Everyday Heroes Honors Individuals Who Inspire

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November 8, 2018

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 inspire.  This year’s honorees include Willie Rhine, Jeffrey Ewell, Edie Grosebeck & Rosanne Kumins, and the 2018 AIDS/Lifecycle Palm Springs Participants.

Everyday Heroes was born 5 years ago when four friends had dinner: Mark Jones, Brian Vatcher, Frank Goldstin and Darrell Tucci. During their dinner conversation they were struck by the number of volunteers and the countless different ways people were making a difference in our community in addition to or instead of writing a check.  They agreed that the work of these individuals who inspire was heroic and deserved the type of recognition normally reserved for major philanthropy in our valley.

Co-chaired by Terri Ketover, Ann Sheffer, and Tom Truhe. The event will be produced by Frank Goldstin of Momentous events and feature and after party catered by LULU California Bistro, short films of the honorees created by Trick Dog Films,  and images of the honorees by famed photographer John Paschal.

Broadway star David Burnham will perform live during the show.  Burnham, was last seen on Broadway in the mega-hit musical, “Wicked”, playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the developmental workshops of the show. He is an original Broadway cast member of the musical “The Light In The Piazza”, performing both on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast “Live From Lincoln Center.” He is the recipient of the prestigious “Helen Hayes Award” for Best Actor as well as the Best Actor “Garland Award” for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of “The Light In The Piazza.” David first gained critical acclaim when he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Dramalogue Award). He toured nationally in another Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster playing Peter in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Recently n NYC, he starred in the new Off-Broadway show “The Best Is Yet to Come – The Music Of Cy Coleman.

The Honorees:

Willie Rhine, co-owner of Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge and Eight4Nine Fine Catering.  Rhine has been supporting Desert AIDS Project and people living with HIV/AIDS for decades.  His mantra is ‘Be Nice’ and he has helped countless community non-profits by hosting events at his restaurant, donating, and volunteering.

Jeffrey Ewell, AKA Ethylina Canne, has made local fundraising events must attend occasions.  In 2016 Ewell was named Best in Drag at Best in Drag.  The event raised $500,000 for AIDS Alliance for Housing and Healing.  It’s said that a great drag queen makes the loneliest person in the room feel like they are part of the best party in town – and for countless Valley non-profit events, that is what Ewell has done with humanity, kindness, and humor.

Edie Groesbeck and Rosanne Kumins have a long and rich history of volunteerism for Desert AIDS Project and many other organizations in Greater Palm Springs.  This dynamic duo can often be found multiple nights per week giving their time by helping staff fundraising events. 

2018 AIDS/Lifecycle Palm Springs Participants will be awarded the Jim Scheibel and State Farm Tim Wood, Agent Good Neighbor Award.  This group rode 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising $300,000 for people living with HIV/AIDS while spreading the message in advance of the ride that HIV is not over.


 5:30 PM – Champagne Reception

6:30 PM – Awards Show and Entertainment

8:00 PM – After Party

2018 Everyday Heroes Sponsors

Major Sponsors
Compass Rose Financial
Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler
Jim Scheibel & State Farm Agent Tim Wood
Momentous Events
LuLu California Bistro
Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Desert Sun
Forest Lawn
Trick Dog Films

Event Sponsors
Contempo Lending
Grace Helen Spearman Foundation
Sanctuary Palm Springs
Gay Desert Guide
CV Independent

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing D.A.P. in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability,  and transparency. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.


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