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René Dell’Acqua, DDS Dell’Acqua, DDS TheRené valley’s leading general, implant, and cosmetic dental studio

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dentistry. Dr. Dell’Acqua has a dedicated new patient coordinator, Dr. Dell’Acqua has a dedicated new patient coordinator, because every patient has unique needs and she and her

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bridges,Invisalign, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, botox, periodontal treatment, sleep apnea and snoring appliances. treatment, Invisalign, sleep apnea and snoring appliances. Dr. Dell’Acqua talks at length with her patients, explaining Dr. Dell’Acqua talks at length with her patients, explaining procedures and recommendations, making sure they feel procedures and recommendations, making sure they feel confident and calm at every step. Dr. and her staff encourage confident and calm at every step. Dr. and her staff encourage questions so that patients feel that they completely understand questions so that patients feel that they completely understand their treatment. Patients with dental fear or anxiety may even their treatment. Patients with dental fear or anxiety may even

make your treatment and careher seamless. When treatment is more complex, involving a specialist, team will coordinate all of your complex, involving a specialist, her team will coordinate all of your care and Dr. Dell’Acqua keeps treatment on track in a timely and care and Dr. Dell’Acqua keeps treatment on track in a timely and efficient manner. efficient manner. For more information, please visit For more information, please visit or watch her interview on the The Wellness Hour on Channels or watch her interview on the The Wellness Hour on Channels 7 and 4. 7 and 4.

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Q&A WITH DR. RENÉ DELL’ACQUA Q: Do you also provide General Dentistry? A: Yes I do! My patients receive the highest level of general dentistry available. My philosophy is one of prevention. We work hard to educate our patients and make suggestions before problems occur. Every patient receives a comprehensive examination and plan to keep their mouth healthy through preventative maintenance. Q: What do you like best about what you do? A: No two patients are alike. Each one presents with a different cosmetic and restorative need. I enjoy the challenge of creating a natural smile that is unique to the person in front of me. I sculpt the shapes of the final veneers and crowns myself. It is art and I love it! Q: Do you consider your work to be mostly artistic? A: Function is always the key to the success of a case. I have patients who have severely worn and collapsed bites, missing teeth requiring implants and a multitude of complicated scenarios. The technical aspect of the dentistry is the key to the success of the case. The knowledge that comes from doing these cases daily is the difference between success and failure. The artistic part is my signature and my gift. Q: What are the most common procedures you perform? A: Crowns, Implant supported crowns, Veneers, and Full mouth rehabilitation to correct an aging bite Q: What got you interested in such complex dentistry? A: Wanting to provide the best and most comprehensive care for my patients. To deliver this type of dentistry I have to be creative and dedicated to my patients each step of the way. For me this is a pleasure. Q: Do you do Botox treatments? A: I found that so many patients need crowns and significant dentistry due to severe wear from grinding and that botox is an excellent choice to aid in quieting the muscles used to create the destructive forces.

Dell’Acqua Dental Studio | 74133 El Paseo, Suite D, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | 760-346-8056 |

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Palm Springs Dance Project

Kicks Off Its 2022 Season Founder and Executive Director, Darcy Carozza created Palm Springs Dance Project with the mission to build a thriving dance community in the Coachella Valley through scholarship-based dance education for local youth, community dance performances by students, and world-class professional presentations. This season they will also add the world premiere of a PSDP produced dance film!

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Scene from "The Anniversary" film featuring Shea New and Joe Istre, shot by Wesley Foster.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 Modernism Week

Kings Point Performance and Presentation A collaboration with the historic Kings Point Community and Modernism Week bringing groovy throw-back, mid-century dance moves to life in all their glory! ​

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The World Premiere of The Anniversary, the biggest dance film ever shot in Palm Springs​ Dedicated to Palm Springs, Artistic Director Stephen Agisilaou’s film is a cinematic odyssey in imagination and dance. The film features upwards of 50 local dancers from pre-teen to senior.

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Steinway Society of Riverside County Announces BRAV O 2 0 2 2

Children In Music F UND R AI S E R

Music lovers will delight in an afternoon of classical and jazz piano and vocals on Sunday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. at the Classic Club when The Steinway Society of Riverside County (SSRC) presents Bravo 2022 – Children in Music, its major fundraising event. The Classic Club is located at 75200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert. “We are very excited to honor jazz pianist and composer Bill Marx for his more than 30 years of contributing music and support to our community,” said Ruth Moir, SSRC founder and CEO. “Bill also has been a great supporter of the Steinway Society for many years; his passion for helping youngsters learn and appreciate music is well known.” In addition, former Broadway star Patricia Welch will be featured singing songs from The Great American Songbook to opera. She has starred with

Bill Marx Patricia Welch

Yul Brenner, Wayne Newton and Robert Goulet. Welch performs live at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel Friday and Saturday nights in season with rising star Marc Antonelli. Mistress of Ceremonies Patti Gribow, well-known local entertainment personality, businesswoman and community leader, lends her charm and talent to introducing all the performers including a surprise performance of young pianists. These are top students in one of Steinway’s music programs.

Cost for the event is $150 per person, $1500 per table, and special front row VIP tables at $1750. Tickets are available by calling (760) 341-4130 or visit

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17 PLUS YEARS OF LOYAL DEVOTION TO DESERT ARC By Madeline Zuckerman All humanitarian work performed charitably is considered philanthropy. For many, humanitarian efforts are seasonal, with their efforts being interrupted by life’s responsibilities. Then there are those select few who cross paths with an organization or a cause that resonates so deeply within them, that it completely alters them and their life’s journey. For Palm Desert resident Nancy Singer, Desert Arc’s mission would become her lodestone, and she would become a rock upon which the organization could anchor itself.

“Desert Arc is very close to my heart and has been for over 17 years,” states Nancy. “My inspiration for getting involved so many years ago with Desert Arc is my beloved niece, Erica Davis–Popely, who was diagnosed at three days old with Down Syndrome.”

In 2004, Nancy crossed paths with Tina Lopez while playing bridge at Mission Hills Country Club. Tina had a son who was a client of Desert Arc, and she herself was serving on the Board of Desert Arc at the time. As the ladies chatted, Tina became aware of Nancy’s passion for helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tina invited Nancy to join a group of volunteers who were involved with Desert Arc. Nancy certainly made an impression on Tina, because without Nancy’s knowledge, Tina submitted Nancy’s name for consideration for a Board position with the organization. Nancy was immediately elected to the Board, and this was the beginning of a 17 plus year run as a loyal and devoted volunteer of Desert Arc! Without children of her own, her brother’s children are dear to Nancy’s heart, and she has a special closeness with her niece Erica. “When Erica was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, my brother and sister-in-law, my parents, and I enrolled in classes to educate and learn treatments – the five of us were incredibly involved with Erica, and she often refers to me as her second Nancy Singer mom.” Erica Davis-Popely met her husband, Benjamin Popely, a high-functioning autistic gentleman, at a dance for people with disabilities in 2007. Three years later they were married. Ten years later, and still madly in love, the Orange County-based couple find work in their community through programs like Desert Arc. Over the years, Singer has held every Officer position on the Desert Arc Board, including Board Chair, from which she has had a comprehensive view of the entirety of Desert Arc’s operations. She celebrates Desert Arc’s current leadership for its competency, and the professionalism of the organization’s staff. “Nancy is a passionate, tireless advocate and exemplary volunteer fundraiser in support of Desert Arc’s mission of serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” states Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc. “As a longtime Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee, Nancy was instrumental in the launch of Desert Arc’s well-known “Champions of Change” Recognition Awards Luncheon. We are very appreciative and very lucky to have such an amazing volunteer working to benefit our organization.”

Erica Davis-Popely, niece of Nancy Singer, with Nancy Singer (Photo Credit: Lani Garfield)

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Shenandoah or Bust A Bucket List Wish Fulfilled


By Bay Nigro

t’s a cloudy afternoon in September and the RV has just crossed over the state border, from North Carolina to Virginia. Despite the storm predictions, we’ve kept our plans and are making our way to Shenandoah National Park. Beside me sits Diane, a retired science teacher of thirty years and our bucket list wish grantee. Though Diane has a rare eye disease and has suffered rheumatoid arthritis since she was eight years old, her days are filled with activities like tending to her pollinator garden, painting watercolors to donate funds to Meals on Wheels, and getting in her 15,000 daily steps (in spite of the fact that she walks with a cane). Next to her is Claudia, a lifelong New Yorker and loyal companion who now lives in Diane’s same 55+ community in Durham. With MyJump, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors achieve what's left on their bucket list, I’ve chased hot air balloons, gone in the Goodyear Blimp, and even zip-lined over the Grand Canyon. But I’ve never experienced a bucket list wish quite like this before. Diane’s wish is shockingly simple: to ride in an RV. When we arrive at the park, which is famed for its panoramic views, the storm has set in and the clouds of fog are so thick we can’t see even one foot in front of us. These iconic panoramic views are nowhere to be found, but Diane doesn’t mind. She simply hands me a smiley face umbrella, steps off the RV, and breathes in the fresh forest air. The next day, our only full day in the park, the storm is raging yet still—Diane is blissfully content to play Monopoly all day. “I think being grateful is the secret to life,” she tells me while we sit in rocking chairs later on, looking out the window and into the rain-drenched emerald green canopy of trees. It’s then that I realize Diane's bucket list wish is unique because she’s unique. Her wish is not at all about reaching the destination, because that’s not how she lives her life. Instead, it’s about enjoying the journey she takes to get there—rain or shine. As we head back home the next morning, the panoramic view that was once blanketed in a dense fog now gives way to an extraordinary sea of greenery and sunshine, so we stop at a few of the lookouts on Skyline Drive. For Diane, and myself, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that is both poignant and fleeting. In November, I’m back to the routine of daily life on the West Coast when a water-soaked envelope shows up on my doorstep in the middle of a rainstorm. Inside is the stunning print of a watercolor painting that Diane painted as she was undergoing seven major eye surgeries. This one painting alone took her nineteen months to complete. “I share this print with you as a way of sharing the blessings of sight and of friendship,” she writes. And just like that—a little rain on the print no longer bothers me. In fact, it actually makes the watercolor painting that much more special. It’s like Diane says— even through the storm, there’s always a bit of peace. There’s always a silver lining.

To make a bucket list request or a donation, visit or email Webb Weiman at About the Writer

Bay Nigro has her MA and BA in English and creative writing and lives in Portland, Oregon. Having previously worked for publications including San Diego Magazine and San Francisco Weekly, she’s now the Senior Copywriter for ONEHOPE Wine, a Napa Valley winery on a mission to nourish the future.

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Tools For Tomorrow’s MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA to Benefit Free Arts Literacy Program in Valley Schools


n February 28, the VISIONARIES of Tools For Tomorrow will honor dynamic philanthropist Sandra C. Woodson with the “Vision for the Future” Award. Chaired by Claire Smith, Irma Smith and C.J. Westrick-Bomar, the MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA Dinner Show will feature the “new” Great American Songbook sung by Terri Olsen and Frank DiSalvo accompanied by The Perfect Blend Band. A 5 p.m. reception and silent auction will precede a 3-course wine dinner and entertainment at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage. Tickets are $200 and proceeds benefit Tools for Tomorrow’s integrated music, drama, creative writing and art after-school program for third to fifth graders in schools throughout the Coachella Valley.

Sandra C. Woodson Program Director David Hirsch reported that in its 23rd year, Tools For Tomorrow has adapted to Covid restrictions by training teachers to offer the arts literacy program online to students from 24 different CV schools and providing each child their own Art Kit to use at home. Desert Sands Unified School District Supervisor Expanded Learning Programs Jaime Bikis said, “Now more than ever students need a creative outlet to express themselves through hands on activities that support their social and emotional well-being.”

Indio’s Herbert Hoover Elementary School Principal Karen Schibler thanked Tools For Tomorrow for enabling students in a socio-economically disadvantaged area to learn a joy for the arts — “Students are producing art and developing new skills. We saw a huge increase in participation from the first class offered in the fall to our signups in the spring.” Research shows that participation in regular arts education can bolster selfconfidence, academic performance and coping skills. Parents expressed their gratitude for the Tools For Tomorrow program: “Thanks so much for giving her an outlet and helping her through all this — she loves drawing so much!” – Jamie M. “Annabella looked forward to every Thursday and couldn’t wait to learn more on how to express herself creatively!” – Yvonne R. Future events benefitting Tools For Tomorrow: • March 3 – 6: La Quinta Art Celebration • July 24: “Christmas in July” at the Roost Lounge, Cathedral City To buy MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANAZA tickets, become a sponsor, donate auction items or volunteer, visit or call 760-601-3954.

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Hope By Cathy Teal

Adult Health and Fitness Today, Inc. (AHFT) was started three years ago by Mercedes Godfrey and a dedicated Board of Directors which includes Linda Rider, AHFT President and AFP 2021 Outstanding Philanthropist. All of the Board has and still does take group exercise classes with Godfrey and believe in her ability to change the lives of older adults through exercise. Due to the pandemic, program delivery changed from in-person group training at a facility to free in-home training delivered online. Delivering free fitness training on their website allowed AHFT to expand their Senior specific fitness programs across the entire Coachella Valley. As the public health lock-down was lifted, AHFT reinstated in-person group training at their facility and to Senior 55+ living facilities in the community. After talking to several facility programming directors, Godfrey realized how much additional damage the pandemic inflicted on the Seniors as a result of a sedentary year isolated from friends and family.

Shannon Versluys, Administrator for Park David Affordable Housing for 55+, expressed a common concern Godfrey heard frequently, “Our budget and group activities have been decimated by the pandemic. I can’t tell you how painful it has been to watch many of our residents on a downward spiral fed by inactivity and loneliness. Their attitude is often one of resignation and hopelessness.” Godfrey plans to restore hope, health and a sense of well-being in the Senior community and she’s asking the rest of us to pitch in and make it happen. To find out how you can participate or sponsor AHFT’s community outreach program, please call 760.341.0339 or visit our website at

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Celebrating the true power of giving

$100,000 and going strong! As Coachella Valley residents, we know this is the time of year when seasonal inhabitants return, and welcome a steady influx of visitors dreaming of a desert lifestyle and looking for ways to call our valley “home.” Real estate professionals are the essential bridge to facilitate from dream to reality becoming a local homeowner. Caritas Realty brings together smart business and philanthropy spirit to help those who need support the most. For every buy and every sell real estate transaction, Caritas donates 15 percent of net commissions to their clients’ charity of choice. To date, that commitment has resulted in more than $100,000 of charitable donations, marking a professional and personal milestone for Justin and Lanay Berry, owners of Caritas Realty. Considering the devastating impact the pandemic has had on many local charities, these donations are true serendipitous gifts. And, Caritas is just getting started. While most consider philanthropy a choice, Justin and Lanay Berry believe giving back is a core value of daily business and is reflected as the steadfast principle of their heartfelt mission: Supporting communities through real estate transactions. “We are beyond blessed to continue to learn about new charities that we know nothing about prior to meeting our

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clients,” Justin said. “And not just learn about them but to both donate to them and spread the word about their valuable work throughout our community.” Philanthropy is a beautiful thing to witness, and giving to inspire others is a particularly generous act. Caritas Realty celebrates the spirit and power of giving by helping build stronger foundations for local charities and the communities they serve with a resounding “Thank you!” to all who have participated in this impactful program. May we all aspire to find ways to do the same.

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New Executive Leadership

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Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba is the new Executive Director of Guide Dogs of the Desert. A longtime resident of Palm Springs and San Francisco, Jonathan has worked in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, government, and education. Dr. Yorba holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) professional designations. A member of the California Desert Association of Realtors, Jonathan is also a Realtor®, a skill he uses in helping donors make charitable gifts of real estate. Professional Kitchen, The Mission of Nursery, and a Guide Dogs of “If you find it in Wellness Center / the Desert is to your heart to care Hospital. In addition, provide mobility, for somebody Guide Dogs of the companionship, and independence for else, you will have Desert has a new executive office in blind and visually succeeded.” Palm Springs. impaired people Dr. Maya Angelou with custom-trained “Guide Dogs of the Guide Dogs. We Desert has a longhave an outstanding term vision:50-50-50 Board of Directors, Campaign for the Future,” states professional staff, and numerous Yorba. “We have existed for nearly volunteers who serve as Puppy 50 years; we serve people from Raisers, Breeder Hosts, and Foster all 50 states; and to continue as Parents. Without these a human services dedicated volunteers organization for the and generous donors, long-term, we need to Guide Dogs of the raise $50 million over Desert could not fulfill the next ten years. its mission. This is ambitious yet doable.” Yorba oversees a beautiful eight-acre Dr. Yorba is also a hillside campus in social scientist and the Whitewater, a mile longtime Chair of the outside of Palm Ford Fellows Fund, a Springs. The campus partnership between has an Administration the Ford Foundation Office, Residences, and the National Auditorium, Academy of Sciences.

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Our community is home to many meaningful charities. In its 11 years of telling the stories of local nonprofits, Desert Charities News has built the largest database of charities within the region. This allows us to stay current on the individuals who are at the forefront of these organizations – helping them grow and thrive. This section is dedicated to the men who serve the desert’s philanthropic community through their leadership, vision and benevolent spirit. Learn more about these exceptional men and what inspires the passion in their purpose. Aside from giving time and treasure to the causes that have touched their hearts, these men are also prominent driving forces in the community – using their influence to benefit others in need. Get to know the “Men in Philanthropy” who are making an impact in the Coachella Valley. Contact information for all men: Search: Name of their company


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For more information on Sponsorships, please contact the COD Foundation office at 760.773.2561 or email

“It makes me feel good to know someone of Ann Hampton Callaway’s caliber is singing these wonderful songs.” | LINDA RONSTADT AWARDS INCLUDE:

Tony Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Swing! Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut” Platinum Award-selling songwriter with seven Barbra Streisand cuts 2013 The Streisand Songbook won two Broadway World Awards and the MAC Award for “Show of the Year” 2014 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award for “Performer of the Year” 2016 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award “Best Jazz Vocalist” 2017 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award “Best Jazz Vocalist” 2017 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award “Best Tribute Show” for The Ella Century 2019 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award for “Commercial Recording Of The Year” 15 MAC Awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets ALL PROCEEDS FUND THE COLLEGE OF THE DESERT FOUNDATION’S FUND FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.

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Shawn Abramowitz Alberto Acosta Executive Director Desert Ensemble Theatre

Museum of Ancient Wonders Executive Director

Making A Difference Performing Arts is extremely important to our culture and our soul as a community. We have a two-part mission at Desert Ensemble Theatre, illuminating the complexity of human interaction while teaching our student interns the importance of technical theatre not just for the stage but in life. Since 2012 we have had over 29 student interns advance through our theatre internship program learning set design, management and more. In addition, we have given out over $18k in scholarships. Our community benefits from the roots we lay down. Whether that’s through our performances or our dedication to teaching the next generation.

Making A Difference After traveling his comprehensive museum quality exhibitions to 50 museum destinations and seen by millions of visitors, throughout the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, and Puerto Rico, for the last 23 years, Alberto has chosen this region to create and establish a whole new and unique museum venue with replicated and genuine treasured archaeological artifacts from the ancient world of civilization and important fossil discoveries from world-wide paleontological excavations for the 69,314 public school students in the Coachella Valley to enhance universal curriculum development and to provide museum diversity for the region.

Mark Anton

AAP – Food Samaritans C.E.O./Executive Director Making A Difference AAP- Food Samaritans remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/ AIDS and other chronic illnesses. HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health challenge in the Coachella Valley and across the world. Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, heart and liver disease all present similar challenges to those who are living with these debilitating conditions. While there have been developments in treating these chronic illnesses, our clients are faced with daily challenges. AAP – Food Samaritans is there to provide support and improve the quality of life for those who need it the most.

Dr. Rick Axelrod LifeStream Blood Bank President/CEO

Making A Difference How often do we get a chance to save someone’s life? By sharing one hour of your time to donate blood you can save up to three lives. Patients at our local hospitals depend on community members to donate life-saving blood products to help them get well. Your blood donation through the local blood bank supplies the human fuel that allows our healthcare professionals at our local hospitals to do their jobs. Without blood, there are no surgeries. Without blood, patients cannot recover from chemotherapy. Without blood, premature infants may perish. Give Hope, Give Life, Give Blood!

Tracey D. Allen IMAHelps Vice President

Making A Difference Tracey D. Allen co-founded IMAHelps in 2000 with his wife, Ines, to organize medical humanitarian missions that provide some of the world’s most underserved people with everything from general medical and dental care to life-changing surgeries, prosthetics and other specialized services that reflect the expertise of our volunteers. Operating with no paid staff, no salaries and no financial backing, the Allen’s have built a team of 130 volunteers who have provided free healthcare to over 100,000 impoverished patients in nine countries. IMAHelps has grown to a point where it now organizes some of the largest humanitarian medical missions in the Western Hemisphere.

Scott Bailey

Desert Sands Unified School District Superintendent Making A Difference Amid the relentless stressors of the pandemic, Desert Sands Unified School District continues to deliver on its vision, mission, and values. I remain in awe of the synergy that was created with the educational community as we expeditiously returned our 27,000 students to in-person learning environments as soon as it was deemed safe to do so following the emergency state-wide school closures. I acknowledge the tremendous effort of students, parents, staff and community. The Desert Sands Educational Foundation (DSEF) has built on that synergy and has realized tremendous growth from our caring community. As I approach my retirement, I wish to thank our community for helping me answer my late grandfather’s charge to “leave the world better than you found it.”

Barry Dayton Before Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC,) my 15 years of nonprofit experience were also in healthcare marketing and public relations. While fundraising is no longer among my duties at DOHC, I love working for a company that helps support worthwhile causes both through generous donations and the volunteer time of its employees and management. From childhood, my parents instilled a sense of responsibility for helping others. They also taught my brothers and me that it was important to give because it was the right thing to do, rather than expecting praise or recognition for your donation or the gift of your time. Not seeking the spotlight has also been true of DOHC because for many years they have been quietly giving to a variety of nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of those in the communities where our members and employees live. During my time with DOHC they’ve given a substantial amount annually to those serving families and seniors, the chronically and terminally ill, and providing social services that bring dignity to people’s lives. Although they had already given $200,000 in 2021, DOHC marked its 40th anniversary with the “40 for 40” Challenge that gifted an additional $40,000 to the 10 local nonprofits that the public decided were most deserving. During the month of June 2021, more than 12,400 people came to MyDOHC. com to register their votes. On July 1, DOHC mailed checks that ranged from $1,000 to $12,000. With the pandemic putting a greater strain on almost everyone’s resources, all of the benefiting organizations told us how important these donations were. Whether a $12,000 … $10,000 … $7,000 … or $5,000 donation at the high end or $1,000 gift to the other six organizations, the unexpected gifts may have made a significant difference. Barry Dayton Director of Marketing Desert Oasis Healthcare 275 N. El Cielo Road Suite D 411 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 320-8814 Ext 1504 (323) 533-9848 cell

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Jeff Grubbe Jeff L. Grubbe serves as Tribal Chairman for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. With his election in 2006 to the Tribal Council, Chairman Grubbe continues a legacy of service and follows in his grandfather Lawrence Pierce’s footsteps, who also once served on the Tribal Council. Chairman Grubbe is most inspired by God, family and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians tribal membership. Under the leadership of Chairman Grubbe and the Tribal Council, the Tribe has donated millions of dollars to many charities over the past decade “It’s an honor to support charities throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond,” Chairman Grubbe says. “It’s through their hard work that allow so many to benefit.” Chairman Grubbe is also involved in various organizations across Indian Country including service to the following boards or commissions: Nike N7, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UC California President’s Native American Advisory Council, CSUSB President’s Native American Advisory Committee, Desert Regional Medical Center, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, California Indian Nation College and California Tribal Families Coalition. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Under his leadership and along with the Tribal Council, the Tribe has opened Agua Caliente Fuel in Rancho Mirage and is building the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs, which is anticipated to open in Fall 2022. Grubbe earned his bachelor degree in Information Systems from the University of Redlands. He also has an associate arts degree from Haskell Indian Nations University.

Richard Balocco

Randy Barth

Fred Bell

Making A Difference THANK YOU to everyone in our community who supports Desert Arc’s mission to enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1959!

Making A Difference At Think Together our mission is to partner with schools to change the odds for kids. In California, 2 million kids, out of 6 million are effectively failing school. Most of these students are African-American and LatinX. This is known as the achievement gap. We work with schools to close this gap and we work with families to provide the support system around schools, which also helps to close this gap.

Making A Difference “I shall pass through this world but once. If therefore, be any kindness I can show, Or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; Let me not differ or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Grellet. Find an organization that’s a good fit for you. The most fulfilling community service projects are the ones that have a personal connection. George Elliot said. “What do we live for? If it is not to make life less different for each other”. Take one step at a time you can make a difference.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Justin Berry

Mitch Blumberg

Making A Difference I have always believed that corporate social responsibility is essential to good business no matter the size of the company. I started this in 1990 when I founded Cable Positive, the cable television industry’s AIDS organization and continues today with Destination PSP. We have worked with dozens of non-profits, throughout the Coachella Valley, on merchandise and branding, donating time, resources and money. Our area has so many worthy organizations, it makes giving very meaningful. Being able to give back to our community has been, and continues to be, a priority in every business decision.

Making A Difference There is no greater sense of joy and fulfillment than knowing our efforts help support the philanthropic desire of our clients while meeting the critical needs of different non-profit communities. Our commitment is to give back through each and every business transaction.

Desert Arc President/CEO

You are the ones making a difference in the lives of nearly 700 people! THANK YOU to Desert Arc’s Board of Directors, Staff Members and Volunteers, to the Families and Care Providers, our Donors, Grant Funders and Sponsors, to our Business Partners, Commercial and Residential Business Services Customers, Local, State and Federal Politicians, Press and Supporters, to our colleagues at the Inland Regional Center, California Disability Services Association, Department of Rehabilitation and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities!

Destination PSP Owner

Think Together Founder & CEO

Caritas Realty Owner & Broker

At Caritas Realty giving back is our core business value, “supporting communities through real estate transactions“, demonstrated by donating 15% of our net commission to the client’s choice charity for every purchase or sale. Through this process of “BUY. SELL. DONATE.“ we are blessed to say we have donated over $100,000 to date to charities worldwide.

Palm Springs Air Museum Vice Chairman

Chair Emeritus Desert Regional Governing Board

Making A Difference I serve on several non-profit boards including Desert Communities AFP, PSUSD Foundation, Palm Springs Women in Film & TV. I teach two courses at CSUSB, one via Zoom and the other on the main campus in San Bernardino. I serve on the National Philanthropy Day committee for AFP. For PSUSD Foundation, I serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. I’m proud of our joint work with the Agua Caliente tribe for PSUSD students recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School regarding the tribe’s history, culture and art. I salute the dedication of our front line medical workers during Covid.

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Scott D. Bowling Exceptional Children’s Foundation President and CEO

Making A Difference Scott has over 32 years of experience serving people with developmental and other learning disabilities. He joined ECF in 1999 as President and CEO, and continues to be a leader in this capacity. In 2020, confronted with the pandemic, Scott and ECF began shaping a new service environment and setting new standards of service delivery for the safety and benefit of over 5,000 children and adults with special needs. Among steps taken, ECF distributed PPE across 15 service sites, implemented best-practice health and safety measures, provided computers and supports for all students and clients, and created new partnerships and opportunities to ensure safe, remote service, learning, and care continuity.

Gregory Bradbard Hope Through Housing Foundation President

Making A Difference Hope through Housing is dedicated to unlocking opportunities for low-income families, children, and seniors by offering onsite services and guidance within National CORE affordable housing communities in Cathedral City, Indio, and La Quinta. From food distribution and Covid vaccinations to rent assistance and employment services, ensuring our residents are rebounding resiliently from this period have been priorities throughout the pandemic. In 2022, equipping our students for academic success, adults for economic mobility, and seniors for health and independence are our top goals as we work to transform lives and communities! To learn more and join us, visit

Tommy E. Brewer, II

Think Together Deputy Chief of Innovations & Partnerships

Making A Difference At Think Together, we’re changing the odds for kids by collaborating and innovating our way through this pandemic. We’re delivering high-quality distance learning and in-person programs alongside our school district partners to support the academic, enrichment, and social-emotional wellbeing of young people in Palm Springs USD and throughout California.

David Brinkman

Thomas Burns

Sergio Carranza

Making A Difference We need health equity for people if we’re going to beat COVID-19. Health equity means everyone has the opportunity to be healthy based on their needs, not on their ability to pay. It means no one should feel like an outsider once they come inside to see a doctor or psychologist.

Making A Difference Last year it was the time where we needed to be available for people to experience the healing benefits of art. We created and delivered over 27,000 art experiences for the Coachella Valley. We offered art summer camps and classes for kids that were unable to attend their regular school year. For our seniors and high-risk students, we were able to secure funding to host online classes and materials. I am extremely grateful for our instructors and staff that have such a passion for giving back to the community to risk their own health. They are my hero’s.

Making A Difference Sergio Carranza is founder and Executive Director of Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation (PUCDC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of farm workers in the Eastern Coachella Valley through technical assistance in leadership development, infrastructure, affordable housing, economic development, and climate resilience. A tireless advocate for farmworker communities for over 20 years, Mr. Carranza is committed to community-driven solutions to uplifting these communities from substandard living conditions through focused public policy, planning and development. He is a graduate of the Central American Institute of Technology and Chapman University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science

DAP Health CEO

The intersection of oppression and poverty can create feelings of unworthiness, which are barriers to care. To break down these barriers, DAP Health makes it easier for people to ask for help. DAP Health has culturally competent doctors and therapists who see patients virtually or onsite. Social-services access has also expanded with life essentials during this pandemic.

Old Town Artisan Studios Executive Director

Pueblo Unido CDC Executive Director

Richard Balocco Richard Balocco is the President/CEO of Desert Arc, a nonprofit organization who has championed the rights of people with disabilities since 1959. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities. With locations in Palm Desert, Indio and Yucca Valley, Desert Arc serves nearly 700 adults, 18 and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the desert cities and outlying areas. The programs offered by Desert Arc, many now virtual, are designed to give each person a safe and supportive, client-centric resource base to reach their highest potential to live, work and socialize in the community. “Our teams created online programming during the pandemic and our clients continue to thrive on a full calendar of activities. There are some clients who have returned to Desert Arc as our gradual reopening of on-site activities continues, but there are clients who prefer to participate remotely. Desert Arc’s fleet of buses also serve to transport food, equipment and supplies like iPads and art materials to each person at their residence. Plus, the FYI– For Your Independence program’s life coach instructors, meet regularly with clients at their homes with safety protocols in place. Our Independent Placement program is busier than ever placing our clients in jobs at local businesses. The essential Business Services crews – Janitorial, Landscape Maintenance, Shredding, Recycling and Fulfillment remain in full force. I am deeply grateful for the unwavering dedication of Desert Arc’s Board of Directors, staff and all of our supporters in making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities! 760.346.1611 General Information 760.404.1370 Business Services 760.404.1368 Fundraising Events

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Robert L. Schein Robert L. Schein is the founder of The Society of Financially Empowered Women (The FEW), a 501 (c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering all women with the right tools and information to help them attain financial independence and financial security. Robert founded The FEW in 2011 after his father’s health complications left his mother feeling overwhelmed and confused on how to best handle the family finances. After seeing that his mother lacked the financial knowledge and confidence to plan for her financial future, Robert made it his mission to empower and educate women to take control of their financial lives. In January 2021, The FEW continued its mission to empower women in the Coachella Valley by hosting its second annual Confidence: Women + Wealth + Wellness Summit, a virtual one-day conference promoting financial wellness, self-care, and personal and professional growth. Apart from founding The FEW, Robert is Managing Director and Partner of Hightower-Blanke Schein Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm, located in Palm Desert. In 2021, Hightower ranked #2 on the Top 100 RIA Firms by Barron’s Magazine, and #134 on Inc. magazine’s list of Best-Led Companies, a new ranking of the top 250 public and private companies in the United States that stand out for management excellence. Recognized for his leadership in the financial arena, Robert has been featured in various publications, such as Bloomberg, Investors. com, Business Insider, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, On Wall Street, Investment News, The Desert Sun, and Palm Springs Life. Robert is a national speaker on the topic of financial education for women and has been a contributor at the International ETF Conference, Inside ETF, Desert Woman’s Show, and P.E.O. International. Robert L. Schein, AIF® Founder of The Society of Financially Empowered Women (The FEW) and the CONFIDENCE Women + Wealth + Wellness Summit (CW3) 44495 Town Center Way, Suite B Palm Desert, CA. 92260 (760) 346-5150

Michael Childers

Michael Childers Photography President/CEO Making A Difference Our charities need our help more than ever and we’ve had to be more creative about how we fundraise. I’ve assisted people producing online and television fundraisers, donated photographs to be auctioned, and bought tickets to online cabarets to help performers. People have been very supportive of my charity “One Night Only”, which benefits Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. Our creative team and peformers have stuck with us while we found the best date to safely return–November 10, 2021 at the McCallum Theatre. Our sponsors are matching the donations promised to us last year before we had to cancel. This terrible time has brought out the best among those who give generously here in the valley.

Geoffrey E. Corbin Cathedral City Senior Center President / CEO

Making A Difference The pandemic presented challenges to low-income older adults often lacking access to healthy food and adequate daily nutrition. The message was to stay home, stock up on food and supplies, and avoid group activities. While social distancing limits the spread of the virus, anything that deters people from accessing meals at senior centers puts low-income seniors in danger of malnutrition and hunger. Cathedral City Senior Center provides programs and services to ensure that food-insecure and socially isolated older adults stay fed and healthy during the pandemic and beyond. We are one of many nonprofits making a difference in Coachella Valley.

Felice Chiapperini Desert Oasis Healthcare Community Development Specialist

Making A Difference In my role, I assist our organization in making a difference through giving back to the community by engaging with, and supporting local nonprofits. In 2021, Desert Oasis Healthcare contributed over $200K to a wide cross-section of charitable agencies helping further their mission to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. In addition, this past year marked our 40th anniversary. To highlight the occasion, we donated an additional $40K to agencies directly selected by the public via an online poll. I am proud to work for a company that prioritizes making a difference via positive social impact in our community.

Mark Crozier

Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals President/CEO Making A Difference CEO Mark Crozier is a disabled veteran Army Ranger and retired federal police chief who understands the traumas our veterans, law enforcement and first responders faced serving our country and communities. Crozier founded Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals in 2017 to research, develop and manufacture non-addictive medicines derived from THC and CBD. He moved his company to Desert Hot Springs in May 2020 and quickly became a philanthropist to the community. His generosity has funded a new baseball field for the DHS Little League, support for the DHS Golden Eagles Football & Cheer league, Food Now, Team Mom Charities and SoCal Coyotes - Coachella Sports & Entertainment Stadium Authority.

Paul Clowers

The Development Department Making A Difference As a founder of The Development Department, it became apparent to me that the pandemic created enormous challenges for our local nonprofits: loss of giving opportunities, decreases in funding and staff, and pressure on executive directors and CEOs to do more with less. The Development Department works with organizations to achieve sustainable fundraising, empower agencies, and improve the lives of their constituencies. Providing long-term development strategies while making an immediate impact, implementing giving programs to attain goals, and offering the support needed to realize funding benchmarks is what I do to make a difference.

Barry Dayton

Desert Oasis Healthcare Director of Marketing Making A Difference When California introduced its “Vaccinate All 58” campaign for COVID-19, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) jumped in wholeheartedly to do its best within our service area in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. DOHC began giving what now totals tens of thousands of vaccines. As flu season returned once again, we used our Mobile Health Clinic to extend our reach for both COVID and flu vaccines, and health screenings into even the remotest areas of the Coachella Valley and the High Desert. We’ve also been providing boosters and vaccinating 5-11 year olds. We still believe that “Together we can end the pandemic.”

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Ron deHarte

Greater Palm Springs Pride President / CEO Making A Difference Ron oversees the Coachella Valley’s largest annual LGBTQ celebration and programs of the Palm Springs Pride organization. With lingering COVID-19 safety protocols, the year continued to be a challenge for many nonprofit organizations. Anticipating that the community would be eager to be outside with friends after months of isolation, the Pride organization worked all year to prepare a weeklong celebration of the diverse Palm Springs community. We planned and hoped safety guidelines would allow the community to celebrate outside. What resulted was the largest Pride Week in the city’s history the likes of which we may never see again.

Jerome Elliott

Desert Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Making A Difference As Artistic Director of Desert Ensemble Theatre since 2018, my role is to identify plays that illuminate the complexity of human interaction, push artistic boundaries, and challenge social norms. We have addressed topics such as PTSD, gay marriage, religious identity, election interference, and unethical adoption practices. As a community theatre, we offer local artists opportunities to excel on and offstage. We espouse a philosophy of collaboration and camaraderie that was initiated when Tony Padilla founded the company in 2011. DET is a nurturing environment where Desert actors, designers and technicians can have a laboratory for personal and artistic growth.

Darren Diess

Eventology Fundraising Co Author, Fundraiser and Auctioneer Making A Difference Getting back to In-person events is a goal we have all shared since the pandemic began, there is NOTNING quite like the energy, enthusiasm and comradery that is experienced at a face-to-face event.

Ron DiGrandi The SoCal Coyotes Senior Vice President

Frank Goldstin

Making A Difference It’s easier said than done: “Building Champions, Building Men.” But at The SoCal Coyotes we do it – we’ve done it — through nearly 10 years of nonprofit sports ministry, starting in 2011. What began as: ‘Faith, Family, Football’ has become a multi-generational service organization that truly impacts youth in need.

“We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll

NOW it’s the time to consider some BIG changes from the traditional fundraising galas.

For over 30 years, Frank and his team have been the creative force behind a diverse portfolio of events ranging from strategic fundraising and gala events to corporate productions, elaborate entertainment and show concepts, custom parties and luxe celebrations.

Ready to raise 33% to 67% more than any of your past events GUARANTEED? We promise to help elevate your fundraising goals and deliver an amazing fundraising experience for your guest. We will help craft and deliver a new impactful mission driven fundraising program, captivating your donors in a whole new way.

Joe Enos

Joe Enos & Co. Public Relations Principal Making A Difference It’s been an honor over the past year and a half to support community leaders and local organizations who have lifted the spirits of so many in very different ways during really challenging times, like Susan Davis and Jenny Gil of Desert X, Margaret Keung-Robles of Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, Ellen Goodman of The Foundation, and Dane Feldman of the Erkies Turkeys giveaway. I applaud everyone who kept the arts alive, continued their work with kids in our community, and addressed food insecurity. We will come out of this better.

Frank Goldstin is the President of MOMENTOUS, the Coachella Valley’s premier event production firm specializing in the creation of unforgettable, multidimensional events including live, virtual, hybrid and televised fundraising experiences.

When it comes to producing the many high-profile fundraising and gala events in the valley, MOMENTOUS brings a client’s vision to life through an elevated, development-centric approach, through the formation and delivery of strategic and creative concepts, integrated solutions, event marketing and communications, superior event and entertainment design, advanced technical production and total event management; all seamlessly combined in unison to deliver incomparably memorable and immersive event experiences.

Patrick Evans

KESQ TV Meteorologist & Host Making A Difference There are so many good opportunities to give back here in the valley. I’m lucky to be able to work with a large number of philanthropic organizations that make this valley a better place to live!

We are honored to be long-term event partners to many of our valley’s non profit’s in their critical fundraising. For new clients, we provide complimentatry consulations to get to know the organization, its mission and events, and to share our approach through the delivery of elevated and strategic event services. For more information and to see a vast array of event profiles featurinng photos and video, please visit MOMENTOUS’ website at Frank Goldstin President MOMENTOUS 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 200 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 273-5050

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Robert McQueary

Tim Evans

The Unforgettables Foundations Founder/CEO

Frank V. Furino

In August 2021, the Bob Hope USO at Palm Springs welcomed their new Center & Operations Manager, Rob McQueary. As a Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard of 24 years, McQueary experienced firsthand the impact of the USO mission to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Throughout his successful and distinguished military career, McQueary felt the appreciation of a grateful nation with every USO volunteer he encountered. He now leads the Desert Area outreach efforts, serving nearly 35,000 troops and their families annually with the support of over 100 local volunteers.

Making A Difference The families and the children they have lost are simply unforgettable to me”, says Tim Evans, M.Div/CFRE, who is the founder of the 20+ year old Inland So Cal founded charity 501 (c)(3) – The Unforgettables Foundation serving all Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties. Evans served for almost 15 years at the bedside of thousands of injured, ill and dying children as the first children’s chaplain of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for the trauma region of Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Imperial counties, and learned that many families are not prepared financially for the addition and unexpected costs of cremation or burial with a funeral.

Making A Difference While we’re rightfully focused and concerned about the frightening virus racing through our country and the world, there are other problems facing our nation that haven’t just disappeared, and still demand our attention. The abuse and neglect of our teens and preteens being one of them. According to one FBI report, an estimated 300,000 American youths are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. If that concerns you, and it should, you should know about Safehouse of the Desert in Thousand Palms. Look ‘em up and help them help our teens and our future.

Jeff L. Grubbe

Lawrence Gustafson

FVF Productions President

Frank Goldstin MOMENTOUS Events President

Making A Difference On a personal level, I try with all that I do to continue to pay it forward. It’s wonderful to be part of a community that is as giving-centric as ours and to see our valley continually enriched by our cumulative philanthropy is really quite amazing. I am honored to be a contributor to that through my work and to be a spoke in that wheel.

In his new role, McQueary is responsible for the day-to-day operations for two Bob Hope USO locations at the Palm Springs International Airport and Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC). With his leadership, the Bob Hope USO at Palm Springs will continue to provide a convenient sanctuary for service members training and traveling to and from the base to destinations nationally and around the world. Alongside our dedicated USO volunteers, McQueary is dedicated to going above and beyond for our troops in providing a taste of home no matter where their time in service takes them. McQueary shared “USO volunteers are the heart of this organization and observing their dedication and acts of selflessness in support of all active-duty service members and their families is inspirational. The Desert Area community goes beyond expectation in honoring our military and I am privileged to be a part of this patriotic community and the USO organization.” Bob Hope USO programs and services includes spousal support programs, deployment and homecoming meals, holiday parties for military families, movie/sports viewing parties at remote training camps and much more. To join the USO and become a Force Behind the Forces®, visit www.BobHope. today. Rob McQueary Desert Area Manager Bob Hope USO-Palm Springs 210 N. El Cielo Road Suite 102 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 866-1100

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman

Making A Difference The Coachella Valley is an incredible place to grow up, run a business and raise a family. Even so, there are definite needs throughout our community, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is proud to give back. To our partner charitable organizations who are all doing the hard work, thank you for all you are doing to make Coachella Valley even better. Together, we will continue to focus on the positive. I’m praying for continued blessings for us all throughout 2022.

Think Together Sr. Director, Corporate Relations

Making A Difference Working with Coachella Valley foundations, donors, and corporate funders to support Think Together’s afterschool, expanded learning and school improvement programs is a tremendous privilege. Together, they support our mission to change the odds for kids and the amazing team that pursues our vision to impact over two million students statewide. Since opening our first site in Palm Springs Unified School District in 2020 amid a pandemic, our caring staff have supported students with their academic and social-emotional development and help prepare them for college and career success.

Gary D. Hall

Wells Fargo Senior Vice President Making A Difference I still focus on the arts knowing how much that influences peoples thinking and happiness. I am proud of how the McCallum Theatre continued to engage our youth in the arts during COVID and expanding the program into Riverside County where it is so appreciated and needed. I am also a small part in the beginning of the Artists Council’s new Artists Center that recently opened at the Galen in Palm Desert. This nonprofit kept their focus on their mission during this crisis and achieved a spectacular new Artists Center. Like Carol Channing said, “the arts are food for the brain.”

Food Now’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents in western Coachella Valley (now including Palm Springs and Cathedral City) by providing food assistance, community outreach and support services which strengthen families and build healthy communities. Low-income families face many hurdles just obtain the basic resources needed to get by, much less thrive. A healthy diet is not a luxury; it is necessity. For more than 30 years Food Now has made a significant impact in the lives of thousands of men, women, and children by providing access to food assistance and family support services. Food Now provides the following services free to our community. Food Assistance: A healthy diet is a critical component to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food Now provides a safe and secure source of healthy food. Food Now provides food assistance for approximately 350 households every week. During Covid, the number surged over to 750 households receiving assistance every week. Children’s Backpack Weekend Meal Program: is a cooperative effort with the Palm Springs Unified School District and provides selected chronically hungry children with a backpack filled with additional nutritional support on weekends, meals they would normally receive at school. Homeless Needs Program: Food Now provides up to 40 homeless clients with daily distributions of special ready to eat food packages which require no heating or refrigeration. Personal hygiene items are distributed. Companion Pet Food Distribution: Food Now is a county Pet Friendly Zone participant and provides weekly distributions of pet food (when available). Food Now volunteers donate approximately 16,000 hours of their time per year! When a household becomes food secure, there is an economic and social benefit. Money saved on a food expense can be reallocated for education, clothing, supplies, and so much more. Clients become housing secure by being able to make a rent or mortgage payment. Jobs are more secure because money is available for transportation expenses. The health and well-being of the community is improved with money available for medical care and prescriptions. For more information on how you can help, please visit

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Golf Tournament

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians held its 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday Dec. 6, 2021 at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs. Each year, the money raised goes to five charities. Recipients from the recent event include: the American Heart Association, Autism Society Inland Empire, Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Palm Springs Firefighters Association and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. “We are proud to create first-class event at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort supporting these important charities,” says Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe. “Our sponsors and partners know how important it is for these charities to receive support from the community.” Learning more about the mission of each of the charity organizations is an important element of the golf tournament. Members of the recipient charities even participate in the day’s activities out on the golf course or in the clubhouse on the day of the event. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA’s works to bring home those missing and help the families of the murdered cope through the grief. “We help our indigenous women and girls who go missing … we work to bring them home, get them out of situations such as domestic violence, human trafficking, so many different scenarios,” says Pam Smith, of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. “We are so grateful for this donation and it will go to help numerous families.” Established by parents of children with autism in 1986, the Autism Society Inland Empire works to improve the lives of those affected by autism. There are currently more than 17,000 people living with autism in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The organization works for a world where individuals and families living with autism can maximize their quality of life, be treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society where their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. “We provide a lot of different services because there are a lot of different needs,” Beth Burt, of Autism Society Inland Empire, said. “This is the first time receiving this generous donation from the golf tournament and we are beyond thrilled because this is support that will go right back into the community.” The Penta Building Group was this year’s Presenting Sponsor. “We have a strong belief to be a part of the communities where we work and we have been working with Agua Caliente for almost 20 years,” said John Cannito, President of the Penta Building Group. “We just really believe in giving back to the community. It’s such a great community to be a part of.”

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Tyler Haycox

Parkinson’s Resource Organization Digitial Marketing Manager Making A Difference Having a personal connection to the Parkinson’s world, it has turned my “job” into something a lot more meaningful than just a job. I am able to show up every day knowing that I am making a difference not only in my family member’s life but all those individuals seeking support that I am able to help via Parkinson’s Resource Organization’s platform and services. Start doing whatever is within your capabilities. Start showing more love to the people around you. Every effort counts, no matter how big or small it may seem. Just go out and do something and be kind.

Thomas M. Head

McCallum Theatre Associate Vice President of Development Making A Difference After the never ending onslaught of information and the polarizing effect of the pandemic it was time to be lifted, entertained and healed. Most of us know the feeling of being moved and transported to a new place during a live performance. We yearn for the emotional, social and physical benefits of engaging with an artist. I witnessed a person moved to tears the day the McCallum Theatre re-opened for the first time in 604 days. I’m proud to work for an organization that improves the lives of adults and children alike. There is nothing like it!

Josh Heinz

Concert for Autism Founder/Co-organizer

Dana C. Johnson

Making A Difference COVID-19 presented us with the challenge of doing a charity event that had been live for 12 years, but now couldn’t be. We did what technology allowed us to do – go virtually. We asked performers to each film a 3-song set that we broadcasted live on Facebook over 3 evenings. The response was great! A generous philanthropist heard or read an interview I did about the virtual benefit and made a sizable donation to the Desert Autism Foundation. It goes to show that making the effort to help, despite the circumstances, is always worth it.

“Strengthening families and building healthy communities. This is the Food Now mission. It could also be my life’s ambition. After a life changing accident ended my career in Public Utilities, I was not only looking for, but I desperately need a change. A change of scenery, a change of career, and a change of heart. I had family living in the desert. I loved the tranquility and serenity. I was also impressed by the proud sense of community. I found a new home. I was looking for some sort of sign as to what was in store as I entered my new season. I didn’t have to wait long. My twin brother was active in several charitable causes. He was selfless and found great joy in giving back. He got me involved, first as a volunteer. It was the first time in a long time I was looking out for someone else. And it felt good. I went back to school and received a degree in Non-Profit Business Management. After working for different charities as grant writer and Director of Development, I took the job with Food Now as Executive Director in 2017.

Steve Henke

Michael Hinkle

Jeff Hocker

Making A Difference I spent the COVID pandemic collaborating and communicating virtually with my team, community partners, and local media. Conveying accurate and timely information to our community members became increasingly important as details about the pandemic changed daily. We evolved the DAP Health brand, launching a new magazine for the community while partnering with Sunnylands Center and Gardens on an immersive storytelling project examining how shame prevents many individuals from asking for the healthcare they need and deserve. Community members were able to listen to audio stories accessed via QR codes or watch a short film about DAP Health’s commitment to expanding health access and equity.

Making A Difference My deep roots in the Coachella Valley have helped inspire and guide my career around our vibrant philanthropic region. Communication and getting to know donors, especially listening, are key to establishing a long-term partnership for giving. By using a strategic approach to fundraising I celebrate and honor legacy to present opportunities for positive engagement experiences. I seek to make a difference in our community by creating paths to reach organizational goals and build an environment that supports a sustainable culture of philanthropy.

Making A Difference As a Philanthropist, Volunteer and Activist, I continue to grow my passion for helping others and fulfilling those efforts through tenacity and willingness to make a keen and long-lasting difference in our world.

DAP Health Director Brand Marketing

Palm Springs Art Museum Associate Director of Development

Hocker Productions Executive Producer Owner

Over the last year, Hocker Productions became a 501 © 3 corporation. This new chapter allows our board to help even more vulnerable residents in our Coachella Valley by providing grants from the proceeds of our world-class events: Halloween Palm Springs, Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo, Palm Springs Leather Pride and through the boards I sit on United of the Desert, United Nations Association, Transgender Wellness Center and others.

I have been blessed with a great family, awesome friends, and for the last 10 years, great jobs that have allowed me to give back to our community. At Food Now we want to make sure no one is left behind. Everyone deserves a chance at the American dream. By making sure there is food in the cupboard, our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community get that chance, not just to survive, but to thrive. Dana C Johnson Executive Director Food Now 14080 Palm Drive Suite E Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (760) 288-7878 - Office (760) 288-5028 - Cell

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Richard S. Trugman When it comes to family law, Richard Trugman is a tireless advocate for families and children. His goal – every day – is to create amicable solutions for a broad spectrum of issues that families often face when moving into a new phase of life including spousal and child support, custody and visitation, civil and domestic relationships, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and complex property division. Mr. Trugman takes the time to truly know his clients – working with them in their circumstances to achieve their ultimate goals while protecting and seeking the most positive outcomes for those most vulnerable in family legal matters – the children.

Allan Jensen

Neuro Vitality Center Executive Director

Dr. Timothy Jochen Dana Johnson Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center Founder / Medical Director

Food Now Executive Director

Making A Difference Strengthening families and building healthy communities. This is the Food Now mission and my life’s ambition. I have been blessed with a great family, awesome friends, and for the last 10 years a great job that allows me to give back to our community. At Food Now we want to make sure no one is left behind. Everyone deserves a chance at the American dream. By making sure there is food in the cupboard, our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community get that chance, not just to survive, but to thrive.

Making A Difference Here at the Neuro Vitality Center we are making a difference in the lives of those with neurological issues; such as stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and early onset Alzheimer’s. Through our CBAS program, clients may be able to attend our center for free and receive the assistance they need. I am very proud of my staff and their dedication to our clients. Through this center I am able to advocate for the aging and senior population within the Coachella Valley. I can be a voice for those who are being silenced. I work with several organizations around the valley to ensure this population is not forgotten

Making A Difference Giving will change you. Get out of your comfort zone and do something for others, and your life will be richer for the experience. People tend to find excuses for not giving. Everyone can be a judgy critic behind a cell phone and complain about a situation. But by volunteering or giving resources, you can become part of the solution. There’s a gift in giving, and that gift is for you in addition to helping others. You always get something back, and you never know how much impact one small action can have. Find a cause or two, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to give.

Kraig Johnson

Kevin Kalman

Jerry Keller

Making A Difference Our staff and volunteers are unsung community heroes, and it starts with a desire to offer relief and hope. Our clients connected to licensed therapists expect and receive clinically-competent services, and they remember every point of contact serving to advance their cause. Our unsung heroes make it possible for clients to connect to programs and services that are likely to increase client stability, and our ability to offer clear communications, set distinct clinical goals, and promptly reasonable solutions when we fail to improve the clients’ overall experience. I’m grateful for all our heroes who make a difference.

Making A Difference Parks make a Difference! For the past 70 years, the Desert Recreation District and our partners have built recreational facilities and programs that enrich the quality of life for Coachella Valley residents. Through our community collaborative approach, we strive to ensure all residents have equitable and barrier free opportunities to top quality recreation programs and safe places to play and gather. The Desert Recreation Foundation works behind the scenes by supporting a variety of endeavors including: the purchase of equipment and land; supporting an innovative adaptive sports program for disabled participants; and providing financial assistance for those who may not be able to afford to participate.

Making A Difference Lulu is proud to be deeply involved in our vibrant Coachella Valley community which has brought us so much love, happiness and success. Lulu’s main goals are to provide very sanitary, safe and enjoyable dining for our guests and safe employment for as many of our staff as possible. We’re also proud to support Musical Theatre University, DAP, PS Boys & Girls Club and many other vital charities.

Trugman Law Group was founded on the highest level of professionalism and integrity, representing clients in divorce and family law services throughout Southern California. At this point in his career, Richard is focusing his practice on the Coachella Valley and Riverside County. Richard earned his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and is the former President of The Southern California Family Law American Inns of Court. Furthermore, the Chapter recognized Mr. Trugman for being their leader and visionary. Mr. Trugman has served on the Board of Trustees for the UCLA Foundation; received the “Lawyers of Distinction” award recognizing him for excellence in family and divorce law; and has been named a “Top Attorney of North America.” He has served as a Judge Pro Tem with the Los Angeles County Court and a commissioner on the Los Angeles Police and Fire Board of Pension Commissioners. With his commitment to the Coachella Valley and Riverside County, Richard looks forward to becoming even more immersed in the philanthropic community here and ramping up involvement with local charities that touch his heart. Richard Trugman, President Trugman Law Group 73-061 El Paseo Suite 220 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 772-0376

Jewish Family Service of the Desert Executive Director

Desert Recreation District General Manager

Lulu California Bistro Managing Member

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Brett Klein

Mark Leonard

Eisenhower Health Clinics Marketing Specialist

Coachella Valley Repertory Executive Board Member

Making A Difference I am honored to serve on the board of Dining Out For Life International for the last 11 years. My life’s purpose is to bring collaboration, education, and awareness, to our communities, regarding HIV/AIDS, and HIV and Aging issues specifically.

Making A Difference Mark serves as a volunteer Executive Board Member and is the head of our Development Committee and is our grant writer. During the 1 ½ year shut down, he has written dozens and dozens of grants that helped secure CVRep’s future. To be fair, he did this in partnership with Joe Basak, our CFO who also deserves to be a part of Men In Philanthropy. They raised almost a million dollars for CVRep.

To that end, as Rider #1367, I am participating in June 5-11 from SF to LA, riding 545 miles over 7 days. I am ready to train, educate, and ride, in the months ahead. The goal is to support healthcare, food insecurity, housing, mental health, and testing services for those living with and aging with HIV related comorbidities.

Oscar Llort

American Outreach Foundation Founder/President Making A Difference For nearly 15 years, American Outreach Foundation (AOF) has provided over $3.5 million worth of electric wheelchairs/ scooters and service maintenance calls throughout the Coachella Valley. Losing mobility is not only a struggle no one is prepared for, but is a life changing event. AOF is an essential partner in the quality of life of veterans, low-income families and seniors in the Coachella Valley. American Outreach Foundation strives to enhance living conditions, champion freedom of mobility, erase the feeling of invisibility felt by many, and empower a sense of well-being to instill hope for a brighter tomorrow for those suffering from any kind of impairment.

Tony Marchese

Javier H. Lopez Valley Restart Shelter Executive Director

Making A Difference Effective leader in nonprofit management and professor of Public Administration. I enjoy our work in providing shelter, clothing, meals, and training to homeless families and their children. I work with over 40 nonprofits, churches, and individuals on seeking referrals throughout Riverside County and beyond. I am also working on constructing affordable housing units on the 4.5 acres we now occupy. I am Vice Chair of the Committee on Aging and sit on the boards of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, and the Refuge Pregnancy Center. My work is my mission!.

Robert McQueary

Trio Owner

Bob Hope USO-Palm Springs Desert Area Manager

Making A Difference Trio has been a community supporter / partner since it opened its doors in 2009. ‘

Making A Difference Bob Hope USO-Palm Springs has navigated the challenges of COVID since the beginning. As opportunities opened up, the USO has provided recreation, food, refreshments, and toiletry items to Marines at 29 Palms. In addition, the USO center adjacent to Palm Springs International Airport has implemented many new protocols to maintain a healthy and safe environment to continue to provide VIP services to all active duty servicemembers and their families. The USO is honored to provide these services to our heroes and executing our mission to keep America’s military connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

“Trio is where Palm springs Eats.” Loved by all locals and tourists alike. I have always believed in giving back to our community. We are proud to have supported AAP Food Samaritan, DAP (Dining Out For Life), AIDS walk Palm Springs High School, just to name a few. Trio will always stand tall and proud of our community, and always will help when we can. We never take our business for granted, we are grateful for all the community support and our continued growth.

Josh N. Zahid Josh N. Zahid is a familiar face, not only in the Inland Empire but also in the Coachella Valley. His tenure with Loma Linda University Health began in 1998 when he started as a volunteer and soon moved to a full-time position at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center. There, he dedicated his young professional career to serving adolescents and their families who struggled with mental health and substance abuse. Josh joined Children’s Hospital Foundation in August of 2013 to support and manage four independent volunteer groups with more than 450 annual members. He leads more than forty-eight events over the course of nine months. Josh celebrated 20 years of service at Loma Linda in October 2021. Josh is recognized for his leadership, excellence and kindness as implementing best practices for signature events, retention rate with volunteers and patient diversionary activities. Josh was an instrumental factor with the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – Health, Jill and Barry Golden Pavilion that opened in March 2018 to provide a medical care for the children of the Coachella Valley. The clinic is now medical home to more than 5,800 children of the Coachella Valley. Josh was recognized by the American Healthcare Philanthropy in September 2020 with the 40 Under 40 Program designed to recognize the future leaders within the healthcare development community. Josh also served a two-year term as Vice President of Education & Programs for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Desert Communities Chapter and currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair and President-Elect. He also served as the Chair for National Philanthropy Day in the Desert Awards this past November. Josh N. Zahid Guilds Manager, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation 11175 Mountain View Avenue, Suite B Loma Linda, California 92354 (909) 226-1085 cell/text

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Rick Mesa

The Ranch Recovery Centers, Inc President / CEO Making A Difference In my 37+ years as CEO/President, I am happy to report we continue to provide essential treatment services to men, women and families experiencing the devastating effects of substance abuse and addiction. These past nearly two years have seen an increase in substance use disorders, in large part due to the isolation due to COVID.

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Barry Messinger

Adult Health & Fitness Today Board Member Making A Difference I have always been committed to giving back to the communities where I live and work – in New York and the Coachella Valley. As a media attorney, I have years of experience in the entertainment industry. I am a member and officer of local, state and federal bar associations, and board member of various film and news industry non-profits. Currently I am treasurer of our synagogue, Leadership Council of the Center for Non-Profit Advancement of the Regional Access Project Foundation member, and a founding board member of Adult Health & Fitness Today, a non-profit dedicated to healthy aging and wellness.


J David Miller

Jack Newby

Making A Difference It’s easier said than done: “Building Champions, Building Men.” But at The SoCal Coyotes we do it – we’ve done it — through nearly 10 years of nonprofit sports ministry, starting in 2011. What began as: ‘Faith, Family, Football’ has become a multi-generational service organization that truly impacts youth in need.

Making A Difference During the COVID crises, my focus remains on The Joslyn Center mission to reduce isolation and loneliness and provide essential nutritional and counseling services to local seniors. Our Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs are growing. Wellness Center counseling/educational programs continue along with continuing virtual programs for our members. With the re-opening of The Joslyn Center, we are focusing on the safety and health of our members while providing vital on-site programs to maintain health and opportunities for socialization. We have new exercise classes along with over 40 on-site classes and activities. COVID has sharpened my focus on reaching seniors where they are with programs and services that enrich their lives.

Shawn Ragan

The SoCal Coyotes Founder and CEO

Jim Nye

Michael Phipps-Russell

Ivan Price

Making A Difference From the moment the first “Covid cancellation” came in, we knew we needed to embrace change to help our non-profit partners raise the money they desperately needed to replace their in-person galas. We went from being leery of “virtual galas” to diving in 100% and simply making them happen. Suddenly revenue records were being set virtually, and new donors were springing up from states and countries an in-person gala wouldn’t have reached.

Making A Difference We are working to supply animal food to our local food pantries. We are also safely adopting animals and accepting animals from the community.

Making A Difference My first fundraising experience was at six at my local YMCA selling soap to go to camp. In college, I was trained to become a YMCA Director and was for more than 20-years. I served more than 101 nonprofits throughout the country and Coachella Valley in “Making A Difference” to their Missions and assisting many in raising a total of almost $100 million. I have recently written about these “Differences” in my career book - The Best Stories Always End with... THANKS!

Auctioneers For Good CEO

Although in-person galas are back now (and doing QUITE well thankfully!), we know now that we can help our non-profit partners create generosity virtually OR in-person. Or both!

Loving All Animals Executive Director

Ivan Price Associates Retired Consultant & Fundraiser

“Success is Loving What You Do” and “Success is Doing What You Love”

The Joslyn Center Executive Director

California Indian Nations College Vice President/CEO Making A Difference Education can be one of the most effective tools for job advancement, personal growth, and upward social mobility. Unfortunately, it can also be a tool for stripping culture, language, and identity. California Indian Nations College provides the educational benefits to our students within an environment that supports and uplifts each student’s identity. American Indians are the most underserved demographic in California. My work at CINC supports systemic changes that expand educational opportunities for our students, which in turn benefits all our communities. It is an honor to be a part of California’s first tribal college in over twenty years.

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David A. Renker

Eisenhower Health Foundation Vice President, Development and Major Gifts Making A Difference As a proud member of the Eisenhower Health family I am both honored and grateful to work with so many outstanding colleagues caring for our community through this crisis. Our front line health care workers who risk their lives to take care of others are the true great heroes of this time and this country. I am humbled and grateful to work with all of them and their hard work, dedication and kindness are inspiring!

Scott Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City Chief Executive Officer

Making A Difference What Covid taught me was that people are the most important. This is not limited to our children. But we need each other. Together, that is how we made a difference. Throughout the Covid pandemic I was blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people who helped make a difference every day. From our dedicated board of directors, professional staff, impactful volunteers, generous donors, teen leaders in training, to my amazing wife Kara, these are the heroes. They provided food distribution opportunities, and pioneered some of the first virtual programming, to ensure academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship.

Michael Rosenkrantz SoCal Adaptive Sports Executive Director

Making A Difference SoCal Adaptive Sports is about creating opportunities for people of all abilities to play and fully participate in all aspects of society. We accomplish this through our numerous collaborations and program offerings, helping others to see how they can also bring about accessibility and participation for all. We believe in the phrase Dis(cover)ability, eliminating barriers and limits. We are a partner in developing more inclusion throughout the world.

Dr. Steven Sherman With 36 years of experience in education, Dr. Sherman would have never anticipated his first year as Head of School at Palm Valley School to be spent diligently working to safely maintain in-person learning for all ages. Now in his second year, and after welcoming over 116 new families from all across the United States this August, it is his mission to continuously provide top-level education and programming with a focus on developing leaders. Dr. Sherman believes in upholding the 100% college acceptance rate and rigorous academic standards that are woven into the 70 year history of the school, but wants each Palm Valley student and faculty member to focus on the importance of mental health, the art of giving back to the community and the joy of learning. As the Coachella Valley’s only non-religious Private School (6 week old infants through 12th grade), he understands that an environment meeting each student at their social, emotional and academic level is critical for this community and makes all of the difference.

Erik Andrew Ryan John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation Communications Manager

Making A Difference I started working with the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation during the height of the pandemic in 2020. It was my first time working with a non-profit and I am still blown away by how rewarding it is to work with such a passionate team that prioritizes students and families. My time with the JFK Foundation is spent wearing many different hats. I assist with web-design, marketing, fundraising, recruitment, social media management, and photo/video production. None of which would be possible if it weren’t for the amazing leadership that I’m blessed to work behind. My wife and I have 2 beautiful boys at home and the most rewarding part of this position is knowing that we are helping to build and maintain stronger families in the Coachella Valley!

Robert Schein

Blanke Schein Wealth Management Managing Director Making A Difference Robert Schein is Managing Director Chief Investment Officer of Blanke Schein Wealth Management (BSWM). With more than 25 years in the industry, Robert demonstrates a strong commitment to both his clients and community. Robert leads the asset allocation, design, and implementation of the investment portfolio review process for BSWM. Service above self has been evident in Robert’s community leadership roles, raising well over $2.5 million for local non-profits. Robert has served on the Board of Directors for many of the Coachella Valley’s youth and education-based institutions, including YMCA of the Desert, La Quinta Rotary, and Xavier College Preparatory High School.

Scott Schroeder Boo2Bullying Volunteer

Making A Difference Calling all retirees!!! The best way to spend your free time is to “give back” and help others. I urge you to volunteer at one of your favorite nonprofit organizations here in the Coachella Valley and share your time, talents and treasure (monetary donations). In return you’ll RECEIVE far more than you GIVE!

Dr. Steven Sherman Head of School Palm Valley School 35-525 Da Vall Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 921270 (760) 328-0861

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Matt Durkan Matt Durkan serves as the Director of Development for the College of the Desert Foundation. A seasoned development professional with extensive experience in higher education fundraising, Durkan joined the organization in October. He has held executive positions with other respected nonprofit organizations including UCLA, California State University, San Bernardino, and the Betty Ford Center. A resident of the Coachella Valley since 2014, Durkan has an established track record of securing significant foundation, corporate and individual philanthropic support, both locally and across the country. “Throughout my career, I have represented nonprofit organizations whose missions I support passionately, especially those in higher education, healthcare and advocacy. I’m particularly focused on helping underserved and underrepresented communities, an especially important segment of our region’s population.” Matt is proud to join College of the Desert Foundation as Director of Development. He strongly believes the economic benefit that College of the Desert (COD) brings to the Coachella Valley cannot be overstated. “With nearly 17,000 students and four (soon to be five) campuses, COD is the largest institution of higher education in the Coachella Valley, providing students – many who are first generation college-goers – the opportunity to earn their degree and pursue a rewarding career.” Durkan is particularly proud of COD’s EDGE Program, providing student assistance, with a free tuition component plEDGE, for all high school graduates from the Coachella Valley for two years. Durkan stated, “As the director of development, my role in securing philanthropic donations to fund plEDGE and other programs is critical to ensuring our student’s academic success. Fortunately, I love what I do, and I love living in the desert.” Matt Durkan, Director of Development College of the Desert Foundation 43-500 Monterey Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260 310-940-6288

Mike Singer

George Sinatra

Making A Difference The Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino has a strong commitment to its students. During the pandemic, it was difficult for many students to move to an online format, and many of them faced issues with their home computers and laptops. Many had weak signals to access the internet which prevented them from attending online classes and completing assignments. Throughout the pandemic, CSUSB has been there for its students by providing laptops and hotspots so they can continue with their studies and be successful. I am proud to work for a university that is improving the lives of so many people on a daily basis.

Making A Difference Working in nonprofit for Martha’s Village and Kitchen as the Senior Director of Development has brought the most wonderful people into my life that inspire me daily to be the best that I can be and to make the desert the BEST place for everyone that calls Coachella Valley Home! Every day I am inspired by both my colleagues and those we serve. There is no looking back, only forward to many more years of amazing times in my hometown in the Coachella Valley.

Joe Staley

Peter Sturgeon

George Syrigos

Making A Difference To quote Dr. Seuss…You have Brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Although for many young people in this valley that path, particularly the path towards education, can be filled with pot holes and obstacles.

Making A Difference Reaching out to our patrons became even more important during the pandemic. The McCallum fundraising team took time to make phone calls and send cards to our constituents letting them know we were thinking of them and asking how they were doing. Friendly communication allowed us to continue cultivating our relationships even though the Theatre was closed. We also kept in touch through our very successful Ghostlight Performance Series, offered at no charge online. McCallum Theatre Education was able to pivot quickly and offer online workshops and performances which reached more than 31,000 students. We are thrilled to welcome back audiences after our long intermission and look forward to a fabulous season!

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Public Affairs

Inland Empire Community Foundation Charitable Giving Officer Making A Difference Having assumed my position as Regional Giving Officer with IECF in mid-2019, I was just getting accustomed to “normal” when the “new normal” forced on all of us showed up. As the pandemic created hardships for those most in need, it was exhilarating to witness and assist IECF’s fund holders and other generous donors in stepping forward to meet those needs. I am excited to continue building relationships in the Coachella Valley and to helping IECF in its support of the Inland Empire’s countless dynamic non-profits. Together, we are building a culture of philanthropy.

Martha’s Village and Kitchen Senior Director of Development

CSUSB Palm Desert Senior Director of Philanthropy

I am incredibly fortunate to be in a position which connects those with passion for educational philanthropy with those that just need a hand up to step over obstacles on their path to a University degree. The CSUSB Palm Desert University Campus offers programs which are vital to the recovery of our desert economy.

Richard Smith

Independent Living Partnership/TRIP Program CEO Making A Difference 83% of the non-profit TRIP Program’s elderly and disabled riders have continued to receive volunteer driver assisted rides during the Pandemic months. This level of continuing service by TRIP volunteer drivers is remarkable.

McCallum Theatre Director of Leadership Gifts

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Darrell L. Tucci

Humberto Vela

Academy Of Musical Performance Director

Grandfathers for Golf, Inc. Vice-president

Desert Sands Educational Foundation Director

Making A Difference During COVID, my goal has to been to lift up and support those hurting most by increasing my personal giving to health and safety net organizations.

Making A Difference The Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) is an incredible music education program whose goal is to enrich the lives of young musicians age 10-18 living in the Coachella Valley. I have been a music instructor at AMP since its inception in 2015 and now to be the program director is just a huge honor. I grew up here in the valley and have played music ever since I can remember so I absolutely love helping all of our talented young musicians with their musical development and live performance skills in a “rock band” style setting. We have also just started our private lessons program which is off to an incredible start! Here at AMP kids of all ages can learn from the very best musicians in the Desert. We offer Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, vocal and even recording classes and all

Making A Difference Grandfathers for Golf, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization founded with the primary focus of teaching golf to students considered to be “at-risk youth” who, based on risk factors such as low socioeconomic status, behavioral problems, and low achievement, run the risk of not acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to become successful adults.

Making A Difference My primary focus during COVID-19 pandemic was to ensure the families of DSUSD and our community had access to general information they would normally hear daily at school sites. With that, Classroom Conversations, the Desert Sands Educational Foundation live community engagement show was born.

DAP Health Chief Development Officer

At DAP Health, We have continually pivoted to meet the needs of our community. I worked closely with the grants, development, marketing and retail teams to continually shift strategies to meet our financial needs in our ever-changing landscape to ensure DAP Health’s doors are open to all who need us.

Robert “Bob” Wadlow Sean Webb

As Vice-president of GfG, my duties include recruiting volunteer instructors (usually senior citizens) as well as connecting with local schools’ after-school programs to attract youngsters who would benefit from our program. Additionally, I work out scheduling for different golf venues and schools to maximize student participation.

As things have changed over the past months, the show now focuses on everything positive in DSUSD and our community. I truly have one of the best jobs in the Coachella Valley. Please visit us at and follow @desertsandsef

Webb Weiman

Greg Wetmore

Scott Wolf

Kevin Wong

Making A Difference It was a busy Fall. It started in LA by taking 20 residents from two low-income senior living communities to the Van Gogh exhibit. From there we took two lovely ladies from Boston (who happen to be master quilters) to their very first National Quilt show in Philadelphia. We then picked up two more ladies from Durham, North Carolina who experienced their first RV journey through Shenandoah National Park. We closed out the year with a 3-Generation Skydive in Houston, Texas on Veteran’s Day. To fulfill a bucket list wish for one Veteran is an honor, but three… that was epic! Our focus for the new year will be fulfilling more wishes for our seniors here in the Coachella Valley.

Making A Difference UCPIE continues to support our special needs families and our staff throughout the pandemic by focusing on keeping everyone safe and socially connected. After school and summer programs moved to Zoom with great success. Family counseling helped families deal with the additional stresses of the pandemic. Adaptive bikes got our families outdoors and exercising. Respite care became more important to families than ever. We utilized drive-up events to distribute PPE, supplies and gifts. I am so proud of our staff who have gone above and beyond during this difficult time and our community who continues to support our mission.

Making A Difference Every day I see people who are in different stages of rebuilding their lives, having been broken, shattered, needing help when they have been at their most vulnerable. To be a part of the process that assists them in achieving victories, both private and public is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my professional life. It is a privilege to be part of a team that saves lives one life at a time.

Making A Difference At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided that I needed to change the frequency of my monthly newsletter, which reaches an audience of over 2,000, to a weekly newsletter. The reason for this change was to show our concern and interest in our customers who support the Desert Institute. We regularly asked questions of our audience as to how they were coping with the pandemic, their greatest fears and what hope they had. By strengthening our communications, we remained relevant, even though all of our in-person outdoor educational programs had ceased. We then shifted to virtual programs and our audiences responded with gratitude. Now that our outdoor programs have returned, so have our course participants

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Making A Difference As the Founder and President of BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, we believe in providing the best advise and guidance to our charity clients across North America in regard to “Fundraising Best Practices.” Today, there are far too many pitfalls for charities to fall into when planning their next fundraising event or when attracting and retaining major donors and sponsors. We provide them with the best possible service there is when planning and executing their events so that their donors and sponsors are excited about their involvement while breaking fundraising records for the charities.

Making A Difference Nothing makes a bigger difference in the lives of low-income families than securing affordable, quality, and safe housing. I’m proud to be a part of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s 40-year history of improving the living conditions of low-income individuals and families by constructing and operating affordable housing infused with community services programs and other opportunities that enrich, build & grow their lives. CVHC continues to lead the way in the development of low-income housing opportunities having developed more than 2,827 units of affordable rental housing and helped 2,087 families build and purchase their own single-family homes.

Making A Difference Guide Dogs of the Desert has been in existence for almost 50 years. To continue making a difference on the lives of visually impaired and legally blind people, by providing them with a custom-trained Guide Dog, we have embarked on a “50-50-50 Campaign for the Future.” I am privileged to lead the organization in this new 10-year vision. Yet I cannot do this alone. The outstanding Board of Directors, professional staff, wonderful and selfless volunteers, and generous donors work daily to make a difference in people’s lives—whether on our beautiful eight-acre hillside campus or in the broader community.

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Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Guilds Manager Making A Difference Make an IMPACT by treating everyone with respect and kindness. Remember a SMILE can make a difference! Together we can change many lives especially during this pandemic through simple acts of kindness. That’s why our work, time, and dedication to serving our local non-profits is essential in helping those around us. Be the CHANGE and support local businesses and non-profits as often as you can.


LOVE OF ISRAEL BRUNCH Sunday, February 27, 2022 ∙ 11:00 am Omni Rancho Las Palmas FEATURING

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Debbie Orgen-Garrett, Member, Board of Directors Nancy Singer, Member, Chai Society Register early to save your seat! For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna Raider, Director, Palm Springs Desert Region ∙ 760.864.6208 x989 JNF–USA events adhere to all CDC guidelines, as well as State and Federal regulations. Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Please wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout the event. JNF–USA requires all staff to be vaccinated and encourages all patrons and donors to adhere to all CDC guidelines regarding vaccination and wearing masks.

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Dust Off Those Cowboy Boots

Integrated Learning Institute


You’re Invited!

Let’s get together! Lasso your friends and bring them to Integrated Learning Institute’s Covered Wagon Tour and Chuck-Wagon BBQ Saturday, March 5, 2022 4:00 – 7:00 PM


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Ride along the San Andreas Fault! Cushioned seats and tires for Off-Road Wagon comfort! Qualified naturalist local guide and Wagon Master driver! Nature Walk, Scenic Views and Majestic Sunsets! Try your hand at horseshoes, corn hole games, roping, and much more! Chuck-Wagon Style Cookout BBQ and Live Music!

Family Evening of Fun and Fundraising Benefitting Integrated Learning Institute Dinner and Live Auction

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$125 per ticket Wear Your Western Duds! To order tickets visit or contact the ILI office 760-218-9773

Old West charm blends with future possibilities for today’s youth on Saturday, March 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. as Integrated Learning Institute (ILI) hosts its winter fundraiser in “pardner-ship” with Covered Wagon Tours. “Lasso your friends, rock your Western finery, and join us for a fun and meaningful time,” said Cynthia Moses, Continued on page 47

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Desert Oasis Healthcare Partners with America’s Charities To support employees facing financial hardship through new SAFE Fund “Every day, our employees show our collective commitment to the health and well-being of our thousands of members/patients. This has never been truer than during 2020 and 2021 as we’ve battled COVID together,” said Dr. Marc Hoffing, Medical Director of Desert Oasis Healthcare. “We want to make sure that our employees understand we appreciate how much they do for those we serve on a daily basis. That’s why we are so pleased to announce the launch of our Supportive Assistance for Employees Fund – or its shorter name, the SAFE Fund.”

In partnership with America’s Charities, the SAFE Fund will provide financial assistance to eligible employees of Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) and Family Hospice Care (FHC) facing difficult or unforeseen circumstances. DOHC has provided the initial seed funding and will match total donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 a year. “Corporate social responsibility is more than what you do for others – it’s also about what you do for your own employees,” said Jim Starr, president and CEO of America’s Charities. “We are thrilled to help Desert Oasis Healthcare continue making a significant difference in the lives of their employees and their communities.” America’s Charities has more than 40 years of proven charitable funds management and employee engagement expertise. All grants made from the funds will be tax-free, providing maximum support to employees when they need it. In addition to the new SAFE Fund and its generous employee benefits package, DOHC also offers a GuidanceResources® Program, available at no cost to DOHC employees or their dependents.

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Ivan, one of the original founders of this AFP chapter, presents his 418-page story-telling book, highlighting 101 nonprofits throughout the Coachella Valley, Southern California and the U.S. He assisted in raising shy of $100 million toward their Missions, plans and services to others.

“Every day, our employees show our collective commitment to the health and well-being of our thousands of members/patients. This has never been truer than during 2020 and 2021 as we’ve battled COVID together,” – Dr. Marc Hoffing On a 24/7 basis, the program includes confidential counseling on personal issues; financial information, resources and tools; legal information, resources and consultation; and more. DOHC and its 1,100+ employees have supported a variety of local nonprofit organization partners in our communities for years with money, in-kind donations, and the volunteer time of management and staff. These nonprofit partners benefit food insecurity, services to seniors and youth, chronic and terminal health conditions, and so much more. Although DOHC had already provided $200,000 in support in 2021, it celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 1 by awarding an Continued on page 47

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WHO? YOU! Any community group including schools, churches & youth groups, sports teams, non-profits, etc.


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Generally speaking, board development is any kind of education that helps your board govern your nonprofit more effectively. Its purpose can be to: •H elp individual board members enhance their skills in a valuable area, •R eset board expectations around roles and responsibilities, or •S trengthen the working relationship between the board and the rest of your organization. With so many training opportunities, it’s easy to wind up spinning your wheels when it comes to ongoing board development. To maximize your board development and keep your board on track, consider taking the following steps.


Your board members can help your organization fill gaps in legal knowledge, fundraising expertise, subject matter expertise, and financial management, as well as other common areas of board development – like program evaluation, risk management, organizational ethics, investment management, diversity and equity, and general governance issues. Knowing where your board is strong and where it has room for improvement is important. You’ll also want to make sure a crosssection of the community you serve is represented on your board. These members will have a sense for whether your programs are effective and fulfilling a community’s needs – and how to change course if they aren’t.


Board committees are your friends! Not only does the ability to divide and conquer free up general meeting time for the issues that truly require the input of your full board, but decisions and forward motion are easier to achieve since fewer voices are weighing in on all the details. Committees that focus on fundraising, determining board development activities, and even succession planning for the recruitment of new board members are all great ideas.


Whether you’re hiring a consultant or trying to manage a strategic plan in-house, make sure your board is fully committed to honoring its stated goals and objectives. This will help you stay focused on the right opportunities and avoid mission drift in the long run. Check in on your strategic plan regularly, and stay on top of timelines and outcomes. Identify shorter- and longer-term goals and reassess your progress toward them regularly.


Your board members should be ready and willing to regularly review their own individual performance and evaluate the success of the board as a whole. Make sure your evaluations clearly reflect the roles and responsibilities of board members and committees. (If you don’t have written position descriptions for board members, create them right away!) Regular evaluations are important for adjusting your approach and processes as necessary and keeping individual members committed and on-task.


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WHEN? Any time! Choose your selling timeframe and have fun.

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Host a “Day at the Wash” Fundraiser event at any QQ location. • Invite supporters. Show up to thank people and encourage donations.

WHEN? Pick any day! WHERE? Your closest QQ Car Wash location.

WHY? • Fast, EASY & fun: Let the duck do the work! • Clean: QQ conserves & recycles water. Clean cars and a clean planet. • Loved: We our community. QQ has helped community groups raise over ONE MILLION DOLLARS.


Get started today! • Visit to register. • A local QQ Team Member will contact you to confirm details. • Have fun! The more you share, the more you earn.

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Together We Light the Way for Students in the Coachella Valley Mariah is a fourth-grade student enrolled in Think Together and has been going to her afterschool program since Kindergarten. Her story, like many of our students, is that Think Together has become a second home. Especially after a year of disruptions, she’s excited to be back and make more memories during this school year. “Last year was kind of tough,” Mariah says. “I couldn’t hang out with my friends or do much, and I didn’t leave the house.” This school year has already been packed with fun supplemental lessons, arts, enrichment, and homework support so students can get back on track with their learning and have opportunities for success. Through Think Together, students like Mariah will receive an additional 540 hours of academics and socialemotional development each school year. When Mariah was asked what her favorite memory is, she immediately said, “My favorite memory is the time I met my site coordinator and program leaders for the first time. I knew this was going to be a good program where I would have friends, be supported, and have fun.” By partnering with public schools, Think Together offers students affordable and equitable afterschool programs, early learning education, college readiness courses, summer camps and more throughout the state of California. Students like Mariah need guidance from caring individuals that can lead them through their educational journey. If you’re looking for an opportunity to change the odds for kids in the Coachella Valley, get involved in Think Together’s mission by donating, volunteering, or applying to be a part of our team. We’re always searching for talented individuals with a passion for working with kids. We’re also always looking to partner with organizations looking to support the communities we serve. Learn more about Think Together at

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by Pete Greeson

Why Nonprofits Need Quality Videos

By Wendy Winks, MBA Marketing / Film & Video Producer

Just as TV, movies and filmed content dominate the consumer media landscape - far surpassing the written word – nonprofit organizations now rely on videos to tell current and prospective donors and supporters about their services. It’s not just because videos look and sound good, or seem to be what everyone else is doing. There are solid benefits to be realized by using professional videos to tell your story.

Wendy Winks Productions is a full-service video production company. Our Professional Storytellers have been engaged by best-in-class companies and industry leaders, including Microsoft, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Prime Series, and commercials for brands like Starbucks, USA Today and more. Wendy moved to Idyllwild in 2017 from LA where she had been a marketing executive for Universal, followed by 10 years as a literary manager / producer of movies with The Disney Channel, the Hallmark Channel, Studios USA and Hearst. Wendy produced the very first Christmas movie for the Hallmark Channel, Santa Jr. She can be reached at 310-415-7978 or

BE MEMORABLE 95% of the information in a video tends to be retained by viewers, while only 10% of the information conveyed by text is retained. Videos utilize multiple senses – visual, audio, emotional – creating a deeper impression than reading text.


GET SHARED Videos are shared 1,200% more often than links and text combined. BETTER EXPOSURE Having a video on a website’s home page results in 41% more web traffic from Google searches.



I NCREASED ENGAGEMENT Videos elicit a stronger emotional response than text, and 95% of human decisions are based on emotion. Visitors to sites with videos spend 88% more time there compared to sites without videos. When videos are embedded in email newsletters, click-through rates – the action of going to the website to learn more increase by 96%. THE BOTTOM LINE Videos tell stories about professional services, and the people providing those services, like nothing else can and businesses that use videos are growing company revenue 49% faster year-over-year than those who don’t.


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Dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional and intellectual health and wellness of Coachella Valley children and families John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation was established as an independent 501c3 organization in 1984. In late 1990’s under the leadership of Founding Chairman William Powers and a strong Board, the Foundation successfully achieved both financial stability and unparalleled program growth, operating programs addressing the unmet needs of Coachella Valley families. The Board envisioned and prioritized the development of a one stop health care facility resulting in the opening of John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation Healthy Family Clinic (February 2002). All Foundation community programs and activities operate from this site, along with a pediatric clinic run by Dr. Jasmine Ramos. Today JFK Foundation serves as a primary point of reference for direct services, community resources referral and linkage, and health care related information.

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• Ophelia Project teen mentoring program serving girls in 8th through 12th grade who graduate from high school and go on to graduate from college. The Foundation’s commitment is to enhance the physical, emotional and intellectual health and wellness of Coachella Valley children and families. It’s successful in young parents prepared to parent, teen’s understanding the importance of education, health options for families. Mostly the proof is in the twinkling eyes and happy smile of a healthy child. Imagine the pride in a young girl’s heart as she graduates from high school and heads off to college, the first one in her family to do so. With the support of dedicated donors, funders and community partners, John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation is making a difference in the lives of Coachella Valley families and children! For more information contact: Susan Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer at

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Every day, people in our community and around the world face emergencies, big and small. From natural disasters, to life-threatening blood shortages, to the unique challenges placed on military families, to a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of our collective lives, never has the American Red Cross been more vital. The Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations, connecting donors and volunteers to those in urgent need of help. Whether it’s a wildfire or flood, a call for blood, a call for help after a devastating home fire, or a call from a service member or military family in need, the local Red Cross is there. Compassion in action. It’s what the Red Cross does. Every day, the Red Cross provides vital blood products to hospital patients in need. Through Service to the Armed Forces, the Red Cross proudly provides support programs and 24/7 emergency communications to service members, veterans and their families. Thousands of people each year are equipped with lifesaving Red Cross skills training, like CPR, first aid and AED training. As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross Red Crescent teams provide relief and hope in nearly every corner of the globe.

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In late 2019, Animal Samaritans paid off the thirty-year loan on their Thousand Palms Veterinary Clinic in just ten years. With their new debt-free status, the organization has embarked on a capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art Pet Adoption and Humane Education Center for the Coachella Valley. Founded in 1978, the organization has outgrown its small no-kill shelter on Ramon Road. “We’re in need of a facility that can house more animals, accommodate dogs of all sizes, and allows for robust on-site exercise,” notes CEO Tom Snyder. The projected 20,000 square foot facility is expected to cost between 5.5 and 7.5 million dollars. So far Animal Samaritans has raised, in gifts and pledges, more than 3 million dollars for the project. The center will feature mid-century design elements, and green, environmentally conscious construction materials. Additionally, a second phase of the Center will include the expansion of its veterinary clinic to accommodate more pets and medical specialty services. If you would like to leave a legacy in your name for the animals, Animal Samaritans’ has wonderful naming opportunities for both dog and cat lovers. Please visit www. animalsamaritans. org for more information.

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When Max Levin was severely wounded during Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 conflict between Israel and Gaza, he began keeping a journal on his phone while in the hospital. Eventually uploading all the notes onto his computer, he found he had hundreds of pages filled with emotional text and decided to turn what he had written into a book. Under the Stretcher, published in March 2021, is a vivid and accessible memoir about a young Jewish-American’s experience leaving his family and the comforts of his home in California to relocate halfway across the world to become a Lone Soldier in an elite paratrooper unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “I wanted there to be something out there that taught and showed the modern IDF through the lens of an American,” Levin, said. Levin’s military service and the injuries he sustained when he was wounded in an explosion in Gaza — the worst explosion during the entire war — had a transformative impact on him and opened his eyes to the challenges Israeli soldiers face after they are discharged. Proceeds from his book sales will benefit Bshvil haMahar (For Tomorrow), an Israel-based organization helping discharged IDF soldiers manage the aftereffects of combat experiences through group-led activities in nature. Levin will be the keynote speaker at Jewish National Fund-USA’s Palm Springs Love of Israel Brunch which takes place on February 27, 2022, at 11:00 am PT at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. For more information and to register, visit or contact Donna Raider, JNF-USA Director, Palm Springs Desert Region at or 760-864-6208 x989. About Jewish National Fund-USA JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation. Learn more at

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Desert Recreation Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Crabb as Executive Director effective November 8, 2021. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of Desert Recreation District, where she will also serve as the Fund Development Officer.

“I am thrilled to join the important work of the Foundation and the Foundation Board to ensure all residents of the Coachella Valley have equitable access to parks and recreation facilities and the programs they include,” said Crabb. “I am particularly excited by the work of the District and their partners in the east valley. In most cases, these are the only recreational opportunities available to these communities.” Crabb brings over 35 years of strategic planning, leadership, fundraising, marketing, event planning, and public relations experience to her new roles; she previously served as Senior Manager Development for The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Prior to that she was in Sonoma County, California where she served as Executive Director for the Sonoma County Lodging Association, Executive Director for the North Bay Area chapter of the American Heart Association, and Director of Development for the Council on Aging. “As Desert Recreation District grows and reaches deeper to benefit the community, the Foundation Board is excited to have Amy’s depth of knowledge and experience to expand Desert Recreation Foundation’s work,” explains Kevin Kalman, General Manager of Desert Recreation District. “The Foundation will serve as a vital and effective opportunity for capital planning of new parks by funding infrastructure improvement and land purchases, and in serving our community members in expanded services.”





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Crabb holds a B.A. in Journalism and Business from Indiana University. Desert Recreation Foundation (DRF) works behind the scenes to ensure access to all residents. Donations support equipment and land purchases, adaptive sports for disabled participants, and financial assistance for those who may not be able to afford to participate. For more information visit our website Desert Recreation District (DRD) is the largest park and recreation district in California, covering over 1,800 square miles and serving more than 380,000 residents throughout the greater Coachella Valley. In addition to managing, maintaining, and assisting in maintaining more than 30 parks and recreation facilities and creating and delivering quality programs, services, and classes, thanks to strategic partnerships we have been able to bring essential services such as Rapid-Response Food Distributions, COVID-19 Testing, Flu Shots, a Distance-Learning Program and more to Valley residents. This community collaborative approach allows us to not only provide barrier-free and safe recreational activities, but to also bring critical resources where they are needed, thereby helping to create stronger communities and healthier citizens. Learn more at Amy Crabb can be reached at

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Steinway’s other upcoming events include a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. featuring three young pianists, Kathleen Gurning, Ben Phipatanakul and Jaden Wu. The Festival Piano Competition, March 6 and 13 for junior and senior level students, will be held at Xavier College Prep High School in Palm Desert. The date of the Festival’s Winners Concert will be announced later. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, SSRC provides free music education and instruction programs to all three Coachella Valley school districts, serving some 35,000 children each year SSRC’s video and live streaming programs – Mr. McSymphony music appreciation series and four-part Music Education Program – are now available to classrooms and students at home. SSRC’s Music Education Program consists of Strega Nona (grades K-2nd), Basics of an Orchestra (4th grade), History of Music 1600-1900 (5th grade and high school versions), and History of Jazz (10-12th grade). SSRC’s Ukes in School program is geared toward 4th and 5th grade students who receive their own ukulele and all necessary materials, free of charge. Since 2013, more than 380 students have learned the ukulele thanks to SSRC’s innovative program. Piano Labs in Schools include electronic pianos, materials and teachers for grade school children. SSRC’s outreach program provides private piano lessons, pianos and scholarships for talented children with a financial need. The Classic Concerts in Schools features pianists, instrumental soloists, dancers, opera singers and other recognized musical artists for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Held in centrally located multipurpose rooms and auditoriums, these concerts reach thousands of students each year. For more information and to donate, visit http://steinwayriverside or call (760) 341-4130. n INTEGRATED LEARNING INSTITUTE

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Integrated Learning Institute’s founder and executive director. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased by contacting the ILI Palm Desert office at 760-218-9773 or visiting www. The event takes place at Covered Wagon Tours, 33920 Washington St., Indio, and includes mule-drawn, covered wagon tours through the peaceful, scenic Sonoran Desert; Chuckwagon-style barbecue; live music; games; live auction and more. Founded in 1990, Integrated Learning Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving students with a variety of learning difficulties through application of National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) Educational Therapy techniques. NILD Educational Therapy stimulates areas of weakness in perception and cognition. Through individualized intensive interactive stimulation in a one-on-one environment, students gain the skills needed to become independent learners. For more information, go to www.integratedlearninginstitute. org.

PR needs? Consider it Don! Don Escalante, longtime public relations specialist for LifeStream Blood Bank, is proud to announce “Consider it Don!” to assist local nonprofits in getting out their message to the Coachella Valley marketplace. Throughout his 11-plus years’ tenure with LifeStream, Don cultivated a positive, mutually trusting, professional relationship with Coachella Valley media that now can put YOUR news in the spotlight. What does your organization wish to promote? Fundraising events/special occasions, milestones, staff news, human interest stories or ??? – Consider it Don! Your news will be presented in an entertaining, factual, and concise manner. Text is media-friendly – no editing required by recipients – which gives your message additional credibility. The Coachella Valley has an incredibly generous population, one that is ready, willing and able to support local nonprofits that make life-changing differences in the community. They just need to know you’re there! Don Escalante may be reached at or 951-314-6825. Consider it Don!


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additional $40,000. Community votes on the DOHC website determined these awards: About Desert Oasis Healthcare Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, “Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion.” For more information, visit About America’s Charities America’s Charities helps the nation’s most trusted charities generate sustainable income through workplace giving and by inspiring employers and individuals to support the charities of their choice. As a 501(c)(3) membershipbased nonprofit, America’s Charities acts as a bond between employers, charities, and employee donors. For more information, visit https://www.

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resentment and derail your board’s morale and success. Know and communicate how board members are expected to contribute financially from the start. And there are options beyond simply giving; some boards require development assistance, whether it’s monetary or administrative help, while others employ what’s called a “give/get” policy. This means board members can make a personal donation or fundraise from their own networks to meet the contribution requirement. LAY A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR NONPROFIT BOARD DEVELOPMENT. Remember that your board’s job is to shape and support the direction of your nonprofit as it strives to serve its community and meet its mission. This means a full understanding of key terms, financial responsibilities, and issues of liability is critical for every board member. Provide training and regular refreshers to all board members, regardless of past experience. Most importantly, you’ll want a board committed to the continuous learning necessary to make the best and biggest impact possible. That’s the foundation of board development! Join NPO Centric’s membership program for more on board development and fundraising!

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Inland Empire Community Foundation Selects New Senior Vice President of Charitable Giving Inland Empire Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Brie Griset Smith is joining the Foundation as its new Senior Vice President of Charitable Giving, effective November 1. “Over the last several years, our Board has been working on our role helping to build a culture of philanthropy in the Inland Empire. Hiring Brie is one of our biggest steps to putting the team in place to support our Board, staff, donors and stakeholders to activate giving across our diverse region,” said Michelle Decker, IECF President and CEO. In her new role, Brie will lead IECF’s Charitable Giving team and be responsible for undertaking the strategies to steward IECF’s existing donors, while engaging new donors and their passions for the Inland Empire. In partnership with IECF’s Board of Directors and working across all IECF departments, Brie will connect more and more givers to the funding opportunities across the Foundation and the region. This is especially important as IE nonprofits receive a fraction (one-tenth) of major philanthropic and government grant support compared to area counties and across the state. Brie brings over 20 years of experience in fundraising and program development, staff management, financial administration, organizational and board leadership, and strategic planning – most recently as Chief Development Officer for Discovery Science Foundation. Under her leadership, Brie successfully revamped the Development Department, helping Discovery Cube reach more than $32 million through its fiveyear strategic plan. She also facilitated significant philanthropic gifts and grants to advance the mission of Discovery Cube and its programs and initiatives - resulting in over 1,000,000 STEM engagement experiences to learners of all ages across Southern California. Prior to Discovery Cube, Brie served as Vice President of Development at Orange County United Way where she raised more than a $100 million

in the Orange and Los Angeles county markets. “I am proud to join Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) as Sr. VP of Charitable Giving to work with all who care passionately about improving our region. We invite business, non-profit, academic, government, community, Brie Griset Smith and philanthropic leaders to promote opportunities to solve big problems for the IE and embrace equity as an important part of building a vibrant, prosperous, and shared future for all. Together, led by an in-depth understanding of the IE and our nonprofit sector as well as with our treasured donors, we will make a meaningful difference in the lives of our residents for generations to come,” said Brie Griset Smith, Sr. VP of Charitable Giving. Brie holds a B.S. in Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a proud resident of Upland. About the Inland Empire Community Foundation Founded in 1941, the Inland Empire Community Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation in Inland Southern California. Celebrating 80 years in the region, we proudly partner with individuals, families and corporations to help them achieve their charitable goals. Since inception, we have given out over $100 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, visit the IECF’s website at Be a part of our conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Unforgettables Foundation (TUF), a 20-year old 501 (c)(3) charity serving the Riverside and San Bernardino counties, is very grateful to KESQ–Channel 3 and the H. N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation for the Spotlight on the Desert selection in December 2020. The mission of mercy, which assists financially-challenged and grief-stricken families across the Coachella Valley, offers essential burial and funeral funds in a crisis when a child has died. TUF receives requests each week for its unique funding for kids ages 30-weeks gestation to 18 years old from areas including Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, across the valley to Indio and Thermal. We assist with childhood cancer, car wrecks, cardiac cases, SIDS, stillbirth, suicide, amongst other causes of death, over 200 families a year and almost a total of 7,000 to date.

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Editorial Contacts in This Issue Adult Health & Fitness Today Page 14

Mercedes Godfrey, Executive Director 72655 Highway 111 Suite B-8 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 341-0339 (760) 880-2988 cell

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Page 26

Kate Anderson, Director of Public Relations 5401 Dinah Shore Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 699-6925

American Red Cross Page 43

Brian Daly, Regional Philanthropy Officier 72559 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 469-8252

Animal Samaritans Page 44

Tom Snyder, Executive Director 72120 Pet Land Place Thousand Palms, CA 92276 (760) 601-3756

Caritas Realty Page 15

Justin and Lanay Berry 68668 Pasada Road Cathedral City, CA 92234 (760) 449-3584

Consider It Don Page 47

Don Escalante, Principal (951) 314-6825

Desert Arc Page 11

Kathrene Wales, Director of Development 73-255 Country Club Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 340-2361

Desert Oasis Healthcare Page 38, 47

Barry Dayton, Director of Marketing 275 N. El Cielo Road Suite D 411 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 320-8814 ext 1504

Desert Recreation District Page 46

Amy Crabb, Executive Director 45-305 Oasis Street Indio, CA 92201 (760) 347-3484 (760) 262-7537 cell acrabb@ desert-recreation-foundation

Food Now Page 25

Dana C. Johnson, Executive Director 14080 Palm Drive Suite E Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (760) 288-7878 (760) 288-5028 cell

Guide Dogs of the Desert Page 16

Dr.Jonathan L. Yorba, Executive Director PO Box 1692 Palm Springs, CA 92263 (760) 329-6257 JonathanLYorba@GDDCA.ORG

Inland Empire Community Foundation Page 49 Charee Gillins, Director of Marketing 3700 Sixth Street Suite 200 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 241-7777

Integrated Learning Institute Page 37, 47

Cynthia Moses, Director 41-550 Eclectic Street Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 218-9773

Jewish National Fund Page 45

Donna Raider, JNF - USA Director Palm Springs Desert Region (760) 864-6208 x 989

JFK Memorial Foundation Page 42 Erik Andrew Ryan, Communications Manager 73-555 San Gorgonio Way Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 776-1600 ext 122 (951) 870-8752 Cell

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Webb Weiman, Executive Director PO Box 119 La Quinta, CA 92247 (760) 851-5186

NPO Centric – Page 39, 47 Stephanie Minor, Director 41550 Ecelectic Street Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 674-9992

Palm Springs Dance Project Page 8-9

Darcy Carozza, Founder/ Executive Director 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive #110-20 Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 406-1414

The Steinway Society of Riverside County Pages 10, 47

Ruth Moir, Executive Director PO Box 3015 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 341-4130

Think Together – Page 40

Elaine Legere, Director of Marketing & Communications 2101 E. Fourth Street Suite 200B Santa Ana, CA 92705 (310) 293-3341

Tools For Tomorrow Page 13

Andrea Hecht, Operations Manager 42600 Cook Street Suite 132 Palm Desert, CA 92211 (760) 601-3954

Wendy Winks Productions Page 41

Wendy Winks, Film & Video Producer PO Box 534 Idyllwild, CA 92549 (310) 415-7978

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