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René Dell’Acqua, DDS Dell’Acqua, DDS TheRené valley’s leading general, implant, and cosmetic dental studio hasThe been votedleading one ofgeneral, the region’s “topand dentists” for 13 consecutive valley’s implant, cosmetic dental studio years. — has been voted one of the region’s “top dentists” for 13 consecutive years. B Y D A N I E L VA I L L A N C O U R T — P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y TA I L I S O N G R O T H B Y D A N I E L VA I L L A N C O U R T P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y TA I L I S O N G R O T H

For more than 23 years, Dr. Dell’Acqua has been

choose to sleep through procedures with oral conscious

enhancing the smiles and lives of patients throughout the For more than 23 years, Dr. Dell’Acqua has been Coachella Valley beyond, providing boththroughout general andthe enhancing theand smiles and lives of patients

sedation. “With our current sedation technology there is no choose to sleep through procedures with oral conscious reason for any patient to havesedation to feel fear or anxietythere during a sedation. “With our current technology is no

environment where each patient feels likeaapersonalized, VIP. A pioneercaring in “spa Dr. Dell’Acqua believes in providing dentistry,” she created ambiance reminiscent Italianin “spa environment where an each patient feels like a VIP.ofAan pioneer

much of her been in with throughout the23 entirety her Not onlystaff has has she been theher same location for years,of but career. because my loyal team we are much“It of is her staff hasofbeen withhardworking her throughout the that entirety of her

all combine to reduce patient stress treatment. The furnishings, soothing music, and during complimentary foot massage

“We treat our patients likeisour family,” she says. “We want them to Dell’Acqua . “My team among the best trained in the desert” have positive an experience possible ourwant studio”. “Weastreat our patients like our as family,” she while says. at “We them to

cosmetic dentistry. Coachella Valley and beyond, providing both general and Dr. Dell’Acqua believes in providing a personalized, caring cosmetic dentistry.

five-star resortshe where, excellent customer service, comfortable dentistry,” created an ambiance reminiscent of an Italian furnishings, soothing music, and complimentary foot five-star resort where, excellent customer service, massage comfortable entire is warm and welcoming, giving the treatment. feeling of an oldall staff combine to reduce patient stress during The fashioned, relationship-based the feeling of an oldentire staff is warm and welcoming, fashioned, relationship-based practice.

dental appointment”, says Dell’Acqua reason for any patient to have to feel fear or anxiety during a Not only has she been in the same location for 23 years, but dental appointment”, says Dell’Acqua

able to seamlessly careof formy patients at such a high level”, career. “It is because loyal hardworking team thatsays we are Dell’Acqua . “My team is among the best trained in the desert” able to seamlessly care for patients at such a high level”, says

“My strict protocols and philosophy ensure our at patients have as positive an experience as possible while our studio”. receive the highest quality of general andensure cosmetic “My strict protocols and philosophy our dentistry patients available,” she says. “With quality and andentistry receive the highest qualityexceptional of general and cosmetic uncompromised level of careexceptional in a serene atmosphere, available,” she says. “With quality and anI offer patients state-of-the-art technology that prioritizes patient uncompromised level of care in a serene atmosphere, I offer safety, privacy, and satisfaction.” “I willthat only implement patients state-of-the-art technology prioritizes patient procedures, techniques, and materials that I would want in my safety, privacy, and satisfaction.” “I will only implement mouth or my family’s mouths.” procedures, techniques, and materials that I would want in my It takesor artistic talent,mouths.” a critical eye for beauty, and years mouth my family’s of experience with hundreds of smiles It takes artistic talent, a critical eye to forachieve beauty, the andnatural years “Dell’Acqua smile.” Dell’Acqua is theto valley’s leading expert of experience withDr. hundreds of smiles achieve the natural smile.”using Dr. Dell’Acqua is the valley’s leading expert on“Dell’Acqua smile makeovers porcelain crowns and veneers. She on smile makeovers porcelain crowns veneers. She is known for designingusing beautiful new smiles soand natural that even is known forfriends designing beautiful smiles so natural that even one’s closest won’t be ablenew to identify them as veneers. one’s closest friends won’t be able to identify as veneers. “I customize every smile to meet the needs andthem desires of each “I customize every to meetare theever needs andI desires of each individual patient. Nosmile two smiles alike. personally individual patient. No tooth, two smiles are alike. I personally sculpt and design each which is ever my favorite thing to do” sculpt and design each tooth, which is my favorite thing to do” says Dr. Dell’Acqua says knowledge Dr. Dell’Acqua “The that comes from doing complex cosmetic, “The knowledge thatcases comes from complexbetween cosmetic, restorative and implant daily is doing the difference restorative and implant daily artistic is the difference success and failure,” she cases says. “The part is mybetween signature, she says. artistic part is my signature, mysuccess passionand andfailure,” my gift.” It is this “The innate artistic ability and my passion and myskill gift.” It is thismade innate artistic ability and renowned technical that has her a leader in cosmetic renowned technical skill that has made her a leader in cosmetic dentistry.

“We enjoy getting to know all of our patients,” she says. “We enjoy to know all of our and patients,” says. Although well getting known for her expertise artistryshe in cosmetic

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

Although well known for her expertise artistry in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Dell’Acqua provides a range ofand dental services from dentistry, Dr. Dell’Acqua provides a range of dental services preventive exams, cleanings and teeth whitening to full-mouthfrom

because patient needs and she andthan her team strive every to meet themhas all. unique Many patients have more team strive toasmeet all. Many patientscity have one residence wellthem as a dentist in another ormore state.than Dr.

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. n 7 and 4. n

preventive exams, cleanings and teeth whitening reconstruction, veneers, implant-supported crownsto & full-mouth dentures, reconstruction, veneers, implant-supported crowns & dentures, bridges, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, botox, periodontal

one residence aswill wellcoordinate as a dentistwith in another city dental or state. Dr. to Dell’Acqua’s team your other office Dell’Acqua’s team will with your other dental office to make your treatment andcoordinate care seamless. When treatment is more

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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With a bit of extra giving in 2021… “40 for 40” marks 40th anniversary of Desert Oasis Healthcare with $40,000 more to nonprofits By Barry Dayton While today it serves nearly 60,000 patients, Desert Oasis Healthcare began operations from a single clinic location as Primary Care of Palm Springs on July 1, 1981. Over the next 40 years, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has become one of the largest medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, advancing with changes in primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies, and much more. Over four decades of service, DOHC has grown its commitment of annual giving to the many local nonprofit organizations whose missions help individuals and families, young and old, in the DOHC service MORE THAN 12,400 VOTES area of the Coachella Valley DETERMINED THESE and Greater Morongo Basin of WINNERS IN THE Riverside and San Bernardino “40 FOR 40” CHALLENGE counties. Even though DOHC had already provided far more Learn more about any of these winners by visiting www.mydohc. financial support in 2021 to com/community-support: nonprofit organizations fighting hunger, offering social services, $12,000 to Palm Springs or treating chronic and terminal Animal Shelter health conditions, they decided to $10,000 to FIND Food Bank do even more, in celebration of 40 years, because “As COVID-19 has $7,000 to Shelter from proven, there is always more work the Storm to be done,” said Dr. Marc Hoffing, $5,000 to Sanctuary DOHC Medical Director.

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Agua Caliente Tribe

Supports Great Causes The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians supports many Coachella Valley charities and nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Giving during these difficult times is more than a just “We know what it means to struggle, so to be able to an act of kindness. In fact, the Agua Caliente and Penta give back to the community means so much to us,” Tribal Building Group partnered together to Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe says. “The charities donate $50,000 to local nonprofits earlier do the hard work of providing the goods and “We know what it this year that will help these organizations services. We look for unique partnerships to means to struggle, further their work. give back to the Coachella Valley.” so to be able to One such organization that benefitted The Tribe’s generosity impacts many in included the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert, the region. As one of the largest employers give back to the which provides innovative programs and in Coachella Valley, the Tribe’s philanthropic community means services to community members 50+. giving spans all ages and organizational so much to us.” types, from the Joslyn Center and the Mizell “What it does is touch the lives of the Center to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, seniors we serve,” says Jack Newby, Executive Martha’s Village & Kitchen, the Bob Hope USO Director of the Joslyn Center. “They don’t and the Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School have to be concerned or anxious about whether they’re District, just to name a few. going to receive a meal that day.” Continued on page 66

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Mark Crozier

– A Man of Action By Jackie Devereaux


hen some folks move to the desert, they experience culture shock because of our dry heat, the high winds, the openness of our landscape, and the almost complete lack of traffic. However, one new resident instead has shocked valley residents by his immense generosity and his vision for growth in one of our most maligned cities – Desert Hot Springs. Mark Crozier relocated from San Diego in April 2020 and since then he has changed the footprint of that city by renovating the old, deserted Kmart building from a drug-infested, homeless hideaway into a multimillion-dollar research and development facility for pharmaceuticals derived from cannabis and other botanicals.

Crozier introduced himself to the community not as a man with promising words, but as a man of action by donating to numerous charities including Food Now, Team Mom Charities, the local Little League, soccer, football and basketball teams, as well as to the city itself. He also initiated the “12 Months 12 Causes” public relations campaign in partnership with KMIR – NBC Palm Springs where a different charity or civic organization is highlighted each week in a television news story paid for by Royal Emerald.

His first target markets are veterans, law enforcement and first responders because he himself is a disabled and decorated Army Ranger and retired first responder who knows first-hand about the traumas our heroes face in their line of duty.

Crozier expects to receive the last in a series of federal licenses issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in October, after that, he says he will hire about 250 people to work at the DHS facility which will research, develop and manufacture alternative medicines for PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and a host of other life-threatening ailments.

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“I’m not done yet,” Crozier said after retiring from his job as a federal police chief in 2015. “I still have a lot to give, and I want to do something meaningful and significant with the rest of my life - Royal Emerald is it.”

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More than 2,000 local humanitarians will come together to end the HIV epidemic, expand healthcare access, and remember those friends and family members who we lost because of AIDS.

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The 2021 Desert AIDS Walk, presented by Desert Care Network, will be an in-person event Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, beginning at Ruth Hardy Park and following a route through downtown Palm Springs. The family and pet-friendly event includes a Health and Wellness Festival presented by Walgreens. Registration opened August 2. The annual Desert AIDS Walk helps fund the vital work of DAP Health. “We remain committed to ending the epidemic and caring for people living with HIV. That work includes the vital services we offer, including HIV prevention and specialty care, STI screening and treatment, housing support, benefits navigation, medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare,” says DAP Health CEO David Brinkman. This year marks 40 years of HIV with the first reported cases about what would become known as HIV and AIDS published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Brinkman says, “AIDS taught us a community response is the most effective response. It taught us that we cannot turn our backs when communities are in need and in fear, that we must remember our humanity and the gift of giving back and be there to help. And as we have learned through our recent human rights and health equity movements, equality cannot be experienced by one until it is experienced by all.” Since 1984, residents of the Coachella Valley have been coming together as a community in action caring for those living with and now aging with HIV. DAP Health Chief Development and Strategy Officer Darrell Tucci says, “Desert AIDS Walk brings together the collective power of community and our shared vision of a future where everyone has the comprehensive care they need to live their best lives.” After 40 years, public health officials and activists see a pathway to end the AIDS epidemic. It starts with treatment. With proper medical care, those living with HIV can reduce the viral load in their blood to an undetectable level. When HIV can’t be detected it can’t be transmitted, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Continued on page 66

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Here We GROW Again ACV expands it’s services!

By Priscilla Kubas, Programs Director

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We are ACV, Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley – your local partner to help guide and support you and your family on your journey with dementia. Couples like Frances and Bob Miller of Rancho Mirage, refer to us as “their Alzheimer’s family.” Since we opened our doors in the Berger Foundation Building in 2017, we have seen the need for our programs grow exponentially. We now welcome not only families dealing with Alzheimer’s, but many other forms of cognitive impairment such as Parkinson’s, Lewy Bodies, Vascular Dementia, strokes and more. As a small, local non-profit, we are blessed to have the flexibility to continually add services and programs, as needed. We listen to what you need and then go work on providing that to you. We firmly believe in helping families appreciate what is possible, and to that purpose, we have several signature social programs designed to give couples a safe, fun place to go and enjoy the company of others. Club Journey, which meets every Tuesday morning, includes exercises, games and lunch. It has become so popular that, at times, we have a waiting list. Our music program, Tunes for the Memories, has been a source of great joy to both those diagnosed with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Tunes for the Memories is a sing-along group which meets twice per month to share traditional folk songs, Americana songs, jazz and more. We have seen patients who are normally very quiet absolutely light up and join in singing when hearing beloved songs from their childhood. Since we have started meeting in person again, we have welcomed so many couples back! We are excited to announce that with the support of our community, we have been able to expand and nearly double our space – providing spacious rooms that we may dedicate to Club Journey Continued on page 67

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Fri, December 3, 8pm Sat, December 4, 2pm & 8pm Sun, December 5, 2pm & 7pm You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times). This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theater audiences. Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” (The New Yorker).

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The term “Aperitivo” in Italy signifies a special time for reunion amongst family and friends, or after the working day is over, where people gather to enjoy light, healthy food, and taste amazing wines while talking and sharing time together. It is an important relaxing moment where our culinary culture, decor and design instincts merge to create a warming atmosphere filled with special treats and simple beauty. Aperitivo Design’s showroom will feature a natural, organic feel based on a sustainable and conscious lifestyle concept with an Italian ambiance. We believe in supporting our community and giving back as part of our business and personal orientation. We specialize in floral styling and arrangements for large or small charity and corporate events, private parties, weddings, seasonal celebrations, intimate dinners. Our showroom will feature table settings, artwork, photography and special homecrafts that embody the Italian lifestyle and help the client achieve the Aperitivo Mood. Continued on page 66

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Ann Hampton Callaway to Headline Stepping Out for COD

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, will dazzle audiences at the 2022 Stepping Out for COD signature gala – one of the major fundraisers for student scholarships and services at College of the Desert. The must-see event, sponsored by the College of the Desert Foundation, will be held Thursday, March 31, 2022, at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Callaway will be performing an exciting night of songs and stories to celebrate one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. On the heels of Callaway’s symphonic/PAC triumph, The Streisand Songbook, this show celebrates the many faces of Ann Hampton Callaway love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her Stone Pony days like “Different Drum” and “Long, Long Time” to pop/rock classics like “You’re No Good,” and “Desperado,” along with unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums. College of the Desert is the Coachella Valley’s largest and most respected institution for higher education, boasting more than 125,000 alumni and contributing over $300 million annually to our local economy. Stepping Out for COD is one of the most important philanthropic events of the year, raising critical financial resources for the Fund for Student Success, which the College of the Desert Foundation uses to meet pressing campus initiatives and enrich academic opportunities, ultimately providing students with the ability to achieve their educational dreams. For more information on this event, including ticket purchase and sponsorship pricing, please contact Matt Durkan, Director of Development for College of the Desert Foundation, at (760) 773-2651 or via e-mail at mdurkan@ College of the Desert Foundation is a 501c(3) registered nonprofit organization. The mission of the College of the Desert Foundation is to act as advocates for the College and to secure financial support enhancing the educational opportunities for all students.


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Amy’s Purpose Pet Safety and Predator Awareness

It took a preventable tragedy to begin an organization designed to help pet owners realize the dangers of predators – animals, birds, and humans alike – found in rural areas, suburban neighborhoods, gated communities, small towns, and major cities. Amy’s Purpose is a newly formed nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about predator awareness, prevention, pet safety and professional grief guidance. Amy, a cute four-year-old puppy mill rescued terrier, was murdered by three coyotes in her high desert backyard on a bright sunny morning on December 22, 2019. Owners DeAnn Lubell and Jeffrey Clarke witnessed the horrific act. Consequently, Lubell and Clarke, along with their daughter, Tanya Martin, set out to right a wrong. “We didn’t waste time, amid our grief, to learn as much as we could about the behaviors and habitats of coyotes and other predators,” said local writer and publicist DeAnn Lubell, President and Founder of Amy’s Purpose. “It was an eye-opener. Most pet owners do not think twice about letting their cats and dogs out into what they think is the safety of the family’s backyard that looks so innocent and secure. The fact of the matter is that Coyotes can easily scale a 12-foot wall or fence, while Bobcats and other felines can leap great distances. Owls and hawks are known to swoop down from the sky and easily pick up a small dog or cat or severely injure larger pets. Poisonous snakes are known to hide in crevices where dogs like to sniff. There is the human predator, who dognaps for profit, dogfight bait, or even as a food source. These threats may not be visible, but they are most definitely lurking, watching, and waiting out of sight for the right opportunity. It only takes a second. We stress that it is not the fault of the wild creatures. We invaded their habitat to build our human communities.”

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n 2000, a group of streaming programming – such as our concerned Coachella Valley Mr. McSymphony music appreciation residents rallied to bring series and our four-part music live classical music Education Programs programs into local – that were available schools. But by 2002, to classrooms and many of the school students at home. But district music programs there is nothing more were disappearing important for students because of state and learning an instrument county funding cuts to than working with a the arts. teacher in person.” However, the Also overseeing Steinway Society SSRC’s programs and of Riverside County fundraising this year (SSRC), then a newly is incoming Board Steinway Welcomes minted 501 (c) (3) President, Michelle New Board President nonprofit, was ready Cozmuta, who is an to step up to support accomplished musician Michelle Cozmuta existing programs and and teacher. She has create new been an SSRC ones. volunteer for the past eight years Fast forward: co-producing Celebrating its its Classical 20th anniversary Concerts in 2022, SSRC series with provides free professional music education musicians and instruction among other programs to all programs. three Coachella Valley school A native districts, serving of Romania, some 35,000 children each year. The Cozmuta said, “I consider myself programs are ready to start when the very fortunate because I had the classes open. opportunity over the years to teach both in Europe and the USA. I Ruth Moir, SSRC founder and encourage my students to participate CEO, said, “During the pandemic, in recitals, festivals and competitions we produced some video and live

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Desert Arc, established in 1959, to provide vocational training and services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, has announced plans and a new name for its 11th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. “We are pleased to announce that Desert Arc has renamed its annual golf fundraiser to honor the memory of a longtime benefactor,” proclaimed Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc. “It will now be called The Steve Beneto Annual Golf Classic.” Continued on page 67

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October/November/December 2021 Desert Cities

INDUSTRY LEADERS AND INFLUENCERS IN THE NONPROFIT INDUSTRY Our community is home to many meaningful charities. This section is dedicated to the women who make the desert’s philanthropic world go round. Learn more about these extraordinary women and what drives the passion in their purpose.

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Desert Charities News has spent years building the largest database of nonprofits. The ladies we’ve selected give so much of their time and treasure to the causes that have touched their hearts. Their names are familiar in many circles, and the respect they’ve garnered is undeniable. They are role models who embody “giving back” in countless ways. We’re excited to recognize some of our favorite women in this year’s Women in Philanthropy. We deeply admire their commitment to their charities of choice. Contact information for all women: Search: Name of their company

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Ines Allen

IMAHelps President and CEO Making A Difference Ines Allen co-founded IMAHelps in 2000 with her husband, Tracey, to organize medical humanitarian missions to serve the poor. Operating with no paid staff and no financial backing, the Allens have built a team of 130 volunteers who have provided free healthcare to over 100,000 impoverished patients in nine countries. Still operating without a salary, Ines has grown IMAHelps to the point where it now organizes some of the largest private humanitarian medical missions in the Western Hemisphere. Ines requests donations pay for medicines and supplies for each mission. Volunteers cover their own travel costs. Visit to learn more.

Chrissy Armstrong

Chrissy’s Owner

Making A Difference “You can’t move forward without giving back” has been my motto in life and business. My parents are philanthropic and taught me to the importance of promoting the welfare of others. As a new resident to the Valley, I joined Eisenhower Health’s Circle of the Stars. Through my store we create events and donate a portion of sales back to the organization. I am also a member of Eisenhower Health’s Dolores Hope Auxiliary Board, benefiting and upgrading the services in the area. Making a positive impact on the lives of others is good for your heart and effects the entire community.

Kate Anderson

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Director of Public Relations Making A Difference The world is changing. The needs of Coachella Valley are transforming before our eyes. We all know it takes courage to stand up and do what’s right. And, it takes hard work and dedication to make change. That’s why we are so blessed to live in a community where anything is possible. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is proud to invest in all levels of the community from chamber memberships to supporting organizations such as CVEP, CVAG, OneFuture, Greater Palm Springs, PSUSD, Martha’s Kitchen, the Palm Springs USO, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and so many more. We are stronger together!

Jaclyn Aviles Think Together General Manager

Making A Difference Working as a leader in education during the pandemic has been no easy feat. Add expanding into Palm Springs for the first time to serve up to 1,600 students across 21 schools and overseeing a team of 100, it would seem impossible. Through it all, the Think Together team met the moment to successfully launch afterschool and expanded learning programs in the Coachella Valley that help kids stay on track amid the pandemic. In my 11-year career at Think Together, I’ve never been so honored to rise to the challenge and see our students come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Judith Antonio Tools For Tomorrow Treasurer

Lauri Kibby

Making A Difference I strongly believe in supporting the next generation to reach their highest goals. I am not only the Treasurer of TFT I also volunteer in the classrooms. TFT reaches out to schools with after school arts literacy in grades 3-5.

Lauri Kibby enjoys helping others bring their dreams to life. Kibby is a DAP Health board member and has been co-chair of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards since 2018. She serves as Vice President of the Board for the Mizell Center and is a former board member of Digicom Learning.

I’m also a supporter of bringing children theatre experiences. I am an education ambassador for the Muses and Patronesses of the McCallum Theatre as well as a board member and co-chair of the major fund raiser this year. I’m on the board of the Friends of the COD Library. I am an active volunteer working at book sales to fund COD students access to text books as well as access to on-line learning.

Laurie Baldwin

Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert CEO/ Executive Director Making A Difference COVID-19 has impacted the world! Rather than dwell on the negative, I wanted to lead our organization to stay positive and keep the arts alive. We changed our course of action 100x’s (at least it felt that way). I rolled with the punches! We held online fundraisers with 100% of the proceeds going back to the artist, produced an educational outreach video for 25,000 students, and continued to employ artists. COVID-19 has been a whirlwind of questions, puzzles, and the unknown. Making a difference means that you are constantly looking on the bright side and convince others to join you!

Kibby feels fortunate to work with DAP Health and Mizell Center because both organizations provided critical services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now more than ever, we can make a difference,” Kibby says. As desert communities grappled with the devastating effects of the coronavirus, Mizell continued to deliver meals to those who needed them, and DAP Health, with extensive experience with epidemics, opened a COVID-19 triage clinic. Seemingly overnight, DAP Health set up the clinic, which provided testing, counseling, and assistance to other emergency medical services in the valley. DAP Health served thousands of people through the use of mobile and online services, which lessened further health risks to our clients. Our infectious disease experts also provided support wherever needed. During this year’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, Kibby highlighted an important topic many people don’t talk about — women living with HIV in our valley. “There’s a whole community of women throughout the entire Coachella Valley who are in need of the same services that the men are,” Kibby says. “They need health care, dental care, and mental health support services, and DAP Health provides all of that. The rebranding of DAP Health takes us out of one lane and puts us in multiple lanes and allows us to broaden our reach across the community.” Lauri Kibby CFO & Co-Founder Kings Garden, Inc.

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Mary Barth Think Together Senior Director

Making A Difference I have been involved with Think Together since the very beginning when my husband, Randy Barth, founded this nonprofit 25 years ago. In the beginning Think Together was a small program running out of an apartment complex, after two mothers advocated for their kids to have a secure place to go to after school. Today we have grown to serve 200,000 students statewide with high quality academic enrichment, afterschool and expanded learning programs with the goal to change the odds for all students. Last year’s expansion into Palm Springs shows that our programs are vital to the community, and I am so humbled to be a part of this story.

Pamela Bieri

Bieri Marketing & Media Relations - Owner Making A Difference Throughout the pandemic, many nonprofits in the Coachella Valley rallied to continue providing services and programs to their constituents through virtual meetings and events. Whether it was social or educational programs such as Alzheimers Coachella Valley’s Club Journey and Traveling the Journey Together, or live musical events such as Steinway Society of Riverside County’s annual Festival Awards Competition, they continued delivering on their missions. It has been my privilege to work and witness their strengths and flexibility, serving vulnerable seniors and local youngsters.

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Brooke Beare

City of Indio/ Desert Arc Director of Communications


Yvonne Bell

McCallum Theatre Vice President of Development

Making A Difference People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. More than ever, these words from Maya Angelou resonate in our family. The spirit of giving means looking out for those who are marginalized because of inability or lack of opportunity. Having a stage, a microphone or lots of money can amplify your ability to promote a cause or provide help, but a smile, a moment, or a mission that is entirely for the benefit of another can be just as effective.

Making A Difference When the pandemic hit and theatres across the country closed, all of us lost the privilege of experiencing the arts. I thought there was no way arts institutions would survive. Then, when I witnessed our country’s social unrest, I thought, “This is our nation without the arts…bringing people together, opening us up to new ideas, developing empathy and experiencing the greatness of artists.” The pandemic robbed us of the opportunity to feed our souls. My goal has been to make sure theatres didn’t close and were there for patrons to return. Helping guide donors to invest in art during these dark times has been my mission.

Lindi Biggi

India Braemer

Loving All Animals Founder & CEO Making A Difference Together with the team at Loving All Animals which she founded in 2008, they have influenced a considerable amount of change in policies and procedures within the local animal shelters. Recently the much sought after designation of a “No Kill Coachella Valley” was a joyous celebration for all community homeless animals. A cause that Loving All Animals continues to pursue. One silver lining throughout Covid was that shelters were emptied out of pets as people began working from home and adopted pets for company. Now the focus has turned towards helping individuals to have the necessary financial support to maintain the care of their pets and at the same time, focus on rescuing elderly and disabled animals.Lindi is forever grateful for the wonderful, loving, community that she calls home.

Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs Director of Operations

Making A Difference Through India’s guidance and program implementation training, the Club’s youth development staff became well-versed in trauma informed care and its importance during Covid. Programs offered virtually and in person expanded to include mindfulness, laughter yoga, and activities to teach coping skills and stress relief. Providing a safe, positive environment is a key element of the Club, and India worked closely with staff to ensure that safety meant not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. For children and teens that faced unprecedented hardships with Covid, the Club remained a place where they felt a sense of belonging, even virtually.

Marly Bergerud

Palm Springs Writers Guild Past President Making A Difference What has become clear in my involvement in these organizations is that philanthropy’s spirit is something I believe collectively improves the human condition. It is that of giving one’s expertise, passion, talent and experience. I have learned that the value of philanthropy is an ever-essential and socially responsible duty of giving what, how, and when we can. We are all from varying walks of life which contributes to how we view the world and how and why we choose to make an impact.

Gailya Brown

Fundraising Solutions Consultant Making A Difference Staying in touch with donors during the pandemic, checking on their wellbeing, keeping them updated on what we were doing, and letting them know that you care was extremely important. I worked with my clients to develop effective donor messaging that communicated our interest in them and shared with them how the organizations and the people we served were being impacted by the pandemic. We planned a number of virtual events that were quite successful. And, we applied for every COVID relief grant and loan that was available. The generosity of our donors during this time was really inspiring.

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Darla Burkett

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Executive Director Making A Difference For me I believe we are born to help others. This has been my goal all my life. I love working with people that need a hand up. Every day at CVRM brings me tremendous joy in assisting people reach their personal goals, nothing is better.

Cindy Burreson

Children’s Discovery Museum CEO Making A Difference With the closing of the Museum due to the pandemic, we took the time to take a thoughtful look at how we could come back in a powerful way. We have created a vision and plan to bring our community a reimagined Museum with over 40 new exhibits and programming to broaden our audience and help fill in the gaps in our Valley’s informal learning venues. We also initiated Little Kids, Big Impact, partnering with Valley non-profits for tangible goods drives with the intention of supporting our community and developing tomorrow’s philanthropists, our kids.

Betty Callies

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Executive Director

Jan Salta

Making A Difference I am honored to serve as the Executive Director of Tribal Philanthropy for Agua Caliente. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians exemplifies “Making a Difference” by choosing to promote the welfare of others, having corporate social responsibility by their efforts to improve society both locally and nationally. For over 25 years, the Tribe has chosen to fund hundreds of nonprofit organizations, stretch out across philanthropic causes and help disaster relief agencies. As the recipient of the Athena Award, the Richard M. Milanovich Community Leadership Award and the Human Rights Campaign’s Advocate for Equality Award, I, like the Tribe, Choose to Make a Difference!

Jan moved to the desert over 45 yrs ago, She has watched the desert community grow not only by population but also in the increase of a variety of charities. It was here where she met her late husband, Mike, to whom she was married for 34 years until his death in 2014. She credits her mother for setting an example of charitable giving. It definitely had an impact on how Jan herself would become involved in community charities.


Jan serves on numerous Boards including Eisenhower Medical Center, the McCallum Theatre, the Palm Springs International Film Festival as well the Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival. Her charitable heart also touches many non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley. She has been a major supporter of an array of charities ranging from The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, ACT for MS, the Mizell Senior Center, the Living Desert, Tools for Tomorrow, Circle of Stars, Martha’s Kitchen among many others. Jan feels blessed to be able to give back to the community.

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter & Associates CEO/President Making A Difference Blending charity involvement with her client commitments has brought an extraordinary balance to Andrea’s life. As a founding member of the Board – and PR Director – for the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Andrea has been honored to serve alongside an incredible team that’s raised more than $16 million in 11 years for the kids of St. Jude She also serves on the Board of Palm Springs Women in Film & Television, and has enjoyed co-producing short films and being part of generating filmmaker opportunities for others in her role with this dynamic local nonprofit.

Norma Castaneda

Claudia Castorena

Making A Difference As a Coachella Valley native, Norma’s community roots run deep. As an alumna of the College of the Desert she serves on its Board of Directors and was recently named the new Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DEI) Committee Chair. She also serves on the DEI task Force for Palm Springs Art Museum. Norma believes in giving back to her community by giving her time, resources and expertise to the programs and services that benefit our valley’s unique needs.

Making A Difference During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Galilee has positively impacted hundreds of low-income East CV residents. By offering much-needed services, we have helped many families succeed in their efforts to better their lives.

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Galilee Center CFO/Cofounder

In the last year, Galilee provided food security for 250 families weekly. We offered rental and utility assistance to more than 1,200 families, infant services (diapers and baby formula) to 450 babies, and senior services to more than 260 seniors. I am proud of the work we do at Galilee Center for the farmworkers, who are an essential part of our local community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jan contributed at the level she was able to -joining others in this community who rose to meet the crisis which impacted so many. She was moved by the unsung heroes who gave what they could and those on the front lines who faced daily challenges while helping others such as healthcare workers, those who stocked grocery stores, and postal workers just to name a few. Jan’s hope is that in the awareness of “we are all in this together” -- this will guide us all as a community going forward.

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Michelle Cohen

Peggy Cravens

Mitch-Stuart, Inc President

The Waring International Piano Competition Chairman of the Board

Making A Difference Covid 19 presented fundraising challenges for nonprofits. As pioneers in travel packages for fundraising, Mitch-Stuart, Inc. continued to support charities by offering their donors the experience of a lifetime. The pandemic inspired our creativity. We designed online and virtual Zoom auctions where donors could bid in the safety of their homes. Examples included private concerts with Broadway stars, and wine from Italy delivered to the doorstep. Close-to-home and family-oriented travel packages replaced trips to foreign destinations. Working with our partners, our concierge staff assisted winning donors who needed to postpone or change their travel plans due to the pandemic.

Making A Difference In these daunting times we’ve just come thru it becomes ever more important to support the charitable causes who give our Coachella Valley residents much assistance and pleasure in myriad ways.

Michelle Decker

Inland Empire Community Foundation President & CEO Making A Difference This year we saw the incredible resilience of our nonprofits and communities, thanks to the generosity of our IE donors. Coachella Valley organizations showed their leadership and capacity for good each and every day. Coming out of COVID, IECF wants to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and take precautions to keep our elders safe and our kids in school. We are so happy to celebrate our 80th anniversary here at IECF and we look forward to another 80 years of “strengthening the Inland Empire through philanthropy.”


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My particular charitable interests are Education, Medicine and Music. Time and evidence has shown how fortunate we are to have our fine community college, College of the Desert, our outstanding medical facility, Eisenhower Hospital – and the enormous contribution the Waring International Piano Competition brings to our Valley --- supporting the career paths of many gifted pianists -- giving them the opportunity to compete in a world-class International Piano Competition.

Rene Dell’ Acqua Dell’Acqua Dental Studio Philanthropist

Making A Difference I was raised by philanthropic parents who taught me from a very young age that giving back to your community is important. When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their lifetime. For me there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that I have made a difference. Our community offers so many opportunities to get involved. We have so many meaningful charities. It has been an honor to serve on several different boards over the years.

Gloria Crockett

Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire President and CEO Making A Difference Granting wishes for children battling critical illnesses is what we do best! As CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, Gloria has implemented her strategic initiatives and priorities in partnership with a passionate staff, Board of Directors and other key stakeholders of Make-A-Wish OCIE by granting wishes that provide joy and hope to children. Her commitment to provide uplifting support to families facing difficult times due to hardships associated with children battling critical illnesses remains unmatched. Most recently, she has successfully completed a 5-year strategic plan with her team that aims to raise $6 million annually by the 5th year to grant wishes!

Chris Dentice

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Operations Manager Making A Difference I love to make a difference in women’s lives. I have seen the most broken of women come in with nothing and leave whole, living on their own and being productive. I’ve seen mom’s reunited with their children living in their own apartments. The most rewarding to me is the encouraging conversations I have with them while they are here. To help them understand they are not defined by their past. I love it when I get a call from someone I’ve helped telling me they still remember the things I’ve shared with them. That’s my reward and how I make a difference!

Nancy Cunningham Literary Society President

Making A Difference Participating in the formation and growth of the Literary Society of the Desert has been the most rewarding volunteer job anyone could wish for. Presenting talks by a series of stimulating and entertaining authors has attracted a dynamic, diverse membership whose generosity enables us to share our programming with approximately 100 local students a year and also to provide an annual grant to every library in the Coachella Valley. This organization is living proof that you can enjoy yourself while simultaneously supporting your community. And, it is our membership I have to thank for that.

Deborah DeSantis Eisenhower Health Senior Director

Making A Difference COVID-19 up-ended the life we lived. In spite of the heartache and isolation many faced, Circle of Stars, Eisenhower Health’s women’s philanthropy group, was strong in their commitment to fund the latest technology in breast screening, the new HOLOGIC 3Dimensions™ Mammography System. They pooled their resources, helped to bring in 45 new members, attended two virtual events, and before the end of the season, raised $425,000 to secure the purchase of this life-saving equipment to advance the quality of health care for our community. We would love to have you join us in our next endeavor to make a difference. Learn more at Learn more at

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Eevet Edens

Desert Cancer Foundation Executive Director Making A Difference Desert Cancer Foundation pays for cancer care for CV residents who need financial assistance for screening, diagnosis, and treatment. We are the only local nonprofit in the valley that makes direct payments on behalf of individuals for vital cancer care. Cancer did not diminish with the pandemic, and underserved residents diagnosed with cancer need our support, now more than ever. I am privileged to lead an organization that helps individuals in their greatest time of need and honored to work alongside board and committee members who remain dedicated to serve our local community.

Alison Elsner

San Bernardino County Medical Society CEO Making A Difference I am honored that my work with the physicians of the medical society, part of the California Medical Association, has focused on facilitation of COVID vaccinations. Our efforts have been especially concentrated in those communities which have been impacted the most by the pandemic and with the greatest barriers to healthcare. Not only are we increasing health, financial stability and resilience, but also we are collaborating to diminish healthcare disparity to achieve equity, allow our small businesses to recover and ensure healthy lives for our citizens. As we know, public health and economic recovery are deeply linked.

Debbie Espinosa FIND Food Bank President / CEO

Sue Grant

Making A Difference 2020 was a marathon sprint to ensure that everyone in the desert region had food on their plates in a historic hunger crisis. In 2021, FIND continues our pandemic response to feed 140K+ people each month. We’ve transitioned to build towards long-term recovery, investing in our programs that get to the root causes of hunger and allow individuals to break the cycle of poverty for good. Our team proved that they were willing to go the distance to serve our neighbors, and we are pushing forward to actualize our vision for a community free of hunger.

Sue Grant is a visionary whose passion to give the gift of literacy to struggling readers has fueled the success of The Literacy Project. This year she was honored with the “2021 Congressional Recognition Award” for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. In 2009, Grant founded The Literacy Project (TLP), a nonprofit that partners with under-resourced schools throughout Southern California, Utah and Arizona school districts. TLP eliminates the literacy gap of emerging second-graders who are functionally illiterate by boosting reading achievement. Their vision is to remove the impediment of illiteracy from the lives of our most vulnerable children reading level proficiency. Co-developed with The Regents of the University of California, The New Phonics Game™ learning tool focuses on targeted teaching of phonemic awareness, word decoding, word identification and English fluency. Under-served students gain critical reading skills, increase self-esteem, and become confident learners ready for success. Proud graduates gain measureable, significant reading skills (76% to 129%) over a 30-hour program. The program is provided at “no cost” to both the school and at-risk students.

Barbara Foyil

Coachella Valley Vision Impaired Community Services President Making A Difference Coachella Valley Visually Impaired Community Services (CVVICS) is led by a team of visually impaired individuals with the purpose of reaching out to others who are facing the loss of vision. Who better than those with vision loss and highly trained in the fields of disabilities, psychology, technology, as well as the medical field and organization management to take up leadership to help this underserved community of blind and visually impaired. During the past year and a half pandemic, CVVICS has successfully initiated daily classes using a conference calling system along with descriptive movies and an audible books library for our clients.

Susan Francis

John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation President & CEO Making A Difference Conforming to a new norm (due to COVID) isn’t easy. My goal is to ensure that JFK continues valuable programming (Ophelia Project in all school districts; In-Home Parenting, SafeCare, Healthy Families, Differential Response; Reach Out and Read). Many people’s futures are in our hands. This dedicated, loyal staff are ensuring the continued stability of JFK, founded 38 years ago, with a 25year history of providing these important services. We are finding new ways to be creative, progressive and innovative while using technology to adapt delivering our programs virtually, in a hybrid method or in person and our productivity remains high. This is encouraging and exciting.

L. Laura Fritz

Eisenhower Health Foundation Senior Vice President Making A Difference One of my favorite quotes… “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James During this pandemic, when we had all hoped to return to mostly a “normal” life, we find ourselves still facing the tremendous challenges of saving lives and keeping our communities strong. Donors and those who serve not-for-profits will be asked to continue both their generosity and the hard work done over the past 20 months. So much has been accomplished in such a short time, overcoming many hurdles along the way. I know our community is grateful and appreciates all our efforts.

The Coachella Valley Reading Initiative’s goal is to target low-income, at-risk second and third-graders and teach the mastery of critical reading skills. Now more than ever with the COVID pandemic and modified teaching practices, retention loss will produce more struggling readers. Thanks primarily to Anderson’s Children Foundation, BIG HORN Cares and the Braly Family Trust, TLP will serve schools in Mecca, Coachella Valley, Thermal, and the Salton Sea. Sue Grant would tell you that there are many ways to save a life. The gift of reading is one of them. Sue Grant, Literacy Project Founder / Volunteer CEO 124 Tustin Avenue, Suite 103 Newport Beach, CA 92663 (949) 721-1319 (949) 350-3507 Cell

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Eve Fromberg

Lani Garfield

Jane Garrison

Making A Difference I have helped non profits to access COVID relief funding and assistance, and I have continued to do board education with boards in remote settings and over Zoom to help nonprofits continue to work towards stability and sustainability even in these uncertain times. The need for nonprofit services is more essential than ever. Nonprofit organizations are also facing their own COVID related struggles, therefore board education, strategic planning, legal compliance and improving internal communication is crucial for these organizations to also weather this storm. Board retreats can and should continue despite these current challenges. We can all get through this together!

Making A Difference Working tirelessly toward the greater good, giving to organizations in need, and being a positive force in our community.

Making A Difference While hiking the South Lykken Trail in Palm Springs, Jane Garrison looked out upon the splendid expanse known as Oswit Canyon and mentioned to a passerby how beautiful it looked. The person responded, “Enjoy it now because 250 homes are going in there.” Taken aback, Jane vowed to save the over 100 acre alluvial fan. After a nearly 5-year battle, in October of 2020, Oswit Land Trust purchased the spectacular Canyon. Oswit Canyon, which is home to the endangered bighorn sheep, will now be protected in perpetuity.

Beverly Greer

Fromberg Edelstein Fromberg Attorney and Partner

Neuro Vitality Center Chief Executive Officer Making A Difference The pandemic certainly challenged those of us who provide services to the chronically ill, elders and the disabled. We were confronted with how to give services to this highly vulnerable population as well as how we could fund these limited services. Shifting focus to ameliorate behavior health issues, on-line therapy and home delivered meals and services, we managed to make it through the year with a lot of help from our funders. We are once again open at least on a limited basis and looking forward to getting back to “normal”. We wonder if fundraising will ever be the same.

I Want to See Productions Photographer / Videographer

Oswit Land Trust Founder & Exective Director

Charee Gillins

Inland Empire Community Foundation Marketing & Communications Director

Jane launched Oswit Land Trust (OLT), a non-profit to continue saving open space and to “Save Wildlife One Acre at a Time.” One of OLT’s next major projects is to create the Mesquite Desert Preserve in the heart of Palm Springs (

Making A Difference Despite the challenges of COVID, people in the Inland Empire have responded with generosity like never before. Our donors are engaged and connected, reaffirming their enduring support for the community they love. We equally celebrate our nonprofits and their resilience in the face of this pandemic. At IECF, we regularly share how our grantees are supporting the community through COVID and those affected by racial and economic inequities in the region. Be inspired and get to know the organizations we fund and learn what your giving can do for our region’s most vulnerable communities.

Patti Gribow

Victory Grund

Board Member, Palm Springs Women in Film and Television

Old Town Artisans Studios Founder and President

Mary Guinane

Making A Difference Throughout my 25 years in business in the Coachella Valley, whether it be the entertainment industry or real estate, a common thread has always been philanthropy. I have gratefully served as founder, board member, event chairperson, worker, or donor, because giving back gives me breath.

Making A Difference You may find that making a difference in the world makes the greatest difference in you.”

As a Board Member of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, I am proud that during Covid 19 we collaborated in keeping the arts alive with The Ophelia Project, Green Room Theater, and Academy of Musical Performance by giving students grants to support their programs or attend enrichment programs. When one benefits, all benefit!

Giving young and old the opportunity to “create “a gift makes a difference in their lives as much as it does to the loved one who receives it.

Expanding my photography business to include videography and aerial drone services, helps me better serve the needs of my clients and non-profit organizations, by integrating new creative technologies. Continuing to volunteer, and to mentor students in hopes that I can share my time, knowledge, reduce isolation and loneliness, and make a positive impact on others. Together we can make a difference.

There is such joy in seeing a smile and the excitement in a young art students face as they say, “I made this for my grandma. It will make her so happy.”

The Write Answer Owner

Making A Difference Making a difference in our communities, and the wider world beyond, begins with the small steps we take as individuals. We’ve all been witness to how the snowball of change begins with simple acts of kindness. As nonprofit professionals, we’re fortunate to have our daily work focused on the organizations that are catalysts for bringing good into the world. I appreciate every day having the privilege to support their missions

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Teal Guion

First Tee -Coachella Valley Executive Director Making A Difference I am so honored to be in a position where I am able to impact the kids and teens in the Coachella Valley by helping build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. Golf is an important part of the fabric of Coachella Valley’s lifestyle and every child coming from this area should have access to the game of a lifetime with Core Values inherent to it! First Tee-Coachella Valley has made a huge impact during this difficult year by continuing to hold golf and life skills classes while most youth activities including in-person school was not available.

Jan Hawkins

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Director of Development Making A Difference I want to know I made Mother Earth a bit better during my brief time sharing it with Her. If I can convince others to share that ride with me and their resources to make it happen, all the better!

Andrea Hecht

Tools For Tomorrow Operations Manager Making A Difference Providing a way to connect, think creatively, and express emotions during COVID-19, Tools For Tomorrow online arts literacy programs gave our children something to look forward to each week. Inviting our youth to perform for our online gala inspired them to share the artistic talents they have worked so hard to develop. Engaging our volunteers and donors in a virtual fundraiser enabled them to share, far and wide, how they are making a difference in the lives of our Coachella Valley children, families and communities. Tools For Tomorrow continues to Reach, Teach and Inspire Children through the ARTS!

Alison Elsner Alison Elsner jumped into politics immediately after graduating with a degree in political science from USC. Working for a role model like U.S. Senator Pete Wilson in Washington, D.C. and California Governor Pete Wilson in the State Capitol, followed by her work for California Governor Gray Davis, reinforced Alison’s passion for combining the most innovative parts of government with the passion of the non-profit world. Alison transitioned to the non-profit arena as Executive Officer for the California Mentor Foundation followed by top leadership positions at the Family YMCA of the Desert and the United Way of the Desert as well as the owner of her own PR firm. With profound appreciation for those who choose to practice medicine after decades of intense training, Alison eagerly jumped at the offer in 2015 to serve as the CEO of the San Bernardino County Medical Society, the regional arm of the mega-powerful California Medical Association.

Tamara Hedges

Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, President UC Riverside Executive Director Making A Difference As was the case at this time last year, my most significant contribution toward making a positive difference during the pandemic is to stay informed on the science and research as it evolves. This approach drives my decision-making for both the campus and for the animal shelter, helping to keep staff, faculty, researchers, students, volunteers, and community members safe through vaccinations, masks, testing and other crucial safety protocols. It is vital that we all keep learning, growing and supporting each other during this precarious time, caring for and protecting the most vulnerable, both human and non-human alike. Fiat Lux!

Christy Jones Gifts That Give Back

Making A Difference Ever since being a teenager as a volunteer candy striper, Christy knew there is no better feeling than giving back to others. Being a Marriage and Family Therapist and seeing charities needs to raise funds, she started Gifts That Give Back. Having so much respect and admiration for people who choose to work in philanthropy, there is not a finer group of people she would rather join with. For 21 years, raising millions of dollars for charities, Christy feels lucky to do what she loves and see the positive impact her efforts have on such worthwhile causes.

Pamela Jordan

Idyllwild Arts Foundation President Making A Difference Pamela Jordan was appointed President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation in July, 2014. Prior to joining IAF, Jordan served as Head of School for the Chicago Academy of the Arts. Pamela received a Bachelor of Music from Phillips University and a Master of Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Her board service includes Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools, Arts Schools Network, California Association of Independent Schools, and as a resource panelist for School of the Arts, Singapore where she also delivered the keynote address for the school’s first bi-annual Arts Forum.

Alison and her team have participated in providing relief not only to overwhelmed and exhausted medical professionals in the shadow of the pandemic, but also in developing programs to directly impact segments of the community who were hit the hardest and less likely to have access to COVID testing, vaccinations and education to achieve healthcare equity for all Californians. For Alison, working for an organization that celebrates and supports healthcare heroes blends harmoniously with respect for animals and the planet. After all, we’re in this together. Alison Elsner Chief Executive Officer (CEO) San Bernardino County Medical Society 1859 W. Redlands Blvd. Redlands, CA 92373 760-413-5053-cell/work

Think Together Can Light the Way According to market research consultant, McKinsey & Company, “the impact of the pandemic on K-12 student learning was significant, leaving students on average five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading by the end of the school year.” Unsurprisingly, the pandemic hit already vulnerable students hardest. When schools started the 20202021 school year with distance learning, students with no internet at home couldn’t log on to school. When schools started to offer in-person learning hubs for students in need of connectivity, families were placed on waitlists to try to secure a high-demand spot for their students. And while schools in the desert communities worked diligently to welcome students back to campus safely, it was students with parents and caregivers working outside the home who experienced the highest rates of absenteeism.

Through it all, Think Together was there for these students. Think Together’s mission is to partner with schools to change the odds for kids. Think Together supports this mission in the Coachella Valley by working closely with Palm Springs Unified School District to provide families no cost expanded learning and afterschool programs that support student learning and achievement for children and youth, from kindergarten through high school. School disruptions and isolation over the past year due to COVID-19 exacerbated learning loss, negatively affected grades, and created unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression among students. Tragically, all these setbacks took a more dramatic toll on the very students who already faced significant barriers to academic success. widening the opportunity gap even further. At Think Together, we saw first-hand how the families we serve faced unprecedented challenges with school closures--challenges not experienced by their more affluent neighbors. Challenges in childcare. Challenges in connectivity. Challenges in at-home support. To address childcare, Think Together field staff were the first to come back to a school site and be there for students who needed a safe place to go amid the pandemic. To address connectivity, Think Together worked with school district partners to facilitate learning hubs with high-speed internet and technology support. To address challenges in at-home support, Think Together facilitated homework help and credit recovery to get kids back on track. Through each and every moment of darkness, Think Together was there, lighting the way for students’ futures, making sure nothing can stand in the way of our student’s futures. Not even a pandemic.

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October/November/December 2021

We want to thank Barry Manilow for helping the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower celebrate our 35th Anniversary with his

Gift of Love Holiday Concert on December 7, 2021, at the McCallum Theatre.

35th Anniversary Sponsors Endowment Sponsors—$50,000 Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler Connie and Bob Lurie Barry Manilow and Garry Kief

Robert and Sandra Borns Joanne and Bill Chunowitz Rondi Edwards Eisenhower Health Barbara and Bernie Fromm

Benefactor Sponsors—$27,500 The Auen Foundation Marylynn and Andrew Gladstein Patti Grundhoffer Deborah and Arthur Jacobson Harold Matzner and Shelli Reade

Supporter Sponsors—$6,000 Christina Gantz Angie Gerber Shelli Goodman and Bernie Plack Barbara and Ronnie Kahn Louise and Stuart Korshak

Patron Sponsors—$12,000

El Paseo Jewelers Diane and Hal Gershowitz Rachel and Ed Gubman Peggy Jacobs and Robert Howard Terri and Bart Ketover Carole Haes Landon and Dale Landon Missy and Kent McCarthy Jan Salta Kelli and Bill Loughrin Diane Rubin and Leonard Eber Dick Shalhoub Gail Siegel Victor Family Foundation

Sponsorship Packages for the 35th Anniversary may still be available, which include tickets to One Night Only, on November 10 at the McCallum theatre and Barry Manilow’s Gift of Love Holiday Concert on December 7, along with special parties and dinners by invitation only. Contact Laura Rogers at 760-773-1636 or


Coachella Valley’s Cherished Resident, Barry Manilow, Once Again Raising Money for 25 Local Charities


op culture icon and beloved Coachella Valley resident Barry Manilow has announced that he will once again perform five-holiday concerts to raise funds for 25 charities in the Coachella Valley. A Gift of Love, as it is fondly known, is a concert series was created out of The Manilow Fund for Health & Hope, Manilow’s nonprofit organization to support local, grassroots organizations that promote education, health, and care. The fund donates to organizations that focus on cancer, AIDS, children’s issues, victims of abuse, the homeless, and music education. Continued on page 4


This year’s concerts are scheduled to take place at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre. Manilow’s concerts will feature his hit songs and holiday favorites. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow! The concerts are scheduled for December 7 and 8 and then again December 10, 11, and 12. Regular individual ticket prices range from $59.99 to $499.99 each. In addition, the McCallum adds a $3.00 per ticket Facility Fee. The information below describes how much of the ticket price is credited to your organization and what “extra” benefits are included as part of the price.


Premium tickets are limited to 150 tickets each night. They sell for $500 each, with $150 of that automatically credited to the charity of the ticket holder’s choice. Premium Tickets are located in the first seven rows of the theatre. Gold Tickets are limited to 40 tickets each night. Gold Tickets sell for $1000 each,

with $400 of that automatically credited to the purchaser’s charity when they designate the charity of choice as the beneficiary. Gold Tickets are located in the first five rows of the theater. Gold Ticket holders are invited to a post-show champagne reception and photo-op with Barry in the theater’s Founders Room.

Platinum Tickets are limited to just 16 tickets each night. Platinum tickets sell for $2000 each, with $1200 of that automatically credited to the charity of choice of the purchaser. Platinum Tickets are located in the first row of the theatre. Platinum ticket holders are invited to a pre-show cocktail reception (and picture) with Barry in the Backstage Christmas Court. Should you be interested in sponsoring these concerts there are 4 Sponsorship levels available for each show. 4 tickets are included in each sponsorship package. Sponsorships sell for $12,500, with $8750 automatically credited to the charity of choice

of the purchaser. Sponsorships include four tickets in the first five rows, post-show champagne reception and photo-op with Barry in the Backstage Christmas Court, prominent placement in all print advertising, and a lobby placard listing the sponsorship. In addition to the VIP tickets, there are also regular concert tickets priced from $59.99 to $99.99. At the time of purchase, the purchaser can designate their favorite charity (from the list of 25) to benefit from the purchase of their tickets. For each of these individual tickets, 25% of the face value is credited to the designated charity.

When the purchaser completes the order you will be asked to designate one of the 25 participating charities as the beneficiary. The 25 charities benefitting from the 2021 A Gift of Love V concerts are The Manilow Music Project, Act For MS, AAP – Food Samaritans, Angel View, Animal Samaritans, Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Boo2Bullying, Coachella Valley Horse Rescue, DAP Health, Desert ARC, Desert Symphony, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Hanson House, Jewish Family Service, Joslyn Center, Lifestream Blood Bank, McCallum Theatre Education, Palm Springs Police Officers Association, PAWS & Hearts, Continued on page 6


Safe Schools Desert Cities, SafeHouse of the Desert, Save Oswit Canyon, The Living Desert, Well In The Desert. Mr. Manilow is contributing his performances to the A Gift of Love 5 concerts and will not be compensated. Should our readers wish to order tickets or have questions, the point of contact is Vikki Thomas at: (424) 298-4818 or you can email her at:


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Who would have believed that you were part of a dream… Thank you, Barry Manilow. Because of your support, our doors to comprehensive health care are open wider. DAP Health Staff, Board of Directors, and Patients

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This one’s for you! Thank you, Barry Manilow, for all of the magnificent work you do to make our community shine bright. Your never-ending music, passion and generosity are an inspiration to us all. Cheers to you always and in all ways!

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25 Charities benefiting from The Gift Of Love V

Over 300

scholarships awarded

$10 million

donated to schools

Created by Barry Manilow and Garry Kief, The Manilow Music Project empowers underfunded school music programs to provide quality music education. By donating instruments and equipment and providing scholarships nationwide, we give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to experience community, passion, and creativity through the gift of music.

Local charity ACT for MS provides free services to Desert residents with multiple sclerosis to make their daily lives more comfortable and help them stay stronger longer. Free programs include mobility aids, strength training & circulation sessions, emotional support & help with electric bills during the hot summer months.


AAP – Food Samaritans’ ongoing mission is to ensure that all AAP clients can continue to live their lives with dignity and self-respect. It provides nutritional support to improve the quality of life of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses throughout the Coachella Valley.

Angel View is honored to be part of Barry Manilow’s generosity and return to the McCallum stage. It certainly shows the ongoing commitment to his hometown heroes and we thank him for his recognition of our 67-year-old mission of helping local children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential.





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At Animal Samaritans, we champion compassion and respect for all living creatures with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and the people who love them. We provide affordable standard veterinary care, urgent veterinary care, animal rescue, pet housing and adoptions, free Animal Companion Therapy visits, and free Humane Education services.

The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center is dedicated to ensuring every child’s right to a normal, healthy and secure childhood. The Center provides therapy services regardless of a family’s ability to pay, to children that have suffered child abuse. Additionally, animated videos funded by the Children’s Center Foundation, has reached over 100 million children worldwide viewed free at

Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley celebrates 55 years of providing services for over 6,000 youth annually. Its mission is to save and enhance the lives of the young people of its community, especially those with economic and/or social needs by offering a safe haven and meaningful youth development programs provided by a caring and qualified staff.

Boo2Bullying is a youth empowerment organization that provides outreach, mentoring, inspiration, support and hope for bullied youth. We promote kindness and inclusivity and give kids the tools to foster a healthy self-image, learn to accept diversity, speak their truth, and positively impact those around them.

CVHR provides horses set for slaughter, have suffered from abuse, or abandonment a safe place to rehabilitate and find forever, loving homes. Those too traumatized to fully recover are given sanctuary, love, attention, and purpose. Through interactive programs, the rescued horses help Veterans, challenged children and adults find healing.

Founded in 1984 by a group of community volunteers in the face of the AIDS crisis, DAP Health (DAP) has been the Coachella Valley’s primary not-for-profit resource for those living with, affected by, or at-risk for HIV or AIDS. The majority of our clients are low-income, medically underserved community members. Until there’s a cure, the vision of DAP is of healthy individuals, families, and communities despite the existence of HIV.


Founded in 1959, Desert Arc’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities. Its programs serving 700+ adults are designed to give each individual a safe and supportive, person-centric resource base to reach their highest potential to live, work and socialize in the community.

The Desert Symphony was founded in 1989 in Palm Desert, California to bring professional orchestral concerts to the Desert Cities. They are a non-profit organization comprised of the best chamber musicians, virtuoso soloists, principal players, and recording artists in the area. Symphony performers are handpicked from Southern California’s major orchestras, selected for their individual as well as their ensemble skills.

Guide Dogs of the Desert provides mobility, companionship and independence for the blind with custom trained Guide Dogs for free.

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Hanson House Foundation provides a communitysupported facility with low cost services whose dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to making available a safe, clean and caring temporary HOME AWAY FROM HOME for the families of the critically ill and injured.

JFS provides low- to no-cost mental health counseling in either a telehealth or inperson setting, assistance connecting to available benefits such as Calfresh, Medi-Cal, and Section 8 housing vouchers, Let’s Do Lunch! interactive senior programming, and emergency financial assistance for necessities such as overdue rent and utilities, food and medications.

Leading the way in enhancing senior quality of life, The Joslyn Center — including the nationallyrecognized Joslyn Wellness Center — provides comprehensive programs and services for older adults, 50+, in the communities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.

LifeStream Blood Bank, a nonprofit, comprehensive blood bank, is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to all Coachella Valley-area hospitals. We invite the community to partner with us by “rolling up a sleeve” and giving to patients in need the gifts of life, hope and comfort. www.

Since its launch in 1997, McCallum Theatre Education has served over 660,000 students, educators and community members with performances and arts education experiences. In close partnership with local education agencies, McCallum makes the arts available and accessible to youth and community members through its dynamic education programs including its Aesthetic Education Program. Field Trip Series, Palm Desert Choreography Festival and Open Call Talent Project.

We, the Palm Springs Police Officers’ Association, exist to serve and protect the Community through emergency management.


“Paws & Hearts Animal Assisted Therapy is honored and humbled that Barry Manilow has chosen us again to be a recipient from his Gift of Love Concert. The funds are incredibly helpful in making our pet therapy program an invaluable resource to our community.”

Safe Schools Desert Cities empowers area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex youth (LGBTQI+), their allies and GSA advisors and offers opportunities that foster a sense of community and individual growth by providing education, guidance, advocacy, resources, recreational activities and opportunities for self-expression.

With Community Support, provides emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services to youth in crisis.

Oswit Land Trust was formed in 2016 in a successful rally to save Oswit Canyon in Palm Springs from impending development. It has since grown into a multi-project non-profit organization working to continue protecting wildlife habitat & preserving unique, ecologically rich spaces throughout the Coachella Valley. Join us! www.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives. The Zoo is home to over 600 animals, including two eastern black rhinos, who will make their debut in the fall in the new 4-acre Rhino Savanna.

The Well in the Desert provides daily nutritious hot meals, emergency food assistance, weekly supplemental food distribution and a wide array of social services through case management and advocacy to those affected by poverty, including the working poor, the homeless, seniors, the handicapped and others in need throughout the western end of the Coachella Valley.


A Manilow Fund for Health and Hope

The Manilow Music Project was created out of The Manilow Fund for Health & Hope, a nonprofit organization that was created by Barry Manilow to support local, grassroots organizations that promote education, health and care. The fund donates to organizations that focus on cancer, AIDS, children issues, victims of abuse, the homeless and music education. While playing to sold-out concerts across the country, EMMY, TONY and GRAMMY winner Barry Manilow saw the need to save for music programs for children. Manilow helped provide more than $10 million in instruments and funds to hundreds of schools in the U.S. through The Manilow Music Project, the grass roots organization the musician established over 20 years ago.


Manilow knew what an important role music played in his life. When the legendary singer and songwriter was a high school student in Brooklyn, his school was ranked the most dangerous in all

of America. Barry found a home in his high school orchestra class, which he credits for changing his life and molding him into the icon he is today.

Keeping dreams alive one instrument at a time

The Manilow Music Project

empowers underfunded school music

programs to provide quality music education. By donating instruments and equipment and providing scholarships nationwide, we give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to experience community, passion, and creativity through the gift of music.

“It feels great to do something that’s helpful in the world of music for young kids because music can change kids’ lives,” he recently told Palm Springs Life. “It sure did mine. Listen, in the slums of Brooklyn where I grew up, it was a choice of a gang or the orchestra, and because I was a skinny malink who couldn’t fight my way out of a laundry bag, I joined the orchestra.”

Manilow has already provided scholarships at music programs all over the country to help young musicians gain access to topnotch education. Some years later, when a friend of Barry’s was raising money for a saxophone for his daughter, he was shocked to learn that even in well-funded school districts the music programs were still suffering from budget cuts. In response he formed The Manilow Music Project.

The Manilow Music Project supports music education in a variety of ways. Through instrument drives at Manilow’s local concerts, thousands of instruments were collected through-out the years. Hundreds of brand-new Yamaha pianos were also donated to hundreds of schools nation-wide. In addition to instrument grants, The Manilow Music Project also supports young musicians by offering merit and need-based scholarships to universities all over the US. Today, The Manilow Music Project continues to empower underfunded school music programs to provide quality music education. Through the donation of instruments and equipment and providing scholarships nationwide, Manilow gives disadvantaged young people the opportunity to experience community, passion, and creativity through the gift of music.


Thank ou “We are delighted to once again be the home and a beneficiary of “A Gift of Love 5” by our favorite local icon. Barry Manilow’s heart is as big as his talent. I can’t wait to be able to see him perform in the intimate McCallum Theatre and sing along to all his hits.” Jamie Grant, President & CEO McCallum Theatre

“Barry Manilow’s combination of outstanding showmanship with exceptionally creative songwriting and arranging has propelled him to the front rank of stardom for many decades. He is as much a headliner today as he was in the mid 1970’s when we began working together. It’s been such a wonderful ride.” Clive Davis

“Your choice to give of your time and talent to help people cared for at DAP Health speaks volumes. In 2021 we will care for 10,000 neighbors in need of medical care and more. Barry your “Gift of Love” is the gift of life!” David Brinkman, CEO DAP Health

“Barry has given so much to our community through the years supporting many worthwhile charities. His Manilow Music Fund has gifted Instruments to countless deserving students enabling them to further their dreams. His “Gift of Love” concerts through the years have helped many of our local charities continue their important work. Bravo Barry for continuing your legacy of philanthropy and spreading your musical love!” Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald, CV104.3

“Our communities thank Barry Manilow for his many philanthropic efforts. Barry has helped instill positive, lasting change in the Coachella Valley. His ‘Gift of Love’ concerts have raised over $2 million for our local charities and the Manilow Music Project has helped bring the gift of music education to students throughout our Desert. I commend him for his incredible generosity!” Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD

“Barry Manilow was a close friend to the Sinatra’s and his generosity along with Garry Kief for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center and the children that we serve is simply outstanding. Barry, for all you do in this community, Thank You!” John Thorensen, Executive Director Barbara Sinatra Childrens Center




The Waring Gala 2020. Photo Credit: Marc Glassman

Event producer Frank Goldstin, and his company MOMENTOUS, are behind some of the valley’s most notable annual galas and fundraising events. Clients include The Living Desert, Mizell Center, United Way of the Desert, The Waring, Modernism Week, Palm Springs Air Museum, The McCallum Theatre and College of the Desert, among many others. Desert Charities News caught up with Frank for an exclusive chat on the unique season ahead.

DCN: Do you think we have seen the last of virtual and televised events? FG: I really don’t and that’s a good thing. We’ve learned to embrace and integrate technologies and formats that, prior to the pandemic, had not been seen in the events space. I, personally, gravitate to televised events more so than I do virtual, especially for my clients. I do think that these forms of events are beneficial and are here to stay for quite some time.

DCN: Frank, heading into the 2021/2022 event season, many people must be asking, what is this event season going to look like? FG: I think that this is an interesting yet very exciting time. The calendar is filled with live events scheduled and, honestly, I feel confident that we are going to be able to move forward with live events this season. A great number of safety protocols are being set in place and these, along with continued vaccinations and boosters, are really going to allow for that to happen. DCN: How are your clients approaching their live events this season?

The Living Desert Gala 2020. Photo Credit: Lani Garfield

FG: The overall approach is enthusiastic yet cautious. Currently, we are doing a great deal of re-imagining of events. This includes scaling in many instances, creating new concepts and implementing cost-cutting measures. I’m also finding that most of my clients are much more mission centric in terms of their fundraising and live communications and that’s a really nice change. This allows for greater engagement between the organization and its supporters.

DCN: It’s been great catching up with you, Frank, and we are happy to see that you have a busy season ahead supporting so many of our great organizations here in the valley. Are you available for consultations? FG: Thanks for having me and yes, always. The best way to reach me is by phone at (760) 273-5050 or via email at Frank@ I always enjoy talking with organizations about the evolution of their signature events and how we may partner and be of service to build continued success.


ann Hampton Callaway

Performing the Linda Ronstadt Songbook Rock & Roll Favorites and Broadway Standards

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 7 Barbra Streisand cuts 2013 “The Streisand Songbook” won 2 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 & Clubs ALL PROCEEDS FUND THE COLLEGE OF THE DESERT FOUNDATION’S FUND FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.

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Erin Kaiman

Pat Kaplan

Making A Difference COVID-19 changed the way we all do business and reminded us of the significance of communications. I was honored to help organizations pivot operations to meet the community’s needs. We helped College of the Desert share news about distance learning and assisted the COD Street Fair with communicating the latest impacts to merchants. We built a COVID-19 dashboard for Desert Healthcare District to support our community. Our work to strengthen our clients during this time, from public agencies to private organizations, spans the Coachella Valley and beyond. We are privileged to support organizations that play a role in providing essential services.

Making A Difference During the pandemic crisis, Alzheimers Coachella Valley (ACV) continued their mission of “providing charitable programs and services to those living with cognitive impairment in the Coachella Valley”.

Margaret Keung

Lauri Kibby

Kristy Kneiding

Becky Kurtz

Making A Difference I have been fortunate to work with DAP Health and Mizell during the last number of years. During COVID, both organizations provided critical services. Now more than ever, we can make a difference. As desert communities grappled with the devastating effects of Covid, Mizell continued its critical meal delivery and DAP Health, with extensive experience with epidemics, kicked-up its services. Almost overnight DAP Health set up a COVID clinic providing testing, counseling and assistance to other emergency medical services in the Valley. DAP served thousands of individuals through the implementation of mobile and online service to mitigate further health risk to our clients and our infectious disease experts provided support wherever needed.

Making A Difference There are countless non-profits doing amazing work including The Pendleton Foundation - dedicated to helping meet the financial needs of Coachella Valley residents suffering from cancer. Cancer didn’t take a break during the pandemic and assisting those in treatment became even more crucial. I’m proud to have volunteered for this noteworthy organization for the past 15 years and am excited to welcome back the annual Pendleton Foundation Chef Auction in November. This uniquely delicious, uplifting event, helps make distributing more than $40,000 per month to local residents in need possible

Making A Difference We strive to make a difference in our community with Desert Town Hall, a premier speaker series that brings leaders from the world stage to our stage in Indian Wells.

CV Strategies President & Founder

Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs CEO & Executive Director

Making A Difference Under Margaret’s leadership, the Club quickly transformed its afterschool programs into a Virtual clubhouse in order to stay connected with their youth, and developed Learning Day Camps in collaboration with the Palm Springs Unified School District to support the needs of essential worker families within the community,

Alzheimers Coachella Valley Co-Founding Board Member

Despite closures we quickly transitioned to zoom programming and initiated the following new programs: a Bereavement Group every other Monday, a Stroke Recovery Group two Fridays per month, a Parkinson’s Support Group for the caregiver and diagnosed every Tuesday, “Tunes for the Memories”- a Music Group - on Friday afternoons and our weekly Walk in the Park at the Palm Desert Civic Center on Mondays. These were in addition to all of our existing programs.

Kings Garden Inc. CFO and Co-Founder

Brianna Kelly

American Red Cross Southern California Region Regional Communications Manager Making A Difference Disasters don’t stop during a pandemic and neither does the work of the American Red Cross Southern California Region, which proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. Regional Communications Manager Brianna Kelly promotes the vital work of the Red Cross in the community and is passionate about sharing the Red Cross story across Southern California, encouraging the public to join the Red Cross in fulfilling its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies – down the street, across the country and around the world.

K2 Marketing Solutions Principal

Terri Ketover

Community Philanthropist Making A Difference I was fortunate to stay healthy during the COVID-19 crisis and have the resources to stay safe. However, I was deeply affected by those who did not have the same resources and actively redirected my philanthropy to feeding others through organizations including FIND Food Bank, No Kid Hungry, and Feeding America, as well as assisting strangers in need profiled in the Desert Sun, LA Times, and NY Times. In addition, I have been working with other community leaders/philanthropists in developing two new projects benefiting children here in the valley which we will roll out later this year -- projects that will make a difference!

Desert Town Hall Executive Director

Becky feels a special responsibility to future generations and has found a creative outlet for that passion through her work at Desert Town Hall. “Youth Town Hall is one of the best parts of Desert Town Hall, where high school students meet with speakers before the evening’s main event,” she said. “We invite 22 area high schools (from Desert Hot Springs to the Salton Sea) who choose 150 students to send to each of the four events. “I’m blessed to do what I love every day, live in a beautiful community, stay engaged at the local level, and reach out to connect renowned leaders with the citizens of the Coachella Valley. Who can ask for more?”

S.C.R.A.P. Gallery

Giving Together: Celebrating 80 Years of Philanthropy and Impact in the Coachella Valley This year marks the 80th anniversary of Inland Empire Community Foundation! As the region’s largest and only nationally-accredited community foundation, we are proud to serve a growing, diverse, and vast region of communities and thousands of donors. The Foundation’s beginnings prove that it only takes one person to spur a movement for a brighter future. The bequest of Charles Brouse, which in 1941 established The Riverside Foundation to benefit Riverside City College students, was just a beginning. The civic leader and banker’s decision to give back to the community that supported him was destined to become something much larger. Today, the organization manages assets of $120 million from more than 420 funds directed to causes that primarily benefit the region. Specifically, our donors support arts and culture groups, youth and family agencies, environmental, animal, senior, vets and a variety of other causes and needs. In 2020, IECF awarded over $25 million in grants, including $4 million that was for scholarships and education. Locally, IECF has granted over $18 million to charities and educational institutions in the Coachella Valley over the past ten years. Our donors have proudly directed their gifts to support Coachella Valley’s most vulnerable. As COVID continues to negatively impact communities, their philanthropy has been more important than ever. The populations most affected here continue to be food insecure, lack affordable housing, and face economic hardship. In 2020, $3,681,795 in grants went to Coachella Valley charities. Some of them include: Desert Ability Center, Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert, Palm Canyon Theater and the LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Palm Canyon Theater

IECF also plays an important role in community and crisis leadership. These include the following efforts: Caravanserai Project: With a recent $1 million grant from Wells Fargo, Caravanserai Project, the Inland Empire Community Collaborative and IECF will be working together to strengthen the infrastructure of mission-serving organizations across the region. Listos California: In 2020, IECF awarded grants to organizations like the Coachella Valley Disaster Preparedness Network to make accessible, in-language information available to communities least likely to be prepared. Youth Grantmakers: Youth Grantmakers in Coachella Valley awarded $6,000 in grants to four nonprofits: Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Boo2Bullying, Inc., S.C.R.A.P. Gallery, and the Unforgettables Foundation. Ready to start your giving with us? Give a little to an existing fund, or endow a new fund to help your community, nonprofit, or issue you care about like children, education, or the environment. For more information, contact Joe Staley, Regional Charitable Giving Officer at or 760.836.2400.

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Jenna LeComte-Hinely Kelly Levy HARC, Inc. Chief Executive Officer

BIGHORN Golf Club Charities Director

Making A Difference Six years ago, Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely took over as the CEO for HARC, and HARC’s significance has grown exponentially since that time. Jenna has continually found new ways for HARC’s research team to serve the community through data, partnerships, and improving the structure of our nonprofit system. Jenna also founded the Coachella Valley Workplace Wellness Awards, which highlights local organizations that promote employee health and wellness. Perhaps most importantly, Jenna has been a pioneer in fostering positive workplace dynamics within her organization, prioritizing employee health, well-being, and work-life balance. Jenna proudly serves on the Board of Trustees for Borrego Health.

Making A Difference I am extremely grateful to be part of such an amazing philanthropic organization and to lead BIGHORN Golf Club Charities. I am blessed to be on the supporting and volunteering side of the organization in helping serve the Coachella Valley. It’s heartwarming to know that we all have made such a remarkable difference together as citizens over the past years, and giving back is such a large part of our culture and community. It is rewarding to know BIGHORN Golf Club Charities raises over $1 million for the Coachella Valley community each year. I cherish the smiles and warmth we receive, knowing we have such a positive impact. I believe everyone’s story needs to be heard and felt; it is the only way we can change the world we are in. It is the most magical and fulfilling part of my job and my life.

Victoria Llort

American Outreach Foundation Senior Vice President Making A Difference For nearly 15 years, American Outreach Foundation (AOF) has provided over $3.5 million worth of electric wheelchairs and scooters to the Coachella Valley, as well as assisting with service calls for repair. While the loss of mobility is often an inadvertent or inevitable consequence of life, AOF’s programs intend to help individuals by giving them an opportunity to live a happier life. 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.

Nefertiti Long

Inland Empire Community Foundation Vice Chair Making A Difference The Women’s Giving Fund at IECF is a diverse group of professional women who wanted to create an inclusive opportunity for female donors to learn about women’s economic security issues, focus their giving on issues impacting women and children, and experience the power of collaborative philanthropy. As Chair of the Women’s Giving Fund, it gives me great joy to see women open their hearts and give back. They are philanthropic-minded and living their passion. Since 2018, the Fund has distributed $70,000 to nonprofits in the region, and at a time of great need for women and their families during COVID.

Kim Livreri

The Butterfly Mission President Making A Difference Kim Livreri’s foundation, The Butterfly Mission, works with homeless mothers and children to improve their lives and self confidence enabling them to get a fresh start in today’s society. Working directly with local Non-Profits The Butterfly Mission enhances the lives of the most vulnerable in the Coachella Valley. During the Covid Pandemic The Butterfly Mission played a prominent role in contributing to the safe living conditions and welfare of our homeless population. Over 100 families have benefited from this foundation. We at The Butterfly Mission assist and develop these essential skills that will inspire the under-privileged to reach their full potential.

Jennifer Loza

Ronnie’s House For Hope CEO / Founder Making A Difference As a widow of 9 years when my husband Ronnie passed and a mother who lost my 18-year son Steven almost 10 months ago, I am incredibly proud of our work at Ronnie’s House For Hope. For the last 2 years we have been providing peer support grief service to children/teens and their families with onsite and off-site grief groups. We currently also hold groups for parents who have lost a child. It is our mission to ensure every child and their family has a safe and supportive environment to cope with and find tools for their grief at no charge.

Eve Fromberg I was raised in the Palm Springs area. I have been practicing law since 1997. I have practiced real estate, business and corporate law. In 2008, I was hired as the CEO of Smile Factory, a local non-profit agency which provides free dental screenings and treatment to public school children. This experience gave me invaluable experience in working with non-profit organizations and knowledge of the day-to-day operational challenges they face. I have worked as both a staff member and a board member which has given me unique insight into the inner workings of nonprofit organizations. I provide corporate and governance counsel to several nonprofit clients both locally and regionally. My other areas of practice include real estate and general business law. I have also facilitated many board retreats and spoken as a legal expert of board governance and legal compliance. I am a member of the Desert Bar Association, California Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. I have been involved with many local organizations. I have served as a board president and board member for multiple local organizations including Pathfinder Ranch and Palm Springs Pathfinders, a woman’s auxiliary organization. I believe that a good board is a trained board. Most board members are thrown into board work with no formal training or education. I am here to use my experience to assist nonprofits both efficiently and broadly. I believe it is my job to help a board become the best version of itself

Eve Fromberg Partner/Attorney Fromberg Edelstein Fromberg 2825 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite D-1 Palm Springs, California 92262 760.320.2804 x104

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DeAnn Lubell

DeAnn Lubell Marketing & Media Solutions Owners Making A Difference Serving the local nonprofit sector as a publicist and marketing specialist since 1991 has been very rewarding. What a joy to have represented well-respected organizations with inspiring missions to make life better for others in our desert communities. Now, I am trying to make a difference with my own newly-formed nonprofit called Amy’s Purpose at

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Heidi Maldoon

Jan Lupia

Eileen Lynch

Making A Difference Grateful is how I feel everyday as I begin work with the courageous mothers at Mama’s House. Without doubt, a difference is being made in the lives of these women that not only impacts them, their families and their communities, it also benefits generations now and to come. Having arrived homeless with no support, they leave having received education, therapy and services simply not found to the same degree elsewhere. While being nurtured with us, they learn to cope with past hurts, work, and run a functioning household. It is God ordained and priceless work that sees broken lives restored.

Making A Difference Eileen relocated to the desert to join Jo Rosen and Parkinson’s Resource Organization in the fight to ensure “no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s disease.” Her previous experience building donor advocacy channels for healthcare nonprofits in Virginia and Washington, D.C. will come in handy as PRO responds to skyrocketing demand for our Parkinson’s support services. Check out our expanded support group offerings -- including exercise, grief, and mindfulness meetings for you and your loved ones with Parkinson’s.

Colleen McGrath

Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar Ruth Moir SongShine Foundation

Mama’s House Founder & Executive Director

Desert Ability Center Executive Director/CEO

Mojave Desert Land Trust Director of Development

Making A Difference Covid changed a lot of lives but none more so than for those living with disabilities. In an effort to keep our clients active and engaged during those times of isolation, Desert Ability Center created an online strength and cycling program that allowed wheelchair users to be active and interactive from the safety of their homes. Participants were fortunate to have the services of professional parathletes from across the country.

Making A Difference In March Mojave Desert Land Trust hosted “Miles For MDLT”, a virtual fundraiser. It was a terrific way to connect with our supporters and for supporters to connect with the desert. Participants selected a number of miles they were going to hike then invited family and friends to donate to MDLT which helped us to connect with more people. Fundraisers shared photos from their hikes and reasons why they liked MDLT. Several people said it gave them something other than COVID to focus on and really helped them to connect with nature in a new way which was heartening to hear

This programming was so successful it will become a part of DAC’s regularly scheduled programming. DAC is committed to adapting to every obstacle that comes our way to stay in the game.


Parkinson’s Resource Organization Director of Operations

Founder and Director

Making A Difference SongShine’s goal is to strengthen voices compromised by Parkinson’s, reclaim vocabulary stolen by stroke, and bring life to voices compromised by other neurological disorders or aging. Although the Pandemic brought a halt to in-person classes in the Coachella Valley, Zoom technology allowed us to continue to serve the community. Our method combines breath support, body alignment awareness, singing, voice exercises, diction, articulation, creative imagination, and role play. The comment we hear most frequently from our students: “SongShine Zoom class has been a lifeline. We are grateful.”

Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert Executive Director Making A Difference Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert has an extraordinary team of dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers who come together ensuring the unique needs of children and families across the Coachella Valley are met. I am honored to be part of Variety’s commitment to making a difference within our community. Together, we have pivoted, expanded, partnered, and remained focused on impacting children with special needs through these critical times of need. As we navigate the variables each season brings, we are grateful to serve and make a positive impact in the lives of many Coachella Valley children and families.

Steinway Society of Riverside County Founder / CEO Making A Difference In 2000, a group of concerned Coachella Valley leaders informally gathered to bring world class musicians into the schools. By 2002, music programs in schools began to disappear because of funding cuts for the arts. But the Steinway Society of Riverside County was ready to fill the need. Today, SSRC serves all three School Districts with quality music programs. The History of Music from 1600 to 1900 was written by musicians Bob Poehling and Joe Giarrusso and Mr. Mc Symphony, presented by Steven Battaglia, is a series for grades 1st- 6th that explains the various musicians and origin of their instruments.

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Cynthia Moses

Integrated Learning Institute Director Making A Difference How does one make a difference in changing times? Change can happen quickly. Rapid change can feel uncertain. Unexpected. Unknown. Unrelenting. Unsparing. Like an ambush. An onslaught. And, in the case of Covid-19, deadly. While much is to be said about responding to change with counter-change and reform, there is also the tried and true recourse of what has worked, still works, and will continue to work in spite of the challenges. We all need that person/place we can count on. Real change happens when the people and work are… Steadfast. Dependable. Reliable. Dedicated. Faithful. Committed. Steady.

Michelle Newman

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Philanthropic Support Associate Making A Difference The Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino has been committed to the success of our students. Through our core values of; inclusivity, innovation, respect, social justice and equity, sustainability, transparency and wellness and safety we seek ways to connect students to resources and career pathways, provide opportunities for educational and personal growth and raise money for scholarships. This in turn creates transformational opportunities for our students and the campus community that sustain the intellectual, environmental, economic and cultural richness of the Coachella Valley.

Patty Newman

Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation Board Chair Making A Difference When COVID-19 became a crisis in March of 2020, the Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation quickly shifted its funding focus to local non-profits providing critical services during an unprecedented pandemic. Friends and family joined the effort by contributing to the Newman COVID Relief Fund in Memory of Arthur Newman. Although we are blessed to live in a generous community, there are still inequities across the economic spectrum to be addressed. Thank you to the many men and women in philanthropy who are making a difference in the Coachella Valley

Ines Allen Ines Allen was only 9 when her brother, Raul, died from an undiagnosed heart problem at 16. Living in poverty in Ecuador, Allen’s family couldn’t afford to seek proper medical treatment for her brother. But the ensuing grief over Raul’s untimely death engulfed Ines and her family, prompting them to leave Ecuador’s poverty for the United States. Her family succeeded in building a better life for themselves, but Ines never forgot about the poverty that claimed her brother’s life. Hoping to help families of limited means around the world, Ines co-founded IMAHelps with her husband, Tracey, and recruited over 100 doctors, surgeons, dentists and other healthcare professionals to join them on annual medical humanitarian missions. Over the past two decades, IMAHelps has provided free medical and dental care to over 100,000 impoverished men, women and children in nine countries. Their volunteers have also performed over 2,500 life-changing surgeries and fitted over 400 amputees with prosthetic legs, enabling them to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk again.

Michele Nobleman

Patti Park

Kyle Radke

The Allens’ compassion and the heartfelt stories of many of their patients and volunteers are contained in a recently released book, A Vision of Hope: The First 20 Years of IMAHelps.

Making A Difference Giving back to the community is how my parents raised my siblings and I. Volunteering and doing good work should start early in life to grow and blossom as we age. Leading the volunteer supporters at Hanson House has been one of the greatest learning and growing experiences in my life. Providing hospitality at a low cost to people who genuinely need it, is the Hanson House mission, and gives me a huge payback in good feelings

Making A Difference An extremely difficult year was manageable due to our amazing employees and the ongoing support received from our donors, grantors and this wonderful community.

Making A Difference “Making a Difference” has never been more meaningful than it is these days. From business goals, growth and achievements to the very profound, complex and necessary relationships that provide the tent poles to your personal life. I make an effort every day – to make a difference in someone’s life. A greeting card to say I am thinking of them, an email of encouragement, a solution that helps a client’s bottom-line – and finding ways to help those out in their daily life who are not as fortunate as myself.

Publishing costs have been graciously underwritten by private donors so that all donations raised from A Vision of Hope can be used to purchase medicines and supplies for IMAHelps’ upcoming medical missions to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Donations of at least $40 are requested for each book, which can be ordered through

Hanson House Foundation, Inc. Executive Director

Angel View Executive Director

We conducted onsite vaccine clinics for our residents and program staff, and since our residents remained safe at home, we kept them connected through teleconferencing by fundraising for two new iPads in every location. Our Children’s Outreach supported the largest caseload we’ve ever served through our free services, which is entirely funded through philanthropy, and our retail store employees continued an outstanding job of processing your generous donations while operating safely throughout the pandemic.

Jones Agency CEO

For me “Making a Difference” is much more than a tagline – it’s a way of living a balanced life.

Ines Allen, CEO President IMAHelps PO Box 2727 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 898-2786

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Donna Raider

Jewish National Fund-USA JNF-USA Director Making A Difference Donna Raider has served as Jewish National Fund-USA’s Director, Palm Springs since August 2013. Since the start of the pandemic, JNF-USA raised over $100 million for the land and people of Israel in 2020 and again in 2021. Among some of its successful initiatives, JNF-USA hosted various virtual events featuring celebrities and highly sought-after guest speakers, as well as virtual tours of Israel to support tour guides who couldn’t work. JNF-USA also created its Online Mitzvah Marketplace to sell artisanal goods from Israeli businesses. Donna can be reached at

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Melissa Riche

Preservation Mirage Vice President Making A Difference Preservation Mirage was founded in 2018 by Melissa Riche, a local historian, writer, and Rancho Mirage resident. The group has over 300 members, supported by a 9-member board of directors. Its mission is to promote the appreciation and preservation of important and historic architecture in the city of Rancho Mirage. Melissa Riche keeps the community updated with a regular Preservation Mirage newsletter. During 2020-2021, she also presented several ‘Preservation Sessions’ on Rancho Mirage history, the iconic Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs, Sunnylands, as well as the origins of the city from the 1920s. Watch online at


Irene Rodriguez

Jo Rosen

Making A Difference April 2020 the museum sent a weekly newsletter about our founder, Cabot Yerxa’s adventures and his love of the desert to connect with our members and visitors. We shared more of Cabot’s writings at Storytelling Evenings. When allowed, we opened the pueblo with an audio, self-guided tour and the grounds, which people gather together to enjoy the outdoors. The past school year, we connected virtually to every second grader in three elementary schools in Desert Hot Springs. A special thank you to our members, donors, and visitors—they made it possible for the museum to preserve and promote Cabot’s legacy.

Making A Difference Jo Rosen is celebrating her 31st year “Working so no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s disease”. Her vision for the Organization continues to expand the work the organization does for the Parkinson’s community. Since COVID-19, PRO has increased its outreach exponentially. Today it is helping thousands of people across the world with support groups, information and referrals, newsletters, coaching, a national resource directory, a Memorial Wall, and coming soon, a Wall of Nuggets. Gala celebration Dec 11, 2021.

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum Executive Director

Parkinson’s Resource President & Founder

Rebecca Ruffing

Amy Sand

Cheryl Scarlett

Ann Sheffer

Making A Difference It’s no secret that seniors have been particularly hard-hit during this pandemic. The Cathedral City Senior Center and its partners across the valley have worked hard to come together and ensure that older adults have access to care, resources, information, and support. As we’ve reopened our doors and returned to onsite programming, it has been such a privilege to bring the fun and joy back into the lives of individuals who spent the last year isolated and alone. We’re grateful for our volunteers and donors who have stuck with us during the pandemic and continue to make our mission possible.

Making A Difference For those not seeing as well as they used to, help is in sight. Learn to maintain independence and make the most of the vision you still have through our free services. From magnification devices to techniques for completing tasks and getting around safely, we’ll help you go from no way to new way. Over 300 classes/workshops including cooking, art, exercise, technology and more. A library of over 100,000 audio books. Participate from the comfort of your home using a computer, smartphone, or traditional phone for online classes.

Making A Difference JFS Desert celebrates 40 years of community assistance. I have always understood and appreciated the importance of collaboration. I am proud to represent JFS, where my commitment has led to the creation of partnerships, leading to an improved quality of life for Valley residents.

Making A Difference In times of crisis, the arts can make a difference to the economic and mental health of a community.

Cathedral City Senior Center Associate Director

Braille Institute, Coachella Valley Regional Manager

Jewish Family Service of the Desert Director of Major Gifts and Fundraising

Working with the JFS Desert leadership team, staff, volunteers, Auxiliary, and Board of Directors to offer nearly 16,000 services to 3200 residents annually is a great source of pride. JFS programs offering security, stability and hope are made possible through the generous support of donors, partners, and foundations.

Palm Springs Public Arts Commission Chair

In March 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis began, the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission (of which I was then the Chair) created C.A.R.E.S. grants (Community Art Responds to Economic Shutdowns) to use art installations, murals, benches and traffic boxes, to draw people downtown – and create work for artists. We are proud to have created dozens of murals, notably George Floyd and Amanda Gorman, painted more than 60 benches downtown and in parks, brought art to neighborhoods throughout the city – and employed over 100 artists!

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Paula Simonds

Family YMCA of the Desert CEO Making A Difference Having been tasked with writing about Paula Simonds, CEO of the Family YMCA of the Desert, I exclaimed, “just 100 words to show how she is making a difference?” That isn’t enough to say what is on the minds of her YMCA staff and board members. Because of Paula’s quick response and attention to every detail, the Y was able to not only stay open during the pandemic but flourish. Paula is a philanthropist in its purest sense; she gives of herself through all she does and is tireless in her pursuit of giving to those less fortunate. All with no fanfare. She never gives up and she never gives in when it comes to helping others.

Lisa Vossler Smith Modernism Week Executive Director

Making A Difference I’ve lived in the Coachella Valley for more than 20 years and I could not be more proud of our community. A professional network of individuals from other non-profit organizations, businesses, museums and arts & culture organizations have continued to meet regularly via Zoom to share information and resources throughout these changing work climates. Modernism Week has continued to grow and evolve as a result of this wonderful community support. We hope that by providing public education about the rich architectural heritage of Palm Springs, and funding scholarships to local high school seniors we can continue to make a positive difference in our region.

Sandy Smith Copper Mountain College Foundation Executive Director

Making A Difference During the pandemic, we became acutely aware of our community’s need for welltrained nurses, EMTs, and first responders. Copper Mountain College is proud of our health science students as well as our alumni who bravely serve day in and day out. CMC Foundation is committed to maintaining this level of student success. This past year CMCF funded ATI Testing for all VN students, bought three new training mannequins, established the Jeff Tabor Memorial EMT Scholarship, administered the Deavah Woodley Memorial RN Scholarship, provided Covid relief funding to the 2021 Class of Vocational Nurses, and updated the science labs on campus.

Donna Raider Philanthropy. Zionism. Being an active and engaged member of the Jewish community. These attributes were instilled in me at a very young age when I went door to door selling “leaves” to help plant trees in Israel. Jewish National Fund-USA has always been a part of me. I just never knew how much the organization helped shaped my path until I became JNF-USA’s Director in Palm Springs nearly a decade ago. I wake up every day feeling blessed to work with this organization and members of the Palm Springs community — full of likeminded individuals who, like me, care deeply about the land and people of Israel and the future of Jewish people around the globe. Together, we partner to support critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation, among other incredible, life-changing projects.

Nancy Singer Desert Arc Board Member

Making A Difference Nancy Singer is a passionate, exemplary volunteer fundraiser and generous philanthropist. Her inspiration for getting involved with Desert Arc in 2004 and supporting its mission of serving people with disabilities is Nancy’s beloved niece, Erica Davis-Popely, who has Down syndrome. Her dedication to Desert Arc’s cause translates into making a difference in the lives of 700+ people with disabilities. Other local charities are also the beneficiary of Nancy’s giving heart in her roles including Vice President of Temple Sinai, VP of Finance/Treasurer of Sabra Hadassah of the Desert and Co-Chair of fundraising events for the Jewish National Fund Coachella Valley.

Karen Sorbo

Benefit Auctioneer Making A Difference It is remarkably apparent that so many of us Women in Philanthropy, stepped out in faith during the pandemic. We all have unique and amazing stories that we bravely and humbly share. I admire us women that continued to exhibit our innate passion to make a difference, through the pandemic. As a seasoned Benefit Auctioneer for the last twenty-eight years, I must admit it certainly was a challenge to encourage clients to Pivot from Live to Virtual Fundraising events. Even though with trepidation, I embraced it wholeheartedly. Nearly half of my existing clients pushed forward with determination to raise the much-needed funding.

A.J. Steinberg

Queen Bee Fundraising Principal Making A Difference In 2020 COVID made it clear that nonprofits needed to find new ways to engage donors and follow through with their mission during socially-distanced times. I was fortunate to be able to partner with several national organizations to present webinars and lead panel discussions that reached over 6,000 nonprofit professionals, giving them much-needed guidance and strategies to cope with the new normal. While I missed leading my in-person workshops and producing live fundraisers, I feel blessed to have seen so many dedicated and talented nonprofit folk step up to the challenge and achieve great success in so many ways.

If there’s one thing I have learned, there’s no community like this one. JNF-USA will be hosting some amazing events for the Palm Springs community, including our upcoming Men’s Night Out in November and a major donor reception in December, as well as other events during season. If you’re interested in learning more about these events or about how you can partner with JNF-USA to support the land and people of Israel, I welcome you to contact me at Donna Raider, Director Palm Springs Desert Region Jewish National Fund (760) 864-6208 x 989

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Erica Stone

Soldiers Organized Services Founding Director Making A Difference After 14 years of running this non-profit, I’ve learned that as a director you have to wear many hats. Our grass roots organization had to change its focus due to Covid’s restrictions; despite not being able to run fundraisers, we concentrated on improving the lives of our many Coachella Valley Veterans and Military families. We brightened the lives of Military children with an Easter egg hunt, held Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations, and even helped a Marine wife install a new toilet! Our community outreach for the broader Coachella Valley continues to go beyond the needs of our active-duty Marines, promoting patriotism and community involvement on a daily basis.

Judy Tobin May

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert Executive Director Making A Difference Our program is built on the foundation of human connection. One mentor, one child - a relationship that ignites the power and promise of a child’s future. In these unprecedented times, the mentoring relationships created through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more important than ever and are professionally supported by certified program specialists in order to prevent social isolation of our young people and the families we serve. Our mentors and staff remain a source of hope, comfort and guidance for their children in our program.

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Donna Sturgeon PRO Wellness Village

Making A Difference Approximately 60,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease each year. My mom was one. This lead to my work with Parkinson’s Resource Organization in helping to develop and bring resources to their online “Wellness Village” — products, services and programs that help improve the quality of life for people on this journey. Additionally, my role as a guest reporter for the “Philanthropy and Special Sections” feature of The Desert Sun affords me the opportunity and privilege to connect with and highlight those charities and individuals in our Valley who are “Making a Difference” in the lives of others.

Calista Vassios VAXIE Co-Creator

Making A Difference My friend, Rhea Hoffman, and I created VAXIE (Vaccinate Inland Empire) to help provide equal covid-19 vaccine access for all. We created a resource website, Facebook page and group for live updates, warmline for volunteers to book vaccine appointments, handed out flyers, helped with transportation, and worked with pharmacies and organizations to get our community vaccinated and prevent vaccine waste. Our amazing VAXIE Volunteers helped book over 78,000 vaccine appointments since February 2021. The resources of VAXIE are ready and available for any continued need in our community. Please visit for more information..


Carol Teitelbaum

Sheila Thornton

Making A Difference A psychotherapist since 1985, Carol has worked tirelessly to make our community a better place. Her passion and love for people has led her on many adventures. Years ago, she and her husband Robert created their non-profit corporation, Palm Springs TheatreSports. Using improv they brought healing to many teenagers and their families.

Making A Difference COVID had a devasting impact on the college plans of our valley’s students. Hardest hit were low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college students. Many had to put family financial and health needs over education. As a result, OneFuture shifted our work to provide compassionate and real-time support for these students in the areas of their greatest needs on finances, remote learning, family concerns and physical and mental health challenges. It was an honor for us to support these courageous young people, give them tools to face the challenges and help them continue their path to a better future.

Creative Change Conferences Co-Founder

An off shoot of this organization is Creative Change Conferences, where Carol and her team focus on helping survivors of sexual abuse find healing and peace.

OneFuture Coachella Valley President & CEO

Ann Ventura

Rev. Jane Voigts

Making A Difference The health care workers on the front lines caring for COVID patients, who epitomize compassion and commitment and often times are surrogate family members, are the true heroes during this very difficult time.

Making A Difference The COVID-19 pandemic created the opportunity for our church to help the needful of our community in important new ways. For example, last summer, we partnered with the County and the City and turned our Fellowship Hall into the Palm Springs’ Temporary Overnight Cooling Center. It worked so well we are continuing these partnerships and boosting support. This summer, our Fellowship Hall is serving as Palm Springs’ first ever 24/7 shelter for unhoused neighbors. It is run by Martha’s Village and Kitchen and offers “wraparound services” to our guests. This has been an exciting and hopeful venture for all, and we look forward to seeing where it leads!

Eisenhower Health Foundation Vice President, Foundation

I began my career in Development over 40 years ago at the University of Southern California and have been with Eisenhower Health for the past thirteen years. It has been extremely rewarding to work with the very generous donors of this valley who have helped to make Eisenhower the institution it is today.

United Methodist Church of Palm Springs Pastor

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Lexi Ward

Pam Weekley

Making A Difference My goal is to create very personal connections for our donors with the Zoo and our desert plants and animals. These relationships inspire giving, which supports our mission of preserving desert species and creating an amazing place where conservation is fun for visitors of all ages. It’s so inspiring to be part of an amazing fundraising community who all work so hard to make a difference in our desert.

Making A Difference As the board treasurer of both AFP and Loving All Animals, servicing our community gives me tremendous opportunity to make a difference. Being a professional accountant, I strive to ensure that board decisions are fiscally and ethically managed for day-to-day operations, events, and ongoing charitable endeavors.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Annual Giving Officer

Pam Weekley & Associates Owner

During the pandemic, our business was considered essential. We extended our services to our non-profit and for-profit clients to include obtaining grants, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans as well as obtaining PPP loan forgiveness. Many of these services we offered pro bono.

CJ Westrick-Bomar, Esq. Wendy Winks Tools For Tomorrow Event Producer

Making A Difference My nonprofit event production and marketing experience began in 2008. Since then, I learned that “Making A Difference is Contagious” if you Make A Difference that engages others. During Covid, TFT VISIONARIES learned that Out of Adversity you can find Opportunity. Zoom classes replaced our onsite Arts Literacy programs. An unexpected benefit was attracting students not in our current schools. A fun, entertaining virtual fundraiser showcasing our children replaced our gala. Valley businesses and talent participated making it a Community Affair. Their participation and advertising our event on their social media tripled attendance. Thanks to all. 2021 Most Profitable Year!

Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program V.P. Marketing & Communications Making A Difference Wendy Winks has a personal mission of helping artists succeed. While at Universal Studios she developed screenplays with writers and directors and helped shepherd them into production at Hallmark and Universal. In her role as Regional Director of So Cal for School of Rock, she arranged for rock stars like Robby Krieger, Orianthi and Dave Stewart to mentor the students. And she founded a music scholarship program for kids across the US. Now, as VP Marketing for Idyllwild Arts, she tells the story of the legendary programs at the forested mountain campus, just 1 hour away.


Lori Weiner

Cortney Weir

Making A Difference During the recent months of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Paws Rescue continued, and will continue, making a difference by focusing on our mission to provide a safe, secure, and loving place for abandoned pets to recuperate, socialize, recover, and get the medical care needed for a second chance of life. To me, making a difference means helping in the best of times and doing the extra work required during the most challenging times. I’m proud of the California Paws Rescue team for making a difference today, and every day, one life at a time.

Making A Difference For the staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Association, serving the population most vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus presented many challenges, much heartbreak and many sleepless nights. But it also showed us what we were made of and we worked tirelessly to ensure that our constituents would still have the care and support services so critical to their wellbeing. We found strength, resolve and even joy in rising to the challenge and triumphing in the face of this devastating time. I am so proud of my team, and of all of the wonderful people Making a Difference in the CV!

Maria Wren

Madeline Zuckerman

California Paws Rescue Founder

SMaRT Education Co-founder & CEO Making A Difference When COVID-19 forced the closure of schools in March of 2020 my first thought was, “what are parents going to do Monday when they have to go to work?” As schools moved into distance learning, my concern shifted focus to our youth. I am a person of action. If there’s a problem, let’s find a solution. I can’t end the pandemic but I can provide a safe place for Coachella Valley kids to learn and thrive. I can provide a place where parents worried about learning loss can be confident that their child will have stimulating experiences in a safe environment.

Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director

Madeline Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations,Inc. Owner & President Making A Difference During the pandemic, I wrote many stories on extraordinary “Unsung Heroes” within our community, who often donate their time and talents to volunteer for worthwhile nonprofits in the Valley. My company realized when the majority of the fundraising and other events were cancelled, that we had to shift gears and think out-of-the-box, in order to maintain critical branding and visibility for these businesses and nonprofits. We developed new ideas and strategies for fundraising, while maintaining visibility and critical branding for these organizations. It has been amazing and heartwarming to see the philanthropic community step up to the plate during COVID! I am proud to live in a community where philanthropy and giving back is so important and strong!

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Mike Pompeo, Former Secretary of State to Be Featured Speaker at Mama’s House Annual Luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 By Madeline Zuckerman Mama’s House, the only residential home within the Coachella Valley providing shelter for women in crisis pregnancies, has announced plans for the organization’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Annual HEARTbeat Of Love Luncheon on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Indian Wells Renaissance Resort and Spa. “It is a time of great excitement as we head into our 10th Anniversary year, and prepare for our Annual Luncheon benefitting Mama’s House,” stated Jan Lupia, Founder and Executive Director. “As we do every year, we will celebrate all the good things God is doing to help us serve pregnant and new mothers in crises. We are honored to announce our featured speaker and dignitary, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and believe this will be another sold-out successful fundraiser. Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served in the Cabinet posts of Secretary of State and Director of the CIA. His service was the culmination of four decades of a wide-ranging set of experiences that reflect our American

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Southern California Program Services in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties The Council on Aging – Southern the program investigates and mediates California (COASC) continues to provide complaints, monitors residents’ care the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and quality of life, and provides public and Health Insurance Counseling & education for clients and families. Advocacy Program Services to residents COASC has continued to expand of Riverside and San Bernardino direct services to older adults across the counties. region, offering a multitude of no cost The Ombudsman Program was programs including the Health Insurance created in 1976 by the federal Older Counseling & Advocacy Program Americans Act and Older Californians (HICAP) in San Bernardino, Riverside, Act. Long-term care Inyo and Mono Counties Ombudsman advocacy since 2012. With the has been one of the Ombudsman Program founding initiatives of in Riverside, they COASC, having served have maintained an Riverside’s neighboring office in Hemet and county of Orange in this greater presence in the OUR MISSION capacity since 1976. Coachella Valley. Under this contract “We look forward Promoting the COASC will advocate for to protecting the independence, the 14,256 vulnerable of care for all health and dignity quality older adults living in 518 Riverside County longof older adults long-term care facilities term care residents. in Riverside County. through compassion, Our commitment to “The Long-Term Care being compassionate education and Ombudsman program advocates and asserting advocacy. is critical to ensuring the the rights of residents safety and well-being of is our priority” said the almost 15,000 individuals residing Elizabeth Anderson, Director of the in residential care facilities. We are Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program confident this partnership will further for COASC. strengthen the advocacy for vulnerable ABOUT COASC older adults in Riverside County. These The Council on Aging – Southern are among the residents who need California has been a trusted 501(c) our help the most.” - Anna L. Martinez, (3) nonprofit organization since 1973, Director of the Riverside County Office providing unbiased information, on Aging. programs and services to more than The Ombudsman program advocates 100,000 adults and families annually. for residents of long-term care facilities, We promote the independence, health, including nursing homes, assisted-living and dignity of older adults through facilities, and residential care homes. compassion, education and advocacy. Through regular visits to facilities by Every day we help seniors remain staff and specially trained volunteers, healthy, connected and protected.





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Celebrates 40 Years of Service to the Community

To commemorate its founding in 1981, The Joslyn Center will celebrate with a 40 th Anniversary & Season Kickoff Cocktail Reception on Friday, November 12, 2021.








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About The Joslyn Center

The Joslyn Center has been an essential part of the local senior community since 1981. It is a nonprofit community organization providing programs, services and activities for seniors and older adults in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells (Cove Communities), and neighboring communities. The current center was built in 1984 through Community Development Block Grant funds and a donation from the Joslyn Family Foundation. The 20,000 square foot facility is located on a three-acre site and is the largest senior center in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. All adults, 50 years of age and older, are eligible for membership. Joslyn Center is also the home of the Arthur Newman Theatre and the Joslyn Wellness Center. The Joslyn Center is an integral part of the Coachella Valley community and many of its programs extend outside the boundaries of the valley and have been recognized by national organizations. The center is active with the National Council on Aging, local Chambers of Commerce, Aging Community Team, Office on Aging, and the cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage. For further information on The Joslyn Center, please visit or contact the center at 760-340-3220.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter, has announced the six distinguished Honorees selected for its 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert Virtual Awards Celebration. The annual, highly-anticipated NPD 2021 Awards Celebration will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021 virtually, being livestreamed by Event TV Media Sponsor KESQ TV. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Patti Grundhofer. Sponsors thus far include Ace Printing, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, The Alotto and Smith Charitable Fund, Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, Boo2Bullying, College of the Desert Foundation, Desert Arc, Desert Charities News, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Mark Duebner Design, Jim & Carol Egan, Eisenhower Health, Donna MacMillan, Edeltraud M. McCarthy, First Foundation Bank, H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, Inland Empire Community Foundation, Linda & Manny Rider, Loma Linda University Children’s Health – INDIO, Madeline Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations, Inc., Olive Crest, Palm Springs Pathfinders, Dawn Rashid,The Rashid Family, Regional Access Project Foundation, Silvia & Tony Signoret, Union Bank, and Wells Fargo.

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The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. The work of the Red Cross spans the globe but the impacts of its services are personal and lifechanging, empowering ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations. Whether it’s a family whose home has been destroyed in a fire, a child in need of lifesaving blood or a member of the military experiencing a family emergency, the Red Cross is there to offer help and hope when it’s needed most. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t prevented the local Red Cross from continuing to serve the community. In fact, the Red Cross continues to provide the same support they always have as we climb out of the devastating pandemic. During their last fiscal year, the Red Cross of Riverside County, led by Executive Director


Lois Beckman, responded to 253 local disasters, including wildfires, home fires and more, and helped 372 families who were affected – making sure they had a safe place to stay, food to eat and tools to help them recover; enrolled over 10,000 people in First Aid/CPR/ AED classes and other training courses; provided more than 4,000 services for the military community through its Service to the Armed Forces program, and more. Through comprehensive preparedness programs, the Red Cross works year round to help community members prepare for disasters. To learn more about the Red Cross, its mission and how you can help, visit SoCal.

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Exciting 2021-2022 Volunteer Opportunities By DeAnn Lubell Read With Me Volunteer Programs began in 2004 by Roberta and Clay Klein when they found out from the Coachella Valley School District that local schools needed English-speaking role models to help students improve their English language skills. Its mission evolved to help disadvantaged children who live in poverty and come from homes where no English is spoken to learn to read and speak English. All research on the effectiveness of education indicates that if a child is not reading at grade level by third grade, they will drop out of high school and fail to succeed at work, and often get in trouble and wind up in prison. In 2004 only 51% of the students, mainly from the east valley, graduated from high school. Now, 16 years later, 86.1% of the students graduate from high school. Volunteers are asked to commit two to three hours a week. They can either tutor remotely by Zoom or, if vaccinated, go to one school on the day of the week that is most convenient. The volunteers are assigned to a specific grade level of their choosing and work under the direction of the teacher with children in small groups or one on one. The children read to the volunteer, and the volunteer helps with pronunciation and comprehension by asking questions.

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The children often express their love from the individual adult attention they receive, and the teachers express their appreciation for the volunteer help. “If they learn to love reading, not only does it help them in school by reading at grade level by third grade, and then in high school and then maybe college, they can enjoy reading for the entire life and gain so much,” said Sandy Giovannitti, volunteer and retired teacher. In addition to Zoom remote and in-class tutoring, Read With Me Volunteer Programs sponsors book giveaways at all schools, at least twice a year, to all 9000 students participating in its programs. The children are always thrilled to select and receive new books that they can call their own. “Thank you, Read With Me Volunteer Programs, for giving us free books,” said Altana, a student from Cathedral City Elementary School. “Now we can practice our reading. Reading every day makes you smarter, and you can learn new words.” Read With Me Volunteer Programs demonstrate stunning proof that caring adults can change the path of a child’s life by helping them learn to read and succeed where English is the dominant language. Fluency is needed for all learning, including math and Continued on page 68


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Building a BIGGER, BETTER Safety Net Animal Samaritans is bringing a bigger, better safety net for homeless pets to our Coachella Valley in the form of a new, state-of-the-art pet adoption and humane education center. The facility, designed to be environmentally friendly

and resilient to our inclement summer heat and strong winds will be built on Animal Samaritans’ property adjacent their veterinary clinic at the Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, just north of the freeway on Pet Land Place. The new Pet Adoption and Humane Education center replaces their small, no-kill shelter on Ramon Road, which was built as the Desert’s first low-cost spay/neuter clinic back in 1980. Animal Samaritans’ new facility will house more animals, accommodate dogs of all sizes, and provide the space for animals to exercise and receive the training they need to become loving, well-behaved pets. In addition, the new Pet Center will include designated space for Animal Samaritans’ long-standing Humane Education program, which features state-accredited school curriculum for students. For decades, Animal Samaritans has provided free, humane education to students in grades K-12. Their bi-lingual program teaches students how to be responsible pet owners; how to recognize, avoid and report animal cruelty; and anti-bullying instruction designed to

keep kids from harming animals, which if unchecked often leads to behavior that escalates to harming people. Animal Samaritans is a debt-free organization. As of September 2021, they have allocated 1.2 million dollars for their project and raised an additional eight hundred thousand from the community in gifts and pledged donations. With a campaign budget between five and seven million, they still have work to do. “To make our vision a reality,” says Animal Samaritans’ CEO, Tom Snyder, “there is more money to be raised. We need our residents’ emotional investment and financial support. It’s an opportunity for animal lovers to leave a lasting gift to the

Animal Samaritans 12th Annual Men of the Desert is scheduled for takeoff Sunday, December 5th at 11am at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The spacious Air Museum with its massive hanger doors, cathedral ceilings and lifesized treasures from aviation history is an ideal setting for this year’s charity fashion show and luncheon.

community, one that serves the abandoned, mistreated, and unwanted pets that all too often are forgotten and discarded.” To participate in Animal Samaritans’ Capital Campaign for a new Pet Adoption & Humane Education Center, contact Animal Samaritans at 760.601.3756 or 760.601.5700. Visit for more information.

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Last year, Men of the Desert was filmed inside Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Desert and aired on local CBS TV2. As a precaution against COVID 19, everyone on set wore masks throughout the filming and there were no guests in attendance. While the event raised more than forty thousand dollars for Animal Samaritans’ no-kill animal shelter and life-saving Animal Rescue Program, the annual fundraiser typically garners twice that amount when tickets are sold. This year, the event will be live and include runway seating and lunch for vaccinated ticket holders. Tables will be separated at least eight six feet apart, everyone in attendance will be vaccinated, and Animal Samaritans’ staff and volunteers will wear masks out of an abundance of caution. Additionally, if weather allows, the hanger door will be open to provide a fresh cross-breeze. By bringing this popular event back in 2021, Animal Samaritans aims to provide an enjoyable, unique experience for their supporters and raise money for animals in need, all while ensuring that every Continued on page 68

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The Champions Volunteer Foundation Is Seeking Volunteers In Tennis Paradise; Give Back to the Local Community If there’s anything better than a trip to Tennis Paradise to experience the award-winning BNP Paribas Open professional tennis tournament, it’s doing so while giving back to the local Coachella Valley community. Each year, more than 1,200 tennisloving individuals do just that by serving as one of the tournament’s volunteers. Some volunteers travel from all over the country for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a part of the BNP Paribas Open through The Champions Volunteer Foundation. The BNP Paribas Open is now actively recruiting volunteers for its first-ever fall edition, to take place October 4-17, 2021, as well as the 2022 edition, to be held March 7-20, 2022. Countless positions are available across all aspects of the tournament operations, from guest services to transportation, ball crew coordinators to ushers and more. Make new friends, watch incredible tennis and be a part of the most exciting two weeks in Tennis Paradise!

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Volunteers serve as the backbone of the event, and without them the tournament would not be possible. After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, the return of tennis to the desert will be an experience unlike any other, and you certainly don’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of it as a member of this important and dedicated group of people! The Champions Volunteer Foundation is a one-of-a-kind organization, comprised of a unique group of people who come together each year to donate their time to help raise funds for charitable causes in the desert community. As the primary beneficiary of the BNP Paribas Open, the largest sporting event in the Coachella Valley, the organization embodies how sports has the unique ability to bring people together and be a powerful philanthropic force for good. The organization’s specific and primary purpose is to help raise funds for the local community through other non-profits that support but are not limited to youth, recreational, educational and well-care programs. Since its founding in 2002, The Champions Volunteer Foundation has donated a total of more than $2 million to an average of 50 different local non-profits per year through a grant application process. For more information about open positions and to become a volunteer at the 2021 or 2022 BNP Paribas Open, please visit or

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Michael Childers’ One Night Only Back to the ’70s

October/November/December 2021

Michael Childers’ star-studded musical production of One Night Only “Back to the ’70s” will be presented on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. This year’s show benefits Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. One Night Only is now in its 15th successful year as one of the Desert’s most thrilling theatrical evenings. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 7, 2021. General admission tickets are $175, $95 and $75 and are available through the McCallum Theatre Box Office online at or call 760-340-2787 for assistance. Limited sponsorships and VIP tickets (including premier seating and the afterperformance dinner with the cast) are available through the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at (760) 773-1636.

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In this year’s show, One Night Only “Back to the ’70s,” twentysix Broadway and Hollywood performers will come together for an evening of all your favorite songs of the era. One Night Only will be directed by award-winning singer and director Scott Coulter, with music direction by Todd Schroeder. All performers donate their time and talent for this one-of-a kind performance. Performer appearance is subject to availability. This year’s performers include: Brent Barrett, Klea Blackhurst, Debby Boone, Carole J. Bufford, David Burnham, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Scott Coulter, Laura Dickinson, Julie Garnyé, Jason Graae, Sam Harris, Aaron Lazar, Skye LaFontaine, Amanda McBroom, Ken Page, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Freda Payne, Joan Ryan, Gary Shaw, Jake Simpson, James Snyder, Kevin Spirtas, Nita Whitaker, Karen Ziemba and Lily Tomlin. Highlights will include: The return of Lily Tomlin, who will recreate some of her classic ’70s performances; Debby Boone’s special salute to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, singing “You Light Up My Life,” one of the biggest hits of the decade; and Jeffrey Scott Parsons and Tony winner Karen Ziemba doing a tribute to “A Chorus Line” with twelve students from the Musical Theatre University in Rancho Mirage. “One Night Only is ‘the crowning jewel’ of musical entertainment in the Desert, with over 25 Broadway and Hollywood musical performers, who bring the audience to their feet with bravos and cheers! The show is guaranteed to knock your socks off!” ¬—Chris Foster, The Desert Sun


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invited the community to visit its website and rank the 10 nonprofits they felt most deserving to receive greater shares of the $40,000. Although the nonprofits would each receive at least $1,000, they quickly rallied their members, donors, volunteers, and others because they knew the nonprofit organization receiving the greatest number of votes from the community would receive $12,000! With 40 years already under their belts, Desert Oasis Healthcare is looking to the future by helping those that do so much to provide essential health and well-being services to the communities where we all live, work, and play! n AGUA CALIENTE TRIBE

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The Tribe has long been a big supporter of public safety and first responders. This past year, the Tribe donated a combined total of $150,000 to police and fire department in Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage. The City and the Tribe have an important relationship,” Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton says. “Those grants play a really important role in helping provide the necessary equipment so that we can be responsive, and that we are ultimately both great stewards of this wonderful community.” The Tribe’s compassion and commitment to the community can been seen and felt throughout the Coachella Valley. “To our partner organizations, thank you so much for all the hard work you are doing to make Coachella Valley even better,” Grubbe says. n DESERT AIDS WALK

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Health officials and activists are now championing the message that undetectable equals untransmittable, or U=U. The U=U campaign also aims to end the stigma around HIV. That stigma keeps too many people from getting tested for HIV or obtaining the care they need to stay healthy. The result of 40 years of research is that people living with HIV can suppress the virus and live long lives with medication. A commitment to health equity DAP Health’s care team and experts are making a conscious effort to talk about health equity more, because the CDC and the CDPH both say we need health equity for people if we’re going to beat COVID-19. “Health equity means that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy based on their needs, not on their ability to pay,” says Brinkman. “It also means no one should feel like an outsider once they come inside to see a doctor or psychologist. “But getting people to take that first step can be difficult.” Discrimination — against the poor, LGBTQ individuals and racial minorities — also increases the likelihood people will avoid essential care. “If you’re told by society over and over again that you’re bad, wrong, inferior and not good enough, then you come to believe it after a while,” says Dr. Jill Gover, a licensed clinical psychologist who leads DAP Health’s Behavioral Health department. “And with the inadequacy comes shame.” “The intersection of oppression and poverty can create feelings of unworthiness, which are barriers to care,” she says. To break down these barriers, DAP Health is making it easier for people to ask for help in several important ways. DAP Health has culturally competent doctors and therapists who can see patients from home, or onsite at the DAP campus. Social-services access has also been expanded for help with life essentials during this pandemic. DAP Health’s dedication to cultural humility has its care team leaning in to get to know their patients, instead of assuming a one-size-fits-all approach works.


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and Tunes for the Memory. This renovation will mean that we can welcome all who would like to join our groups. Also being added is a dedicated classroom for our Caregiver Education and Art Classes! ACV will be hosting an Open House Event, “Here We Grow Again”, on Friday, November 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We invite you to attend or to visit us in our new and improved space at 42600 Cook St., Suite 134 in Palm Desert. For more information, please call us at (760) 776-3100 or go to to find out how we can help you, your loved ones, your friends or neighbors. n STEINWAY SOCIETY OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY

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and they love doing so! The Steinway Society offers so many of these opportunities for local children and I am pleased to be a part of this successful organization.” 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. Teachers are provided for the group lessons held on campus after school. Since 2013, more than 380 students have learned the ukulele thanks to SSRC’s innovative program. Education Programs consist 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); and Piano Labs in Schools that include electronic pianos, materials and teachers for grade school children. The Classic Concerts in Schools features pianists, instrumental soloists, dancers, opera singers and other recognized musical artists. Attended by kindergarten through 12th grade students, concerts are held in centrally located multipurpose rooms and auditoriums. SSRC reaches thousands of students each year with these programs. SSRC’s outreach program provides private piano lessons, pianos and scholarships for talented children with a financial need. For more information and to donate, visit http://steinwayriverside or call (760) 341-4130 n DESERT ARC

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Desert Arc Board Member Nancy Singer will serve as this year’s Event Chair, along with Mistress of Ceremonies Brooke Beare, Emmy award-winning journalist, Board Member and immediate Past Chair of the Desert Arc Board. “It is my honor once again to chair this year’s golf tournament to benefit the many outstanding programs offered by Desert Arc,” stated Nancy Singer, Event Chair and Past Board Chair of Desert Arc. “Each and every year we are grateful for the support of the community, as well as staff members, as we continually strive to enhance the lives of over 700 developmentally disabled adults,” Singer continued. This event will feature a continental breakfast at Registration beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Shotgun Scramble at 11:00 a.m. with Lunch pre-set on the carts and complimentary snacks and drinks served on the course throughout the day, and will conclude with a Golf Awards Dinner and Opportunity Drawing immediately following the golf tournament at 4:30 pm. Renowned Architect Clive Clark designed the par 72,6715 yard Eagle Falls Golf Course with challenging water features, for the enjoyment of all golfers who participate. “It’s so terrific to continue the legacy Desert Arc has created over the past 62 years for developmentally disabled adults and their families in our community,” stated Brooke Beare. “The services and opportunities Desert Arc provides are due to the generous contributions of the players and sponsors, who participate annually in this fun golf tournament for a very good cause,” Beare continued. Entry fee to participate in this year’s event is $ 375 per person, which includes a round of Golf, a delicious Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch, Awards Dinner and Opportunity Drawing. All players will receive one complementary drawing ticket for a chance to win an electric bike and other great prices. Golf Foursomes are priced at $1,250. Awards Dinner with open bar tickets only are $85 per person. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $ 200 for a Tee Sponsorship, all the way up to $ 10,000 for a Presenting Sponsor. Proceeds raised support the various Desert Arc programs and services that are not funded by the State. “The community’s participation in this important fundraiser for Desert Arc will have an immediate and profound impact on the people we serve,” stated Richard Balocco. “Some of the players are new to Desert Arc, and we are grateful for their involvement and look forward to our continued friendship. Many of the golfers are longtime friends, like Steve Beneto, who have played a significant role in our 62-year history of making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. All in all, our donors’ belief and generous support of our mission means the world to us!” Balocco continued. For additional information on Desert Arc and this significant fundraising event, please call 760-404-1368 or visit

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philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions, advancing philanthropy forward through its 31,556 members in 244 chapters throughout the world. “Philanthropy is defined as “love of humanity,” which is our theme for NPD 2021, stated Josh N. Zahid, National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Chair. “Today’s Honorees reflect the generosity of heart not only for financial support, but also with their actions, their time, and their passionate commitment to causes that improve the lives of so many people here in the Valley. Every year I am inspired by the love of humanity demonstrated by our Honorees,” he continued. Sponsorships and Advertising opportunities are available for the 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert Awards Celebration on November 5, 2021. For more information on sponsorships, please contact NPD Sponsorship Chair Kristin Bloomer at 617-429-0607 or at For registration and event information please visit or contact NPD Event Chair Josh Zahid at 909-226-1085 or at n READ WITH ME VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

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“We invite you to share your time, expertise, and talent with us in our most joyful mission,” said Roberta Klein. “Helping disadvantaged children become successful, contributing citizens in our local communities is extremely rewarding. We are accepting new and returning volunteers. We ask that you live here in the Coachella Valley, either part-time or full-time, to be a volunteer. Volunteers can be on campus when fully vaccinated. We will have in-school and after-school programs, some with zoom, others in person. We hope to be on campus in the fall and will offer busing from some locations. All of this is subject to change.” For more information or to obtain an application about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please go to (760) 567-1830 n MEN OF THE DESERT

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reasonable safety precaution has been taken. Proceeds from Men of the Desert supplement the costs of food, medicine, medical procedures and sheltering for homeless animals in their care. They also support the rescue of seventy to ninety adoptable, at-risk dogs and cats per month from local public animal shelters. Susan Stein, Fashion Editor for Palm Springs Life and the Artistic Director of Fashion Week El Paseo, is both producer and curator. The show’s Handsome Hounds volunteer their time, personal pets, and their runway strut to make Men of the Desert a one-of-a-kind event. This year’s local male models include: Kristian Ardelian, Orestes Chua, Walter Clark, Dan Clivner, Aaron Espinoza, Jamie Grant, Gerard Gorin, Steve Gundry, MD, Glen Johnson, Garry Kief, Ari Loeb, Michael Melancon, Mark Miller, John Paschal, Erik Schnaser, MD, Michael Scoby, Art Wedmore, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, and David Zippel. Tickets for Men of the Desert are available online at, or by calling Animal Samaritans at 760.601.3930.

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Desert Charities News Creates for Up-to-Date Nonprofit & Event Information Desert Charities News ( has created – a extension of its popular magazine, offering another communications tool for charities to promote news, events and organizational updates. “We are so excited to bring to this community,” said Steve Tolin, publisher of Desert Charities News & “This website allows for many stories to be told in between and addition to the publication of the magazine. We envision this to become the go-to resource people will turn to first to find out about events, nonprofit happenings, photos and a way for them to learn more about the charities themselves.” In addition to stories, DCNnews. com features a nonprofit directory and a calendar for event listings. The calendar is extremely userfriendly and comprehensive. The nonprofit directory has categories to make it easy to find nonprofits specializing in certain causes, such as Animals, Arts & Culture, Health & Medical, Education, Performing Arts and more. Other partners and suppliers in related industries are also featured on the site, including auction services, caterers, event venues and more. offers stories, articles and event information for the nonprofit sector. Google picks up the stories from this site offering more editorial for nonprofits than any other medium in the desert

community. Over 50,000 visitors have logged on to the site. “This one-stop site provides the ideal forum for sharing information about nonprofits and events – ultimately assisting charities in getting the word out and increasing support for their mission, events and activities.” “Giving back is what DCN is all about ­– helping nonprofits gain exposure through the publication, website and our 19,700 Twitter followers,” states Kristin Peterson, President of Desert Charities News. desertcharities To submit event information to, go to the website: listevent/contact Press releases and advertising inquiries can be sent to the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Once an event or press release is submitted to for consideration, it will be posted in a few days. Founded in 2010, Desert Charities News (DCN) is the premier news magazine and website dedicated to philanthropies and charitable giving in the Desert Cities. The publication is issued twice a year – October/November/December and January/February/March. Controlled copies are mailed to nonprofits, charities, industry leaders and decision makers.


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Editorial Contacts in This Issue A Gift of Love V - Pages 27- 46 Christopher C. Walters, Vice President Marketing & Merchandising 9696 Culver Blvd Suite 105 Culver City, CA 90301 (424) 296-4256 ext 216 cwalters@stilettoentertainment. com Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians - Page 7, 66 Kate Anderson, Director of Public Relations 5401 Dinah Shore Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 699-6925 Alzheimers Coachella Valley Page 12, 67 Dom Calvano, President 42600 Cook Street Suite 134 Palm Desert, cA 92211 (760) 776-3100 American Red Cross - Page 60 Brian Daly, Regional Philanthropy Officier 72559 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 469-8252 Amy’s Purpose Page 14 DeAnn Lubell, President & Founder PO Box 1427 Morango Valley, CA 92256 (760) 831-3090 Animal Samaritans - Page 62, 68 Tom Snyder, Executive Director 72120 Pet Land Place Thousand Palms, CA 92276 (760) 601-3756 Aperitivo Design - Page 12, 66 Veronica Tancredi Morgan, Founder Art Director (628) 245-6547

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Page 59, 68 Brian Dally, President PO Box 2213 Palm Desert, CA 92261 (310) 562-6327 College of the Desert Foundation - Page 13 Catherine Abbott, Executive Directdor 43500 Monterey Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 773-2561 Council on Aging Southern California - Page 57 Aerielle Nisson, Marketing Manager 2 Executive Circle Suite 175 Irvine, CA 92614 (714) 454-4851 cell DAP Health - Page 10, 66 Steven Henke, Director of Community Development 1695 N. Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760) 656-8401 Desert ARC - Page 15, 67 Kathrene Wales, Director of Development 73-255 Country Club Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 346-1611 exxt 234 Desert Charities News - Page 69 Steve Tolin, Editor-Publisher PO Box 1525 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 346-1822

Desert Oasis Healthcare - Page 6, 66 Barry Dayton, Director of Marketkng 275 N. El Cielo Palm Sdprings, CA 92262 (760) 320-8814 ext 1504 Destination PSP - Page 9 Jeffrey Bernstein, Owner 820 E. Research Drive Suite 6 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 354-9154 (917) 626-2630 cell Inland Empire Community Foundation - Page 48 Charee Gillins, Director of Marketing 3700 Sixth Street Suite 200 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 241-7777 Mama’s House - Page 57 Jan Lupia, Executive Director PO Box 1816 Palm Desert, CA 92261 (760) 848-8185 One Night Only - Page 64 Jay Jorgensen (310) 625-2628 Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis, Inc. - Page 16 Pete & Edna Carlson, Owners 73-741 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA (760) 409-5602 Read With Me - Page 61, 68 Sherri De Boer, Admnistrator PO Box 1016 Rancho Miragae, CA 92270 (7060 567-1830

Royal Emerald Pharmaceuticals - Page 8 Jackie Devereaux, Communications Director 14011 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (858) 863-6324 (619) 855-7905 cell The Champions Volunteer Foundation - Page 63 Brittany Trabert 78-200 Miles Avenue Indian Wells, CA 92210 (760) 200-8000 The Joslyn Center - Page 58 Greg Murphy, Diredtor of Development & Marketing 73-750 Catalina Way Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 340-3220 ext 107 The Manilow Music Project Page 42, 43 Christopher C. Walters, Vice President Marketing & Merchandising 9696 Culver Blvd Suite 105 Culver City, CA 90301 (424) 296-4256 ext 216 cwalters@stilettoentertainment. com The Steinway Society of Riverside County Page 15, 67 Ruth Moir, Executive Director PO Box 3015 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 341-4130 Think Together - Page 26 Elaine Legere, Director of Marketing & Communications 2101 E. Fourth Street Suite 200B Santa Ana, CA 92705 (310) 293-3341

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