“This year, Desert AIDS Project’s largest annual fundraising event— the annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on May 9 — will be a celebration of DAP’s “Hope Begins With Health” campaign. The bold $2 million fundraising initiative aims to propel DAP Health’s vital frontline work targeting health equity, COVID-19, mental health, and ending HIV for the organization’s ever-expanding patient population.
Which makes this year’s ceremony all the more vital as it honors individuals who have made significant if not sea-changing contributions to the community.
Typically an in-person gala complete with red carpet dazzle, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala will be televised instead at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Palm Springs and also run on DAP’s social media channels. But no worries, the pivot still comes with a full entertainment lineup.
Hosted once again by comedian Scott Nevins, performances this year include Sheryl Lee Ralph, a tireless advocate for people with HIV, and the woman who created the role of Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls.” Look for a special appearance by cabaret chanteuse and local humanitarian Keisha D, celebrated for her work with the Black and LGBTQ communities in Palm Springs.
Expect Broadway vet Shoshana Bean to turn heads with her pre-recorded performances. Bean’s career took off after debuting as Shelley, Denizen of Baltimore, in the original cast of Hairspray. She also starred as the first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked, played Jenna Hunterson in Waitress, and performed with Brian McKnight and Bebe Winans, among others.
Bean opens up with Palm Springs Life about the importance of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, what lies ahead for Broadway, and the personal lessons she’s learned during the pandemic…”