Remarkable Women Making a Difference in Greater Palm Springs: The 2017 “Women Who Rule” Award Honorees

A scene from the 2016 WLF Awards Luncheon.

The Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley (WLF) is proud to announce the honorees for its 5th Annual “Women Who Rule” Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser presented by Desert Regional Medical Center. Susie Harvey, Jan Salta, Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, and Melissa Neiderman will be honored for their extraordinary community leadership, public service, commitment to education and visionary entrepreneurship on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Agua Caliente Resort Spa (32250 Bob Hope Drive).

This spectacular valley-wide celebration pays tribute to women achieving the highest level of success and those making a difference in […]

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Palm Springs Spotlight: Modernism Week Announces Local Contributions

You’ve heard of Modernism Week. You’ve probably even attended a grand event or two. But did you know that this annual festival also gives back on a grand scale? Modernism Week recently announced that it contributed significant funds to local Coachella Valley neighborhood organizations, local and statewide preservation organizations, and awarded two new scholarships for aspiring architectural students.

An 11-day festival celebrating midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the greater Palm Springs area, Modernism Week is hugely popular with architects, designers, collectors, and modernism aficionados from around the world. During its signature annual February event in 2016, more than 77,500 […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Selby Dunham, Founder, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle

Selby Dunham is the founder of BIGHORN BAM (Behind a Miracle). Inspired to save the lives of Coachella Valley cancer patients, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle raised over $1.285 million last season for cancer patient support services, breast cancer diagnostic technologies and educational scholarships during their five-month long fundraising campaign.

BIGHORN BAM’s 2013-2014 fundraising dollars benefited The Pendleton Foundation and Eisenhower Medical Center. The Pendleton Foundation received $150,000 to help cancer patients relieve some of the financial burdens while affording their treatments. In addition, BIGHORN BAM has given $1,000,000 to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center to support a Giotto Mammography machine, allowing the patient additional comfort and […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Philanthropist Peggy Cravens

Peggy Cravens is a former child singing star who today works tirelessly to provide young people a chance to succeed. This champion fundraiser has established a legacy of giving. In addition to co-founding ACT for MS and reviving the internationally renowned Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, Peggy has served on numerous boards, including the Palm Springs Art Museum and the College of the Desert Foundation, where she is also a past president. She and her late husband, Donald, donated $3.5 million to COD for a Student Services Center. In 2002 the Desert Sun named Peggy as one of 75 residents making a significant impact on the […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Joan Boiko of Palm Springs Unified School District

Local philanthropist Helene Galen (left) will present Joan Boiko (right) with the Helene Galen Excellence in Education award at the Friday’s Women Who Rule luncheon. Photo: Gregg Felsen

Joan Boiko serves as Communications Manager of the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) and is slated to receive the inaugural “Helene Galen Excellence in Education Award” from the Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley on January 31st. A long-time supporter of WLF, Boiko keeps in constant contact with every high school counselor in PSUSD, making sure that students learn about the benefits of joining WLF’s Young Women Leaders Mentoring […]

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Four Remarkable Women Making a Difference in Greater Palm Springs

Women Leadership Forum’s Women Who Rule! Awards Luncheon & Scholarship Fundraiser

Donna MacMillan, Kathy Greco, Susan Stein & Joan Boiko to be Honored at Women Leaders Forum’s 2nd Annual Women Who Rule! Awards Luncheon & Scholarship Fundraiser, Jan 31 at Agua Caliente Resort; Jim Houston to Receive Inaugural “Super Man” Award

Four remarkable Coachella Valley women will be honored for their extraordinary community leadership, public service and visionary entrepreneurship on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley’s 2nd Annual “Women Who Rule!” Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser, a spectacular valley-wide tribute honoring local women making a difference in […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Amy Blaisdell of Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley

Amy Blaisdell

Amy Blaisdell is a Coachella Valley native who moved back to the desert six years ago from the Bay Area. She serves as Communications Director for the City of Palm Springs and is the newest president of Women Leaders Forum (WLF) of the Coachella Valley. A former print and television news journalist in San Francisco and Palm Springs, Amy serves on many committees in various organizations, including Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Awards; Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade; and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet’s “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” Race and Wellness Festival, in partnership with the Clinton […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Mark Jones

 

Mark Jones (Photo: Hank Godlewski)

Mark Jones is Chief Creative Officer of Palm Springs-based Brighthaus Marketing. Mark and his business partner, Brian Vatcher, specialize in helping businesses both large and small with critical assessment, strategy development and execution. They specialize in Integrated Community Marketing—a practice of helping the right customers find and fall in love with businesses both online and offline through a mixture of online marketing, social media, public relations, outreach, and strategic partnerships.

Mark lives in Palm Springs where he serves as co-producer of Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert, and as host and co-manager of the Tuesday Nite Social […]

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