The Gala is The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens' signature fundraising event. The Gala is The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens' signature fundraising event.

Golden Anniversary Gala

March 7

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50th Anniversary Gala

Thank you for your overwhelming support!

Over $2.7 million raised at this party of the half-century!

Approximately 650 people helped us celebrate 50 years of The Living Desert on March 7 and we feel so fortunate to have been able to host this special event. The overwhelming support was a magnificent tribute to the love and support of our community.

Oh, what a night to remember!

Enjoy the videos and photos from the night and if you would like to support The Living Desert, you still can. Now, more than ever, your gift makes a difference.

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Save the date for next year: March 6, 2021


Thank you to Marc Glassman Photography and Photos by Lani Garfield for capturing golden memories from the Party of the Half Century!

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters for making the 2020 Golden Anniversary Gala a solid gold success!

Title Sponsors
Harold Matzner and Shellie Reade

Platinum Sponsors
Argyros Family Foundation
Edie McCarthy and the Patrick M. McCarthy Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Sharon and Dean Baltzell
City of Rancho Mirage
Susan and James Gould

Silver Sponsors
Bright Event Rentals
Eisenhower Health
Jan Salta
BJ and Van Skilling

Bronze Sponsors
Suzan and Bill Appel
Lu Barnes
D.W. Johnston Construction, Inc.
Joy Goldstein
Grace Helen Spearman Foundation
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sharon and Craig McCollam
Karen Miles

Mane Event Raffle Patron
El Paseo Jewelers

Cocktail Reception Patron
Shirley Smith

Entertainment Patron
Candace and Jon Holzgrafe

Wine Patrons
Rita Stec and Lance Eldred

Animal Encounters Patron
The Hoot Durali Lynch Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Gift Bag Patron
Patti and Jack Grundhofer

Golden Opportunities Raffle Patron
Susan Cooper

Invitation Patron
Donna MacMillan

Table Centerpiece Patron
Whitewater Rock & Supply Co.

Valet Patron
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Hotel Patron
Linda and Manny Rider

Photo Patron
J. Squire Junger

“Raise the Paw” Paddle Patron
Aristotle Capital Management

Winoceros Wine Pull Patron
Dick Shalhoub
Engineered Art by Bill Stevens

Media Sponsors
Palm Springs Life
The Desert Sun

Table Captains
Dallas and Rick Erwood
Marylynn and Andy Gladstein
Rosaline and Stan Hack
Jan and Jim Hawkins
Suz Hunt and Roger Snoble
Heather and Matt Jiggins
Sally and Michael Schreter
Dick Shalhoub
Mary Lou and Dick Solomon
Nancy and Jon Stegehuis
Sandy Woodson

A special thank you to:
Saks Fifth Avenue
Carousel Catering

  • Enter for a chance to win a $50,000 diamond necklace

    Enter to win a $50,000 double-strand diamond necklace and support The Living Desert! 

    Raffle tickets are $100 each and not tax deductible. Necklace on view and tickets for sale at El Paseo Jewelers. Drawing will be held on March 7, 2020 at The Living Desert’s Golden Anniversary Gala. Need not be present to win. El Paseo Jewelers is located at 73520 El Paseo Ste E, Palm Desert.

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