One Night Only

“One Night Only” Benefits Jewish Family Service, April 20, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

Composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has said he wanted to give audiences “songs they could whistle as they left the theater and take home in their pockets.” Michael Childers made certain that happened for attendees of his One Night Only – Hello Jerry event, a tribute to Herman benefiting Jewish Family Service of the Desert. Childers, who has produced One

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Desert AIDS Project’s “I’m Ready for my Close-up” Benefit Dinner, April 4, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

Renowned celebrity photographer Michael Childers generously hosted a private dinner for 20 guests that was part of Desert AIDS Project’s Dinner@My Place events. Dinner@MyPlace is a series of memorable dining experiences with ticket proceeds going directly back to DAP. This dinner was appropriately set in the “Michael Childers room” at Eight4Nine Restaurant, which is a veritable gallery of celebrities whom

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A Blast of a Cast Party for “One Night Only” April 19, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

It’s unusual for a cast to socialize with fans and supporters on the evening prior to an opening performance, but producer Michael Childers knows how to make his production opportunities last as long as possible, even if the show is titled, One Night Only. This year’s benefit was a tribute to composer Jerry Herman, who is known for Hello, Dolly!,

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Desert Symphony Celebrates 28th Anniversary with LeAnn Rimes, April 1, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

The Desert Symphony, under the direction of Music Director Gary Berkson, celebrated its 28th anniversary with a gala and concert starring LeAnn Rimes. The evening’s program also included a well-deserved presentation to honor Ruta Lee, star of stage and screen for her dedication and philanthropy to the performing arts. Lee accepted her award with poignant and humorous remarks that warmed

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Rosetta Getty and Fashion Scholarship Fund Trunk Show, March 24, 2017

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A Los Angeles–based designer, Rosetta Getty has created an aesthetic that fits the lifestyle of a finely elegant woman. She brought her latest collection to the desert for Fashion Week El Paseo 2017. Getty’s Fashion Week appearance benefited the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, which has supported fashion and design students for 80 years at more than 30 colleges throughout the

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Bravos for Placido Domingo’s Show and VIP Dinner, March 27, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

“King of Opera” Placido Domingo and renowned soprano Ana María Martínez dazzled spectators at The Show at Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, part of the annual Palm Springs Life Festival. The duo performed with the L.A. Opera Orchestra conducted by Grant Gershon. Domingo performed arias from La Traviata, Franz Lehár’s “Dein is Mein Ganzes Herz” from The


Fashion Week El Paseo Cuts Loose, March 18, 2017

Susan Stein Social Scene

The 12th annual Fashion Week El Paseo, produced by Palm Springs Life, officially began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening night. Frank Jones, Palm Springs Life publisher and president of Desert Publications Inc., invited Palm Desert dignitaries including Mayor Jan Harnik and city council members, to a private tour of the Fashion Week tents, audiovisual facilities, and backstage areas. Newscaster

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Zoobilee Celebrates Cheetah Nights Beneath the Stars, March 4, 2017

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Johari the cheetah welcomed more than 500 cheetah-chic guests to the Living Desert’s 24th annual Zoobilee Gala. The Living Desert has proclaimed it to be the Year of the Cheetah to celebrate and bring attention to one of the most magnificent and endangered animals in the world. Chaired by Sandy Woodson and her committee of more than 30 Living Desert

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Women Who Rule Luncheon, Feb. 3, 2017

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Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley hosted its fifth annual Women Who Rule Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. The organization provides scholarships to young women to assist with opportunities that would not be available without the support of the WLF members. This year’s awards included the Desert Visionary Award given to philanthropic supporter