RAP Foundation Grant Strengthens D.A.P. and Sanctuary Alliance Helping Transitional-aged Youth in Extended Foster Care
Contact: Sanctuary Palm Springs Tim O’Bayley email@example.com (760) 788-3525 Desert AIDS Project Jack Bunting firstname.lastname@example.org (760) 656-8472 Palm Springs, CA – (May 13, 2019) Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) and LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs (Sanctuary) have received a $25,000 grant from The Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation in Palm Desert. This funding will fortify the collaboration […]
In the LGBTQ community, drag queens have a long history of saying yes to hosting, performing and fundraising – often at their own expense, and always with a firm commitment to social equality and compassionate care. GET TICKETS HERE! On May 31, five drag queens will continue that tradition by competing for the title of […]
Desert AIDS Project is saddened to learn of the passing of its brightest and most compassionate guiding light, Barbara Keller. Barbara Keller made an enormous impact at Desert AIDS Project where she served as a board member for 10 years, four years as Board Chair, and co-chaired the Steve Chase gala for 7 years – […]
When RSVP’ing to these events, please note the email address; replying to this email does not automatically get you on the appropriate list. Palm Springs 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count Volunteers are needed to count and survey homeless persons in the City of Palm Springs. The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is an effort to learn who are experiencing homelessness. […]
As seen in The Standard Magazine Many would agree, we’ve made so much progress since the earliest days of AIDS, but with conditions. Culturally and legally, being LGBTQ is not as dangerous as it once was, although hate crimes still occur. Living with HIV is no longer a death sentence, but stigma remains. And when […]
Everyday Heroes Honors Individuals Who Inspire November 30 Event at Palm Springs Cultural Center PALM SPRINGS, CA Greater Palm Springs will come together on Friday, November 30 to celebrate this year’s Everyday Heroes honorees at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The annual event, now in its fifth year, shines a spotlight on local individuals who […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Steven Henkeshenke@desertaidsproject.org(760) 656-8401 2018 Desert AIDS Walk – Community Action Impact More than Ever, Coachella Valley Needs Desert AIDS Walk Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn PALM SPRINGS, CA On Saturday, October 20, 2018 over 2,000 community members will unite in Ruth Hardy Park to walk in the 32nd Desert AIDS Walk in support of […]
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 […]
Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley 2018 Raises $280,000 Local Restaurants Support Propels Greater Palm Springs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke email@example.com (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) […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke firstname.lastname@example.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 […]
For Immediate Release Contact: Jack Bunting, PR Specialist Tel: (760) 656-8472 Email: email@example.com Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) announced an alliance with Sanctuary Palm Springs (SPS), a transitional residential program providing housing and independent life skills for foster youth who are 18-to-21 years old. Residents will be able to turn to D.A.P. for their medical, dental, mental […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke firstname.lastname@example.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. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke email@example.com (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 […]
The deadline to make your 2017 tax-deductible, year-end contribution to Desert AIDS Project is almost here! As we look ahead to 2018, I can’t stress enough just how important compassionate care at Desert AIDS Project is to people living with HIV and in poverty. In our work to address the health needs of the most vulnerable […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke firstname.lastname@example.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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke email@example.com (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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke firstname.lastname@example.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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke email@example.com (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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Henke firstname.lastname@example.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 […]
PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 19, 2017) Bank of America awarded a grant of $20,000 that will assist Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) in preventing hunger for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). D.A.P. has formed an alliance with AAP/Food Samaritans to better serve the needs of our community, while working to minimize the duplication of services. Grant funds will be used to purchase and distribute fresh produce, healthy staples, and grocery vouchers benefitting at least 300 food-insecure PLWHA monthly, year-round.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Since 1994, Desert AIDS Project has been committed to preventing food insecurity for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by facilitating access to healthy and balanced nutrition. Thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, $25,000 in funding has been granted to ensure that commitment is fulfilled.
For 23 years, 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.
“I always told Rob ‘You design it; I’ll build it.’” Andrew Adler, CEO of Alta Verde Group, had a shared passion for modern design with his brother Robert, a talented architect and classical musician who graduated from Columbia University and later became a partner in a highly-regarded design firm before dying in 2008 of AIDS-related […]
We are part of a devoted army of over 15 million other men and women in this country who serve on boards. And just like us, they give selflessly of their time and money to inspiring causes. Desert AIDS Project is winning battles of consequence every day. And it wouldn’t be done without us. The […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Friday, November 2, Desert AIDS Project will recognize the dedicated support of Jim Casey and Jason Altieri when it formally unveils the “Circle of Love” sculpture and the “Love Lives On” signage it frames on the north side of its building facing Vista Chino. “Jim and Jason have been dedicated major donors to D.A.P. […]
Lulu marks its first anniversary with donations to Desert AIDS Project and the Palm Springs Art Museum
Lulu California Bistro has been a Palm Springs hot spot since it first appeared at the corner of Arenas and Palm Canyon on August 22, 2011. To reflect the warm welcome they’ve been feeling from the community, Lulu donated more than $4,000 each to D.A.P. and the Palm Springs Art Museum from 50% of the […]
JOHN L. MENDES, JR. was a long-term HIV positive survivor who passed away in March of 2012 of metastatic lung and brain cancer. A New York native and 30-year resident of Southern California, John relocated to Palm Springs in late 2004. He immediately began volunteering at Desert AIDS Project where he accumulated over 2,000 hours […]
Even though antiretroviral drugs offer the prospect of a longer life, HIV still makes patients vulnerable to a host of life-threatening diseases, including a variety of cancers. Even before it’s detected, cancer may be lurking within a person’s body for a long time – its cells often multiplying and spreading long before the cancer makes […]
Tool Shed and Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert continue support of free and confidential HIV testing at D.A.P.
In its ongoing partnership with the community to prevent the spread of HIV, the Tool Shed Bar in Palm Springs recently raised $4,200 with its 10th Annual Erotic Art Expo and Silent Auction, which ran from February 23 to March 5. While the art expo was showing at the bar, Palm Springs Leather Order of […]
Earlier this week, some very lucky D.A.P. clients were treated to an early Christmas gift when they won a fresh, full, and lovely Douglas Fir Christmas tree. These trees were graciously donated to Desert AIDS Project by the Palm Desert High School Vocal Music Program and their supporters, thanks to the generous hearts of the […]
Find out how you can easily spread some holiday cheer to our clients this season.
For the past 8 years, Kandy Lee has organized a holiday food drive effort to fill up our Food Depot, which is constantly in need of fresh foods and groceries for our low-income clients. We asked Kandy how the food drive began and about the additions to this year’s event. Below, read about Kandy’s undertaking […]
In addition to revenues from annual donors, signature event fundraisers like the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards and Desert AIDS Walk, and Revivals Stores, Desert AIDS Project receives funds from kind-hearted souls who dedicate the time and energy to host what we call third-party events. These events are often the brainchild of one or two individuals […]
Julian di Ciurcio has been fighting the good fight since the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—since before those terms even existed, before reliable testing and diagnosis, before drugs were developed, before hope was anywhere to be seen. That was in the early ’80s, and Julian still lived in Woodside near San Francisco. There he […]
Summer’s here! And for many that means fun vacation trips away from the heat and a welcome “off-season” to the endless array of charitable and entertainment events. But, as you know, for our clients there is no such thing as an off-season from living with HIV. Their needs are ongoing, and we are committed to […]