Human Rights Campaign Garden Party Set at Former William Holden Estate

Civil rights organization honors local efforts

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The former William Holden Estate will serve as the backdrop for the 15th annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Palm Springs Garden Party from 2-5 p.m. Nov 8 in Palm Springs.

Built in 1956 in the Deepwell neighborhood, the midcentury modern home, attributed to John Porter Clark, covers nearly one acre of land. Owners Rodrigo Vargas and Erik Storey will host the event.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin

"After 14 years, this is the first time we have been fortunate enough to host our event in the historic Deepwell neighborhood of Palm Springs, and we are thrilled by the support of Rodrigo and Erik in welcoming HRC supporters to their beautifully restored estate home,” says HRC Board of Directors member Brad White.

White will be joined by co-host Osmundo "Ossie" Saguil, HRC Federal Club Council member. Saguil is currently the medical director for Desert Oasis Health Care, and has been active in the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and Southern California Lambda Medical Association in addition to his support of HRC.

HRC President Chad Griffin will be the keynote speaker.

Comedian Shann Carr

Honorees include EJ Johnson as the MRC Visibility Award recipient; and HRC Advocate for Equality winners Mike and Carol Balasa, and Doug Hairgrove and Warren “Woody” Wood.

The afternoon will also feature a silent auction, remarks from local and celebrity honorees and tickets include a first year HRC general membership for non-members.

Tickets are $50 for HRC Federal Club members, $75 for non-Federal Club members, which includes hors d'oeuvres, hosted bar, music provided by The Victoria McGinnis Jazz Trio and spinnings of DJ Abe Alvarez-Tostado. Comedian Shann Carr will also perform.

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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Most recently, HRC launched its Project One America, which has sent staff and resources to work for LGBT rights in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi where there are virtually no protections for LGBT citizens or families.


Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 8, at William Holden Estate, 1323 Driftwood, Palm Springs,

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