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SATURDAY: Joan Rivers to host Desert AIDS Project's annual gala | VIDEO

PALM SPRINGS -- The Desert AIDS Project will host a star-studded gala this evening to raise funds for its programs and services at the 18th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.

Hosted by Joan Rivers, the evening will include dinner, performances, special presentations and a presentation of awards. Well-known celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Wynonna Judd, Megan Mullally, and David Burnham are scheduled to perform at the gala.

In the previous 17 years, the gala has raised millions of dollars for direct client services at Desert AIDS Project, which provides a comprehensive set of health, education, and prevention services to people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization also operates several "Revivals" thrift stores, including one in San Diego, with proceeds benefiting Desert AIDS Project.

The gala's namesake, Steve Chase, is a long-time supporter of the Desert AIDS Project.

The evening's honorees include five individuals who given extraordinary contributions to Desert AIDS Project:

-Pioneer Arts and Activism Award: Peter Gallagher

-New Generation Arts and Activism Award: Matt Bomer

-Partners in Activism Award: Hydeia Broadbent

-Partners for Life Award: Fr. Andrew Green

-100 Women Award: Karolee Sowle

Tickets for the red carpet gala start at $425 so guests are expected to arrive decked out in full black-tie attire.

The 7 pm gala will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros.

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