care. With modern medicine, her practice has evolved into skilled management for many of these clients, allowing them to lead healthy, productive lives. She is also involved with research into newer medicines; those able to cure infections such as Hepatitis C.

Dr. Kerkar is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and for 12 years has maintained certification and credentialing by the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVS). She has been nominated as the Top Doctor in Infectious Diseases by Castle Connelly Survey every year since 2005 and has received multiple Palm Springs Life Top Doctor Awards in the Specialty of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Kerkar is on active staff at Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Medical Center.

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 LIVE on KMIR and KESQ at the Palm Springs Convention Center at 5:30 pm. A new red carpet fashion experience will feature Palm Springs Fashion Editor, Susan Stein, Ethylina Canne, and Salvador Camarena. The awards kick off at 7:00 PM and will feature En Vogue as headline entertainment and Thelma Houston at the after-party.

Powerful momentum is now building towards a new narrative on HIV treatment and a new, final, ambitious, but achievable target: 90-90-90: Treatment for All

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
People can carry the HIV virus for years and not know it.  The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.  Your support enables D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley program to provide free and confidential HIV testing at hundreds of community events and dozens of test sites – from health fairs and food banks to Walgreens and D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK.

By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
Thanks to attendance at the Steve Chase and other fundraising events, Desert AIDS Project ensures that newly-diagnosed HIV positive patients receive the medications they need to survive and thrive, and regular follow-ups to safeguard their well-being.  D.A.P.’s Patient Assistance Program secures critical HIV and other medications at reduced cost.

By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
To suppress the virus to an undetectable level, an individual must start on medication as early as possible and stay on it for a lifetime. This can be challenging when facing other serious challenges.  That’s the driving force behind D.A.P. Total Care – the comprehensive combination of health and wellness services which are uniquely tailored to each individual – including medical, dental, mental health, social services, support groups, substance abuse counseling, and much more – all conveniently provided under one roof at D.A.P.’s Palm Springs location.

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2018 Schedule of Events February 10, 2018

5:30 PM
Red Carpet Arrivals
Cocktails
Silent Auction

 

 

7:00 PM
Dinner
Awards
Entertainment
En Vogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 PM
After Party featuring Thelma Houston

 

 

 

 

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

PRODUCING: Harold MatznerWalgreens

MAJOR: Desert Regional Medical CenterEisenhower Medical CenterGrace Helen Spearman FoundationReaction MarketingThe Desert SunWells Fargo Foundation

STAR: Annette Bloch, Elgart Aster & Paul Swerdlove, KMIRRenova Energy

SUPPORTING: Mark Adams, AFR Furniture Rentals, Black Book, Brush Palm Springs, Chill Bar, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Wade & Henry Bull Foundation, ITEX of the Desert EmpirePatrick Jordan, Lauri Kibby, Kaiser Permanente, Barbara & Jerry Keller, LyftRenaissance Hotel, Savoury’s, Gregory E. Seller, Bruce Strohm, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

BENEFACTOR: 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Barkingham Palace, Karen & Tony Barone, DiageoGileadKimpton Rowan Palm SpringsLaboratory Corporation of AmericaLoan Depot, County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Spectrum, Bruce & Ann Strohm, Sysco-Riverside, Union Bank of California Foundation

MEDIA: CV IndependentGay Desert GuidePalm Springs LifeThe StandardHere MediaThe Hollywood Times

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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Sex Toy Talk, How To Do It Safely at Tou …

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 due to online porn, and how we can avoid isolation.

“I want people to be OK with sex, with what’s in their mind, and then go have a safe experience.”

To get to that place, however, sometimes it takes self-exploration. “It’s OK to admit you don’t know what you want or like,” he says. “Once you decide what’s realistic in your own mind, we want you to then be safe with what you do.”

While the latest sex toys and supplies will be explored, the underlying theme will be how we humans approach sex. Clay Sales, Mr. Leather Washington 2016 will be onstage to help with the conversation.

Valenzuela is concerned about our digital world and the prevalence of people accessing sex and pornography online, but not for the reasons one might think.

“We have access to sex all the time, but we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes with the actors.”

When people attempt to mimic what they see in porn, especially with sex toys or BDSM scenarios, without knowing the proper techniques, they could experience physical injuries.

The actors in videos he says, “They are either educated on what they’re doing, or they’re likely hurting themselves.”

Valenzuela has a lot of experience counseling people on sex toys and BDSM. He and his husband opened up Not So Innocent on North Palm Canyon Drive in 2014

“It’s hard to talk about sex,” says Joey Valenzuela, but he and his husband Bill Freyer encourage people to do so daily at their shop.

Sometimes he feels like a private counselor, and he’s just fine with that.

“There’s times after a long day that we’re so tired after all the conversations, but it’s really rejuvenating.”

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards En …

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 Palm Springs Convention Center at 5:30pm.

To reserve your place at the party for the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, go to https://stevechasehumanitarianawards2018.eventbrite.com or call (760) 992-0445.

Now in its 24th year, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV. First organized by and named for famed interior designer Steve Chase – a former D.A.P. donor, volunteer, and board member – the gala is a highlight of the desert social season and preceded the night prior by an exclusive VIP pre-party honoring major donors and celebrity guests.

“Your compassionate support empowers Desert AIDS Project to think globally and act locally,” said David Brinkman, CEO.  “By joining us at the Steve Chase, you join us in our commitment to 90-90-90, the ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic.”

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), many strategies will be needed to close the book on the AIDS epidemic, and one thing is certain. It will be impossible to end the epidemic without bringing HIV treatment to all who need it. By 2020, the goal is that 90 percent of all people who have HIV/AIDS know their status, are on treatment and will have viral suppression.

Kibby is raising the bar on this year’s red carpet arrivals. “The red carpet has become a party in its own right and we’re looking for ways to include all attendees this year.”

Palm Springs Life Magazine had this to say about last year’s gala: “The Chase has a reputation among trendsetters as one of the few gala events where attendees are encouraged to have fun and take risks with fashion … and the guests did not disappoint. Black sequins and Mr. Turk dinner jackets were de rigueur for many men, as were well-fitted and accessorized tuxedos (which held their own alongside long gowns and sexy short dresses).”

This year’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will be hosted by Ross Mathews. Mathews has established himself as one of the most in-demand television personalities hosts and pop culture experts in the entertainment arena today. Endearing and witty, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut – as a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mathews can be seen as a judge on the smash hit LOGO series “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. Mathews is also a fixture on “E! News” and E! Network’s live red carpet award show coverage year round. He was most recently seen hosting E!’s “Live From E!”. He was also the host of “Hello Ross”, a weekly fan destination where the intersections of celebrity gossip and pop culture collide, giving a unique viewpoint into the latest Hollywood news. Mathews can also be heard weekly on his top-rated, PodcastOne show “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews”.

Chief Development Officer, Darrell Tucci is excited about this year’s entertainment. “I think we’re going to see a room full of friends singing along to the hits of headline entertainment En Vogue.”

The group has never been afraid to break the mold and step ‘outside’ the norm. From “Free Your Mind” to “My Lovin”, they have been trendsetters in music and style. Today, affectionately known as the “original funky divas”, they are redefining the idea of beauty and what it means, beyond the traditional sense, with their distinctive fusion of music and style.

Recognized as one of the top five highest selling American female music groups in history, En Vogue has sold more than 20 million albums and effortlessly transitioned into the digital age, amassing more than 30 million streams and more than 26 million YouTube views on their top six hit singles alone: the R&B and Pop smash hits Hold On, Free Your Mind, Never Gonna Get It, Giving Him Something He Can Feel, and Don’t Let Go.

Contrary to popular belief, En Vogue has never disbanded. As true music veterans who have withstood ever-changing music industry fads and trends, the group continues to record and perform worldwide with original members Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and newest member, Rhona Bennett.

“We find total freedom and fulfillment when we hit the stage,” Cindy Herron-Braggs says. “It’s the ultimate connection with our fans. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.”

Attendees of The Chase know to pace themselves during the evening so they have energy left for its famous after-party, which will feature a DJ, a performance by Thelma Houston, and a series of tightly guarded surprises revealed as guests dance the night away in a lounge created inside the Palm Springs Convention Center. Guests of the after party can expect her signature blend of high- energy dance classics and soulful ballads.

Thelma Houston may be best known for the worldwide success of her disco anthem “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, but her support of AIDS Services organizations is also legendary. She is known for her dedication to humanitarian causes, including tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS and deep commitments to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In 2013, the City of West Hollywood named January 29th “Thelma Houston Day” in recognition of her many charitable activities.

Powerful momentum is now building towards a new narrative on HIV treatment and a new, final, ambitious, but achievable target: 90-90-90: Treatment for All.

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.

People can carry the HIV virus for years and not know it.  The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.  Your support enables D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley program to provide free and confidential HIV testing at hundreds of community events and dozens of test sites – from health fairs and food banks to Walgreens and D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK.

By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.

Thanks to attendance at the Steve Chase and other fundraising events, Desert AIDS Project ensures that newly-diagnosed HIV positive patients receive the medications they need to survive and thrive, and regular follow-ups to safeguard their well-being.  D.A.P.’s Patient Assistance Program secures critical HIV and other medications at reduced cost.

By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

To suppress the virus to an undetectable level, an individual must start on medication as early as possible and stay on it for a lifetime. This can be challenging when facing other serious challenges.  That’s the driving force behind D.A.P. Total Care – the comprehensive combination of health and wellness services which are uniquely tailored to each individual – including medical, dental, mental health, social services, support groups, substance abuse counseling, and much more – all conveniently provided under one roof at D.A.P.’s Palm Springs location.

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2018 Schedule of Events February 10, 2018

5:30 PM
Red Carpet Arrivals
Cocktails
Silent Auction

7:00 PM
Dinner
Awards
Entertainment
En Vogue

9:30 PM
After Party featuring Thelma Houston

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

PRODUCING: Harold Matzner, Walgreens

MAJOR: Desert Regional Medical CenterEisenhower Medical Center, Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, Reaction Marketing, The Desert Sun, Wells Fargo Foundation

STAR: Annette Bloch, Elgart Aster & Paul Swerdlove, KMIR, Renova Energy

SUPPORTING: Mark Adams, AFR Furniture Rentals, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Wade & Henry Bull Foundation, ITEX of the Desert Empire, Patrick Jordan, Lauri Kibby, Kaiser Permanente, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Lyft, Renaissance Hotel, Savoury’s, Gregory E. Seller, Bruce Strohm, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

BENEFACTOR: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Karen & Tony Barone, Diageo, Gilead, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, Laboratory Corporation of America, Loan Depot, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Spectrum, Bruce & Ann Strohm, Sysco-Riverside, Union Bank of California Foundation

MEDIA: CV Independent, Gay Desert Guide, Palm Springs Life, The Standard, Here Media, The Hollywood Times

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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Damon Jacobs on Dating and Relationships …

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 we connect with our partner/s in this new era.

According to Bruce Weiss, Desert AIDS Project’s Director of Community Health, “Before PrEP and PEP, the only way of protecting each other and ourselves from contracting HIV was abstinence and condom use. Abstinence was frustrating, and relying solely on condoms proved challenging for many.  Not only did new infections still occur at a destructive pace, many felt a sense of fear around sex, as well as worry when getting regular HIV tests. We have heard consistently from gay men that it was hard to really enjoy sex without this fear and anxiety, even when consistently using condoms.”

Old ways of thinking, like other habits, die hard. But with PrEP, this fear surrounding sex is no longer necessary for us to protect each other and ourselves. Damon Jacobs, LMFT, is determined to help us grasp this, and even go deeper.

According to Jacobs, we are still not discussing how we cognitively and emotionally connect. The puzzle he wants to help each of us solve is “how can sexual connections be experienced as meaningful whether they last an hour, a year, or five decades.”

If anyone should know, it’s Damon Jacobs. He’s a licensed marriage and family therapist, HIV prevention specialist, and nationally-recognized PrEP advocate.

“Integrating PrEP education into a private psychotherapy practice was a natural fit for me, given my work for most of the past 20 years has centered on enhancing serenity in individuals, increasing pleasure in relationships, and challenging oppressive structures in society.”

Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community M …

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 enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community. This year marks the fourth year that D.A.P. will celebrate World AIDS Day by shining a spotlight on unsung local heroes. The event will be hosted by Bruce Vilanch and feature a special performance by Broadway’s James Snyder.

“World AIDS Day is a day many of us take time to remember those lost and to renew our resolve to take action moving forward,” says Darrell Tucci, our Chief Development Officer. “Everyday Heroes is meant to remember and honor the everyday person going to extraordinary lengths to support those living with HIV and to bring an end to the epidemic. We’ll be honoring people who contribute their time and talent to supporting the mission of Desert AIDS Project.”

This year, attendees will applaud Art Hall, Lynn Hammond, Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver and the recipient of the First Annual State Farm Good Neighbor Award.

Nominations for the First Annual State Farm Good Neighbor Award can be made until November 3 at www.desertaidsproject.org/everyday-heroes-nomination

The evening of Champagne toasts, awards and entertainment, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Camelot Theatres on Baristo Road in Palm Springs.  This year’s event welcome’s back Event Co-Chairs, Terri Ketover, Ann Sheffer, and Tom Truhe. Michael Childers is Honorary Chair. The event will be produced by Frank Goldstin of Momentous Events and catered by LULU California Bistro.

Art Hall, most well known as the proprietor of First Gallery in Rancho Mirage has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic since the early 1980’s when he would volunteer at the hospital to feed AIDS patients. Over time he brought his love of art to Desert AIDS Project, curating both D.A.P.’s original offices and our current ones with the magical art collection from Steve Chase. Ever since, Art has framed every piece of donated art to D.A.P. for free, helping the organization raise countless thousands of dollars to serve our clients.

Lynn Hammond, of Palm Springs, is often the quiet person in the kitchen donating delicious food for countless fundraising, staff and client events for Desert AIDS Project and many other local and national non-profit organizations. Lynn also serves on the leadership committee for our Partners for Life giving program and currently serves as Co-Chair of the annual Palm Springs HRC Garden Party.

Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver are voracious volunteers for Desert AIDS Project and other local non-profits. Their volunteerism has become so prolific that it is not unusual to find Matt and Tom volunteering at multiple events in the same evening. From serving food and beverage, to checking in guests, they help D.A.P. and dozens of other organizations by being the good will ambassadors who greet everyone with their signature smile and welcoming demeanor.

We invite you to join us, not just today as we commemorate World AIDS Day, but every day. Let’s End It. End Isolation. End Stigma. End HIV Transmission.

WHAT: EVERYDAY HEROES
WHEN: DECEMBER 1, 2017 5:30pm
WHERE: CAMELOT THEATRES, PALM SPRINGS
WHY: A WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION SALUTING THE VALLEY’S EVERYDAY HEROES
TICKETS: $40 General, $75 Preferred, $150 VIP www.desertaidsproject.org/event

Schedule of Events
5:30 Champagne Reception
6:30 Awards Show and Entertainment featuring James Snyder and Bruce Vilanch
8:10 Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception

2017 Everyday Heroes Sponsors

Major Sponsors:   Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation, Momentous Events, Lulu California Bistro, Trick Dog Films, Sanctuary Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, AFR Event Furnishings, Compass Rose FinancialGilead

Award Sponsors:   Eight 4 Nine Restaurant & Lounge, Contempo Lending, Canyon Pacific Insurance

Media Sponsors:   The Standard Magazine, Outrageous City, CV Independent, Gay Desert Guide, Promo Homo TV, GED Magazine, Hollywood Times

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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Walk with D.A.P. in the Palm Springs Pri …

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 us in the parade. We will be holding signs, streamers, giving away beads and generally thanking the community. All walkers will get a Community in Action t-shirt to wear in the parade and to keep with our gratitude for joining us.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP below by October 30th. If you have any special considerations, please call Hudson at (760) 992-0441.

When: Sunday, November 5th
Where: 1200 block of N. Palm Canyon near Denny’s (between W Veredasur & N Via Las Palmas) look for the Revivals truck
Time: Arrive no later than 9:30 am, please allow time for parking.
RSVP: To Hudson Alling by completing the form below or call (760) 992-0441

Complete the form below to walk with D.A.P. in the Palm Springs Pride Parade

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