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Carson Kressley announced as new host of 'The Chase' + Live Auction Preview

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is this Saturday and we’ve got three great reasons you’ll want to raise your bidding hand high in the air during the live auction ->PLUS news about our new host for the evening.


Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley will replace Ross Mathews as host of the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. It was announced this week that Mathews will be sequestered in the Big Brother Celebrity House as he competes in the reality show that begins airing on February 7 on CBS. Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) CEO, David Brinkman shared the organizations support for Mathews. “We, along with all of his Palm Springs friends, will be cheering for Ross as he competes on Celebrity Big Brother and we look forward to having him return to host the 25th Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2019”.

Kressley started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers like Ralph Lauren. A few years later, he took a leap into television when, in 2003, he became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, which won a primetime Emmy.



1.  Party for 100 at Acqua California Bistro

Includes: Exquisite passed hors d’oeuveres, chef manned food stations, full decor by Francisco Plascencia and open bar for 2 hours.


Value: $20,000


2.  12 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet from El Paseo Jewelers

Value: $25,000


3.  Cocktail Party for 50 at the Historic Hope House in Movie Colony catered by Chad Gardner and 533 Viet Fusion.

Includes: Catering by 533 Viet Fusion, passed hors d’ouvres and full bar.  Enjoy three hours of entertainment by the incompareable DJ Baz and the fabulous Chris Lomeli

Value: $15,000



Do you love a great silent auction?  We are excited to share some highlights from this years silent auction.   You could travel like a pro with  the Alexander McQueen X Globe Trotter Tolley Case to New York where you could see Bernadette Peters in Hello Dolly and dine at Sardis or take a cruise from Budapest to Bucharest from Brand g Vacations.  If you’re more of a sports fan, we have four seats in the Dugout Club for a Los Angeles Dodgers game.  Unique Art, Jewelry, and one of a kind experiences will be featured.

The addition of Kressley compliments an ever growing list of style personalities and experts who will greet attendees when they arrive on the red carpet. Palm Springs Life fashion editor Susan Stein will be joined by celebrity fashion stylist Salvador Camarena, fashion designer Franck Ford, “Best in Drag Show” winner Ethylina Canne, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Dennis Flaig, Palm Springs Social’s Rob Grace, and KESQ’s Bianca Rae as they report on the Red Carpet Fashion Experience. KMIR News will be at the top of the main red carpet as guests arrive.

The awards kick off at 7:00 PM and will feature En Vogue as headline entertainment and Thelma Houston at the after-party. 


This year’s awards will shine 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. We are excited to announce Tony Marchese, owner of Trio Restaurant, will receive the Partners for Life Award, and Dr. Shubha Kerkar, MD, HIVMA, MACP, AAHIVS, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist, will be recognized with the 100 Women Award.


2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

PRODUCING: Harold MatznerWalgreens

MAJOR: Desert Regional Medical CenterEisenhower Medical CenterGrace Helen Spearman FoundationReaction MarketingThe Desert SunWells Fargo Foundation

STAR: Annette Bloch, Elgart Aster & Paul Swerdlove, KMIRRenova Energy

SUPPORTING: Mark Adams, AFR Furniture RentalsBlackbookBrush Palm SpringsChill BarDesert Oasis Healthcare, El Paseo Jewelers, Hydro Studios, Friends of John Rock, ITEX of the Desert EmpirePatrick JordanKaiser Permanente, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Laura Kibby, Dorothy and Melvyn Lefkowitz,Macy’sRenaissance Hotel, Savoury’s, Gregory E. Seller, Bruce Strohm, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Wade Endowment – Steven Anders, Trustee, Watkins Construction, Wells Fargo

BENEFACTOR: 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla IndiansBarkingham Palace, Karen & Tony Barone, DiageoGilead, HBA, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, Frank Kurland, Laboratory Corporation of AmericaLoan DepotCounty Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Ann Sheffer & Bill Scheffler, Signs by TomorrowSpectrum, Bruce & Ann Strohm, Sysco-Riverside, TheBank Palm SpringsUnion Bank of California Foundation

MEDIA: CV IndependentGay Desert Guide, LOCALE Magazine,  Palm Springs LifeThe StandardHere MediaThe Hollywood Times

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