Legacy Award Honoree: Dick Haskamp
Dick Haskamp moved to the Coachella Valley in 1990, from Michigan, by way of Santa Monica, and became the godfather of what is now Palm Springs' gay business district - Arenas Road, with his purchase and opening of Streetbar, the longest-running bar serving the LGBT community in the desert! In 2017, Dick and business partner Mike Cullen expanded the Streetbar brand and opened Streetbar Puerto Vallarta.
While Dick was synonymous with Streetbar, he also dedicated his life, time and resources to our local LGBT community, serving on the boards of the original Desert Gay Rodeo Association, Desert Business Association, Palm Springs Desert Gay Tourism Guild, AIDS Assistance Program, and The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Despite all his work, Dick was no stranger to fun, as those who saw him perform as Shirley I-da-ho with the Les Dames du Soleil can attest. Dick was the first Community Grand Marshal of the Palm Springs Pride Parade, and in 2014, was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, just down the street from where he left his most indelible mark on our community.
The Center's Legacy Award recognizes the lasting impact one has made on behalf of LGBT people living in the Coachella Valley. Dick’s life demonstrated such a commitment. Between his leadership in our community and on our board, and his commitment to financially supporting so many organizations including The Center, through events like the wildly successful annual Wreath Auction, Dick’s service certainly impacted the local LGBT community in the Coachella Valley.
Dick passed away in March 2018 at the age of 70, shortly before we had the chance to share our intentions to honor him with the Legacy Award at the 2018 Center Stage Gala. We honor his life and legacy posthumously.