25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
February 9, 2019
Palm Springs Convention Center

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is attended by more than 2,000 of the Coachella Valley’s most fashionable humanitarians making red carpet arrivals and the after-party events unto themselves.  This year marks the 25th year for Desert AIDS Project’s largest fundraising event which is named for one of D.A.P.’s earliest financial supporters, the designer Steve Chase.

Barry Manilow performs during his “Music and Passion” tour at HP Pavilion on February 15, 2008 in San Jose, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)

Attendees of The 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards will be treated to a special performance by pop music icon Barry Manilow. Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits.  In 2017 Barry Manilow received the BMI Icon Award and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.

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 kicks off the night prior with an exclusive VIP pre-party at the Palm Springs Art Museum honoring major donors and celebrity guests.  Preceding the VIP Party, The City of Palm Springs will honor Chase as a humanitarian and designer with a Palm Springs Walk of Stars Dedication in front of the museum.  Chase’s philanthropy has had a lasting impact on the environment, arts & culture and healthcare through his support of the Living Desert, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Desert AIDS Project.  Leaders of the three non-profits will speak about the lasting impact of his support during the dedication ceremony.

This year’s awards will posthumously honor Steve Chase with Steve Chase Humanitarian Award honoring the impact 25 years of fundraising has made at Desert AIDS Project. 

The evening will also honor Geoff Kors and James Williamson’s marriage to community service when they are presented with the Partners for Life Award on February 9 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Kors and Williamson have a long history of community leadership, focusing their time and resources on social and political issues as varied as LGBTQA+ rights, education, and healthcare.  Long-time supporters of Desert AIDS Project, both are members of Partners For Life.  Locally, Williamson served on the Palm Springs School Board and Kors is a member of the Palm Springs City Council.

D.A.P. Chief Development Officer, Darrell Tucci explained why this award is so important. “Few individuals have made a lasting impact in our community with the purpose and clarity of Geoff and James.”

Co-chairs Kevin Bass, Patrick Jordan and Lauri Kibby have been planning this year’s gala for more than a year with an eye to reinventing the format of the evening.  The party begins with red carpet arrivals LIVE on NBC Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center at 5:30pm.  The Steve Chase Fashion Experience will feature Palm Springs Fashion Editor, Susan Stein, Ethylina Canne and other special guest commentators.  The awards kick off at 7:00 PM and will feature a performance by Barry Manilow followed by the after-party.

Desert AIDS Project remains committed to a bold 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 9, 2019

5:30 PM
Red Carpet Arrivals
Silent Auction

7:00 PM
Barry Manilow 

9:30 PM
After Party


For those attending “The Chase”  you’ll have a chance to bid on dozens of donated auction items. And of course, anyone can get the bidding started on items LIVE ONLINE right now. It’s a great way to support Desert AIDS Project this weekend, from anywhere in the world. Click here to see what’s available!

2019 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

The Auen Foundation

Mark Adams, Elgart Aster & Paul Swerdlove, Annette Bloch, Desert Care Network, Eisenhower Health, Desert Sun, El Paseo Jewelers, Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, Living Out, Harold Matzner, Reaction Marketing, Walgreens

Mark Adams, Annette Bloch, Brush Palm Springs, Jean-Daniel Kermelly & Gerry Battle, Here Media, Edward & Marie Lewis, Natural Retreats, NBC Palm Springs

Steven Anders / The Elizabeth Firth Wade Endowment, Bank of America, Blackbook, Jim Burba & Bob Hayes, Chill Bar, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Diageo, Gilead Sciences, Lynn Hammond, Heather James Fine Art, ITEX of the Desert, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Lauri & Charles Kibby, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, Neil Lane Jewelers, The Living Desert, Patton Design Studio, Rabobank, Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, UC Riverside School of Medicine, Wells Fargo, White Cross Pharmacy

29 Palms Band of Mission Indians, Michael & Wendy Braun, Freehold Communities, Delta Dental, Annette Guzman, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Image360, Patrick Jordan, Kaiser Permanente, Koffi, Frank Kurland, Donald Lorack, Laboratory Corporation of America, Perry McCay, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Renova Energy, Revive Wellness, Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler, SoCalGas, Sysco Riverside, Union Bank of California

CV Independent, Gay Ad Network, Gay Desert Guide, LOCALE Magazine, Palm Springs Life, PromoHomo.TV, Rage Monthly, The Hollywood Times, The Standard

Sponsorships 2019 SCHA Sponsorship Package


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