Mario Lopez, Queen Latifah, Melissa Etheridge and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are among the celebrities who will be in town for the Desert AIDS Project’s Steve Chase awards gala tomorrow.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will raise money for client services at Desert AIDS Project, which has offices in Palm Springs and Indio.
The 2012 gala raised more than $1.4 million, and organizers hope to exceed that this year.
Ferguson, star of television show “Modern Family,” will host the event.
Lopez, co-host of TV show “Extra,” will receive the Arts & Activism Award, activist Jake Glaser will receive the Partners in Activism Award, singer Lorna Luft will receive the Community Service Award, volunteer Julian di Ciurcio will receive the Partners for Life Award and local philanthropist Annette Bloch will receive the 100 Women Award.
Other celebrities expected to attend include Etheridge, Latifah, Stephanie J. Block, Morgan Fairchild, Sara Gomez, Megan Hilty, Lainie Kazan, Ray Leeper, Greg Louganis, Bob Mackie, Donna Mills, Matthew Morrison and Daniella Busutti.
“We’ve tried to ramp up the entertainment value each year for those who have been faithful to Desert AIDS Project’s cause by attending the gala,” said gala co-chairman Jim Casey. “We hope we can sell out the house with performers like the legendary Melissa Etheridge, Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty, Matthew Morrison from TV’s ‘Glee,’ dancers from the hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and the iconic Queen Latifah, who told us as soon as she came off-stage last year that she wanted to come back.”
Tickets start at $425 and are available at www.desertaidsproject.org or by calling 760-969-5743.