The Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor Coachella Valley Humanitarians Marshall M. and Judith Gelfand during the 349th star dedication ceremony on Wednesday December 5, 2012 at 11:00a.m. in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum located at 100 Museum Drive. The star is sponsored byHelene Galen, Bill Osterman and Harold Matzner. The public and media are invited to attend the star dedication ceremony.

Marshall M. Gelfand is a founding Partner of Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, LLPMarshall received his B.S. degree from Syracuse University in 1950. He graduated from New York University Law School in 1956. In 1983, Marshall was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University. At the present time, he serves on the Development Committee and the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Marshall M. Gelfand resides in Palm Springs, California and is the current Treasurer of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center,and the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament. He  is the Budget and Finance Director of the Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic and is on the Board of the Palm Springs Art Endowment Fund. Marshall M. Gelfand is also business manager for Neil Diamond and Bob DylanMarshall is a generous and gracious supporter of many of our local desert charities.

Judith Jaffe Gelfand graduated from Forest Hills High School in New York and went on to the prestigious Julliard School of Music as a piano major, followed by graduation fromHofstra University with a BS in music and embarked on a teaching career in New York City’s public school system. The same year Judith and her family took residence here in theDesert, Judy sought involvement in public education in Palm Springs. Teaching melded with Judy’s community service interests as well and she joined the newly formed docent program at the then Palm Springs Desert Museum. For five years she lectured as a docent using her unique teaching skills to inform and stimulate museum visitors about the arts and natural sciences. In 1979 she was appointed the Board of Governors of the Desert Hospital Foundation. She was for many years co-chairman of the American Friends of Hebrew UniversityPalm Springs chapter, and in 1984 was awarded that institutions most prestigious Scopus Laureate award.

Judy joined the Women’s Committee of the Palm Springs Desert Museum, chairing their first MAPS (Museum Auction of Palm Springs)  event in 1984. That first event and combined successive biennial MAPS events have netted over $250,000 each for the Museum’s benefit. That success was followed by Judy’s chairmanship of the first annual MOOD(Museum Opening of the Desert) event, and in the 1989/1990 season she organized the first “Springtime” fashion show fundraiser for the Museum. In 1991 the Palm SpringsDesert Museum honored Judy with their annual fundraising gala. Sadly, Judy Jaffe Gelfand died of Alzheimer’s disease on July 13, 2004 after a 9-year struggle. In her memory and honor, her family established The Judy Fund, which to date has raised and granted close to $4.5 million for Alzheimer’s research and advocacy in partnership with the nationalAlzheimer’s Association.

We are proud to honor Marshall M. and Judith Gelfand with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars”, said Bob Alexander, President of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars, founded in 1992, has honored 348 individuals with a Golden Palm Star placed on the sidewalks of Palm Springs. Show business Honorees must have made an impact worldwide in the area of show business. All other star honorees must have contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs.  More