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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Bank of America Awards Grant to Support Nutrition Services at D.A.P.

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.

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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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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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Dinner@My Place

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

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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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Bank of America Grants $25,000 in Funding to Support D.A.P.’s Nutrition Services Program

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.

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Pointer Sisters and La Bouche to headline Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala 2017

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.

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LINEA developer honors brother with $50,000 sponsorship of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

LINEA developer honors brother with $50,000 sponsorship of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

“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 […]

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A memorial to a loved one = a new lease on life for D.A.P.’s Computer Lab

For years, D.A.P.’s Computer Lab has been providing a connection to the digital world for clients who may not have access to computers or the Internet from home or elsewhere. While the lab’s computer equipment was serviceable enough, it certainly wasn’t latest generation or state-of-the-art. But much of that has changed, thanks to Harold Clumeck’s […]

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Desert AIDS Project CEO Barbara Keller at the Desert AIDS Walk

Great boards Walk the Talk to move their causes forward

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Circle of Love” sculpture donated to D.A.P. frames major donor commitment

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. […]

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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 […]

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Introducing the John Mendes Nutritional Assistance Program

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 […]

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Thanks a Million, Annette!

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 […]

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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 […]

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An early Christmas gift for some clients

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 […]

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Help spread holiday joy to those less fortunate

Find out how you can easily spread some holiday cheer to our clients this season.

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Filling up D.A.P.’s Food Depot is an annual effort

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 […]

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Throw a fundraiser for Desert AIDS Project!

In addition to revenues from annual donors, signature event fundraisers like the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards and Palm Springs 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 […]

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The Nicest Grizzly Bear We’ve Ever Met

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 […]

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Help us meet an unprecedented need

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 […]

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