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Barry Manilow Appears at Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs

Barry Manilow to highlight 25th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala

By Valerie Milano

Desert Aids Project hosts 25th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/11/19 – It was standing room only, by the time the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards were finally underway; both the awards and the VIP Party were sold out. But that’s no major surprise. The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards have become a mainstay of Palm Springs social life.  And they only get bigger, year after year.

Two days of celebration kicked off Friday, when the awards, now a quarter of a century in the running, dedicated the 427th star on the Palm Spring Walk of Stars to Chase himself.

Steve Chase Awards 2019 / David Brinkman, Part One – Desert Living Show on Vimeo

David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, Allen Monroe, CEO of The Living Desert, and Katherine Hough, Chief Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum each paid homage to the man who impacted the work of their organizations.  Board Chair of the Desert AIDS Project Steve Kaufer also spoke at the dedication.  Kaufer was a close friend of Chase.

By Saturday, the festivities had ramped into full gear.  The Steve Case Fashion Experience began early in the evening, and featured Ethylina Canne, Fashion Stylist Neil Cohen, Palm Springs Fashion Director Susan Stein, and Entertainment Reporter Sandie Newton.  Dignitaries, stars, community leaders, and activists all appeared on the carpet, dressed to the nines.

Performer Dana Adkins with Lani Garfield

If you missed this premiere fashion red carpet event, don’t panic.  A one-hour NBC special about the 25th annual Steve Chase Awards will air on KPSE on Valentine’s Day.

Simultaneous to the fashion event, the evening’s cocktail reception featured 250 wow-worthy silent auction items. The best in travel, dining, fashion, and experiences were auctioned off in benefit of the cause.

 The ceremony itself featured a performance by pop icon Barry Manilow, who wowed the crowd with a performance in an un-subtle, embellished red jacket. Steve Chase, the founder of the eponymous awards, was posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards honorees Geoff Kors, left, and James Williamson

Geoff Kors and James Williamson were honored with the Partners for Life Award for their community service and impact on the communities of LGBTQ rights, education, and healthcare. Gunilla Carlsson, Deputy Director of UNAIDS received the Science and Medicine Award.


The VIP Party featured live entertainment, a special exhibit of Steve Chase’s Plein Air collection on loan from The Living Desert, and small bites by LuLu California Bistro.  Celebrity photography Tim Courtney was there to capture the action.


The Hollywood Times was among the high profile media sponsors, as well. Senior Editor Valerie Milano, a longtime supporter of the Desert AIDS Project, praised the event and the tradition.

“It is one of my favorite charities that I support and definitely the most classy gala,” she said.




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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.