The Desert Sun
By Xochiti Pena
February 8, 2017
Desert AIDS Project’s biggest fundraiser of the year will honor Elizabeth Taylor posthumously for her trailblazing advocacy and care of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Presenting the Partners for Life Award on Saturday to Taylor’s grandchildren Tarquin and Naomi Wilding is her longtime friend Barry Manilow.
The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, in its 23rd year, is known as a star-studded evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy.
Lance Bass will serve as celebrity MC while Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal Minds” assists with the live auction. Two auction items of interest include lunch and an exclusive tour of the Elizabeth Taylor archives in Beverly Hills, and an exclusive tour of photographer Herb Ritts’ vault and archives and one of his limited edition prints.
Also being honored with Steve Chase Humanitarian awards is Barbara Keller, a D.A.P. board of directors, and from Eisenhower Medical Center, G. Aubrey Serfling, president and chief executive officer, and Martin J. Massiello, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
The evening includes a red carpet where risk-takers and fashionistas can show off their looks and live performances by the Pointer Sisters and La Bouche.
The money raised from the annual gala allows D.A.P to provide more than 3,600 people with medical and social service care.
“This is a partnership. Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community,” said David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project chief executive officer in a prepared statement.
The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala is Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center. For tickets or more information go to desertaidsproject.org or call (760) 992-0445