H3K Design, a firm specializing in design consultation and project management for upscale residential and commercial remodeling and renovation, will host a fundraiser for Save Oswit Canyon. The fundraiser, called  "Lucy and Desi: In Love with Palm Springs," will feature performer Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, as she presents vintage family home movies and shares personal anecdotes about what life was like in Palm Springs with Lucy, Desi, their family, and famous friends. It will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. at H3K Design’s new showroom – H3K Home, located at 501 South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. The event will include complimentary cocktails and appetizers. All funds raised from the event will benefit Save Oswit Coalition, a group of more than 2,000 Palm Springs residents that is backing a citizens initiative to protect the Oswit Cone in Palm Springs. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Beloved performers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz lived and played in the greater Palm Springs area from 1946-1966 and shared their life with many celebrities, including Vivian Vance, Orson Wells, Kirk Douglas, Dean Martin, Gordon MacRae and many more. Actress, entertainer and director Lucie Arnaz will share for the first time her personal memories of growing up in in the Coachella Valley during the heyday of "I Love Lucy." Ms. Arnaz will screen  rarely seen home movies and share rare personal photographs of their family life in and around Palm Springs, including many rarely seen views of their 1954 Paul Revere Williams-designed residence. In addition, rare and unique Hollywood memorabilia from films starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, Elvis and more will be offered for sale to the event attendees. All sales of the merchandise will benefit the Save Oswit Canyon movement. The entire collection can be viewed at www.nostalgiaps.com.

During the event, Jane Garrison, Executive Director of Save Oswit Canyon, will provide a brief update on the Save Oswit Canyon project.

“We are honored to be able to host this unique event in the newly completed and soon-to-be-open H3K Design showroom in downtown Palm Springs,” said Howard Hawkes, partner and principal of H3K Design. “We are firmly committed to protecting the endangered areas in our city, so we were thrilled to be able to partner with the incredibly talented Lucie Arnaz to host this important fundraiser for the Save Oswit Canyon initiative. Attendees will be entertained and educated about why the Oswit Cone area is so crucial to the city of Palm Springs.”

Save Oswit Canyon is a group of more than 2,000 Palm Springs residents that is backing a Citizens Initiative to protect the Oswit Cone, an area comprising 256 acres of environmentally and historically important land in South Palm Springs. Although the land is currently classified in the Palm Springs general plan as a “Biological Sensitivity and Conservation area,” there are inconsistencies with current zoning in other city plans that would allow for mass building of up to 325 homes.  The citizens initiative is designed to amend the municipal code, the Canyon South Specific Plan, and the City of Palm Springs general plan in order to change the zoning to Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) zoning, allowing the construction of only 6 homes.

The organization recently filed a petition to Palm Springs City Hall with nearly 6,000 signatures (nearly twice the number of signatures needed). This represented more than 15 percent of registered Palm Springs voters. Now that the petition is officially filed and the signatures are verified, the Palm Springs City Council can either adopt the ordinance as written (the organization’s preferred option) or call for a special election.

The City has established a precedent in protecting its irreplaceable natural assets by rezoning areas ESA-SP (Palm Springs City Ordinance 1700 Chino Cone Ordinance).  The Oswit Cone (alluvial fan and canyon) meets the conditions for rezoning ESA-SP as established by the precedent. Once passed by the citizens of Palm Springs, Oswit Canyon will have the same environmental protection as the Chino Cone.