The Auen Foundation

AAP — Food Samaritans Honors Auen Foundation

AAP — Food Samar­i­tans (AAP) hon­ored sev­er­al sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and orga­ni­za­tions at its 25th Annu­al Evening Under the Stars gala at the O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs. The hon­orees include Auen Foun­da­tion, rep­re­sent­ed by Sher­rie Auen, Ron Auen, and Catharine Reed for the Jean­nette Rock­e­feller Human­i­tar­i­an Award, The Desert Sun Media Group for the Glo­ria Greene Inspi­ra­tion Award, Desert Ten­nis Asso­ci­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ed by Nabil Naj­jar for the Herb Lazen­by Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vice Award, and Denise Haslam and Angela Slater for the Frank Jur­czyk Vol­un­teer Award. The hon­orees will receive pub­lic recog­ni­tion at the annu­al fundrais­ing event.

AAP – Food Samar­i­tans could not ful­fill our mis­sion with­out the ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port of the incred­i­ble peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions that sup­port us,” said Mark Anton, CEO/Executive Direc­tor of AAP – Food Samar­i­tans. “With­out their car­ing and inspi­ra­tional guid­ance, we would not be able to sup­port the nutri­tion­al needs of those low-income indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with HIV/AIDS and oth­er chron­ic ill­ness­es in our com­mu­ni­ty. We are so very grate­ful for their unyield­ing kind­ness that they exhib­it on a dai­ly basis not only for AAP, but for many oth­er orga­ni­za­tions across the entire Coachel­la Val­ley.”

Evening Under the Stars is the largest annu­al fundrais­er for AAP – Food Samar­i­tans, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides nutri­tion­al sup­port for low-income peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS and oth­er chron­ic ill­ness­es. Gala fes­tiv­i­ties began with a “quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Palm Springs” sun­set cock­tail hour against a back­drop of the majes­tic San Jac­in­to Moun­tains. The awards pro­gram, emceed by actors Bob­bie Eakes and San­ford Reed, rec­og­nized the inspi­ra­tional hon­orees includ­ing the Auen Foun­da­tion.

Sher­rie and Ron Auen, and Catharine Reed are three of the most car­ing peo­ple in the world,” said Anton. “They each have a gift for know­ing how to make sig­nif­i­cant impacts. It is with deep grat­i­tude that AAP is able to count itself among those who are pos­i­tive­ly affect­ed by the kind­ness and gen­eros­i­ty of the Auen Foun­da­tion and also pub­licly rec­og­nize them with this award.”

The Jean­nette Rock­e­feller Human­i­tar­i­an Award is named after Jean­nette Rock­e­feller, the found­ing pres­i­dent of AAP – Food Samar­i­tans. The award was estab­lished in 1997 to hon­or the human­i­tar­i­an efforts of out­stand­ing com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als who have lent their ener­gy, com­mit­ment, and influ­ence to raise aware­ness and fund­ing for impor­tant issues includ­ing HIV/AIDS. Pre­vi­ous recip­i­ents include Earl Green­berg, R. D. & Joan Dale Hub­bard, Helene Galen, James Hous­ton, Harold Matzn­er, and Sen­a­tor Bar­bara Box­er, among oth­ers.

The awards pre­sen­ta­tion was fol­lowed by a deli­cious din­ner and then a per­for­mance by Gladys Knight, the “Empress of Soul.” After her show, danc­ing con­tin­ued with DJ Jer­ry Bon­ham on the main stage fol­lowed by an amaz­ing fire­works dis­play. Over the past 25 years, Evening Under the Stars has fea­tured the tal­ents of a wide vari­ety of enter­tain­ers. Melis­sa Man­ches­ter, Bar­ry Manilow, Nan­cy Wil­son, Pink Mar­ti­ni, The B-52s, The Go-Go’s, Cyn­di Lau­per, Vil­lage Peo­ple, and many oth­ers have tak­en the stage in sup­port of this wor­thy cause.

For more infor­ma­tion about AAP- Food Samar­i­tans, call 760–325-8481 or vis­it aidsassistance.org.