Dinner@My Place

Posted in: Events, Local Philanthropy
February 10, 2017

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 are paid for entirely by the generous hosts ensuring 100% of every dollar of your reservation price goes to Desert AIDS Project.

Create your own combination of D@MP parties and explore this year’s series of one-of-a-kind experiences. All dinner parties are scheduled March 17 through April 16, 2017.

Ticket sales to this unique series of parties will open February 10.


Get social with us by following Dinner@My Place on Facebook!

For more information, please email Ron Willison at rwillison@desertaidsproject.org or call Beth Newton at 760-992-0444.

March 17 Shaken, Not Stirred!

JamesBond-dinnerIn Prague, James Bond kills a traitorous M16 station chief then pursues a bombmaker to an African embassy and blows up the building. In London, Chief M admonishes Bond for his rashness. Bond finds a corrupt Greek official in the Bahamas whom he pursues to Miami and kills. Then Bond follows his henchman to a high-stakes Texas hold ‘em tournament at the Casino Royale in Montenegro. And this, lucky lottery winners, is where you come in! You’ll follow a red-carpet entrance to a VIP high roller’s lounge where delectable specialty cocktails and fabulous appetizers will put you in the mood to partake in the gaming tables. All this coupled with your fancy 60s dress will shout, “Yes, I’m a dazzling creation of Ian Fleming and I’m in Montenegro at the Casino Royale!” This will be the ultimate blast!

Hosts: Mark Hamilton & Juan Francisco
Where: Hamilton home
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 100
Attire: Fancy, Bond-themed attire

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March 19 An Exceedingly Exclusive Dinner Theatre


The creative team of Dezart Performs prides itself on bringing cutting-edge theatre to Palm Springs. Guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of its’ final season production before it opens in Palm Springs in late March. Christian O’Reilly’s play, Chapatti, tells the unlikely love story of two lonely animal-lovers re-discovering the importance of human companionship. And where will you travel to see this memorable performance? Not in the usual theatre home of Dezart Performs but, instead, at the bewitching Mesa home of Carolyn and Daniel Caldwell, dear friends of Desert AIDS Project. And your hosts will treat you to deeelicious cocktails and a scrumptious dinner. You’ll never want to leave!


Hosts: Carolyn & Daniel Caldwell, Michael Shaw & Clark Dugger
Where: Caldwell home
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 6 pm
Guests: 25
Attire: Dramaturgical

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March 20 I Am What I Am

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to La Cage Aux Folles! You’ll delight in this whimsical evening of illusion and enchantment at the trés chic Sheffer/Scheffler Palm Springs home. Blink your eyes and you’ll be sure you’re in St. Tropez! Put “a little more mascara on” as your thirst is quenched and your tummy is filled with exceptional LULU pleasures. Our glamorous Queen of the Desert, Tommi Rose, and her bevy of alluring beauties, will put on a show you’ll not soon forget. This exceedingly amusing and splendid Dinner@My Place will be one you don’t want to miss! Viva la glam!



Hosts: Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Barbara & Jerry Keller
Where: Sheffer/Scheffler home
Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 40
Attire: Flamboyant, colorful, imaginative!

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March 21 Conversation

There’s a glorious Chinese Proverb that tells us, “A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books.” Wise people step forward! You’ll have the opportunity to partake in a provocative gabfest that might take you to the 1,000 places you need to see before you die or to understanding why men don’t listen and women can’t read maps! Who knows! But what’s absolutely certain is that the titillating, stimulating team of Georgia and Jerry Fogelson will guide us into spirited exchanges over a dinner that you’ll agree will be way more than just sustenance in their stunning Rancho Mirage home. Join a spirited group who’ll likely make your cheeks sore from laughing!


Hosts: Georgia & Jerry Fogelson
Where: Fogelson home
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 24
Attire: Sublime

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March 23 Back by Popular Demand

From fall 2011 to spring 2014 Chad Hilligus toured the globe as one of the Ten Tenors, performing more than 500 concerts. Now, you get to watch him perform at the gorgeous, art-filled home of Annette Bloch. Every detail of this evening is flawlessly primed; each component perfectly assembled. Close your eyes and you’ll hear the music and relish in the laughter. You’ll savor the Arturo Montes flavors of his signature hors d’oeuvres and succulent, elegant dinner. You’re practically there! Now all you need do is purchase the buy it now!



Hosts: Annette Bloch & Andrei Muresan
Where: Bloch home
Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 16
Attire: Jacket, no tie
Buy It Now: $350

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March 24 Dinners in Tandem

Your first dinner will be an amazing soirée at the new Acqua California Bistro at the River in Rancho Mirage. (This is the dinner that will exquisitely indulge your palate.) Then you’ll hop, skip and jump over to Ron Celona’s award-winning CVRep to relish in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play is about Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his roots. His wife, Emily, is an artist whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. The couple hosts a dinner – your second of the evening designed to satisfy your intellect. What begins as a friendly conversation escalates into something quite different! Only a select few will be favored with this extraordinary evening!

Hosts: Joe Giarrusso, Ron Celona, CVRep & Acqua California Bistro
Where: Acqua California Bistro & CVRep Theatre
Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 5:30 pm
Guests: 14
Attire: Off-Broadway beguiling

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March 26 A Very Sordid Supper

Your Partners for Life Leadership Committee present “dinner on the grounds and singin’ all around” at this Sordid Sunday Supper Buffet complete with all the delicious fixins: fried chicken, corn on the cob, mac and cheese and much more catered by Dave Morgan and Chicken Ranch! If y’all behave, a few members of the Sordid Lives cast may pay us a call too.




Hosts: Partners for Life Leadership Committee (Carl Baker, Kevin Bass, Mark Hamilton, Lynn Hammond, Steven Henke, Chuck Leachman, Randy Mair, Jeffrey Norman)
Where: The Corridor
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 5 pm
Guests: 100
Attire: Dress up or dress down in your Dixie duds or your daisy dukes!

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April 4 I’m Ready for My Close-up!

World-renowned photographer Michael Childers was adored by the icons of screen and stage. He had the magic touch and knew exactly how to play the fame game with Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and local greats such as Lucie Arnaz, Carol Channing and Lorna Luft! As a bonus, Michael will be joined by Stefanie Powers – star of television, stage and screen – with whom he worked for decades in Hollywood. They have wonderful stories to share. You’ll adore Michael’s charm and wit while dining in the room named for him. Willie Rhine is excited to provide you with an evening of wines and champagne from Moet Hennessey, accompanying exquisite dishes by award-winning Executive Chef Chuck Courtney at the beautiful Eight4Nine.

Hosts: Michael Childers & Willie Rhine
Special Guest: Stefanie Powers
Where: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 20
Attire: Camera-ready

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April 5 If You’re Fond of Sand Dunes and Salty Air…

Come join Bruce and Barrett for their third biannual Cape Cod lobster clambake. Move seamlessly from the palms and sun-kissed pools of Palm Springs to the sandy beaches and salty air of a Cape Cod beach. Join our marvelous hosts for a sumptuous meal shipped directly from the cold waters of Cape Cod Bay of fresh lobsters, lobster mac and cheese, lobster thermidor, clam chowder, corn on the cob, scallops and oysters all topped off with old-fashioned strawberry shortcake. Add a touch of champagne or ice-chilled Chardonnay and for just a moment, crave the smell of the warm sea breeze, the sound of the crashing waves and the soft sand squishing between your toes. Welcome to Cape Cod!


Hosts: Bruce Purdy & Barrett Sheppard
Where: Purdy/Sheppard home
Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 30
Attire: Casual/beach attire

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April 6 Drawing Your Own Conclusions

Lucky guests will arrive at the lovely Brinkman/Grimm home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Each “guest artist” will be presented with a smock. The elusive question of “What is art?” has no bearing as the immediate challenge is to focus on art-making rather than art-viewing. Artist Ken Carls (Professor Emeritus, U. of I. School of Art & Design) will lead guests to “art stations” set on the terrace overlooking the valley, stressing that the works needn’t be masterpieces, that everyone’s style can be unique. We’ll shed all lofty notions of divine inspiration and angst-ridden self-expression and ignore the need for well-honed skill, talent or taste. Instead, we’ll indulge in the guilty delights of a little playful image-making of our own. As dinner is served on the lower terrace around the pool, the surprising finishing touch will be revealed!

Hosts: David Brinkman & Dr. Will Grimm
Where: Brinkman/Grimm home
Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 6 pm
Guests: 20
Attire: Colorful or artsy but definitely smock-ready!

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April 7 Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

A red-hot, heavy hors d’oeuvres, disco Dinner @ My Place is in the works! The 100 Women committee is hosting a “Disco Inferno” at the home of Bianca Rae, KESQ News Channel 3’s stunning morning anchor. Wear your disco best because You Should Be Dancing all night! Knock On Wood it doesn’t rain but even if it does, the party goes on inside. Let’s celebrate this newsworthy Dinner @ My Place, because We Are Family, one big family full of Desert AIDS Project supporters! Buy your tickets today! Let’s Groove!



Hosts: 100 Women Committee (Ann Sheffer, Barbara Keller, Bianca Rae, Terri Ketover, Valerie Powers, Erin Scott, Suzanne Quardt)
Where: Rae home
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: 40
Theme: Studio 54
Attire: Glamour and excess!

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April 13 Las Vegas

An American in Paris is the Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and a special European city. You have the opportunity to see the magic and romance of Paris in perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season! You’ll arrive at a VIP entrance of The Smith Center, the Las Vegas world-class performing arts center. There you’ll be shown to a private lounge where you’ll love a specially prepared three-course dinner before cocktails in the Founders Room with some of The Smith Center’s most generous donors and other community leaders. Only 20 donor-level seats will be reserved for those of us who will win the lottery for this exciting destination Dinner @My Place!

Hosts: Tim Hanlon & Barbara Keller
Where: The Smith Center, Las Vegas
Date: Thursday, April 13
Time: 5 pm
Guests: 20
Attire: Gai Paris
(Transportation not included)

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April 15 One Ringy Dingy

Behind the gates of the Cashman estate in Palm Springs is a distinct locale at which, on this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime evening, you’ll find yourselves among a fortunate few. The inimitable, delightfully talented Lily Tomlin will join you in an exclusive evening! And who knows, perhaps she’ll delight you with stories, give you a peek at one of her famous characters and dish on the topic of the day. Yes, THAT Lily Tomlin, – the Grammy, multiple Emmy, multiple Tony Award-winning actor and activist! And she’ll delight you with her warm personality and wondrous charisma. Add a beautiful and sumptuous pool-side dinner, created and generously donated by Trio, and you’ll agree that this is the chance-of-a-lifetime that you absolutely don’t want to miss!

Hosts: Mark Anton & Scott Histed, Steve Kaufer & Young Chu
Where: The Contemporary Cashman Estate in Old Las Palmas
Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 6 pm
Guests: 24
Attire: Highly spirited!

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April 16 The Lady with all the Answers

You’ll have the joy of seeing this gem about Ann Landers who dispensed daily wisdom on love, marriage, sex and other vital issues through her syndicated column. It is produced by Coyote Stageworks and stars Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives). Ann has some words about her sister and rival Dear Abby, “She must have mashed her molars when I made the cover of The New York Times Magazine!” She tells of her pioneering advice to a teenager who had written to her confessing his homosexuality replying “you are not alone.” When this Easter matinee is concluded, the star of the production will join you at LULU for some fabulous drinks and succulent heavy hors d’oeuvres and chatting up this intimate group as herself, Gloria Loring. Don your Easter bonnet and relish in a memorable day!

Host: Chuck Yates
Where: Annenberg Theatre and LULU California Bistro
Date: Easter Sunday, April 16
Time: 2 pm
Guests: 20
Attire: Chic

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