2017 World AIDS Day Celebration December 1


On World AIDS Day – December 1, 2017, Desert AIDS Project will honor four community members who’ve made it their mission to get into action by supporting its mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.   This year marks the fourth year that D.A.P. will celebrate World AIDS Day by shining a spotlight on unsung local heroes.  The event will be hosted by Bruce Vilanch and feature a special performance by Broadway’s James Snyder.

“World AIDS Day is a day many of us take time to remember those lost and to renew our resolve to take action moving forward,” says Darrell Tucci, our Chief Development Officer. “Everyday Heroes is meant to remember and honor the everyday person going to extraordinary lengths to support those living with HIV and to bring an end to the epidemic. We’ll be honoring people who contribute their time and talent to supporting the mission of Desert AIDS Project.”

This year, attendees will applaud Art Hall, Lynn Hammond, Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver and the recipients of the First Annual State Farm Good Neighbor Award - Keith Markovitz and his mother Cheryl Markovitz.

The evening of Champagne toasts, awards, and entertainment, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Camelot Theatres on Baristo Road in Palm Springs.   This year’s event welcome’s back Event Co-Chairs, Terri Ketover, Ann Sheffer, and Tom Truhe.   Michael Childers is Honorary Chair.  The event will be produced by Frank Goldstin of Momentous Events and catered by LULU California Bistro.
 
Art Hall, most well known as the proprietor of First Gallery in Rancho Mirage has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic since the early 1980’s when he would volunteer at the hospital to feed AIDS patients. Over time he brought his love of art to Desert AIDS Project, curating both D.A.P.’s original offices and our current ones with the magical art collection from Steve Chase. Ever since, Art has framed every piece of donated art to D.A.P. for free, helping the organization raise countless thousands of dollars to serve our clients.

Lynn Hammond, of Palm Springs, is often the quiet person in the kitchen donating delicious food for countless fundraising, staff and client events for Desert AIDS Project and many other local and national non-profit organizations.  Lynn also serves on the leadership committee for our Partners for Life giving program and currently serves as Co-Chair of the annual Palm Springs HRC Garden Party.  

Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver are voracious volunteers for Desert AIDS Project and other local non-profits. Their volunteerism has become so prolific that it is not unusual to find Matt and Tom volunteering at multiple events on the same evening. From serving food and beverage to checking in guests, they help D.A.P. and dozens of other organizations by being the goodwill ambassadors who greet everyone with their signature smile and welcoming demeanor.

Keith Markovitz and his mother, Cheryl Markovitz are the fundraising powerhouses that have led the annual Markovitz family effort in raising more money than any other team for the Desert AIDS Walk nearly every year in recent history, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Desert AIDS Project client services. In addition, Keith is proud to have served on the board of AIDS Assistance Program, now AAP-Food Samaritans for many years, donating his time, talent and treasure to help meet the nutritional needs of low-income people living with HIV in the Coachella Valley.


WHAT:  EVERYDAY HEROES
WHEN: DECEMBER 1, 2017 5:30 pm
WHERE: CAMELOT THEATRES, PALM SPRINGS
WHY:  A WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION SALUTING THE VALLEY’S EVERYDAY HEROES
TICKETS: $40 General, $75 Preferred, $150 VIP www.desertaidsproject.org/event

Schedule of Events
5:30 Champagne Reception
6:30 Awards Show and Entertainment featuring James Snyder and Bruce Vilanch
8:10 Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception