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June 16, 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 November 8, 2017.  This highly-anticipated and sold out event will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa, located at 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California.  Master of Ceremonies will be Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2 TV.

“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.”

Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) advances philanthropy through its 33,000 members in more than 244 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 (NPD) 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.

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.

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.”, states 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.

Leading Luncheon Sponsors for this year’s National Philanthropy Day in the Desert so far include Presenting Sponsor Harold Matzner, Luncheon Sponsors:  Peggy Cravens, Helene Galen, Donna MacMillan, Madeline Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations; Table Sponsors:  America Red Cross, Coachella Valley & Morongo Basin, California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus, The Community Foundation, Desert Art,  Guide Dogs of the Desert, Joslyn Center, and McCallum theatre, and Exclusive Media Sponsors:  The Desert Sun Media Group and Palm Springs Life.

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 $125.00 per person, space permitting.  Tables of ten can also be purchased for $1,200.00. For registration and event information please visit or contact Event Chair Judi Olivas at 760-340-3220, Ext. 107 and