Welcome From the BOARD CHAIR & CEO Each year, this gala honors those who are doing so much to help Desert AIDS Project provide care, prevention, and advocacy for those affected by HIV/AIDS or by honoring those helping to stop the further spread of the virus. We’re so pleased to be honoring Carolyn Caldwell, Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, Jim Casey, and Daniel Pintauro for their amazing contributions. But tonight, we have more than the usual cause for celebration. For the first time, the world has an evidence-based blueprint for treatment, prevention, and the end of the spread of HIV, and an end to the AIDS epidemic. What was once only a dream is now a real-world opportunity. In 2016, we will need to work even harder to scale up HIV testing, link HIV-positive people to care, provide them with HIV medications, retain people in care while achieving viral load suppression, and provide access to PrEP for those who are HIV-negative to stay that way. Greater heads than ours have confirmed it and have written at length about it. Please take a moment to read the next page, as an excerpt from an article in the December 3, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was written by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Head of the National Institutes of Health – and this gala’s 2009 Science and Medicine Award honoree – and Hilary Marston, MD, MPH. They detail the scientific evidence proving the end is within our grasp. We are excited to continue working with each of you in 2016, so that D.A.P. can continue to help lead the way in making this a reality here in our community. But for right now, we join our fabulous gala co-chairs in spotlighting each and every one of you for always being there to support us. For the past 31+ years, you and so many others have supported Desert AIDS Project in so many essential ways by offering your time, talent, and treasure. We know the end is around the corner, just as we know we can continue to count on you to help us get to the finish line. Until there’s a cure!!
Barbara Keller Board Chair Desert AIDS Project
David Brinkman, MBA CEO Desert AIDS Project
Ending the HIV–AIDS Pandemic — Follow the Science The following is an abridged version of the above-titled article by Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Hilary Marston from the December 3, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Consider reading the entire article on the NEJM website: www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1502020 In July 1996, researchers, policymakers, and activists involved in the fight against HIV–AIDS met in Vancouver, Canada for the 11th International Conference on AIDS. During that historic meeting, practitioners and patients heard evidence regarding a powerful weapon to stop the relentless onslaught of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): combination antiretroviral therapy (ART), with a protease inhibitor as the centerpiece of the regimen. In the nearly 20 years since that watershed meeting, the early promise of durable effects from combination therapy has been realized for many patients; between 2000 and 2014, the rollout of ART saved an estimated 7.8 million lives worldwide. Despite this success, the timing of ART initiation has remained the subject of intense debate. Today, a series of well-designed efficacy studies conducted over a period of more than a decade has fundamentally changed this discussion...researchers continue to accrue promising data on the concept of using ART for HIV prevention in HIV-negative persons – pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Taken together, these studies have shown definitively that the benefits of prompt initiation of ART – regardless of the CD4+ T-cell count – outweigh the risks, for both the infected person and uninfected sexual partners and that PrEP can be implemented in a way that is both acceptable to patients and safe and effective in blocking HIV transmission. As a triad of critical clinical trials, SMART, HPTN 052, and START, settle the debate concerning early initiation of ART, clinicians and patients can now be assured that ART’s benefits outweigh the risks for the infected person, regardless of CD4+ T-cell count. Public health officials can confidently support early treatment, recognizing the spillover public health benefits for HIV prevention. Moreover, IPERGAY provides important new data that support the use of PrEP for preventing HIV infection in high-risk populations. Taken together, these studies provide an evidence-based blueprint for effective treatment and prevention of HIV infection and will serve as critical tools in the fight to end the HIV–AIDS pandemic. However, in order to realize that promise, the political will must be mobilized to match the scientific evidence and provide the financial and human resources necessary to dramatically scale up HIV testing and treatment around the world. The science has spoken. There can now be no excuse for inaction.
DESERT AIDS PROJECT 2015 was an amazing year at Desert AIDS Project!! During 2015, D.A.P. continued evolving, changing, and striving for a better way to deliver care, prevention, and advocacy, not only for our patients and clients, but for the larger community as well. That progress happens each day, with the help of donors, volunteers, and other supporters. They are making it possible for D.A.P. clients to live longer, stronger lives while community partners are doing their part to help bring about that much-hoped-for “AIDS-free future” D.A.P. believes is in sight. On March 16th, we opened The Dock, a new sexual wellness clinic... This gave us a way to not only build on the success of Get Tested Coachella Valley for HIV testing and access to care... but to provide much-needed STI testing and treatment, along with PrEP, PEP, and family planning services. On July 1st, just 18 months after the launch of Get Tested Coachella Valley... Our Midpoint Report of this three-year initiative to dramatically reduce the spread of HIV by testing more adolescents and adults, the nation’s first-ever, community-driven regional testing, reported: – More than 35,000 HIV tests by testing partners, in both community and clinical testing sites – Community test sites were increased by 79% overall, reflecting a 92% increase in public sites and 71% in private test sites, such as drug rehab centers – Get Tested Early Intervention Specialists linked to care 89.9% of those testing positive, exceeding the California average of 54%, the U.S. average of 66%, and the CDC target of 80% On August 12th, we were recognized and funded as a Federally Qualified Health Center... To mark August 9-15 as National Health Center Week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced $160 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 health center sites for delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in the communities that need them the most. This helps us continue to provide primary care, as well as HIV-specialty care, for so many in need of our medical, dental, behavioral health, and social services. Our patients don’t have to travel from place to place to see their case manager, their doctor, and other people who can help them – it’s all under one roof here at D.A.P. That’s one of the things that really sets us apart from many other health centers. In November... We were recognized for the third consecutive year as a “Top 20 HIV Charity”...and that was AFTER being in the top 6% of all American nonprofits for spending 82% of our revenues on programs and services!! Volunteers and staff served Thanksgiving dinner, supplied by Lulu California Bistro, to more than 150 clients. On December 1st, we marked World AIDS Day... CEO David Brinkman was invited back to Washington, DC, for a second time within a month, to represent our community coalition of partners regarding the success of Get Tested Coachella Valley.
2015 highlights Meanwhile, D.A.P. observed the day: On-campus – After rededicating the “Ribbon of Hope” that formerly hung on the building’s exterior, a free lunch shared by clients and staff was followed by a full day of activities, including morning and afternoon showings of the new documentary, Desert Migration, featuring long-time survivors of HIV. At the Camelot Theatres – The 2nd Annual Everyday Heroes Awards celebrated the contributions of just of few of the volunteers that help D.A.P. throughout the year. This year’s honorees included Bella Da Ball, Kenny Jervis and Michael Crisp, Margie Lobley, and Nicholas Snow. On December 28th, Chill Bar on Arenas continued their great partnership with D.A.P. and Get Tested Coachella Valley... By hosting our community education presentation on PrEP with prominent spokesperson Damon Jacobs, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist. Throughout the year, we’ve helped clients find new direction, while doing medical research on our own and with partners... In recognition that HIV, with proper care and treatment, can be managed as a chronic condition, D.A.P.’s Career Building Program continues to help clients who want to return to gainful employment or give them a reason to make a contribution as a volunteer for a meaningful cause. As of year-end 2015: – 104 program graduates are now employed, including at D.A.P. – 30 have found volunteer positions – Three have found internships – Three have gone back to school – D.A.P. has formed eight new business partnerships with employers like Ristretto, Progressive Care Partners, Destination PSP, and ACE Hotel & Swim Club, among others – D.A.P. sponsored a Client Art Show in December to showcase talent Under the direction of Dr. Steven Scheibel, D.A.P. has engaged in medical research studies that include: – The search for treatment for drug-resistant gonorrhea – A Medical Therapy Management study to determine just how well HIV-Specialized Pharmacies, such as the D.A.P. Walgreens drugstore, are doing in tightening the connections between a patient’s doctor and pharmacist – A study on HIV, aging, and the brain – Finding an antiretroviral that’s easier on the bones and kidneys – A new treatment for anal dysplasia If you’d like to be a part of helping Desert AIDS Project provide Care, Prevention, and Advocacy, check out why some of your friends and neighbors have already joined their Partners for Life and 100 Women annual giving programs. Thanks for joining us at the 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards!!
THE SPOTLIGHT Brightens a stage, a dance, a speech, a song. It penetrates... pierces the darkness... illuminates the moments of our lives.
Welcome From the GALA C0-CHAIRS Tonight, we are going to shine a spotlight on just some of the thousands of people, businesses, organizations, foundations, and other supporters who have done so much to help Desert AIDS Project for so long – and are still steadfast in their devotion to D.A.P.’s mission. Over the last 30+ years, D.A.P. has gone from its grassroots beginnings of concerned volunteers to an organization that national leaders are holding up as a replicable model in their plans for an AIDS-free future. While all three of us were excited to team-up and take the reins as gala co-chairs for the 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, we knew we had a big reputation preceding us from the amazing, seven-year duo of Barbara Keller and Jim Casey. These two are the very embodiment of sharing “time, talent, and treasure” – not only with D.A.P. but with a number of other worthy nonprofit organizations throughout our community as well. Even as we salute them, we know Barbara and Jim would be encouraging us to turn that spotlight around on so many other “worthies” in our community. You’ll see just a few of them spotlighted on stage tonight... and so many more in the audience. Then there are the 100+ volunteers without whom this gala would never be possible, as they greet you on the red carpet and help us all enjoy this evening of entertainment and activism. While all donors, volunteers, and other supporters won’t bask in a literal spotlight tonight, we want them ALL to know they are appreciated. That’s why we said “If you are going to insist on including co-chair bios in this program, WE get to say a few words of thanks, too.” And we’re going to ‘name names’ in the next three pages! We know we can’t even BEGIN to thank everyone who deserves our gratitude... but just watch us do our best tonight!! Until there’s a cure...
Patrick Jordan Gala Co-Chair D.A.P. Board Member
David Morgan Gala Co-Chair
Suzanne Quardt, MD Gala Co-Chair
gala CO-CHAIR PATRICK JORDAN
After graduating the University of Arizona in 1987, Patrick Jordan began his career working with the legendary record executive Johnny Barbis. Quickly developing his promotional expertise on the competitive L.A. radio scene, Patrick scored hits for Carole King, Michael Penn, and the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. After moving to the PolyGram record label in New York, where he became the company’s Promotion Coordinator for a staff of 18 in addition to managing the office of the Executive Vice President, Patrick then served as the National Director of Operations for Island Records. Reporting to the President and CEO, he was intricately involved in the promotion, marketing, and sales success of such luminary artists as U2, the Cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Salt N Pepa, and the Bee Gees. From 2000–2004, Patrick served as the Head of Operations for DreamWorks Records and was acting liaison to the DreamWorks SKG Film Marketing division. So...what’s the next logical step when you’ve decided you need a change, after nearly two decades of managing the promotion and publicity of some of the most important entertainers in the music industry? For Patrick Jordan, it was real estate. Today, Patrick brings his skills to fully understand his client’s needs and expectations, marketing each property to a specific clientele that will appreciate its unique attributes. No wonder he’s an Executive Luxury Director with Bennion Deville Homes. The distinction of that job title is given to only 15 agents of the 750 they employ in the Coachella Valley, as based on the outstanding sales and leadership qualities those few agents exhibit. But Patrick hasn’t just blazed career paths in music and real estate. He has also been a long time AIDS activist, helping to get the first events off the ground with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He’s also been a supporter of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Treatment Action Group, and of course, Desert AIDS Project where he serves on their board of directors. For many years, Patrick has been a stand-out fundraiser for the annual Desert AIDS Walk, which benefits client services, and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the event, while also encouraging his personal network to greater involvement with D.A.P.’s work. In recognition of his long support, Patrick was honored by D.A.P. with the Partners For Life Award at the 2011 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala. A few words from Patrick... “This is an awesome community – full of ‘givers’ who want to help worthwhile causes, like D.A.P. I really enjoy the annual, good-natured competition that takes place between my Desert AIDS Walk team and all of the others, whether in the real estate community or elsewhere. There are WAY too many to mention by name but I’d like to spotlight some of those who gave so much this year in serving on the 2016 gala committee – like Jim Watterson and George Martin, Jim Fielding and Edison Briones, Tracy Boomer and Robert Downing, Dr. Kris Morshedian, Tim Parrott and Valerie Powers Smith, Esq. They exemplify community service for all the right reasons.” 12
gala CO-CHAIR DAVE MORGAN
With a double major from Syracuse University, Dave Morgan began his career in media as a broadcaster, his passion for the business took him into executive positions in Human Resources and then sales promotion for radio with Clear Channel. Dave’s quick rise through the ranks, included a relocation to Los Angeles to oversee the company’s expansion of their Southern California division. Always motivated to own and run his own company, following the example set by his father, Dave quickly leveraged his marketing, sales, and promotion skills to create Reaction Marketing & Promotions, a full-service marketing and promotions agency. His media background poised him perfectly to work with major entertainment industry accounts including Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, ABC Entertainment, Fandango, Disney Theatrical, and others. Dave’s creative concepts were realized through mass-exposure promotions. Just a few of these included the Stagecoach and the Country Music Awards festivals, and customized promotional events around the U.S., including high-profile presence for Fandango at the hugely-popular, annual Comic Con event in San Diego. Relocating to the desert in 2001, Dave continued to expand his company’s spectrum through the addition of a live performance division, handling talent and show production, both nationally and globally for stars like the iconic Jennifer Holiday and Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian Leslie Jordan, as well as Alec Mapa, Varla Jean Merman, Pam Ann, Amy & Freddy, and many others. But Dave also felt strongly about giving back to his new community in Palm Springs and beyond. Not only a long-time Partner For Life at Desert AIDS Project, Dave raised more than $200,000 for AIDS Assistance Program with seven consecutive years of Taste of Palm Springs. Honored at the 2015 Steve Chase gala with the Partner For Life Award, Dave has led his team in bringing the community Dancing with the Desert Stars, a local version of the TV mega-hit, that just a few months ago named its five-year All Star. Dave says... “D.A.P. has always known how to throw great events and Palm Springs is a town that loves a good party! I was glad Reaction could help out with this year’s gala – special thanks to Scott McGillvray who worked tirelessly on the brand and graphic design for this years’ gala. I am so proud of Dancing with the Desert stars, having just celebrated its 5th year. I am so impressed how members of our community have committed their time to be part of the event – including my co-chair Suzanne Quardt, Nina Beck, Rene Dell’Acqua, Ron Duran, Nino Eilets, Tony Marchese, Mindy Reed, and Desert Dancing All-Star Bianca Rae to name just a few... and those that support Dancing With The Desert Stars by your attendance... it shows community support for D.A.P. and that’s worth a spotlight any day!!”
gala CO-CHAIR DR. SUZANNE QUARDT
Dr. Suzanne Quardt (aka “Dr Q”) always knew she wanted to become a doctor yet her path as a Plastic Surgeon was more of a serendipitous route. A former foster child born in New York City, she was adopted and raised in nearby NJ by her wonderful family whose love and support helped mold her into the woman she is today. Loving not only the sciences, Suzanne also relished the arts including music and dance. Her talent landed her the opportunity to perform classical piano at Carnegie Recital Hall at the age of 13. She was awarded the “Garden State Distinguished Scholarship” to attend Rutgers University where she co-founded the Rutgers Performing Dance Club and won numerous awards for hip-hop choreography. She went on to medical school and during her subinternship at Columbia, she received a letter of recommendation from the now famous Dr. Oz who helped attain her acceptance at the University of Southern California for General Surgery Residency. She moved to L.A. in 1996 for 10 more years of surgical training. She performed Cardiothoracic/Transplant Research, published numerous scientific articles and was influenced by her mentors to pursue Plastic Surgery, obtained her board-certification and now continues to sculpt faces, figures and transform lives on a daily basis. She moved to the Desert in 2006 and absolutely loves the community spirit here! She served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center and Assistant Director of their Wound Care Center. She’s been nationally recognized as a “Top Doc” for the past five years in a row and featured in Palm Springs Life and several magazines. She’s felt a special connection with the Desert Community, and has fortified many bonds with dear friends, colleagues and patients at Desert AIDS Project and beyond. When not in the office or OR, you’ll find her spending time with her loving and supportive husband, Rick and their three rescue doggies (TJ, Simon & Buddy). She enjoys mentoring young women who wish to become physicians, as well as giving back despite her always busy schedule. She’s thrilled and honored to be involved this year as a Co-Chair for this tremendously momentous event! Suzanne wants you to know... “Like many of us who’ve lost or know someone living with HIV/AIDS, I dearly want to see an end to this epidemic. As a medical professional, I admire the work of Desert Regional Medical Center for their years of extraordinary, ongoing support, and how they helped launch Get Tested Coachella Valley under the leadership of Carolyn Caldwell. Given my connection to Eisenhower Medical Center, I love the continuing partnership with D.A.P. that continues thanks to David Perez, Martin Massiello, and Aubrey Serfling. Then, there’s the incredible work of 100 Women at D.A.P. that I am so honored to be a part of! I aim my spotlight at Annette Bloch, Mary Cone, Tammy Fox, Helene Galen, Harriet Goldberg, Terri Ketover, Karolee Sowle, Susan Unger, and all members for your roles in helping women and children affected with HIV to enjoy longer, stronger lives!”
IN 2015, DESERT AIDS PROJECT WAS RECOGNIZED FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS A TOP 20 HIV CHARITY – AND THAT WAS AFTER BEING IN THE TOP 6% OF ALL AMERICAN NONPROFITS FOR SPENDING 82% OF OUR REVENUES ON PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
Thank you Desert AIDS Project and congratulations to this year’s Hon"ees
Carolyn Caldwell 100 WOMEN AWARD
Jim Burba & Bob Hayes PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD
NEW GENERATION ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD
PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD
Helene Galen & Jamie Kabler SINCERELY,
gala COMMITTEE GALA CO-CHAIRS PATRICK JORDAN Gala Co-Chair/Board Member DAVE MORGAN Gala Co-Chair SUZANNE QUARDT, MD Gala Co-Chair GALA COMMITTEE JP ALLEN ANNETTE BLOCH TRACY BOOMER & ROBERT DOWNING DAVID BRINKMAN BARRY DAYTON JIM FIELDING & EDISON BRIONES BARBARA FROMM GARY HALL BARBARA KELLER RICHARD MANZANO DR. KRIS MORSHEDIAN TIM PARROTT DAVID PEREZ RICHARD RAMHOFF ANN SHEFFER VALERIE POWERS SMITH, ESQ. DARRELL L. TUCCI JIM WATTERSON & GEORGE MARTIN JONATHAN WEEDMAN
D.A.P. BOARD OF DIRECTORS BARBARA KELLER, Chair STEVE KAUFER, Vice Chair BRUCE PURDY, Secretary FRED DREWETTE, Finance Committee Chair CAROLYN CALDWELL, Medical Committee Chair CARL BAKER KEVIN BASS JIM CASEY TAMMY FOX MARK HAMILTON PATRICK JORDAN DR. TERRI KETOVER EVELIN MARTINEZ DAVID PEREZ ANN SHEFFER DR. TOM TRUHE SPECIAL THANKS TO… RICHARD DESANTIS Awards Gala Producer HUDSON ALLING & GEORGE NASCI-SINATRA Volunteer Coordination MARK DUEBNER DESIGN Gala Program SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY Branding and Graphic Design KELLEY COE Silent and Live Auctions BRETT KLEIN, ALEXIS ORTEGA & SANDRA CLARK Marketing & Communications RON WILLISON VIP Party
TABLE CAPTAINS A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO TONIGHT’S TABLE CAPTAINS TRACY BOOMER & ROBERT DOWNING DAVID BRINKMAN & DR. WILL GRIMM MARK BYRD, ALLISON JONES & PEGGY CRAVENS JIM FIELDING & EDISON BRIONES PATRICK JORDAN JERRY LEVIN & WILLIAM HUFF DAVID MAURO & CHRIS LONGOBUCCO REESA MANNING & MARK HAYEK (I.W.M.) V.J. MKRTCHIAN (FLOWERMART) DR. KRIS MORSHEDIAN VALERIE POWERS SMITH, ESQ. & MARK SMITH DARRELL L. TUCCI JIM WATTERSON & GEORGE MARTIN SCOTT WHITE (GPSCVB)
gala SPONSORS A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS PINNACLE SPONSOR
AWARD/MAJOR SPONSORS ANNETTE BLOCH DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HARBINGER PICTURES HELENE GALEN INTEGRATED WEALTH MANAGEMENT ONE AMERICA INSURANCE STEVE TOBIN, GRACE HELEN SPEARMAN FOUNDATION STAR SPONSORS ELGART ASTER & PAUL SWERDLOVE REACTION MARKETING
SUPPORTING SPONSORS STEVEN ANDERS/WADE ENDOWMENT FUND BANK OF AMERICA DASH AND A HANDFUL CATERING DESERT SUN EVENT MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIONS JAMES FIELDING & EDISON BRIONES ITEX OF THE DESERT EMPIRE PATRICK JORDAN KAISER PERMANENTE BARBARA & JERRY KELLER DR. TERRI KETOVER & DR. BART KETOVER DOROTHY & MEL LEFKOWITZ WALTER LEISS MACY’S DAVE MORGAN BRUCE PURDY & BARRETT SHEPARD DR. SUZANNE QUARDT & RICK MANZANO RENAISSANCE HOTEL SAVOURY’S CATERING TIME WARNER CABLE UCR SCHOOL OF MEDICINE BENEFACTOR SPONSORS AGUA CALIENTE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS AIR DIMENSIONAL DESIGN CITY OF PALM SPRINGS CITY OF RANCHO MIRAGE THE FIVE HUNDRED GARY GAISER FRANK KURLAND DAVID LEE PEDIATRIX MEDICAL GROUP QUANTUM MEDICAL RADIOLOGY ANN SHEFFER & BILL SCHEFFLER SMIRNOFF, DIAGEO SYSCO UNION BANK VASO BELLO CELEBRATIONS
PATRON SPONSORS ROBERT ARCHER & CHARLES HILLIAR SUPERVISOR JOHN BENOIT MARK HAMILTON & JUAN FRANCISCO GOMEZ CONTRERAS DAVID HOCKNEY DR. BABAK KHAZAENI SIGNS BY TOMORROW TAPSNAP TRICK DOG FILMS JIM WATTERSON & GEORGE MARTIN MEDIA SPONSORS THE ADVOCATE CV INDEPENDENT DESERT CHARITIES NEWS GAY DESERT GUIDE JONES AGENCY LIVE MAGAZINE PALM SPRINGS LIFE THE STANDARD TIME WARNER
AS OF JANUARY 7, 2016
100 WOMEN SILVER TAMMY FOX BARBARA KELLER DR. TERRI KETOVER SHEILA WILLIAMS, ESQ. BRONZE SHARI APPLEBAUM LEISA AUSTIN LESLIE BARCLAY CAROL BERGER NANCY BLEIWEISS-NEVIL ANNETTE BLOCH SEN. BARBARA BOXER SERA BRILL MARY JANE BUTORAC CAROLYN CALDWELL NAOMI CASPE BARBARA CHODOS JOANNE CHUNOWITZ DIANE COHEN MARY CONE PEGGY CRAVENS CHRISTIE CROTHER TIFFANY DALTON COPABIANCO RENE DELL’ACQUA SUSAN DIAMOND PAM ERWIN JACI FITZSIMONDS GEORGIA FOGELSON CAROL FRAGEN BARBARA FROMM HELENE GALEN LEXINGTON GARRICK ALEXANDRA GLICKMAN ROCHELLE GOODMAN CAROL-ANNE GRAFF-RADFORD STEPHANIE GREENE LYNN HAMMOND JAN HAWKINS VICTORIA HILL HEIDI HOMME EMPEY LESLIE SHOLL JAFFE JUDY JENSEN SUZY KATZ
DR. SHUBHA KERKAR SUSAN KONHEIM ROSANNE KUMINS DOROTHY LEFKOWITZ CAROL LUBER DONNA MacMILLAN YVONNE MALONEY CHERYL MARKOVITZ EILEEN MASON COOKIE MILLER FRANCIA MOONEY LINDA NODDLE BARBARA PLATT VALERIE POWERS SMITH, ESQ. DR. SUZANNE QUARDT SHELLIE READE MINDY REED SUSAN ROSSER SHERI SAENZ BARBARA SCHLAGER GLORIA SCOBY ERIN SCOTT LORI SERFLING ANN SHEFFER SHAWN SHEPHERD NANCY SINATRA AMANDA SMITH NANCY STONE LYNNE TOLES SUSAN UNGER KIRSTEN VANGSNESS PAT WALTHERS JULIE WARREN GAYLE WHITTEMORE BARBARA ZACKY
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CO-HOST LESLIE JORDAN
Leslie Jordan is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. His journey towards stardom has provided one of the quirkier, impressive, and varied career trajectories of the past few decades.
His arrival in Hollywood back in 1982 (with $1500 sewn into his clothing by his steel magnolia Mother) was the starting point. After a brief career as a jockey, Jordan has enjoyed the full show business spectrum; the lean days, the bumps in the road, the acclaim, reaching the pinnacle of television performing with award recognition, the ensuing victory laps, followed by an alarming and unexpected down slope, the dangers of being type cast or stereotyped, the challenges to remain “current” and “relevant” in a rapidly changing world of technological advancement, and the ever present threat of being put “out to pasture” by a youth obsessed culture and industry. Through it all, Leslie Jordan has remained constant, relevant and – above all – funny! His ability to take it all in stride has kept him moving onward, upward and forward! Leslie Jordan is the prestigious Emmy Award winner in 2006 for Will & Grace. He has enjoyed rapturous reviews for his original stage plays (My Trip down the Pink Carpet, Stories I Can’t Tell Mama, Fruit Fly), and supporting presence in one of Hollywood’s most prestigious, message-minded films of the last decade (The Help, 2012). He’s been singled out with great notices for his off-Broadway musical theatre debut in 2011 (The Lucky Guy). His defining role as “Brother Boy” in the cult film sensation Sordid Lives evolved into a well received prequel on the Logo Channel. As the celebrated author and star of his own HBO Special (Pink Carpet), Leslie Jordan remains consistently sought after as a Guest Star on every imaginable form of episodic, comedic television (TV Land’s The Ex’es, Fox’s Raising Hope, Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, and ABC’s The Neighbors. He enjoyed a star turn in the third season of FX’s instant classic American Horror Story opposite Hollywood heavyweights Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Francis Conroy. Additionally, he recently appeared as a cast member/house occupant in the smash reality competition Celebrity Big Brother UK. Leslie Jordan has conquered the international stage with sold out runs in Mexico, Canada and the U.K., and remains an in-demand mainstay as a Stage/TV/Film performer, voice-over artist, fundraiser, spokesperson, out artist, equal rights activist and all around Southern Baptist celebutante.
CO-HOST ETHYLINA CANNE
Ethylina Canne entered the world with a love of show tunes and anything sparkly. Even while growing up on a modest farm on California’s central coast, there were no Daisy Dukes for this girl!! Ethylina longed for the stage and screen, inspired by old-school showgirls like Ann Miller, Mitzi Gaynor, and Shirley Bassey... to name just a few. After finishing high school, she headed for the big city – San Francisco – to start her career. Even though the stars in her eyes never faded, the naïve showgirl grudgingly got a day job as a clerk at the local post office to pay the bills. Turning her sights on the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, Ethylina had a very short stint on Nip/Tuck… and by short, she means about 30 seconds!! Her acting career didn’t take off, despite meeting Rosie O’Donnell on set and thinking they’d become fast friends! After months of no calls from Rosie, Ethylina got a job at the corner diner, bussing tables and taking dessert orders to make ends meet... always hoping to meet that director or get that role that was written especially for her. But alas, her dreams never came true and that mind’s-eye-movie of making it big in Tinseltown soon faded to black. Ethylina knew Palm Springs was the city that Hollywood stars used to flock to and felt they might appreciate a mid-century-style gal like herself. Since moving, Ethylina has taken the glamorous Palm Springs by storm, including becoming a regular performer in Tommi Rose and the Playgirls, the longest-running show in the desert at Toucans Tiki Lounge. Co-hosting tonight’s gala with Leslie Jordan seems like “coming home” because they’ve already teamed up for similar duties at the Palm Springs Equality Awards. And Ethylina has a mutual admiration with D.A.P. – not only for the great work she sees them do – but because the audience voted her Fan Favorite at the inaugural Queen of the Desert Pageant benefiting D.A.P. Since then, Ethylina’s face and figure has been seen all over town and she has used her special talent to entertain by fundraising and donating her time for a multitude of causes. She always brings a smile to any room with her sharp wit, stunning ensembles, and “Live Out Loud” lifestyle. She is so honored to be with you at this year’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards helping to shine a SPOTLIGHT on so many and the role that was written just for her.
gala PROGRAM & MENU WELCOME BY GALA CO-CHAIRS PATRICK JORDAN, DAVE MORGAN & DR. SUZANNE QUARDT WELCOME BY GALA EMCEES LESLIE JORDAN & ETHYLINA CANNE DINNER PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD JIM CASEY 100 WOMEN AWARD CAROLYN CALDWELL PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD JIM BURBA & BOB HAYES DESERT AIDS PROJECT’S CEO DAVID BRINKMAN NEXT GENERATION ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD DANNY PINTAURO CO-CHAIRS’ THANK YOU PERFORMANCE BY CHAKA KHAN AFTER PARTY IN PRIMROSE BALLROOM
SALAD PEAR TOMATO AND OLIVE TAPENADE SALAD With Baby Greens and Crispy Root Vegetables, served with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Vinaigrette ENTRÉE CRISPY CHICKEN WITH MAPLE BACON Topped with Apple Bourbon Honey Glaze and served with Butternut Squash Puree, Carrots and Green Beans (Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request) DESSERT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE SPICED CAKE With Lemon Curd and Candied Orange, topped with Caramel Toffee Sauce
CHAKA KHAN She debuted when funk music ruled... that floor-shakin,’ heart-breakin,’ mind-blowin’ mixture of jazz, soul, rhythm and the straight-up, low-down, dirty blues. Funk is raw, political, honest, and pitch perfect. So is Chaka Khan. Born Yvette Marie Stevens in Great Lakes, IL, Chaka burst onto the scene in the early 1970s as the lead singer for the funk band, Rufus. Her massive, shoulder length ‘fro and that amazing voice made her unique and instantly recognizable. Her voice is soft and smoky in its low- and mid-range, yet bright and powerful through to its highest register. It’s that combination of contradictions that sent “funkateers” nationwide racing to get her first albums including Rags to Rufus, with its smash hit Tell Me Something Good. Her sound helped shoot Rufus into the company of giants: Earth Wind & Fire, WAR, the Ohio Players, the Isley Brothers, the Average White Band, and Sly and the Family Stone – who established the sound – and the Parliament Funkadelics, who led the movement and named its followers. Rufus, however, was likely the only one of these self-contained mini orchestras whose front-man was a woman. Rufus’ front-woman went on to win 10 Grammy Awards, two as a member of the band; two Soul Train Awards; and a 2012 induction into the SoulMusic Hall of Fame among many other accolades. She’s sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide and has seven gold singles, seven gold albums, and three platinum albums. Above all, Chaka Khan is a legend who has remained relevant for over 40 years. She’s stayed top-of-mind in the famously fickle music industry through diversity and innovation. When rappers were liberally sampling from the now-dormant funk masters, Chaka Khan turned the tables. She became the first R&B singer to sample rap, asking Melle Mel to utter the most infectious hook in hip-hop history – Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan – from 1984’s Grammy-winning I Feel for You. Along with hip hop, Chaka dabbled in many other genres: There’s been jazz with Be Bop Medley; and blues with B.B. King, Etta James, Eric Clapton, and Gladys Knight. She’s had award-winning duets with Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige and Michael McDonald. She sang Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On? with the Funk Brothers to Grammy acclaim. She took a page from the Great American Songbook and used her unique combination of lightness and power to totally reinvent My Funny Valentine. She’s also performed on stage in the musical Mamma, I Wanna Sing and as Sophia in the Broadway musical The Color Purple. Finally, there was her biography, Chaka! Through the Fire, where she discusses her life frankly and openly admits substance abuse, sobriety, and the reasons behind them both. The lyrics of her 1984 hit song may describe some fictitious steadfast love. But it also illustrates the commitment her oldest fans have for Chaka Khan: “Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall. For a chance to be with you we’d gladly risk it all…” 41
honoree 100 WOMEN AWARD CAROLYN CALDWELL
Carolyn Caldwell has come a long way from her roots in rural Camp Hill, Alabama, population: 992.
Although her parents were not formally educated – her father could not read or write and her mother had only an eighth-grade education – they gifted her with intelligence and compassion. Those gifts gave her a drive that helped her succeed, both academically and professionally. Those gifts also supported her as she lost friends to AIDS during the darkest days of the crisis, including her best friend in 2000. When AIDS began delivering its worldwide punch in the 1980s, Carolyn was a recent college graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and chemistry from Alabama A&M, working in a clinical laboratory at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. In 1996, she became chief operating officer at Dallas Southwest Medical Center, with later advances to chief executive officer jobs at hospitals in Texas and Missouri. In 2012, Carolyn and her husband Daniel moved to the Coachella Valley where she became president and CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center. She’s also a registered medical technologist, a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, and is serving a three-year term on the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Although loving the scenic beauty and culture of our valley, Carolyn noticed there is both great wealth and great need here, side by side. So, in addition to running the 385-bed hospital at Desert Regional, she’s been active with the Desert Highland Gateway Community. When she was honored by the City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission for that work, Carolyn had already joined the Board of Directors at Desert AIDS Project, bringing her face to face with the AIDS epidemic once again. But this time, there was much more she could do to fight the good fight. Carolyn secured an establishing $1.5 million gift for D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign from Tenet, Desert Regional’s parent company. Get Tested is a “treatment as prevention” movement to routinize HIV testing, increase access to care for those testing HIV-positive, significantly reducing infections, and helping to bring about an AIDS-free generation – a goal that is clearly in the sights of the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carolyn said, “All these years after my best friend’s death from AIDS, working with D.A.P. has been rewarding to me on so many levels – both personally and as a healthcare professional. And as a wife and a mother, I have been so gratified to be a part of the work of 100 Women in reaching out to women and children whose lives are affected by HIV or AIDS.”
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honoree PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD JIM BURBA & BOB HAYES
Jim Burba and Bob Hayes have been life partners for more than 26 years and business partners for more than 15 years. They were married in 2014 on the stage of the Nokia Theatre – now Microsoft Theatre – in Los Angeles. As co-founders of the Burba Hotel Network, BHN, the enterprising couple develop and produce the world’s most prominent annual gatherings of the hotel and tourism investment community in such far-flung locales as Hong Kong, Delhi, Singapore, Los Angeles, and London. Their events, including the world’s largest hotel investment conference, the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), have attracted such high-profile speakers as Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Michael Eisner, Ivanka Trump, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox. In 2013, the duo formed Burba Hayes LLC, an entertainment production company. In 2014, their first film production, Space Station 76, debuted to rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Directed by Jack Plotnick, the film stars Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, and Liv Tyler. Burba Hayes’ second film, Walking Out, starring Matt Bomer, just wrapped filming in Montana. Coming up is Disaster!, a 1970’s musical that Burba Hayes co-produced, which is set to open on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016. Burba and Hayes are the authors of a business book that will be published by SelectBooks, New York in August 2016. Smart Partners focuses on how to create and maintain successful partnerships – in business and in life. Based on their principles for partnering, the book covers everything from deciding if you really need – and want – a partner, to how to pick a partner who you trust and who shares your core values. The book is chock-full of colorful anecdotes and wisdom garnered from more than two decades of experience as life and business partners. When Burba and Hayes aren’t writing books and producing events, films, and Broadway musicals, they are involved in a number of global initiatives and charitable causes. Their company BHN was founded on the principle of sharing success with the communities it serves. Through BHN events and their community involvement, Burba and Hayes have contributed more than $15 million for scholarships, education and social services organizations. For the past three years, Burba and Hayes have been included on Out Magazine’s list of “20 Power Couples to Know,” which includes such luminaries as clothing designer Tom Ford and his partner, Richard Buckley; singer Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish; and talk show host and actor Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia di Rossi. Burba and Hayes enjoy escaping to their Palm Springs home for rest, relaxation, and martinis!
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GENERATION honoree NEW ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD
Former child star Danny Pintauro – today, he prefers Daniel – proved that sometimes it’s the way we handle adversity that defines an activist. Remaining poised and service-minded (when a very private thing is made public) makes the very-much-grown-up Pintauro a champion of the AIDS service community.
Although he’d already begun his professional career at age 2 as a model and actor in commercials at age 3, Pintauro rose to stardom with an eight-year run playing Jonathan Bower in the hit 1980’s sitcom Who’s the Boss? He was a pretty popular kid, even as he went on to appear in his acclaimed film debut as Tad in Stephen King’s Cujo and had a five-year role on CBS-TV’s daytime drama As the World Turns. Pintauro went on to major in drama and play trumpet in the marching band at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1998. His theatre credits include Paula Vogel’s Hot n’ Throbbing, at Arena Stage; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at Charlotte Repertory; Puck in Hangar Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Queer Carol at The Duplex in Manhattan; and Allen Ginsberg in the acclaimed beat in the New York International Fringe Festival. He made his professional New York debut at The Duplex in the one man show The Velocity Of Gary (Not His Real Name). Most recently, Pintauro played the lead role of Tony Whitcomb in the longest running play in U.S. history, Shear Madness. While Pintauro was still a student, however, The National Enquirer said they’d out him as gay in a story that would run whether he participated in it or not. His Who’s the Boss? co-star, Judith Light, a 2008 Steve Chase honoree, advised him to give the tabloid an interview so he would have some control over the conversation. She was right. “Believe it or not, The National Enquirer did a really fantastic, heartwarming article about it,” Pintauro said. “I was shocked.” And People magazine called his confession “a beacon of light for the gay community.” This Eagle Scout married his partner Wil Tabares in 2014 and in 2015 chose to share his private life with the public as a service to the LGBT community. He revealed on Oprah: Where Are They Now? that he’d abused crystal meth in an effort to explore his sexuality and discussed the disastrous impact the drug is having on the gay world. The kicker in the interview was his announcement that he has been HIV positive for the past 12 years. Desert AIDS Project is hoping that Pintauro’s public announcement of a very private matter will put the national spotlight on crystal meth and HIV. It’s a cause that D.A.P. is addressing locally with its newly formed Crystal Meth Action Team. It’s his willingness to expose himself as personification that the meth problem exists and should be fixed that makes Daniel Pintauro a New Generation Activist in our eyes.
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honoree PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD JIM CASEY
Jim Casey is the founder, president and CEO of Integrated Wealth Management. IWM, as it is known, was the presenting sponsor of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards from 2009-2015, to the tune of $1.5 million. Over those seven consecutive years, Jim also co-chaired this signature fundraiser for D.A.P. with Barbara Keller, helping to raise nearly $10 million. A good deal of that total raised was due to Jim’s personal and professional influence with individuals and companies who offered significant sponsorships to D.A.P. for many years. The dynamic duo of Jim and Barbara Keller made it possible to honor both local and national luminaries like Ann-Margret, Annette Bloch, Matt Bomer, Kristin Chenoweth, Mary Cone, Julian diCiurcio, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Tammy Fox, Helene Galen, Peter Gallagher, Jake Glaser, Father Andrew Green, David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard, Steve Kaufer, Terri Ketover, Mario Lopez, Lorna Luft, design icon Bob Mackie, living legend Barry Manilow, HIV pioneer Prof. Luc Montagnier, Bebe Neuwirth, and past D.A.P. board chair Curt Ringness, as well as producers and directors of the seminal AIDSthemed films And the Band Played On, Boys On the Side, How to Survive a Plague, and Philadelphia – among other award winners. During Jim’s years as co-chair he has also brought top-notch hosts and entertainers to the annual gala including Stephanie J. Block, Eden Espinosa, Morgan Fairchild, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Linda Gray, Megan Hilty, LaTonya Holmes, Wynonna Judd, Jane Krakowski, Queen Latifah, Michele Lee, Live It UP! Productions, Donna Mills, Matthew Morrison, Megan Mullally, Joan Rivers, the So You Think You Can Dance All-Stars, Nita Whitaker, and others. He and his partner, Kim Waltrip, have had several successes as film producers through their joint venture, Kim & Jim Productions, including Hit & Run starring Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, and Kristen Bell and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain, James MacAvoy, and Viola Davis and more. In addition, as one of the key managing members and executive producer of Live It UP! Productions, Jim has taken LIU on to win the coveted Entertainment Company of the Year Award at the most recent Event Solutions Spotlight Awards in Las Vegas. After founding Integrated Wealth Management 20 years ago, IWM, a financial advisor and wealth manager for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, has since grown to include offices in Anchorage, AK; Boise, ID; and Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Newport Beach, CA. Jim has served on boards for Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Palm Springs Art Museum. He also supports an array of other organizations that includes the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Actors Fund, The Living Desert, and McCallum Theatre. His longtime co-chair Barbara Keller, remarked “I am particularly delighted that Jim Casey has been named as the Pioneer Arts and Activism Award honoree for 2016 because he has been a remarkable example of how you can combine business savvy, the performing arts, and philanthropy to really make a difference in the world. My years of working closely with him have made him a dear friend who I know can always be counted on.” We’re pretty sure the clients, staff, and board of Desert AIDS Project would heartily agree.
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CAROLYN CALDWELL 100 WOMEN AWARD honoree
and thank YOU TO all of the generous supporters of the 100 Women program SILVER TAMMY FOX BARBARA KELLER DR. TERRI KETOVER SHEILA WILLIAMS, ESQ. BRONZE SHARI APPLEBAUM LEISA AUSTIN LESLIE BARCLAY CAROL BERGER NANCY BLEIWEISS-NEVIL ANNETTE BLOCH SEN. BARBARA BOXER SERA BRILL MARY JANE BUTORAC CAROLYN CALDWELL NAOMI CASPE BARBARA CHODOS JOANNE CHUNOWITZ DIANE COHEN MARY CONE PEGGY CRAVENS CHRISTIE CROTHER TIFFANY DALTON COPABIANCO RENE DELL’ACQUA SUSAN DIAMOND PAM ERWIN JACI FITZSIMONDS GEORGIA FOGELSON CAROL FRAGEN BARBARA FROMM HELENE GALEN LEXINGTON GARRICK ALEXANDRA GLICKMAN ROCHELLE GOODMAN CAROL-ANNE GRAFF-RADFORD STEPHANIE GREENE LYNN HAMMOND JAN HAWKINS
VICTORIA HILL HEIDI HOMME EMPEY LESLIE SHOLL JAFFE JUDY JENSEN SUZY KATZ DR. SHUBHA KERKAR SUSAN KONHEIM ROSANNE KUMINS DOROTHY LEFKOWITZ CAROL LUBER DONNA MacMILLAN YVONNE MALONEY CHERYL MARKOVITZ EILEEN MASON COOKIE MILLER FRANCIA MOONEY LINDA NODDLE BARBARA PLATT VALERIE POWERS SMITH, ESQ. DR. SUZANNE QUARDT SHELLIE READE MINDY REED SUSAN ROSSER SHERI SAENZ BARBARA SCHLAGER GLORIA SCOBY ERIN SCOTT LORI SERFLING ANN SHEFFER SHAWN SHEPHERD NANCY SINATRA AMANDA SMITH NANCY STONE LYNNE TOLES SUSAN UNGER KIRSTEN VANGSNESS PAT WALTHERS JULIE WARREN GAYLE WHITTEMORE BARBARA ZACKY
TERRI & BART KETOVER
We wish to celebrate the work of
Valerio Iovino and his team for their
remarkable success in developing
and executing D.A.P.â€™s career
development program. They have helped so many rebuild their lives and for that we are forever
GRATEFUL. With gratitude,
Bruce Purdy & Barrett Shepard
Desert AIDS Project â€“ Ribbon of Hope
We are so proud to support this amazing organization Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler
Congratulations to Pioneer Arts & Activism Honoree
Heather Sacre & James Carona
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WE ARE PROUD TO SALUTE THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS OF DESERT AIDS PROJECT WITH SINCERE THANKS JIM WATTERSON & GEORGE MARTIN
Edison Briones & Jim Fielding congratulate all of tonight's honorees
Carolyn Caldwell 100 WOMEN AWARD
Jim Burba & Bob Hayes PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD
NEW GENERATION ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD
PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD
We are proud to support the incredible & important work of Desert AIDS Project
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF TONIGHT’S
HONOREES Frank Kurland
AWARD ARTIST MICHAEL WEEMS
Michael is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He credits his development of this particular art form to his life experiences and observations. He remembered as a child visiting the museums of Washington DC to see the works of the great master painters and sculptors. Michael also gained extensive experience in design and fashion through his work with Gucci and Tiffany & Co. Michael’s new collection is featured in a few select stores around the country and in February 2008, Michael has opened his first gallery and store in famous Palm Springs, California. There is an energy and vigor within metal. Michael Weems draws upon this vigor and energy to create his beautiful new body of work. Michael is one of the few artists who uses vintage metal as his choice of canvas. Over the past decade Michael’s work became famous in the United States and in many parts of the world for creating a collection of etched and carved crystal and glassware. Work from the Michael Weems Collection was commissioned for Dom Perignon; chosen as the favorite gifts for recipients at the Academy Awards; and used as gifts by the Attorney General of the United States given to other Head’s of State. Michael has also created limited edition appliances for the Jenn Air Atrezzi line, a vase for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and many other licenses and exclusive pieces for some of the best stores in the country. MICHAEL WEEMS COLLECTIONS 382/384 N. PALM CANYON DRIVE PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 760.534.1805
The 3rd Annual
A So-Cal Lip Sync Competition benefiting Desert AIDS Project
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Renaissance Hotel Visit desertAIDSproject.org or call 760.992.0440
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OCTOBER 22, 2016
Thank you Desert AIDS Project for another year of expertly executed services to the community. Congratulations to tonightâ€™s honorees for championing such an important cause. Andy Linsky D.A.P. Board Member, 1990-2004
PATRICK JORDAN YOUR DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO D.A.P. IS INSPIRING AND BOUNDLESS. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
DR. JOSHUA LEVIN
Thank you to the Gala Co-Chairs, Gala Committee, Board of Directors, Staff & Volunteers. David Brinkman & Dr. William Grimm
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 HONOREES CAROLYN CALDWELL 100 WOMEN AWARD JIM BURBA & BOB HAYES PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD DANIEL PINTAURO NEW GENERATION ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD JIM CASEY PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD LARRY ESPINOSA
Thank you Desert AIDS Project for all you do for the community.Â
Robert Hayes & James Burba
MIKE CARSON & RON STEIGERWALT
HONORED TO BE PARTNERS FOR LIFE AND SUPPORTERS OF DESERT AIDS PROJECT FOR 15 YEARS
Congratulations to the Desert AIDS Project for 32 years of providing health and dignity to thousands of clients.
Steve Lachs & Michael Ruvo
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees Carolyn Caldwell 100 WOMEN AWARD Jim Burba & Bob Hayes PARTNERS FOR LIFE AWARD Daniel Pintauro NEW GENERATION ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD Jim Casey PIONEER ARTS & ACTIVISM AWARD David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees
Carolyn Caldwell 100 Women Award Jim Burba & Bob Hayes Partners for Life Award Daniel Pintauro New Generation Arts & Activism Award Jim Casey Pioneer Arts & Activism Award William & Yvonne McCallum
Congratulations to all the fabulous honorees including Carolyn Caldwell, a 100 Women shining star! Tammy Fox
Congratulations to all the 2016 Honorees! Sheila Williams
Congratulations Carolyn Caldwell! Tim A. Parrott
Congratulations to tonight’s honorees Carolyn Caldwell Jim Burba and Bob Hayes Daniel Pintauro Jim Casey
Kevin Bass & Brent Bloesser
“Through the fire, To the limit, Through whatever” D.A.P. will be there, and so will we! Chris Longobucco & David DeMuro
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees and thank you to the staff and volunteers of Desert AIDS Project!
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Congratulations to the 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honorees Robert Kincaid & Rick Hutcheson
Congratulations to the 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honorees Mark Duebner & Keith M. Cornell
Congratulations Desert AIDS Project for your great work in our community Steven Henke & Greg Probst
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees and thank you to the staff and volunteers of Desert AIDS Project!
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Thank you Desert AIDS Project for all the wonderful work you do in our Community.
Dr. Mark Maslack Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees and thank you to the staff and volunteers of Desert AIDS Project!
JOhn MESICEK Dr. Kris Morshedian salutes this yearâ€™s Steve Chase Humanitarian Award Honorees
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees and thank you for all the great work you do in the community! Marshall Pearcy & Douglas Woodmansee 130
Congratulations to the 2016 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honorees Curt W. Ringness & Barry E. Ralph
Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees! Brian Rix Congratulations Desert AIDS Project for your great work in our community! Elliott Sernel & Larry Falconio We appreciate D.A.P. for all they have done and continue to do for all the members of our community infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
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Congratulations to tonightâ€™s honorees Carolyn Caldwell Jim Burba and Bob Hayes Daniel Pintouro Jim Casey
Michael Johnston & David Zippel
We join a grateful community in thanking the staff and volunteers for the difference you make every day in so many lives. Steve Kaufer and Young Chu Congratulations to Desert AIDS Project and the 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. W. Bedford Waters, MD, FACS Urology
CONGRATULATIONS CAROLYN CALDWELL!
The Spotlight - Brightens a stage, a dance, a speech, a song. It penetrates... pierces the darkness... illuminates the moments of our lives.
Published on Jan 15, 2016
The Spotlight - Brightens a stage, a dance, a speech, a song. It penetrates... pierces the darkness... illuminates the moments of our lives.