dapWhile its 30th Desert AIDS Walk is on-track to break all previous records for number of Walkers and donations on October 22, that’s just the start to how Desert AIDS Project supporters will show the love to this valued community health care provider during the 2016-2017 season of events in the Coachella Valley.

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality medical, counseling and dental care to our diverse community,” said David Brinkman, CEO of D.A.P. “That’s why we so appreciate the support that our donors and volunteers continue to show us by participating in our friend-raising events that help provide much-needed funding for our work that continues every day.”

Everyday Heroes: Honoring ordinary
people doing extraordinary things

Co-chaired by the powerhouse team of Terri Ketover, Ann Sheffer and Tom Truhe, and presented by The Nest Eggg Group, this event marks World AIDS Day on December 1 by honoring the contributions of four people for their dedication in helping to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year’s honorees are volunteer and fundraiser Larry Edwards — aka “Pinkie Meringue Shimmer”; JoAnn Morford, event volunteer extraordinaire; Linda Stevens, long-time D.A.P. advocate; and Mike Thompson, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.

Beginning with a 5:30 PM champagne reception at the Camelot Theatres, the award ceremony includes entertainment by Jason Graae, capped by cocktails and delicious tray-passed hors d’oeuvres by Lulu California Bistro. Other Major Sponsors of the evening include Desert Regional Medical Center and MOMENTOUS Events.

Dancing with the Desert Stars:
Wildly popular event returns for 6th year

Join the fun starting at 6:00 PM on December 17 at the Palm Springs Convention Center when Reaction Marketing teams eight local celebrities with professional dancers to bring us all an enchanting evening of music, movement, and magic! This year, the event will be hosted by Bianca Rae, KESQ anchor and winner of last year’s “Dancing with the Desert All-Stars” competition.

Although determining the winner will be up to the judges, the audience will vote for Fan Favorite from among Dr. Naren Chandrashekar of La Quinta Kidney Center, Dr. Jill Gover of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, international interior designer Christopher Kennedy, website design company owner Rick Manzano, Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon, Melissa Morgan of the Palm Desert art gallery bearing her name, KESQ reporter Alexandra Pierce, and The Living Desert’s Erin Scott. The evening is sponsored by Melaleuca and Melinda and Frank Vandersloot.

2017 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards: One of the hottest tickets of the season

Fundraising volunteer dynamo Barbara Keller, along with Eisenhower Medical Center’s Aubrey Serfling and Martin Massiello, will be among those honored when this always anticipated event returns to the Palm Springs Convention Center for its 23rd annual gala. Last year, the first-time co-chair team of Patrick Jordan, Dave Morgan, and Dr. Suzanne Quardt scored a big hit with an evening that ended with attendees rushing to the stage to dance and sing with the incomparable Chaka Khan … of course, that was before the fabulous After-Party with dancing and fun that lasted until after midnight.

While D.A.P. has yet to announce its final honoree or the evening’s entertainment, this event is all about honoring those who exemplify giving back and community leadership. “Year after year, we are so blessed with the support of our incredibly generous donors and volunteers,” said Brinkman. “These events let us bring some fun to those who do so much to support our mission of enhancing health and well-being in our community.”