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:

Artist:


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



Philanthropist:

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



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



Pioneer:

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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