Charity Register & Fundraising Events 2008-2009

ABC Recovery Center Inc.

Provides an environment for alcoholics and drug addicts to achieve sobriety and to re-enter the community.

Fundraiser: The Ambassador Leonard K. Firestone Annual Recognition Dinner
Date: Feb. 27, 2009
Location: Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie optional
Tickets: $175/person 44359 Palm St.

Indio, CA 92201
(760) 342-6616


Provides assistance and care for people in the Coachella Valley with multiple sclerosis.

Fundraisers: A Stroll Down Christmas Tree Lane and ACT For MS Spring Gala
Dates: Christmas Tree Lane Dec. 11;
Gala: March 28, 2009
Location: Christmas Tree Lane: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage;
Gala: TBA
Attire: Christmas Tree Lane: holiday;
Gala: cocktail
Tickets: Tree viewing free;
Gala $300/person

73710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 118
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-9806

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other native cultures through exhibitions, collections, research, and education.

Fundraisers: Dinner in the Canyons
Dates: October 2009
Location: Andreas Canyon, Palm Springs
Attire: Festive
Tickets: $300/person

471 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 231
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-1079

AIDS Assistance Program

Provides comfort and support and improves the quality of lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. Provides meals to members of the community with low incomes and those living with HIV/AIDS in the greater Coachella Valley.

Fundraisers: Evening Under the Stars
Date: April 25, 2009
Location: O’Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie optional
Tickets: $395/person

1276 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 108
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-8481


Provides support for families affected by Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

78900 Avenue 47
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 219-6927

Alzheimer’s Association, Coachella Valley

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to enhance care and support, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

69730 Highway 111, Suite 202
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 328-6767

American Cancer Society

To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Fundraiser: Desert Spirit XX
Date: April 26, 2009
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Attire: cocktail
Tickets: $300/person

73161 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 100
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 568-2691

American Diabetes Association

Provides diabetes research information and advocacy. Also to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this devastating disease. To fund research, publish scientific findings, and provide the public with information.

P.O. Box 13611
Palm Desert, CA 92255
(888) 342-2383

American Heart Association

Helps build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Fundraisers: Go Red For Women and 21st Annual Heart Gala
Dates: Go Red: Feb. 6, 2009;
Gala: March 14, 2009
Location: Go Red: Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells;
Gala: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Go Red: Red dress;
Gala: Black tie
Tickets: Gala: $300/person; Go Red: $100/person

74020 Alessandro Drive, Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8109

Angel Light Academy

Enhances the health, happiness, and well-being of individuals through unconditional love. ALA fulfills its mission through education, service, and research.

Fundraisers: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Angel Light Academy wine pairing luncheons
Dates: Nov. 22; Feb. 21, April 11, and May 23, 2009
Location: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The River at Rancho Mirage
Attire: Business casual
Tickets: $65/per event

P.O. Box 1076
Coachella, CA 92236
(866) 30ANGEL

Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation

Helps children and young adults with physical disabilities on the road to independence and self-esteem: provides clients with the tools to develop independent living skills and improve their quality of life; physically and mentally challenged children with confidence.

Fundraiser: 55th Annual Luncheon Angel View
Date: Feb. 16, 2009
Location: Doral Desert Princess Resort, Cathedral City
Attire: Business
Tickets: $75/person

12379 Miracle Hill Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 329-6471

Animal Samaritans SPCA

Fosters an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for animals through education, legislation, and leadership; cares for homeless animals; defends abused animals; and promotes recognition of all animals.

Fundraisers: November Mardi Gras Party and Annual Putts for Mutts
Dates: Mardi Gras: Nov. 8;
Golf: Dec. 1
Location: Mardi Gras Party: Schivarelli Estate;
Golf: Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert
Attire: Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras attire;
Golf: Golf attire
Tickets: Mardi Gras: $135/person;
Golf: $200/person

72715 La Canada
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
(760) 343-4908

Anti-Defamation League

To create a community free from hate and bigotry.

10495 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90025
(310) 446-8000

Arthritis Foundation

Improves lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

73710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 104
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-3076

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Desert Communities Chapter

Advances philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, and advocacy.

Fundraiser: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
Date: Nov. 19
Location: Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Business
Tickets: $50/person

P.O. Box 2213
Palm Desert, CA 92261
(760) 485-5986

Barbara Sinatra Children's Center

Counsels physically, sexually, and emotionally abused children and focuses on prevention and breaking the cycle of abuse, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Fundraiser: Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational, Gala and Annual Skins Polo Match
Dates: Golf: Feb. 19-21, 2009;
Gala: Feb. 21, 2009;
Polo: March 29, 2009
Location: Golf and Gala: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells;
Polo: TBA
Attire: Golf: golf attire;
Gala: black tie;
Polo: garden party chic.
Tickets: Call for tickets

39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 340-2336

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert

Helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Fundraisers: Hall of Fame Golf Tournament & Dinner and Annual Auction and Fashion Show
Dates: Golf: Jan. 26, 2009;
Fashion: April 25, 2009
Location: Golf & Fashion Show: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Golf: Golf attire;
Fashion: Casual
Tickets: TBA

42600 Cook St., Suite 110
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 568-3977

Big Hearts for Little Hearts

Serves the community and its children through action and leadership emphasizing children’s healthcare needs.

Fundraiser: Annual Luncheon & Boutique
Date: Feb. 4, 2009
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Desert casual
Tickets: $100/person

46 Hilton Head Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 327-1149

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Serves human needs in the Coachella Valley by operating one of the premier celebrity pro-am golf tournaments in the world.

Fundraiser: 50th Bob Hope Classic Ball
Date: Jan. 18, 2009
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $750/person

39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-8184

Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley

Inspires and enables young people from 7 to 18 years old to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens by instilling positive values and enhanced self-esteem through leadership development, education, recreation, mentoring, and guidance.

Fundraisers: 16th Annual Luncheon and Grand Table Decorating and Grand Auction 2009
Dates: Luncheon: Nov. 10;
Auction: March 14, 2009
Location: Luncheon: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells;
Auction: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells
Attire: Luncheon: Desert casual;
Auction: Casual
Tickets: TBA

42600 Cook St., Suite 120
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 836-1160

C.H.E.E.T.A. Primate Sanctuary

Provides residence care and rehabilitation for homeless or unwanted primates that were used in the entertainment industry. Chimpanzees, orangutans, and monkeys at the desert refuge are treated with love and kindness in an environment that stimulates their intellect and curiosity.

1033 Francis Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-8041

Children Of Alcoholics At Risk

Provides a safe environment where children (ages 7-12) in the Coachella Valley can learn about the dangers of addictions. Special attention given to the risk if a child grows up in a house where addiction is present.

60607 Juniper Lane
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 564-3848

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Promotes and inspires intellectual curiosity and self-expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. Encourages children to learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring the natural environment and the community. Serves children of all ages, with particular emphasis on primary school-age children of the Coachella Valley.

Fundraisers: Third Annual Children’s Champions Gala; Annual Discovery Home Tour and Eighth Discovery Duck Pluck
Dates: Gala: TBA;
Home Tour: Feb. 8, 2009;
Duck Pluck: April 18, 2009
Location: Gala: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells;
Home tour TBA;
Duck Pluck: TBA
Attire: Gala: Cocktail;
Home Tour: Casual;
Duck Pluck: Casual
Tickets: Gala: TBA;
Home tour: $55/self-guided, TBA bus tour;
Duck Pluck: $10/1 duck; $25/squads of 3; $50/platoon of 7; $100/fleet of 15

71701 Gerald Ford Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 321-0602

Christopher's Clubhouse

Provides a safe, structured environment to empower and educate children and families on safety.

Fundraisers: National Missing Childrens Day
Dates: May 24, 2009
Location: Palm Desert Civic Park, Palm Desert
Attire: Casual
Tickets: Donations

P.O. Box 5444
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 989-2182

City of Hope

Dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy and supported by a national foundation of humantarian philanthropy.

Fundraisers: Aces 4 Hope; Hike 4 Life; Desert Hope Charity Golf Tournament
Dates: Aces: Nov. 29;
Hike: March 1, 2009;
Golf: March 30, 2009
Locations: Aces: Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, Indian Wells;
Hike: Indian Canyons, Palm Springs;
Golf: Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert
Attire: Aces: Tennis;
Hike: Hiking shoes and clothes;
Golf: golf attire
Tickets: Aces: $50/person includes reception, $25/reception only;
Hike: $40/person before Feb. 23; $60/person after Feb. 23;
Golf: $350/person

35688 Cathedral Canyon Drive, Suite 107
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 202-3885

Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic

Brings together in friendship and mutual interest women who are initiates of national Panhellenic Conference fraternities and to interpret the fraternity system to prospective college students through scholarship awards, educational and informational affairs, philanthropic projects, and community participation.

Fundraiser: 54th Annual Scholarship Benefit
Date: Feb. 13, 2009
Location: Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert
Attire: Desert dressy
Tickets: TBA

36447 Crown St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 360-8852

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

Serves those in need through the provision of food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual recovery, thus improving the quality of their lives.

Fundraiser: Santa at Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
Date: Dec. 19
Location: Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio
Attire: Casual
Tickets: TBA

47518 Van Buren St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-3512

College of the Desert Foundation and Foundation Auxiliary

Enhances the quality of higher education in the Coachella Valley by encouraging private support for College of the Desert.

Fundraiser: Gold & Silver COD Anniversary Gala
Date: Dec. 5
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: TBA

43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-2561 or (760) 346-3363

Desert AIDS Project

Meets the evolving medical and social service needs of people living with HIV/AIDS by providing direct service and advocacy, while working to prevent new infections through education and outreach.

Fundraisers: Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
Date: Feb. 21, 2009
Location: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $425/person

1695 N. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-2118

Desert Arc

Enhances the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

Fundraiser: Ninth Annual Day of Games
Date: Feb. 21, 2009
Location: Agua Caliente Resort and Casino, Rancho Mirage
Tickets: $85/person

73255 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-1611

Desert Cancer Foundation

Assists residents in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities who need financial support for screening, diagnosis, and treatment for cancer and related diseases.

Fundraiser: Gift of Life Celebration
Date: Nov. 15
Location: Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Cocktail attire
Tickets: $350/person

74091 Larrea St.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-6554

Desert Foundation of Academics

Raises funds for education in the Coachella Valley.

72855 Fred Waring Drive, Suite A6
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 275-5372

Desert Paws

Improves the lives of animals in need.

44435 Town Center Way
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 752-7434

Desert Samaritans For The Elderly

Serves the elderly in the Coachella Valley.

Fundraiser: 17th Good Samaritan of the Year Award
Date: Nov. 22
Location: Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $350/person

75105 Merle Drive, Suite 500
Palm Desert, CA 92266-0967
(760) 837-9066

Dixieland Jazz Society of the Desert

Provides scholarships to music students and music programs throughout the Coachella Valley.

Fundraiser: Palm Springs Classic Jazz Festival
Dates: March 20-22, 2009
Location: Palm Springs Pavilion, Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs Boys & Girls Club, Palm Springs High School Auditorium
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $85 all events; $30 Friday; $50 Saturday; $20 Sunday

P.O. Box 1000
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 333-7932

Dream Foundation

Enhances the quality of life for individuals and their families during the end-of-life’s journey. Helps adults find peace and closure with the realization of a final wish.

1528 Chadala St., Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(310) 444-3070

Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary

Provides ongoing support services to Eisenhower Medical Center through recruitment, education, and fundraising and strives to enhance the quality of healthcare in our community.

Fundraiser: Holiday Voices 2008
Date: Dec. 6
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $300/person

39000 Bob Hope Drive Uihlein Bldg., Ste 108
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 773-1810

English Speaking Union Desert Branch

Creates global understanding through English.

Fundraiser: 12th Night Wassail Party
Date: Jan. 6, 2009
Location: Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs
Attire: Costume or evening attire with mask
Tickets: $150/person

401 E. Via Colusa
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-0278

Episcopal Community Services

Strengthens and supports adults, children, and families at risk and in crisis and need.

Fundraiser: Tribute to Greatness
Date: Nov. 9
Location: Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $75/person

P.O. Box 33168
San Diego, CA 92163
(619) 228-2800

Equality California

Ensures and promotes dignity, safety, equality, and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Californians.

611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 201
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 327-0084

Family YMCA of the Desert

Offers affordable and quality childcare programs to children from 2 to 12 years of age throughout the entire Coachella Valley at 29 sites.

Fundraiser: Hoedown at Sundown
Date: Nov. 14
Location: Agua Caliente Resort and Casino, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Country/Western attire
Tickets: $145/person; $1,350/table of 10

43930 San Pablo Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 341-9622

Fashion Group International

Provides insights on major trends in person, online, and in print; access to business professionals, and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace. FGI also raises funds for scholarships for Coachella Valley students wishing to pursue a college education in the fashion and design industry.

Fundraiser: A Splendid Affaire
Date: March 24, 2009
Location: Big White Fashion Tent at Fashion Week El Paseo, Palm Desert
Attire: Fashionable luncheon
Tickets: $125/person

P.O. Box 2653
Palm Desert, CA 92270
(800) 758-4633

Friends of the Desert Mountains

Acquires and preserves lands within the Coachella Valley and the surrounding mountains and serves as the support organization for education, conservation, and research for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Fundraiser: Golf Tournament and Auction
Dates: April 14, 2009
Location: Stone Eagle Golf Club, Palm Desert
Attire: Casual, no denim
Tickets: TBA

45480 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 568-9918

Friends of the Rancho Mirage Public Library

Provides educational advocacy and financial assistance in the areas of literature, music, fine arts, children’s programs, speaker series, concerts, author luncheons, museum bus trips, expansion of library sources, and new membership.

Fundraiser: 13th Annual Meeting and Author’s Luncheon
Dates: Feb. 19, 2009
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Business
Tickets: $65/person

71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-7323

Gay Associated Youth

Provides a safe place and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, questioning youth, and their allies in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities through the provision of guidance, advocacy, and resources.

P.O. Box 448
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-3332

Gilda’s Club Desert Cities

Provides a place where men, women, and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.

Fundraisers: Preview Party; Seventh Annual Gilda’s Gift of Giving
Dates: Nov. 20-21
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Dressy casual
Tickets: Preview: $60;
Gift of Giving: $125/person

67625 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 7A
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 770-5678

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Provides a safe place for girls to explore their world, develop understanding and empathy for others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Fundraiser: Second Annual Smart Cookie Chef’s Challenge and Silent Auction
Dates: Dec. 7
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $50/person

1751 Plum Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
(760) 748-7228

Greater Palm Springs Pride

Promotes public education and awareness of the personal rights and civil liberties of gay/lesbian/transgender/bisexual community.

Fundraiser: Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival
Dates: Nov. 1-2
Location: Palm Springs Stadium, Palm Springs
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $15-20/person

611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 7436
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 416-8711

Guide Dogs of the Desert International

Provides highly trained guide dogs and individualized instruction to the blind, the elderly, and those with special needs.

Fundraiser: Meet our Canine Heroes Brunch
Dates: Dec. 6
Location: TBA
Attire: TBA
Tickets: TBA

P.O. Box 1692
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 329-6257

Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley

To eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in our community by helping local low-income families finance and construct their own homes.

Fundraiser: Tommy Bahama’s Date Palm Classic
Dates: Nov. 3
Location: Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert
Attire: Golf attire
Tickets: $325/person

72221 Highway 111, Suite 103
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 863-0188

Hanson House Foundation

Provides, at low- or no-cost, safe, clean, and caring temporary home away from home for families of the critically ill and injured.

380 E. Paseo El Mirador
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-5070

Humane Society of the Desert, Orphan Pet Oasis

Rescues, heals, protects, and offers adoptions for animals.

17825 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92258
(760) 329-0203

International Medical Alliance

Provides free medical and dental assistance, training, and care for indigent populations within the developing world.

Fundraiser: Latin Rhythm and Passion
Dates: March 13, 2009
Location: TBA
Attire: Formal
Tickets: TBA

69822 Camino Pacifico
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 485-8963

Iraq Star

Provides reconstructive surgery for shrapnel, burns, and artillery scars incurred by our soldiers in Iraq.

Fundraiser: A Night for Stars
Dates: May 5, 2009
Location: Vibrato Restaurant, Bel Air, Calif.
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $150/person

7 White Sun Way
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-4039

Jewish Family Service of the Desert

Provides for the social service needs of the Jewish and general community throughout the greater Coachella Valley with a commitment to promote the well-being of people of all ages, incomes, and lifestyles.

Fundraisers: House and Garden Walk and One Night Only
Dates: Garden Walk: March 15, 2009;
One Night: April 30, 2009
Location: Garden Walk: Four homes in the Coachella Valley;
One Night Only: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Attire: Casual
Tickets: Garden Walk: $75/person;
One Night Only: TBA

801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 202
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-4088

Jewish National Fund Palm Springs and Desert Area

Supports Israel’s newest generation of pioneers in developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.

Fundraiser: For the Love of Israel Dinner
Date: Dec. 2
Location: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $75/person

31855 Date Palm Drive, Suite 3
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 864-6208

Junior League of Palm Springs Desert Communities

Professionally trains women volunteers to improve the lives of at-risk youth in the Coachella Valley through education and opportunties.

Fundraiser: Gridiron Golf Classic
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Attire: Desert casual and golf attire
Tickets: TBA

P.O. Box 2196
Palm Desert, CA 92261
(760) 341-5676

KCET Desert Cities (PBS)

Enriches our understanding of the past, enlivens our present, and prepares us for the future.

Fundraiser: Inaugural KCET Desert Cities Wine Dinner Auction
Date: April 4, 2009
Location: TBA
Attire: Evening
Tickets: $300/person

420 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 327-0378

La Quinta Arts Foundation

Promotes and cultivates the arts through education.

Fundraiser: La Quinta Arts Festival
Date: March 12-15, 2009
Location: TBA
Attire: Casual
Tickets: TBA

P.O. Box 777
La Quinta, CA 92247
(760) 564-1244, ext. 111

La Quinta Historical Society

Preserves, presents, and keeps alive the rich cultural history of La Quinta through research, educational programs, oral histories, electronic documentation, expanding museum facilities, and exhibits.

Fundraiser: A Gem of a Party
Date: Jan. 24, 2009
Location: La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $125/person

P.O. Box 12106
Palm Desert, CA 92255
(760) 772-9315

Les Dames d’Escoffier, International, Palm Springs Chapter

Supports and promotes the achievement of women in the culinary and hospitality professions and fosters excellence through educational and charitable activities.

Fundraiser: L’Affaire Chocolat
Date: Feb. 5, 2009
Location: LaSpiga Ristorante, Palm Desert
Attire: TBA
Tickets: TBA

P.O. Box 5048
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 837-7180

Martha’s Village & Kitchen

Provides those in need with food, clothing, shelter, and an opportunity to become self-sufficient by affirming their dignity with love, compassion, and respect.

Fundraiser: 10th Annual Western Roundup
Dates: March 5, 2009
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Western attire
Tickets: $200/person; $2,000-$3,500/person for table of 10

83791 Date Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-4741, ext. 316

McCallum Theatre

Entertains and educates the public through the performing arts, placing a great emphasis on the youth of the Coachella Valley; welcomes local business, civic, and social organizations by making the theater available as a convivial place to gather and communicate to their members.

Fundraiser: 21st Anniversary Gala
Date: Dec. 3
Location: McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $75-$100/person show only; $500/person dinner and show; $1,000 First two rows

73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-6505, ext. 126

Mizell Senior Center

Supports independence and self-sufficiency through an inclusive network of education, information, and assistance with problem-solving.

480 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-5689

Mourning Star Center of the VNAIC

Provides support to children who are experiencing grief. Serves as a preventive early intervention program to identify the difficult feelings they are coping with and provides a safe and healthy outlet for these feelings.

42-600 Cook St., Suite 202
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 773-6261

Muses 100 / Patroness Circle

Supports the McCallum Theatre Institute, which serves more than 34,500 Coachella Valley schoolchildren each year through its performing and visual arts programs. Nurtures the belief that all human beings are inherently creative and fosters the potential that exits in every child.

Fundraiser: A Theatre Ball
Date: March 21, 2009
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: TBA

McCallum Theatre
73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-6505, ext. 132

National Charity League

Fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.

69730 Highway 111, Suite 216
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 324-6350 or

National Organization for Women, Palm Springs Area Chapter

Takes action to bring women into full participation in society-sharing equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities with men.

P.O. Box 407
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 320-6355

Native American Land Conservancy

Acquires and preserves our sacred land.

46200 Harrison Place
Coachella, CA 92236
(760) 775-2204

Negro Academic Scholarship Fund

Awards annual scholarships to students with academic promise.

P.O. Box 359
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 325-3072

Opera Showcase of the Desert

Showcases Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Region finalists before they compete in the finals at the Met in New York.

Fundraiser: Opera Showcase Gala & Concert
Date: Feb. 4, 2009
Location: Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Spencer’s Restaurant, Palm Springs
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $150/concert & gala

1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 323-0154

Palm Desert Woman’s Club

An allegience to county, a dedication to community, and a pledge to charitable services.

Fundraiser: The Whole Woman
Date: Feb. 19, 2009
Location: Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells
Attire: Fashionable luncheon
Tickets: TBA

66 Calle Manzanita
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-9944

Palm Springs Air Museum

Preserves and exhibits World War II aircraft while eternalizing the role American citizens, both in the military and on the home front, had in achieving great victory.

Fundraiser: Palm Springs Air Museum Gala
Date: Feb. 13, 2009
Location: Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie or military
Tickets: $350/person

24 Spyglass Circle
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 328-1322

Palm Springs Art Museum

Enrichs the community through expanding collections, dynamic exhibitions, and diverse programs.

Fundraiser: Annual Museum Gala
Dates: Jan. 21, 2009
Location: Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: TBA

101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-7186

Palm Springs International Film Society

Strives for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge, and tolerance prevail. We believe film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures and illuminates the university of the human experience.

Fundraiser: Awards Gala
Date: Jan. 6, 2009
Location: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $350/person

1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-2930

Palm Springs Opera Guild

Provides opera outreach programs to children residing in the desert, organizes and funds a major opera vocal scholarship competition, and presents opera as an art form to the residents of the Coachella Valley.

Fundraiser: Dinner at Melvyn’s
Date: Dec. 7
Location: Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn, Palm Springs
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $125/person

P.O. Box 1378
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 325-6107

Palm Springs Pathfinders

Raises funds for capital improvement for the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs and Pathfinder Ranch in Garner Valley.

P.O. Box 5005
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 535-9658

Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Honors the celebrities who have given this desert oasis a name that has special meaning around the world: Palm Springs.

P.O. Box 1156
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 416-5811

Palm Springs Women in Film and Television

Empowers, promotes, nutures, and mentors women and men in the entertainment, communication, and media industries to achieve their highest potential through a network of valuable contacts, educational programs, and events. Increases the visibility of women and recognizes their achievements in these industries, including the provision of scholarships through education programs.

Fundraiser: Official Academy Awards Oscar Night America
Date: Feb. 22, 2009
Location: Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $135/General; $450/VIP seating

78140 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 238-0306

Palm Springs Youth Charities

Keeps youths in school, out of gangs, and off of drugs. Provide college scholarships are awarded to deserving and qualified area youths.

Fundraiser: Greater Palm Springs Celebrity Golf Classic
Dates: Dec. 4-7
Location: Desert Princess Golf Resort, Cathedral City
Attire: Golf attire; Gala: Black tie
Tickets: Golf and Gala: $200/person

477 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 5
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-1679

Parkinson’s Resource Organization

Helps families affected by Parkinson’s by providing emotional and educational support, information, and referrals and respite for caregivers.

74090 El Paseo, Suite 102
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-5628

Paws & Hearts

Enriches the lives of frail and special-care cases that require the loving attention and affection that only a four-legged healer can provide.

Fundraiser: Dog Walk
Date: Dec. 6
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $25/per walker

74854 Velie Way, Suite 7
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 836-1406

Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped

Provides full-body range of motion exercise on horseback called equine therapy to handicapped children and adults.

Fundraiser: Easter Brunch
Dates: April 12, 2009
Location: Rattlesnake at Classic Club, Palm Desert
Attire: Easter
Tickets: $150/adult; $50/child

35350 B Pegasus Court
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 772-3057

Rancho Mirage Woman’s Club

Provides financial aid to needy youths by helping them directly and supporting organizations and programs that provide the resources to further their educational opportunities.

18 Oakmont Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 324-2855

ROAR Foundation — Shambala Preserve

Educates the public about exotic animals, advocates for legislation to protect them, and provides sanctuary for exotic animals who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect so they can regain their physical and mental health and live out their lives in dignity.

125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 203
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-3010

SafeHouse of the Desert

Provides emergency shelter, intervention, and outreach services to runaway, homeless, and other youth in crisis.

Fundraiser: WOW! Wonder of Women
Dates: March 26, 2009
Location: Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Luncheon attire
Tickets: $125/person; $250/VIP person; $1,000/table of 10; $2,500/table of 12

72710 E. Lynn St.
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
(760) 409-0902

Shelter From The Storm

Provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence professionally, ethically, and compassionately.

Fundraisers: 2009 Gala and Golf Tournament
Dates: Feb. 7, 2009
Location: TBA
Attire: Golf: Golf attire;
Gala: Desert cocktail
Tickets: TBA

73555 Alessandro Drive, Suite D
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 674-0400

Special Olympics of the Desert

Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

P.O. Box 122
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 776-1256

Steinway Society of Riverside County

Promotes excellence in piano performance for all children. Brings music into the schools, encourages music education at all levels, provides music lessons for deserving children with a financial need.

Fundraiser: Mr. Holland’s OPUS, the Reprise
Date: Feb. 6, 2009
Location: Palm Springs High School
Attire: Desert evening casual
Tickets: $35/person

P.O. Box 301
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-4130

Stroke Recovery Center

Serves the needs of people living with the effects of stroke and provides support for their families; provides long-term programs for stroke survivors and their families in order to begin where others leave off.

Fundraiser: 29th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball
Date: Nov. 30
Location: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $350/person, $3,250/table

2800 E. Alejo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-7676

The Living Desert

Fosters, through cooperative research and educational programs, biological studies contributing to the protection of desert species.

Fundraiser: Living Desert Gala
Date: March 22, 2009
Location: The Living Desert, Palm Desert
Attire: Cocktail
Tickets: $400/person

47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-5694

The Pet Rescue Center Inc.

Provides a safe, clean, happy place for homeless or abandoned pets.

P.O. Box 6570
La Quinta, CA 92248
(760) 398-7722

The Ranch Recovery Centers

Helps men and women begin their recovery from alcoholism and drug dependency; provides recovery services to those seeking help and allows them the opportunity to re-enter the mainstream of society and help others who suffer from these illnesses.

Fundraisesr: Sixth Annual Barbara Baxter Brunch and First Annual Laughter From the Heart
Dates: Brunch: Nov. 17;
Laughter: Feb. 12, 2009
Location: Brunch: Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Palm Desert;
Laughter: Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Desert casual
Tickets: Brunch: $95/person;
Laughter: $50/person

7885 Annandale Ave.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 329-2924

The Well in the Desert

Identifies and reaches out to the poor and homeless in the Coachella Valley.

Fundraiser: County Faire
Date: Nov. 15
Location: TBA
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $100/person; $25/child under 18

1911 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 578-4003

Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation

Recognizes the talent of young adults who are interested in furthering their education, who have a dedication to themselves and the betterment of the communities in which they live.

Fundraiser: Theresa A. Mike Fashion Show and Dinner
Date: April 25, 2009
Location: Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella
Attire: Business casual
Tickets: $90/person; $700/table of eight; $650/kings booth; $550/queens booth

46200 Harrison Place
Coachella, CA 92236
(760) 863-2484

Tools for Tomorrow

Provides free, on-site, after-school literacy enrichment programs in writing, drama, art, and music for Coachella Valley elementary schoolchildren.

Fundraisers: Fall Fete and Spring Bridge Tournament
Dates: Fall Fete: Nov. 1;
Bridge tournament: April 10, 2009
Location: Fall Fete: private home;
Bridge Tournament: TBA
Attire: Fall Fete: Dressy casual;
Bridge Tournament: Spring casual
Tickets: TBA

42800 Bob Hope Drive, Suite 209-O
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 340-4980

Tour de Palm Springs

Raises money for various charities.

Fundraiser: Tour de Palm Springs Charity Bike Ride
Dates: Feb. 13-14, 2009
Location: Downtown Palm Springs
Attire: Casual
Tickets: Based on miles ridden

P.O. Box 1627
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 770-4626

Trojan League Associates of the Desert

Supports the interests of the University of Southern California in our community, as well as on campus; raises funds for scholarships benefiting students from the Coachella Valley that will be attending USC and various departmental programs and projects; fosters interest in USC on the part of the Trojan alumni by bringing into prominence its history, traditions, and accomplishments; and promotes awareness in Coachella Valley schools of USC’s programs, including student aid.

72104 Palm Haven Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 340-0234

United Cerebral Palsy — Dennis James Center

Advances the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Fundraiser: Dennis James Golf Classic
Date: Dinner: Dec. 7;
Golf: Dec. 9
Location: Dinner: Rancho Las Palms Resort, Rancho Mirage;
Golf: Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Casual
Tickets: $395/Golf and Dinner; $150/ Dinner only

35325 Date Palm Drive, Suite 136
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 321-8184

United Way of the Desert

Improves the lives of residents in the Coachella Valley by mobilizing the caring power of the community to address health and human care needs.

Fundraiser: VIP Waiter Challenge
Date: March 9, 2009
Location: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
Attire: Costume
Tickets: $1,000/table of 10

P.O. Box 1990
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 323-2731

Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert

Improves the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged children in the Coachella Valley.

Fundraiser: KPLM Radiothon
Dates: Nov. 4-5
Location: KPLM Radio Station, Palm Springs
Attire: TBD
Tickets: Donation

74040 Hwy. 111, Suite JJ-4
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-9800

Virginia Waring International Piano Competition

Enhances the cultural offerings in the Coachella Valley through a world-class international piano competition held biannually and recognizes and nurtures the career paths of gifted young pianists from around the world with opportunities to perform both nationally and internationally.

Fundraiser: Black & White Ball
Date: Jan. 25, 2009
Location: Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage
Attire: Black tie
Tickets: $300/person

73710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-2575 or (760) 568-1100

Women Leaders Forum

Provides leadership, mentoring, and educational opportunities to women of all ages; connecting members locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

74923 Highway 111, PMB 129
Indian Wells, CA 92210
(760) 837-7222

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