The 28th Annual Desert Spirit Gala was held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 returning a second year to the beautiful Heckmann Estate in Rancho Mirage. The event hosted 417 guests and raised more than $175,000 net! The “Pineapples & Palms” atmosphere was casual, fresh, fun, upbeat, and very “Palm Springs”.
Cocktail Entertainment was provided by KekaiuluHula Studio. Guests enjoyed food from Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, Cliffhouse Grill and Bar, Koffi, JW Marriott, La Quinta Resort TWENTY6, La Quinta High School Culinary, Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Smokin' Burgers, Two Bunch Palms, Wally's Desert Turtle, and Watercress Vietnamese Bistroas well as spirits from Buzz Box, Crater Lake, La Quinta Brewery, La Rojas Tequila, Malibu Wine, Sammy G's, and Spa Girl Cocktails. There was major media support from KESQ Channel 3, The Desert Sun, The Standard Magazine, Live Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Alpha Media and MyCityEveryday.
Music from New Sensations Band with guest vocals from Bobbie Eakes (All My Children and The Bold & the Beautiful) invited cancer survivors to the dance floor to open the program. The dynamic live auction was led by guest auctioneers: baseball legend Johnny Bench and Soap Star John Callahan. Genesis / GHA Communities surprised ACS with a check for $6,000 from a challenge they proposed for the month of March where they donated $1,000 for every home sold! The event honored distinguished community leaders: Monica Khanna, M.D. and Janet K. Ihde, M.D. F.A.C.S. (Spirit of the Mission Award) and Erin Burnham (Celebration of Life Award). The night ended with a full out dance party under the desert stars with music from New Sensations.
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