Home Latest News -TheHollywoodTimes World AIDS Day 2017 Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community Members

World AIDS Day 2017 Everyday Heroes Honors Local Community Members

PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 1, 2017) On World AIDS Day – December 1, 2017, Desert AIDS Project will honor four community members who’ve made it their mission to get into action by supporting its mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.   This year marks the fourth year that D.A.P. will celebrate World AIDS Day by shining a spotlight on unsung local heroes.  The event will be hosted by Bruce Vilanch and feature a special performance by Broadway’s James Snyder.

“World AIDS Day is a day many of us take time to remember those lost and to renew our resolve to take action moving forward,” says Darrell Tucci, our Chief Development Officer. “Everyday Heroes is meant to remember and honor the everyday person going to extraordinary lengths to support those living with HIV and to bring an end to the epidemic. We’ll be honoring people who contribute their time and talent to supporting the mission of Desert AIDS Project.”


This year, attendees will applaud Art Hall, Lynn Hammond, Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver and the recipient of the First Annual State Farm Good Neighbor Award.

Nominations for the First Annual State Farm Good Neighbor Award can be made until November 3 at


The evening of Champagne toasts, awards, and entertainment, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Camelot Theatres on Baristo Road in Palm Springs.   This year’s event welcome’s back Event Co-Chairs, Terri Ketover, Ann Sheffer, and Tom Truhe.   Michael Childers is Honorary Chair.  The event will be produced by Frank Goldstin of Momentous Events and catered by LULU California Bistro.

Art Hall, most well known as the proprietor of First Gallery in Rancho Mirage has been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic since the early 1980’s when he would volunteer at the hospital to feed AIDS patients. Over time he brought his love of art to Desert AIDS Project, curating both D.A.P.’s original offices and our current ones with the magical art collection from Steve Chase. Ever since, Art has framed every piece of donated art to D.A.P. for free, helping the organization raise countless thousands of dollars to serve our clients.

Lynn Hammond, of Palm Springs, is often the quiet person in the kitchen donating delicious food for countless fundraising, staff and client events for Desert AIDS Project and many other local and national non-profit organizations.  Lynn also serves on the leadership committee for our Partners for Life giving program and currently serves as Co-Chair of the annual Palm Springs HRC Garden Party.

Mathew Stocker and Tom Oliver are voracious volunteers for Desert AIDS Project and other local non-profits. Their volunteerism has become so prolific that it is not unusual to find Matt and Tom volunteering at multiple events in the same evening. From serving food and beverage to checking in guests, they help D.A.P. and dozens of other organizations by being the goodwill ambassadors who greet everyone with their signature smile and welcoming demeanor.


WHEN: DECEMBER 1, 2017 5:30 pm
TICKETS: $40 General, $75 Preferred, $150 VIP

Schedule of Events
5:30 Champagne Reception
6:30 Awards Show and Entertainment featuring James Snyder and Bruce Vilanch
8:10 Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception


2017 Everyday Heroes Sponsors
Major Sponsors:  Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation,  Momentous Events, Lulu California Bistro, Trick Dog Films, Sanctuary Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, AFR Event Furnishings, Compass Rose Financial, Gilead

Award Sponsors:  Eight 4 Nine Restaurant & Lounge, Contempo Lending, State Farm Insurance, Canyon Pacific Insurance


Media Sponsors:  The Standard Magazine, Outrageous City, CV Independent, Gay Desert Guide, Promo Homo TV, GED Magazine, Hollywood Times

 About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing D.A.P. in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability, and transparency. Visit, and to learn more.

Next articleGolden Globe Ambassador Unveiling: Simone Garcia Johnson Selected as Honoree
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.