Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Raise Awareness And Funds For DAP

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards was a special evening at the Palm Springs Convention Center, spotlighted by local honorees, empowering speeches, dedicated volunteers, generous donations, Red Carpet fashion and headlining entertainment, all in efforts to raise awareness and funds for Desert Aids Project.

(Mix 100.5’s Brian “Stage” Garris w/ celebrity fashion stylist Salvador Camarena and Bianca Rae of KESQ News Channel 3)

The evening was hosted by Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley, with Grammy Award winning R&B group En Vogue performing all their smash hits “LIVE” on stage, plus an after party with Grammy winning disco, soul and R&B singer Thelma Houston.

(Mix 100.5’s Brian “Stage” Garris interviews host Carson Kressley)

This year’s awards shined a bright spotlight on local community members who have dedicated their time, talent and energy to ensuring D.A.P. is able to provide compassionate care to those who need it most. Tony Marchese, owner of Trio Restaurant, received the Partners for Life Award (presented by Harold Matzner), and Dr. Shubha Kerkar, MD, HIVMA, MACP, AAHIVS, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist, was recognized with the 100 Women Award.

(Tony Marchese | Trio restaurant owner)

In addition to ticket sales, funds were raised via silent and live auctions, plus a $3 Million donation from DAP board member Kyle Mudd and his husband Luis Smith.

Desert Aids Project announced plans to expand its campus and launch a capital campaign, with visions of a 70,000 square foot facility available to 8,000 patients yearly when the project is complete.

(David Brinkman – DAP CEO and Annette Bloch)

Our goal by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

For more information on DAP, including how to donate or volunteer, visit

(En Vogue | Instagram: @envoguemusic)

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