PHOTO CAPTION: (left to right) Louise Cummings, Terri Bona, this year’s Honoree in the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Category Tim Evans, Sarah Clapp, President of AFP Desert Communities, and Paula Kennedy.
Photo credit: Dimitri Halkidis Photography
The stunning mid-century Palm Springs residence of Mark Anton and Scott Histed was the setting for The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA (AFP), Desert Communities Chapter’s private reception honoring the 2018 National Philanthropy Day® In the Desert Nominees. Over 100 guests were in attendance at this elegant cocktail reception, once again underwritten by Anton and Histed. The Hot Purple Energy All-Stars Band performed songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, in genres of swing jazz, blues, and jazz fusion, adding their own unique style.
In attendance were NPD 2018 Nominees, members, as well as, board members of AFP, NPD 2018 Honorees, members of the AFP Blue Ribbon, Gold Ribbon, and Awards Committees, VIP guests, as well as City Officials.
“We were delighted once again to have Mark and Scott
host this not-to-be-missed reception at their beautiful home,” stated Judi Olivas and Gailya Brown, National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Event Co-chairs.
The 12th Annual National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Each year, this day of recognition honors philanthropists, businesses, and organizations who generously support our community. AFP, Desert Communities Chapter, believes that philanthropy benefits not only our communities but enriches and empowers the entire global community. This year’s NPD awards luncheon will take place in the Grand Ballroom of Agua Caliente, commencing at 11:00 a.m. with a reception, followed by the awards luncheon.
Harold Matzner, notable Valley Philanthropist and Owner of Spencer’s Restaurant, will be this year’s National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chair. Award Sponsors are the N.H. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and Wells Fargo. Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2, who is one of the six distinguished 2018 honorees, will serve as Emcee for the Awards Luncheon.
“This is a day when we pay tribute and celebrate those who give so generously of their time, talents, skills, and financial resources,” stated Sarah G. Clapp, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter.
Seen in the crowd of 2018 Nominees were Gabrielle Amster, Tamara Hedges, Sara Kamoei, Bahareh Kamoei, Bita Kimoei, Shelley Kaplan, Jan Lupia, Nicole Moon, Jack Newby, Jillian Payne, Dr. Joan RuBane, Ralph Thompson-Cantua, Sheila Thornton, Ron Willison, and Betty Wolf. Also in attendance were Barry Golden, Walter & Geri Clark, Denisha Shackleford, Tim Evans, Tom Head, Jeff & Kim Wolf, Josh Zahid, Sarah Clapp, Paula Kennedy, Pam Weekly, Bob McKechnie, Dr. John Mosser, Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Dave Thornton, Massey Kamoei, Art Lupia, Judy Vossler, Gary Hall & Jerry Green, Susie Harvey, Nate Otto, Mitch Blumberg, and Nancy Harris.
For National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert event information please visit www.afpcadesert.org or contact Event Co-chair Judi Olivas at 760-989-4211 or at
Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions, advancing philanthropy through its 30,000 plus members in 240 chapters throughout the world. The AFP Desert Communities Chapter currently boasts a membership of 100 fundraising professionals within the Coachella Valley.