Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is proud to announce the honorees for this year’s Palm Springs Garden Party Presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The 19th Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party will be held November 3, 2018 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the residence of HRC Donors Jane and Mark Garrison. Location will be given upon ticket purchase. HRC is the largest national LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) advocacy organization with more than 2 million members throughout the country. The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. The Advocate for Equality Award is given to members of our local community who have demonstrated a history of advocacy for the LGBT/HIV AIDS movement. This year it will be presented to two incredible and driving forces in the LGBTQ communities, Arlene Rosenthal and Brian Wanzek (aka Bella da Ball).
Her spirit of community stuck and she found herself involved in social change and working in organizations where she could help bring change for those who were unable to advocate for themselves. After years of serving on many boards and raising much needed funding for them, she was asked to sit on the Board of the Well in the Desert. After several years she became its President and today, continues to serve with much pleasure. She is also
proud to serve as President of OperaArts, an organization created to provide quality cultural events to the public for free or for affordable prices.
Outlook’s Best of the Valley Ultimate Pride drag personality for years, received honors from Desert AIDS Project celebrating Everyday Heroes, received Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce P.S. I Love You award. Bella was the inaugural “Community Sweetheart” at the Palm Springs 25th Festival of Lights parade last year. Bella hosts Drag Queen Story Hour at the Palm Springs Public Library. She has a social scene column in Rage Magazine.
Other involvement includes Rainbow Youth Summit and Youth Prom, Palm Springs Pride and its Pride Cabaret Stage (Saturday and Sunday of Pride weekend), Film Festivals and ShortFest, Modernism Week, Palm Springs Art Museum Meet the Museum, Arenas Road Halloween celebrations, AAP Oscar’s Night, D.A.P. events including Queen of the Desert pageant and Desert AIDS Walk, Rancho Mirage Women’s Club, Palm Springs Women’s Club and others on social and community calendars. Bella is known for long legs, short skirts, high heels, big hair, big smile, and wild attire.
Bella presents a weekly show Thursdays at Copa and hosts Game Night Mondays at Ace Hotel. Check out Bella da Ball on Facebook. Belladaball.com.
Brian and his partner, Kenneth Hamman has a four-legged daughter, Holly. Brian grew up in a small mid-western city and comes from a background of community minded and involved family.
HRC also creates educational resources and outreach programs for corporate America as well as for all members of the general population who are committed to fairness and equality. HRC fights for LGBTQ equality across California alongside state and local groups and lawmakers.
The Garden Party brings together more than 700 HRC members, friends, families, and allies for an afternoon of celebration and inspiration featuring an open cocktail reception, an extensive silent auction, thought-provoking speakers, and special celebrity guests and honorees. Tickets start at $75.00 and include sumptuous passed hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar.