White Party Palm Springs Recognizes Achievers with Icon Awards

Former Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden among those honored

Jai Rodriguez interviews former 'N Synch member Lance Bass, who received an Icon Award from White Party Palm Springs April 26.

Photo by Jim Powers


Jeffrey Sanker says his role can be more than throwing the best party of the year, but using White Party Palm Springs as a platform for social messages like safe sex and marriage equality.

At the recent 25th anniversary edition, Sanker wanted to recognize individuals with an Icon Award for their “unique and varied achievements…” who “best embody the spirit of the White Party”.

The recipients were recognized on the white carpet prior to the April 26 dance. Not all of the recipients were present.

They included:


Carmen Electra - artist, activist

Cher - pioneer for LGBT Community; activist

Jai Rodriguez - actor, activist

Kathy Griffin - comedienne, philanthropist, activist

Lady Gaga - pioneer for LGBT Community, philanthropist, activist

Lance Bass - actor, activist


Aaron Walton - philanthropist, activist

Bryan Singer - director, activist
David Cooley - founder of Abbey, philanthropist

Fred Arens and Jason Duguay - philanthropist, activist

Roland Emmerich - director, philanthropist

Sir Elton John and David Furnish - philanthropist, activist


Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley - NoH8 Campaign, activist

Bruce Vilanch - actor, writer, activist

Lisa Vanderpump - Reality star, activist

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo - Prop 8 activists

Ron Oden - Former mayor of Palm Springs, activist

Ronnie Kroell - activist

Todd Saporito - philanthropist, activist


Andy Cohen - Bravo TV personality, activist

Candis Cayne - pioneer of LGBT Community, activist

David Stern - former publisher of Frontiers, activist

DJ Abel Aguilera - deejay, activist

Reza Farahan – Bravo TV personality, pioneer of LGBT Community

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