Food Samaritans (AAP) will host a dazzling Independence Day Celebration and fundraiser on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the historic O’Donnell House, also known as “Eye of the Desert” (or Ojo Del Desierto). Settled on the sheer mountainside above the Palm Springs Art Museum, the expansive terrace of the O’Donnell House seems to float above the desert floor.
The event begins at 7:30 pm, and we expect that the City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm. (As of this writing, the fireworks display had not been confirmed by the City.) Guests will enjoy traditional American fare catered by Willie Rhine and his team from Eight4Nine who will provide amazing décor, great service, and delicious food and beverages. Tickets are $200, which includes an open bar, dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. (Advance purchase is required.)
Due to the pandemic, AAP has had to cancel several fundraisers over the past year, and is feeling the strain. Mark Anton, CEO and Executive Director of AAP – Food Samaritans said: “I am elated that California – and Riverside County in particular – is doing so well with regard to the pandemic. With the state scheduled to fully reopen in mid-June, I am going forward with our annual Independence Day celebration on July 4. While I expect that many people will be happy to join us on the magnificent patio of the O’Donnell house, I understand if you are not quite ready for this kind of social interaction. Whichever the case, if you have the means, I ask that you either purchase a ticket and attend or make a contribution. With more people in our community struggling to make ends meet, those with chronic illnesses need us more than ever. They need you.”
Anton added, “Once again, we are extremely grateful for the generosity of Dr. Tracy Conrad and Dr. Paul Marut for allowing us to hold this fundraiser from this amazing location.”
Completed in 1925, the O’Donnell House served as the winter home of oilman Thomas O’Donnell and his wife, Dr. Winnifred Willis Jenny, a well-known Long Beach osteopath. The two-story Mediterranean Revival-Monterey residence remained the highest mountainside home in Palm Springs until the 1960s. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
Tickets for the Independence Day Celebration may be purchased at aapfoodsamaritans.org or by calling 760-325-8481.