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Wreath Faq

  • Will this be a Zoom event?

    Not at all! We have a special evening in store for you, including a performance by Marina Mac during the preshow, appearances by Brian Wanzek (Bella da Ball), a special musical performance by Shaun Samaro & Leanna Rodgers, and more!

    Tune in @ 5:15 PM on Mon, Nov 30th, and share the link with your friends. Anyone can tune in to watch! Here's where to Bid & Watch: https://wreathauction2020.ggo.bid/

    The event lasts about an hour and some minutes.

  • Where do I watch the live stream event?

    The event site is now live! Check it out and Register! Go to https://wreathauction2020.ggo.bid/ and click on the "Get Started" tab. The event will also be streaming on YouTube, but if you want to bid for your favorite holiday wreaths and watch the show, you can do so all at the same time, on just one-screen! Supports all Android and IOS devices, and PCs.

  • Can I bid and watch at the same time?

    YES! For the first time ever, it'll be a ONE-SCREEN EXPERIENCE -meaning you can bid and watch the event in REAL-TIME! Cool, right? No more juggling two devices!

    Supports all Android and IOS devices, and PCs.

  • How many devices do I need?

    Just ONE device. The event site is mobile and user friendly! Regardless if you're bidding or checking out packages/wreaths, the video stream will be pinned on the page you're viewing. Follow this webpage and our Facebook Event Page for more!

    Supports all Android and IOS devices, and PCs.

  • Is this event being screened anywhere?

    Yes! For a Dine & Bid experience, our friends at Eight4Nine will be screening the event live on their patio wall, and you can bid and also watch on your mobile device! Please call ahead of time and ask about Covid 19 – physical distancing protocols. Space may be limited.

    Call today! 760-325-8490

     

  • Do I need to register for the event?

    Yes. If you plan to bid or donate during the event, you will need to register. Registration is fast and easy. Simply click on the "Get Started Button" and you're ready to go! You may register any day now thru the 30th. You will be asked for your email, mobile number, and credit card/debit card. You will receive a confirmation email and text once your registration has been confirmed. Register here: https://wreathauction2020.ggo.bid/ 

    If you plan to only watch the event, you don't need to register. Enjoy the show!

    Each registrant will be entered for a chance to win a 90 min private, VIRTUAL, in-home wine tasting experience! It includes 6 bottles of premium, boutique wine, led by PRP Wine International on Zoom. Valued at $300. Winner will be announced during our live stream. Register and tune in! 

     

  • Is my mobile number required?

    Yes. Since it's a virtual event, it's our only way of connecting with you if you're having any problem during checkout, and you will also be notified if someone has Out Bid you by text.  

  • Do I need to download an app or do anything in advance to watch?

    Nope. Simply click on the link to register, bid, and watch the event. A one-screen experience, and no application download is needed.

    Supports all Android and IOS devices, and PCs.

  • Is there an admission fee to this virtual event?

    No admission fee. Tune in and enjoy the special show we've prepared for you, and Bid for your favorite holiday wreaths/items. 

  • How do I pick up my wreaths/items?

    You may pick up your purchased items from The Center starting Tues, Dec 1 - Dec 8th, from 9 AM - 1 PM, Mon - Fri only. Certificates that are not picked up will be mailed to your residence. Shipping option is available, and shipping fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

    For special requests, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 760-416-7790 ext 157. 

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  • Ted Briggs, Co-Chair

    With 30+ years of consulting experience, Ted is a Principal at Better Sales Comp Consultants, a management consulting firm that works to companies improve the…

  • Mary Sue Allen, Co-Chair

    Mary Sue Allen joined The Center Board in 2015. A Vice President of Human Resources for UPS West Region, Allen leads a Human Resources Department…

  • Brian Rix, Chair Emeritus

    Brian Rix joined the Board of Directors in 2010. He is a principal with Burke Rix Communications, LLC with offices in Palm Springs and Los…

  • Tom Becktold, Secretary/Treasurer

    Tom Becktold helps companies and organizations build, reposition and strengthen their brands, identify and evaluate acquisition targets and establish innovative marketing programs. Tom joined the…

  • Albert Gonzalez

    Local man Albert grew up and was educated here in the Coachella Valley. Working as a Peer Group Counselor during his Coachella Valley High School…

  • DeeAnn Hopings

    DeeAnn Hopings Born in Toledo, Ohio DeeAnn attended the University of Toledo and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972.…

  • James Reed

    Jim Reed James (“Jim”) Reed is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Eisenhower Health, the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences and…

  • James Williamson

    James has over 25 years of financial management experience and has worked in executive management positions, including as the Chief Financial Officer for a chain…

  • Jeff Weyant

    Jeff Weyant A native of Baltimore and Philadelphia, PA, Jeff grew up in a very close family and has lived in Palm Springs full-time for…

  • Larry Colton

    As a thirty-five year veteran of the insurance industry in the Bay Area, Larry was one of four partners at Goldman Insurance Services, serving as…

  • Joseph Burgo Ph.D

    With a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. and Ph.D in Psychology, and as a Graduate Psychoanalyst of the Psychoanalytic Center of California , Joseph…

  • Lisa Middleton

    Lisa Middleton is a member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission, Chairwoman of the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS), a member of the Boards…

  • Michele McKee

    Michele L. McKee officially started with the board at the end of 2012. She is a managing partner at O’Kane & McKee, LLP, a Palm…

  • Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D.

    With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a masters and doctorate in education from the University of North Florida, author, LGBT historian,…

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Virtually Red Dress FAQs

  • Where do I sign up? Is there a registration fee?

    Visit our fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtuallyreddress and join the RED FUN!

    There's no fee to sign up. We do encourage you to have some fun and engage in peer-to-peer fundraising by sharing our fundraising page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support!

  • Will there be any in-person happenings during this weekend?

    Sadly no. But, we do have a few special things in store for that weekend: Fitness Influencer Craig Ramsay will guide us with virtual warm ups both days and lead a Virtually Red 5K Run and Walk. Stop by the Community Food Bank's weekend Food Drive on Saturday & Sunday, and even tune in for an unpredictable and hilarious show ft. The Improvables of the Desert on Saturday night. We will close out the weekend with a virtual Head Over Heels dance party ft. DJ Galaxy, airing on KGAY 106.5 FM and TWITCH.TV/KGAY1065.

    Don't forget to follow us on social media @thecentercv and tag us on all your pics/vids!

    Please continue to practice physical distancing and wear a mask as needed.  

  • How do I create my own fundraising page?

    Here’s how it works:

    Visit our fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtuallyreddress

    -Click on the “Start Fundraising” button and quickly sign up or log in to your JustGiving account.

    -Choose an activity/event of your choice

    -Create your Fundraising Page

    -Create a team / share with your friends

    -Connect your Strava account or manually enter your fitness activity (optional)

    -Share your fundraising page via Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text

  • Do I have to create a fundraising page in order to participate?

    Not at all. Virtually Red Weekend is an opportunity for all to safely frolic in their creative expression, stay motivated, and to get outside and have some physically distanced fun along the way! How you choose to celebrate it, is up to you. 

    But we do hope that you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness and money for your LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert by sharing our fundraising page.

     

  • Can I create a team or join a team's efforts?

    Please do! We prefer to call it your Quaran-Team. It's really simple. Visit our fundraising page www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtuallyreddress and click on the "Start Fundraising" button. Follow the steps and invite friends/family to join you. 

    Once you've created your personal fundraising page, you'll be given the option to connect your Strava account or manually enter in your fitness activity. You're also able to share updates and upload photos for everyone to see!

    Tag us on all your pics/vids @thecentercv

  • Can I connect my fitness app?

    Once you've created your personal fundraising page, you'll be given the option to connect your Strava account or manually enter in your fitness activity. You're also able to share updates and upload photos for everyone to see!

  • Do I need to download an app or do anything in advance to participate?

    Nope. Simply click on the link (www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtuallyreddressto create a fundraising page, join a team/create a team, and/or donate. Don't forget to share our weekend event with your friends and family.

    Supports all Android and IOS devices, and PCs.

  • I'm only interested in donating.

    We'd appreciate any donation amount you're able to give! To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/virtuallyreddress and click on the "Give Now" button*.

    Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! Your gift is a lifeline for many of our clients.

    *If mailing a check, please send to:

    1301 N Palm Canyon Dr.

    Suite 301

    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    Reference: Virtually Red Weekend

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  • *COVID-19: NOTICE TO ALL ATTENDEES

    The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation which we are monitoring closely and in real time. Please bear in mind that vaccination only will be required for all Center employees, event attendees, volunteers and vendors. Additional details will be provided closer to the actual event date. Find a vaccine near you.

    Please download your digital vaccine card in advance at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or bring your physical vaccine card to the event. Thank you!

  • Do I need to register my credit card or do anything in advance?

    You'll need to register your credit card in order to participate in the live auction or donate at any time during the event. We'll send you more information about this soon, or you can come back to this page later for more details.

  • Live Auction

    Stay tuned for the live auction items!

  • Will there be Entertainment?

    Count on it!! Performing at Center Stage, The Fabus Four, a staple in the Los Angeles jazz & swing scene. Led by saxophonist Jason Fabus and joined by vocalist Natalie Hanna Mendoza, one of the top jazz vocalists in the new group of rising young female stars.

    The group performs the hits of the 1920s-50s "Golden Era" of music, all the way up to covering today’s pop tunes, and are regularly featured on the air at KJazz 88.1FM in Los Angeles.

    Stay tuned for more!

  • Will there be self-parking or valet?

    There is plenty of self-parking available, and just a short walk to and from the entrance of the event. Valet service will not be available.

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    Palm Springs, CA 92262

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    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
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