Created by (and named after) the late, world-renowned interior designer Steve Chase — an early DAP donor, volunteer, and board member who worked touring the globe but loved Palm Springs best — this glittery gala is a golden star on the desert’s social calendar.
It’s one you surely don’t want to miss…
Today, thousands of our Coachella Valley neighbors have no access to health care. Together, we can change that. Please join our mission to create a healthier tomorrow.
Save the Date for Saturday, March 25
We're going to gala like never before, outdoors at the 2023 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on March 25 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Buy a ticket or a table for you and your friends and support DAP Health's expansion of access to comprehensive care for more of our neighbors right here in the Coachella Valley.
DAP Health has earned a national reputation as a one-of-a-kind advocacy-based health care organization. With an 11,000-square-mile service area – roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts – some clients travel from as far away as Blythe on the Arizona border, as well as from the cities, towns, and rural areas of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.
For 29 years, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards “The Chase” has raised millions of dollars for direct client services at DAP Health. With over 15,000 people in need of medical care in our region, DAP Health needs your help today to expand our services.
So Far, Our Broad-minded Expansion Has Encompassed:
- The opening of the Annette Bloch Care Building on our main campus in Palm Springs.
- The opening of the DAP Health Sexual Wellness Clinic in Indio.
- Groundbreaking on Vista Sunrise II, which will boast 61 new units of affordable housing, to be completed in 2023.
You can help us give a voice to the often forgotten.
Together, we put human care at the forefront of health care.
A Vision Forward
Vision Forward — inaugurated pre-COVID and currently underway with renewed vigor — is DAP Health’s 10-year strategic plan that will see the organization grow from serving 10,000 women and men annually today to 25,000 clients and patients a year by 2025.
Experience The Chase 2022 again. These videos will take you Live from the Blue Carpet and behind the scenes at the Valley's most anticipated fundraising experience. We said we going to 'gala like never before' and we did.
Vision Forward is our roadmap to building a healthier tomorrow for more of our neighbors
The next epidemic hasn’t yet been named. Just as DAP Health met HIV, HEP C, STIs and COVID head-on, its team of infectious disease specialists stands ready to protect our community’s health and well-being. With 53% of our community not knowing their HIV status because they’ve never been tested, our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic and caring for individuals living with HIV will never waver.
Comprehensive health care access remains uneven. It’s estimated that 46% of our community lives below the federal poverty level. In communities of color, communities living in poverty, and in the LGBTQIA+ community, DAP Health is removing barriers to care to build a healthier tomorrow.
The mental health crisis requires an intervention. DAP Health is doubling its capacity to deliver life-saving access to psychologists, therapists, and psychiatrists. We know mental health is health, but too many individuals experience shame in asking for the care they need and face challenges when they need it most.
Addiction is a serious problem that requires a therapeutic solution. Substance use affects the individual and the family that loves them. DAP Health’s patient-centered model of care combines primary care, mental health, outpatient care, and traditional 12-step support groups that meet individuals where they are.
Housing is health care. The housing and rental market have made shelter unaffordable for too many hard-working individuals. Some 2,300 of our neighbors experience homelessness on any given night. DAP Health is adding 61 additional affordable housing units to its campus, increasing its housing capacity by 75%.
A History of Humanitarian Activism and Advocacy
Founded in 1984 by a group of community volunteers in the face of the AIDS crisis, DAP Health is an internationally renowned humanitarian health care organization. In 2013, the non-profit expanded its scope to care for all marginalized people, regardless of HIV status.
Our goal is to improve the overall health of our entire community—especially the disenfranchised—by providing culturally competent, quality primary and preventative health care and social services on one campus. These include infectious disease care, dentistry, and programs related to mental health, substance use recovery, and sexual wellness.
The expertise, infrastructure, reputation, and donor base atop which DAP Health’s considerable success stands was bolstered by our more recent involvement providing for all those devastated in countless ways by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to 39 years of caring for people both directly and indirectly effected not only by the HIV/AIDS epidemic but by the proliferation of other public health emergencies, we have the physical and intellectual resources, the desire, and—most importantly—the imagination to effect even greater positive change in our beloved Coachella Valley community and beyond.
The Chase 2023 is Proudly Sponsored by:
Presenting Sponsor: Eisenhower Health
Producing Sponsor: To be announced
The Desert Sun / Local IQ, Patrick Jordan, NBC Palm Springs
Star Sponsors: Steve Anders / The Elizabeth Firth Wade Endowment
Supporting Sponsors: To be announced
Benefactor Sponsors: To be announced
Patron Sponsors: To be announced
Media Sponsors: CV Independent, Gay Desert Guide, Palm Springs Life, PromoHomo.TV, The Hollywood Times, The Standard Magazine