24th Annual Palm Springs Open To Benefit AAP - Food Samaritans

Desert Tennis Association Continues Long-Standing Support of AAP Food Voucher Program

PALM SPRINGS – October 23, 2017: AAP - Food Samaritans (AAP) announced today that the Desert Tennis Association will continue it long-time support of AAP by donating the proceeds from the upcoming 24th Annual Palm Springs Open to AAP to support its food voucher program for low-income Coachella Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. This is the 12th consecutive year that Desert Tennis Association has supported AAP. The Palm Springs Open is an international tennis tournament run by the Desert Tennis Association (DTA) that attracts more than 300 LGBT players from around the world. DTA is a non-profit corporation that organizes tennis events for the LGBT community in the Coachella Valley and raises funds for local charities. The event is free to the public, and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction and dinner will benefit AAP. The tournament schedule will be available at deserttennis.us.

The Palm Springs Open will take place on Thanksgiving Weekend from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Mission Hills Country Club and Rancho Las Palmas Resort. Riviera Palm Springs will host a Player’s Banquet at 7 PM on Saturday, November 25. Tickets are $45 per person and include a no-host cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. Those who donate to the tournament on behalf of AAP will be recognized publicly at the event and in an advertisement featured in the tournament player book. At the banquet there will be a silent auction and raffle and the proceeds will go to AAP – Food Samaritans.

“The Desert Tennis Association is honored to once again support AAP - Food Samaritans,” said Tournament Director Nabil Najjar. “AAP has an excellent track record of providing critical nutritional support services to low-income Coachella Valley residents who are living with a chronic illness. AAP is a great match for our organization and we encourage everyone to donate what they can to this event, whether it is a gift certificate, raffle item or silent auction item.”  

“AAP has been the beneficiary of this Desert Tennis Association event since 2005, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support,” said Mark Anton, Executive Director of AAP – Food Samaritans. “This type of continued sponsorship directly funds our food voucher program, which helps the Valley’s most needful residents who struggle to maintain their strength and well-being.” 


Now in its 26th year of service to the community, AAP – Food Samaritans of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides nutritional support to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760-325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.