American Cancer Society’s Desert Spirit 25th Anniversary Gala Honors Community Leaders, Celebrities in Hollywood-Style Fun
In a Hollywood -style salute to community leaders and movie and television celebrities who made a difference in giving back to their community and in the war on cancer and diseases, The American Cancer Society presents its 25th Anniversary Desert Spirit Gala March 30, 2014.
The Desert Spirit 25th gala “Picturing a World Without Cancer” will be held at the Palm Springs Convention at 5:30 p.m. More than 13 of the Coachella Valley’s finest restaurants will be serving under the leadership of Paul Bruggemans of Le Vallauris restaurant. A glamorous silent auction and dancing are part of the evening entertainment.
“This year’s theme and logo, “Picturing a World Without Cancer” embodies the mission of the American Cancer Society, the creativity of the volunteers, and the vision of all who desire to see the cure for cancer, said event chair Stephanie Bassanelli. “As a favorite classic movie brings tears, smiles, heartbreak, or inspiration, the diagnosis of cancer can bring the same. Hearing a loved one has cancer tears at the heart, witnessing a volunteer drive a cancer patient to their treatment, or a stylist fit a woman with a wig that brings her self-confidence can bring a smile to the face. ”
Honorary co-chairs for the gala are stars Gavin MacLeod of “Love Boat” fame with wife Patti and theater-television actress and singer Kaye Ballard. Country super star Naomi Judd will receive the ACS “Inspiration Award,” for her well-publicized battle with a debilitating illness.
Sally West Brooks, who was instrumental in co-founding the Desert Chapter of American Cancer Society, will be given the “Celebration of Life Award” for her tireless campaign to raise money for ACS along with her late husband, Dr. Marvin Brooks, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year.
Lisa Houston, daughter-in-law of the late well-known philanthropist Jackie Lee Houston, will be honored with the “Jackie Lee Houston Award” for her role in operating FIND charity organization to feed the homeless throughout the Coachella Valley.
Patricia Carr Bosley, the widow of television “Happy Days” star Tom Bosley, will receive the “Caregiver Award” for her courageous dedication in caring for her husband during his illness.
KESQ News Channel 3 News Anchor Karen Devine will be the emcee and Patrick Evans, chief meteorologist for CBS Local 2, will be the auctioneer.
“We are also very proud to have KESQ-TV as our TV media partner, Desert Radio Group as our radio media partner, The Desert Sun as our newspaper partner and The Standard Magazine to help us in the fight against cancer and to raise much needed funds for research and to help local cancer patients,” Bassanelli said.
“KESQ –TV is honored to serve as the official TV Media Sponsor of this wonderful Desert Spirit Gala because it is for a cause that seems to touch everyone who lives here in the Coachella Valley,” said Michael Stutz, general manager of KESQ-TV. “It is part of our commitment to showcase the important events that occur in this community and demonstrate the generosity of our residents who contribute to the fight against cancer.”
“Desert Radio Group is proud to be the radio partner of the 2014 ACS Desert Spirit Gala. Our six radio stations strive not only to be involved, but to take a leadership role in causes and community events that touch our listeners’ lives every day,” said Jay White, general manager of Desert Radio Group.
“It is an honor to pledge The Desert Sun’s support of the American Cancer Society and sponsorship of the Desert Spirit Gala,” said Mark Winkler, publisher/president of The Desert Sun. “As a cancer survivor, I can attest to the importance of good doctors, positive attitude and unwavering resolve. These are elements that ACS fosters in their everyday mission to help those in need.”
Tickets are available now for $300 per person or $3,300 for table of 10 and includes business-card size ad in the program. To purchase tickets and for information table sponsorship, please contact Melissa Neiderman, event co-chair, at 760-459-4115 or email@example.com or visit online at www.desertspirit.net
The American Cancer Society offers free programs and services, with many volunteers in the Coachella Valley who can help. Please call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org
IF YOU GO
ACS Desert Spirit 25th Anniversary Gala
PS Convention Center Palm Springs
Festival of Opera & Art
The City of Palm Desert and Opera Arts presents Festival of Opera & Art.
Travel with us to España, where you will hear popular music from Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Le Nozze Di Figaro,La Boheme, and more, with exciting overtures and some charming operetta.
Saluting and acknowledging Marie Shaw Wolpert for her life of music and giving.
The Festival will present the Palm Springs High School Jazz Band and 12-piece guitar ensemble at 10:45 am, followed by the ever-popular sound check, and then Gale Enger on keyboard from 12:45 to 1:50, when the Opera Festival begins.
La Quinta “Outside the Lines” artists will be there for some incredible art displays, some e interactive art activities for all, and SCRAP Gallery for crafts for the children.
There will also be face painting and other fun activities. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale from Woody’s, Taquiza El Chato, and E & E Pel’s. Bring your blankets, chairs, umbrellas, families and friends for an unforgettable day in the park.
Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:45 am – 4:30 pm Palm Desert Civic Center Park FREE to the Public
For Information visit www.OperaArtsPalm Springs.org or call 760-323-8353
Sam Harris to Talk and Perform at the Palm Springs Public Library.
The Palm Springs Public Library is excited to announce that singer, Tony-nominated Broadway actor and debut author Sam Harris will appear at the library on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Presented by the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and Sara Burns, this Togather event will be a ticketed event with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Library itself.
Sam Harris will read from and discuss his book HAM: Slices of Life: Essays & Stories and all attendees will get a copy of the book with their ticket. A short Q & A will follow and then Sam will perform a limited selection of his music. Following the performance he will sign books.
But for the super-fan there is a VIP experience that includes a meet and greet reception prior to the main event from 1:30-2:30 p.m., with light appetizers generously provided by Dash And A Handful Catering, and seating in the first three rows! So if you love Sam and want to have an exclusive opportunity to mix and mingle with the star, the VIP ticket is the one to purchase, but act fast as there are limited VIP tickets available. In addition, you may purchase General Admission tickets.
Local resident, and Sam Harris Super Fan, Sara Burns contacted Sam to propose this event through Togather.com, which gives fans an opportunity to propose author events where they live. She brought this event to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library who saw it as a wonderful opportunity to host this event. In return, the Friends will receive a portion of the proceeds as a donation to the Friends in support of the Library. It is also a fantastic way to celebrate this talented performer as he introduces his new book.
Tickets to this exclusive event can only be purchased online; there will not be any tickets available at the door. To get your tickets, simply go online to make your purchase. You choose whether you want to buy a VIP Ticket (limited number available) or General Admission. You will receive a confirmation email and email reminders leading up to the event.
Additional copies of Sam’s book will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of QTrading. This event is expected to sell out, as seating is limited. The Library is located at 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the corner of Sunrise Way and Baristo Road, one of the anchors of Sunrise Park and a destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information about the event call 760-322-READ (7323) or visit the Library’s web site at www.palmspringslibrary.org.
An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
Through the generosity of Harold Matzner, the McCallum Theatre presents An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin on Friday, March 21, at 8:00pm. It will be an unforgettable night of laughter as she takes you on a trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters – from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman; Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.
Lily Tomlin continues to venture across a widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her career, Lily has received six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress. A Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; and a Cable Ace Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search. She received a Grammy for her comedy album This is a Recording and nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream; And That’s the Truth; and On Stage; She received two Peabody Awards – the first for the television special “Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël,” and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The McCallum Theatre presents An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin on Friday, March 21, at 8:00pm. Tickets are priced at $95, $85, $75 and $55 and are available online at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.