The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will honor visionary entrepreneur and community leader, Jerry Keller,on his 88th birthday,with the 461st star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs in the category of Civic/Pioneer. The star will be unveiled at 200 South Palm Canyon Drive next to his beloved late wife, Barbara, on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. The Star Dedication Ceremony is open to the public.
“Jerry Keller’s contributions to Palm Springs through his businesses and civic involvement have made him a beloved member of the community,” said Nona Watson, CEO of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. “It is with great pride that we announce the addition of his star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs, and we are thrilled to honor Jerry’s legacy and dedication to the city.”
In 2011, Jerry Keller and his wife, Barbara, opened Lulu California Bistro, a vibrant restaurant that was an integral part of the renaissance of downtown Palm Springs and has become a renowned destination for visitors and locals seeking great food at great prices served with a generous helping of fun. Jerry’s background in publishing and marketing made him a natural restauranteur in this second career, and his keen eye for trends and common touch has been instrumental in Lulu’s success.
“For years I watched my wonderful wife, Barbara, work her magic with relationships to improve everybody’s way of life. I learned a vital lesson that I continue to try to accomplish, strengthening connections in our community, that help everyone to grow in the best ways possible,” said Keller.
Jerry Keller’s impact on the community of Palm Springs is far-reaching and goes beyond his success as the owner of Lulu California Bistro with him being a confidante and trusted advisor to local elected officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations for many years. Jerry’s commitment to providing outstanding food and an unforgettable dining experience has been recognized with multiple awards, including Businessperson of the Year in Palm Springs, Distinguished Citizen of Rancho Mirage, and Businessman of the Year in Rancho Mirage. In 2023, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presented him with the prestigious Richard M. Milanovich Community Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community. Jerry serves as a board member of Visit Greater Palm Springs and PS Resorts, showcasing his dedication to promoting tourism and economic growth in the region.
Jerry Keller’s tireless commitment to making Palm Springs a more vibrant community has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a beloved community leader and recognition he has received for his contributions is a testament to the profound impact he has had on the city and its residents.