National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 8, 2017

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities     Chapter, is pleased to announce the six honorees for their upcoming 11th Annual National Philanthropy Day in the Desert Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  This highly-anticipated event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of Agua Caliente Resort & Spa, located at 32250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, California.   Harold Matzner, notable Coachella Valley philanthropist and owner of Spencer’s Restaurant, will be this year’s Presenting Sponsor and will serve as Honorary Chair of National Philanthropy Day in the Desert.  Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2 TV will again emcee the day’s festivities.

“It is a privilege to serve as the 2017 Chair of National Philanthropy Day,” stated Judi Olivas, Director of Development for The Joslyn Center.  “The Desert Communities Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is honored to recognize the outstanding contributions made by each of our exceptional Honorees.  Their tireless efforts, hands-on contributions, and fortitude have not only created deep impacts on the

quality of life for thousands of people, but their gifts resonate throughout the entire Coachella Valley and beyond,” Olivas continued.

Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) advances philanthropy through its 32,000 members in 243 chapters throughout the world. AFP works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and professional certification programs while promoting high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.  The AFP Desert Communities Chapter represents 100 professional charitable fundraisers and professionals in the Coachella Valley. 

Celebrating its 57th year, National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society, and to honor individuals, businesses, and support organizations that are active in the philanthropic community.   Here in the Coachella Valley, it is a much-anticipated day when we pay tribute to our own – the exemplary local philanthropists, businesses, and organizations who give so generously of their time, talents, skills, and financial support, making our community a better place for us all.

The Desert Communities Chapter of AFP believes that philanthropy benefits not only our own communities, but enriches and empowers the global community.  National Philanthropy Day offers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of charitable giving and the spirit that makes such generosity possible.

“National Philanthropy Day is truly a celebration of the valued relationships between the Valley’s philanthropic community, businesses, nonprofits, and those we serve,” stated Sarah G. Clapp, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter.

This year’s Honorees are:

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPISTS – Virginia (Joy) and Harry Goldstein



 OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL – Terri Bona, Director Fund Development of the Family YMCA of the Desert  


 OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT FOUNDER – Connie Golds of Desert Best Friends Closet

 “The Blue Ribbon Selection Committee’s 2017 nominations were all well-qualified, worthy of acclaim and deserving of the community's undying gratitude. The final choices were unquestionably difficult.   No question, all nominations were exceptional,” stated Judy Vossler, Chair.  This year’s Blue Ribbon committee was comprised of:  Mary T. Roche, Susie Harvey, Sandra Woodson, Gary Hall, Terri Ketover, Ricardo Loretta, and Jonathan Yorba.

Honorary Chair, Harold Matzner commented “What a remarkable list of honorees!  The combined philanthropy and passionate commitment of this group has touched and enriched the life of virtually every person in the Coachella Valley.  I look forward to applauding each of these six honorees when they are honored at the eleventh annual National Philanthropy Day Awards on November 8, 2017,” he continued.

Leading Luncheon Sponsors for this year’s National Philanthropy Day in the Desert so far include Presenting Sponsor Harold Matzner; Award Sponsors H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, Wells Fargo; Luncheon Sponsors: Bank of America, Peggy Cravens, Eisenhower Medical Center, Helene Galen, Loma Linda University Health, Donna MacMillan, Madeline Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations, Inc., McCallum Theatre; Table Sponsors: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, American Red Cross, Coachella Valley & Morongo Basin, Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, The Community Foundation, Desert Arc, Desert Best Friends Closet, Family YMCA of the Desert, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Joslyn Senior Center, The Living Desert, Pathfinder Ranch/Fromberg Edelstein Fromberg, RAP Foundation; Exclusive Media Sponsors include: The Desert Sun Media Group, Palm Springs Life, and Gulf California Broadcasting with its five local TV stations.

Online registration for the NPD Awards Luncheon opens on Friday, June 16th. The early bird ticket price is $75 per person.  After October 18th, individual registration will be $125 per person, space permitting.  Tables of ten can also be purchased for $1,200.  For registration and event information please visit or contact Event Chair Judi Olivas at 760-340-3220, Ext. 107 and


26 Jun 2017

Issue 15