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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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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Desert AIDS Project Announces Substantial Fee Reduction for STI Screening And Treatment

For Immediate Release Contact: Jack Bunting, PR Specialist Tel: (760) 656-8472 Email: jbunting@desertaidsproject.org Desert AIDS Project Announces Substantial Fee Reduction for STI Screening And Treatment HIV, HCV Screenings and PEP remain free-of-charge Amid an alarming spike in syphilis cases in the Coachella Valley, Desert AIDS Project is further removing barriers to access for sexual health services […]

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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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Desert AIDS Project Offers Medical Home to Residents of Sanctuary Palm Springs

For Immediate Release Contact: Jack Bunting, PR Specialist Tel: (760) 656-8472 Email: jbunting@desertaidsproject.org 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 […]

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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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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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Number of those living with HIV/AIDS dramatically increases in Riverside County using new data system

For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Tarr, Director of Client Development Tel: 760/656-8464 Email: ttarr@desertaidsproject.org New HIV/AIDS prevalence estimate has implications for Coachella Valley healthcare infrastructure Riverside County health officials released new data indicating that a staggering 51 percent more people are living with HIV/AIDS in the county than had been previously reported. The increase is […]

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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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Local LGBTQ Organizations React to Health and Human Services Strategic Plan Omissions

For Immediate Release October 6, 2017 Contact: Tom Tarr, Director of Client Development Tel: 760/656-8464 Email: ttarr@desertaidsproject.org Local LGBTQ organizations react to Health and Human Services Strategic Plan omissions When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its 2018-2022 strategic plan, healthcare advocates quickly noticed that something was missing—any mention of minority populations, […]

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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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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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D.A.P. Revises HIV Prevention Guidelines

Desert AIDS Project revises its prevention guidelines in light of support for new research

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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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D.A.P. CEO attends Joint Session for President’s State of the Union Address

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., (CA-36), has invited David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) to attend tonight’s Joint Session of Congress.

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Mode at Revivals featured during Modernism Week

Revivals Stores will celebrate its new store location in Palm Desert with a ribbon cutting by the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce on March 15

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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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Desert AIDS Project and City of Palm Springs Receive National Recognition

Agency and City are awarded 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award from NCDA.

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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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City of Palm Springs Awards Community Development Block Grant Funding to Desert AIDS Project for Emergency Preparedness Generator Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Brinkman, CEO Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel: 760-320-8955 Email:  dbrinkman@desertaidsproject.org City of Palm Springs Awards Community Development Block Grant Funding to Desert AIDS Project for Emergency Preparedness Generator Project Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for architectural and engineering services and costs of construction will assist healthcare agency to function in […]

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Desert AIDS Project Receives $15,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Partnership with Macy’s

PALM SPRINGS, CA, (January 5, 2017) –  Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) has been awarded a grant for $15,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used for clinical and social services programs for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, helping them to achieve and maintain viral suppression and […]

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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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Hepatitis Center of Excellence Opens at Desert AIDS Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Brinkman, CEO Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel: 760-992-0418 Email:  dbrinkman@desertaidsproject.org Hepatitis Center of Excellence Opens at Desert AIDS Project Desert AIDS Project collaborates with Desert Oasis Healthcare to make state-of-the art Hepatitis testing and treatment accessible to the community. PALM SPRINGS, CA, (December 5, 2016) –  Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) has opened the […]

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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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D.A.P. Premieres Video on World AIDS Day – December 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Bruce Weiss, Director of Community Health Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel: 760-992-0455 Email: bweiss@desertaidsproject.org Desert AIDS Project Will Premiere Video on World AIDS Day, December 1 Engaging 10-minute video captures opinions and insights of a diverse group of Coachella Valley residents on the topics of HIV, HIV prevention, and how to […]

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Queens of the Desert 2017 Calendar, Now on Sale at Revivals Stores and Destination PSP

Queens of the Desert 2017 Calendar Every month is fun, fabulous, and fierce! PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 17, 2016) – The 2017 Queens of the Desert calendar, which features thirteen of Palm Springs favorite drag queens, is now on sale at Revivals stores, Destination PSP and on the DAP Community Facebook Page. 100% of proceeds […]

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“DANCING WITH THE DESERT STARS” RETURNS

Eight competitors – four women and four men – will each dance twice during the event with their respective professional dance partners. This year’s women include Alexandra Pierce, reporter \ weekend anchor KESQ / Local Channel 2; Jill Glover, Director of Mental Health, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert; Erin Scott, Manager of Marketing & Public relations at The Living Desert; and Rebecca Webb, Practice & Billing Manager at Desert AIDS project. The 2016 male competitors are Mayor Robert Moon, City of Palm Springs; Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Home Furnishings & Interior Design; Rick Manzano, Owner of Creative Take Medical; and Dr. Naren Chandrashekar, Partner, Coachella Valley Nephrology & Kidney Institute of the Desert.

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Syphilis Rate Rising Significantly in Coachella Valley as STDs Reach All-Time High in U.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bruce Weiss, Director of Community Health Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Tel:  760-323-2118 x455 Email: bweiss@desertaidsproject.org  Syphilis Rate Rising Significantly in Coachella Valley as STDs Reach All-Time High in U.S. Desert AIDS Project urges all sexually-active individuals to protect themselves, test routinely, and seek needed treatment. Gay and bisexual men at especially […]

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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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Community Health Alert

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an important notice entitled “New CDC Research Further Illuminates the Risk of Syphilis Among Gay and Bisexual Men”. They also included an infographic “Gay and Bisexual Men in California are at risk for Syphilis”.

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2016 Broadway Quilt Raises Funds for D.A.P.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From Desert AIDS Project Contact: Steven Henke – 612-310-3047 RDMarketing@DesertAIDSProject.org 2016 Broadway Quilt Raises Funds for D.A.P. “SEW OUT LOUISE!” PALM SPRINGS, CA (SEPTEMBER 21, 2016) – Fans of Broadway and supporters of Desert AIDS Project can now buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a one of kind Broadway quilt […]

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2015 Everyday Heroes will be held on World AIDS Day, Photo by John Pascal

Honorees for 3rd Annual Everyday Heroes announced

On World AIDS Day, D.A.P. recognizes “ordinary people doing extraordinary things” PALM SPRINGS, CA, July 26, 2016 – Since 1988, December 1 has been designated as World AIDS Day, to raise ongoing global awareness of the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and to honor those who have died of the disease. “While […]

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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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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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Medical Director Dr. David Morris, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. David Hersh, and Director of Behavioral Health Dr. John Roberts

D.A.P. expands its Community Health purview

Some staff moved next door to allow more clinician space Desert AIDS Project at 1695 N. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs has leased office space in the Riverside County Public Health building one door south of its Palm Springs headquarters facility. Personnel directly serving patients and clients – including all medical, dental, and behavioral health […]

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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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Queen of the Desert returns June 1st to benefit D.A.P.

Performers are intent on beating last year’s $30,000 raised PALM SPRINGS, CA, March 17, 2016 – Jazmyn Simone-Echelon will come to the 3rd Annual Queen of the Desert stage on Wednesday, June 1 at the Renaissance Palm Springs to defend her lip-sync competition crown against Trixie Garnett, Tommie Rose, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, Anita Rose, Mystic […]

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Annette Bloch gifts additional $3 million to Desert AIDS Project at the 2016 Steve Chase gala

The theme of the 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards was “Spotlight” and at the end of the evening, one of those spotlights was trained directly on Annette Bloch. Just four years after announcing a $1 million gift to establish the Annette Bloch Cancer Care Center at Desert AIDS Project at the 2012 Steve Chase […]

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Fashion at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala

“Who are YOU wearing to the Steve Chase?”

2016 gala brings fashion, philanthropy, and fundraising into the SPOTLIGHT The late Joan Rivers, doyenne of TV’s “Fashion Police” and host of the 2012 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, famously inquired of the wardrobe of just about anyone on a red carpet just about anywhere: “Who are you wearing?” That’s always a good question at “The […]

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Jason Collins to present award to Jim Burba and Bob Hayes in Palm Springs

Jason Collins, first openly-gay NBA player, to present Partners For Life Award for 2016 to Jim Burba and Bob Hayes

Don’t miss the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala on February 6 Jason Collins blazed the trail for other professional athletes to come out to the world as proud gay men. Jim Burba and Bob Hayes wrote the book on how to succeed in a gay partnership. No wonder they all became friends and Collins jumped […]

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