Lance Bass will be the celebrity MC throughout the evening.  Bass, an original member of NSYNC, is a singer, actor, author, and television producer.  He has a long relationship with Palm Springs and is looking forward to welcoming attendees at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards..
Kirsten Vangsness will keep the energy high during the evening’s live auction which will feature several unique experiences.  Vangsness stars as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds. 
Live-auction items will include:
*Exclusive tour of the Elizabeth Taylor Archives.  The winner of this priceless package will receive an exclusive tour of Elizabeth Taylor’s personal archives in Beverly Hills, not seen by anyone other than her family and the foundation members.  After the tour, lunch at a Beverly Hills restaurant with one or more of Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren for a rich conversation about her life and legacy.  Included in this package is a limited edition (2 of 2) framed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor by famed photographer, Gary Bernstein.
*Exclusive tour of the private Herb Ritts vault and archives in Beverly Hills with the staff of the Herb Ritts foundation.  The winner will receive the exclusive tour and a limited edition (#3 of 25) signed, gelatin silver print of Elizabeth Taylor by legendary artist, Herb Ritts.  
Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards 2017 Honorees: 
Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award.  Miss Taylor is remembered as an early leader and advocate for the care of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Humanitarian Barbara Keller who served as Steve Chase Co-Chair for seven years and continues to serve on the D.A.P. Board of Directors and Co-Chair of 100 Women annual giving program.
Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello.
‘The Chase’ Schedule
5:30 Red Carpet and Silent Auction
7:00 Dinner Seating
8:30 Pointer Sisters Perform
9:30 After-Party Featuring La Bouche’
Funds raised at the gala will enable Desert AIDS Project’s dedicated team of medical and social service professionals to serve more than 3,600 individuals. Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman notes “This is a partnership.  Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community.”