AAP—Food Samaritans Hosts Season Kickoff

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AAP—Food Samaritans (AAP), the Palm Springs, California nonprofit that helps feed low-income people with chronic diseases in the Coachella Valley, will kick off its fundraising season with a food-and-cocktails celebration on October 7, 2021, at a private address (provided upon registration). The season will culminate with AAP’s signature fundraiser, the 27th Annual Evening Under the Stars, on April 22 of next year.

AAP promises that guests at October’s Season Kickoff will “enjoy luscious cocktails, abundant delectable hors d’oeuvres, and a special performance by the spectacular Broadway star, Andrea McArdle.” Ms. McArdle originated the title role in the Broadway musical Annie in 1977 and has performed in musicals on Broadway and in theaters worldwide since her auspicious debut.

A highlight of the kickoff celebration will be the announcement of the headline entertainment for next April’s Evening Under the Stars. The annual fundraising gala has grown from intimate affairs at private residences in Palm Springs thirty years ago to a grand celebration held on the grounds of the O’Donnell Golf Club, featuring world-renowned performers such as Gladys Knight, Lily Tomlin, Cyndi Lauper, Mary Wilson, The Go-Go’s, Bea Arthur, Martha Reeves, and the iconic Village People, among others.

“2021 marks thirty years since our organization was created,” Mark Anton, CEO and Executive Director of AAP, said in a press release. “With the expansion of our mission in 2015, we changed our name to better reflect the inclusion of low-income people living with other chronic illnesses in addition to HIV/AIDS. We know that being part of this community means helping those among us who are struggling, and we will continue to serve all who need us with the help of our dedicated community.”

Attendance at the Season Kickoff is free; however, their press release says, your “attendance at the event signifies an intention to join the Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program or purchase tickets to Evening Under the Stars (April 30, 2022), or become a sponsor of Evening Under the Stars.” At the kickoff event, guests may choose their seats for Evening Under the Stars from a seating chart before anyone else. Tickets for the annual gala, on sale at the Season Kickoff celebration, begin at $395. Sponsorships begin at $7,500 for corporate or individual packages. Benefits include tickets to the event and recognition on-screen and in a printed program at the event, and may also include logo placement in advertising, printed materials, and more.

AAP will continue to monitor health advisories and will comply with all the current measures, regulations and mandates set forth by the City of Palm Springs and the County of Riverside. This may or may not include requiring masks and/or social distancing required to limit the spread of COVID-19. If safety measures change, all guests who have RSVP’d will be notified via email. If applicable, City mandates requiring proof of vaccine or a negative test prior to entry will be observed.

Ms. McArdle’s performance has been underwritten by Joseph Johnson and Thomas Andrika.

For more information about AAP—Food Samaritans and the Season Kickoff celebration, call (760) 325-8481 or visit AAP at: www.aidsassistance.org.

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.