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Palm Springs Dreamy Steve Chase Awards Draws Nearly 1K Guests and $1.4 million raised

Canadian singer/songwriter Deborah Cox and JJ-LA's Jeff Consoletti, executive producer of the 28th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards benefitting DAP Health

By Valerie Milano

Photos The Hollywood Times

MJ Prather, Wendy Fischler, Milano, Lisa Marchbanks, AJ Stanford, Tina Billingsley – Ladies Night out for a good cause

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/10/22 – DAP Health did it again. They brought the Steve Chase Awards (The Chase) back, post-pandemic, in a big way. Lit trees, step and repeat, celebrities, and a gorgeous dinner (with vegan options, naturally) all awaited guests at the highly anticipated gala.

The theme was reminiscent of Amalfi Coast atmosphere and was held at the legendary Palm Springs Convention Center, per tradition; but with a twist.

Steven Henke, Director of Brand Marketing

Perhaps most notably was a blue carpet–the color of healthcare, rather than a red one. And moving outdoors was a noteworthy and compassionate change, given recent events. As for the out of the ordinary boxed dinners, we were told, the money saved from not serving a traditional dinner went back into DAP’s health services.

Diageo donated the alcoholic drinks for the evening, as well.

“I think The Chase has, since its beginning, really been an opportunity for the community to come together,” director of marketing for DAP Health Steven Henke told us earlier this week. “It’s one of those events that just marks the calendar, and it has been now for 28 years. I think when it fell off the calendar during the pandemic, it left a big gap because it’s like a holiday.”

DAP Board of Directors and Event co-chairs Kevin Bass, Patrick Jordan, Lauri Kibby

Like a holiday, indeed. The Chase Awards are renowned for bringing the top in entertainment and fine dining, and drawing celebrities. It could even be considered well above a traditional holiday in terms of pageantry, fashion, and sheer community connection.


The event was hosted flawlessly by Ugly Betty actor Michael Urie, with delightful comic relief by Scott Nevins. The event was overseen by Jeff Consoletti, executive producer of the 28th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.

Eden Espinosa and Seth Rudetsky

Entertainers for the gala included Eden Espinosa (Broadway’s ‘Wicked’), Spencer Ludwig, and Deborah Cox in a glittering white ensemble. Actor, musician, and radio host Seth Rudetsky and Tony nominated singer Max Von Essen also performed. The silent auction for the evening is still open.


There were lovely musical breaks, presenters and speakers from DAP Health, and of course the occasional unexpected (surprise) guests.

Another change from previous years included fewer awards–two, versus the previous four. DAP Health volunteers were among the honorees, as was Rep. Raul Ruiz, who received the first ever DAP Health Equity Award.

Christy Holstege is a social justice attorney and the Outgoing Mayor of Palm Springs who is running for Assembly District 47 and Supporters

One thing that remained firmly the same was the sense of community DAP always brings with The Chase. “We actually polled our donors and past attendees of what they would like for The Chase 2022, and it was overwhelming that everybody said get back together,” even co-chair Kevin Bass.

And overwhelmingly, from somebody who enjoyed the event immensely, your guests loved it. Total proceeds for the evening exceeded $1.4 million.

One of the many beautiful items in the silent auction

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