19th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
by Barbara Wisbey –
Photo by Robert Benson for Wire Image –
In the Spotlight is the 19th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards “Love
Lives On”. Presented by Integrated Wealth Management and benefitting Client
Services at Desert AIDS Project.
Greeting guests and VIP’s in the Green Room prior to the kick off of the
Event were the ever so charming David Brinkman CEO of D.A.P. along with
Chairman of the Board Curtis Ringness Jr. and Co-Chairs of the Event, the
lovely Barbara Keller and Jim Casey.
The opening number was sensational and totally upbeat and brought great
energy into the beautifully decorated ballroom at the Palm Springs
Convention Center and featuring the “Dream On’ by Live It Up performers
featuring Azhio and Joey Newkirk.
The Gala Host was Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the Hit Show “Modern Family” who
is openly gay in real life. He was very amusing. Matthew Morrison from the
Hit Show “Glee” on Fox TV performed next. What a great talent he is. He has
just signed up with Adam Levine’s 222 Records to release a yet-to-be named
album of Broadway Standards in 2013.
Another crowd favorite performer was the fabulous Melissa Etheridge along
with Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and the Wonderful Queen Latifah and the
performers from “So You Think You Can Dance.”
A special Congratulations to the 2013 honorees. Julian Diciurcio who
received The Partners for Life Award. Annette Bloch the 100 Women Award.
Lorna Luft The Community Service Award. Jake Glaser the Partners in Activism
Award. Mario Lopez the Arts and Activism Award.
Donna Macmillan was the Star Sponsor for the Honorees.
A special thank you to all the Gala Sponsors who were responsible for
raising over One Million Dollars for D.A.P. for the 2013 Event.
Another special thanks to Barry Dayton, Director of Marketing and
Communications. J.P. Allen, Gala Event Manager. Richard DeSantis Awards Gala
Producer. Scott Nevins, Celebrity Auctioneer. Stephen Boyd, Program Design
and Editor. Artisan Event Floral Decor. Hudson Alling, Director of
Volunteers. Brett Klein, Silent and Live Auctions.
Major Donor Sponsors, Wells Fargo, Time Warner Cable, Walgreen’s, Harold
Matzner, and Robobank.
The Dinner was exceptional and of course done by Savoury’s Full Service
Catering. The Dinner menu consisted of Red and Golden Beet Salad with a
fabulous dressing. The entree was a delicious Macadamia Nut Crusted
Chicken. The Chicken Breast stuffed with Roasted Red Pepper and Mascarpone
Mousse, crusted with Macadamia Nuts and topped with Thai Ginger Sauce,
Served with Ana and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, and Broccolini.
Vegetarian option was available upon request. Dessert was served in a
Martini glass with Double Chocolate Mousse, White and Dark Chocolate Mousse
with Sugar Butterfly Garnish.
Rave reviews on the Dinner from the attendees.
The Love Lounge After-Party was produced by Garry Kief of Stilleto
Entertainment. Male and Female Go-Go Dancers entertained the crowd.
Cotton Candy on glow sticks was a big hit and music that kept everyone
dancing right up until Midnight. Many commented that it was the best
Greg Louganis is an American Olympic Diver and Author who won Gold Medals in
1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Greg is openly gay and a true role model in the
gay community. In 1996 the Greg Louganis Story with Mario Lopez playing the
lead and Louganis narrating was a movie on Showtime called “Breaking the
Surface”. This is why Greg was chosen to present the award to Mario Lopez,
for Arts & Activism. Mario Lopez cancelled and couldn’t make it to the
event, so Greg presented it to him via satellite .
Over 1,500 attendees for this wonderful evening and 45 women signed up and
joined the 100 Women with the encouragement from Annette Bloch, so that was
good news as well.
Seen mixing and mingling were Senator Barbara Boxer, Milan of Shame on the
Moon, Palm Springs City Councilman Paul Lewin, Dorothy and Mel Lefowitz,
Peggy Cravens, Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamil, Helene Galen, Jamie Kabler,
Lucie Arnaz, Lanie Kazan, News Anchor John White, Rich Young, Designer Bob
Mackie, Roman Gronkowski, Michael Paduano, Willie Rhine, Jerry Keller, City
Manager David Ready, Rick Mantle and Gary Gaiser, Stefan Hemming, Ted Briggs
and Ted Jarvis, Mark C. Adams, Sidney Craig, Linda Gerard, Jim Burba and Bob
Hayes, Art Hall, Kristin Olson and many many more.
Desert AIDS Project Board of Directors:
Curtis Ringness Chair
Honorable Steve Lach Vice-Chair
Fred Drewette Treasurer
Tammy Fox Secretary
Robert Karl Jr. DDS
Terri Ketover PHD
Lanny Seese, M.D.
Sheila Williams J.D.
Stephen Winters J.D.
& HONORING THE MEMORY OF STEVE CHASE AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH