One can never ever underestimate the importance of having a state-of-the-art medical facility at hand, and I’m more than happy to remind you that one of our nation’s top 100 hospitals happens to be located in my home town of Rancho Mirage, serving the Palm Springs Valley—and far beyond. For 45 years, Eisenhower Medical Center (www.emc.org) has catered to the desert community on the property generously donated by Bob and Dolores Hope, in buildings designed in a much-lauded midcentury modern style by Edward Durrell Stone. (Interestingly, said design will be celebrated during 2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week).
As a non-profit institution, Eisenhower Medical Center depends greatly on the generosity of those who are able to give of their time, talent, and money—either by volunteering to assist in the day-to-day operations of the hospital, or by contributing to the purchase of much-needed medical equipment. And what better way to raise invaluable funds than to throw a gala? That’s exactly what EMC did on Saturday, January 16 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. Hosted by dear friends Suzy Leprino and Jan Salta, with brief comments from Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation’s Michael Landis and EMC’s CEO and president Aubrey Serfling, the evening quickly took a turn from the serious to supreme delight with a surprise performance by none other than the delicious diva herself—Diana Ross—delivering a delightful medley of her greatest hits on behalf of the 800+ starstruck attendees! I, for one, was gobsmacked by her beauty and talent, and danced in the aisles to her tunes with my tablemates.
As quickly as Miss Ross appeared, she disappeared, but that didn’t stop the party from boogieing through the decades with a trio of awesome performers who gave us Jersey Boys, doo wop, swing, and Motown to keep us on our feet. All that fun PLUS the satisfaction of helping a great cause… Just another spectacular evening in Rancho Mirage, in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Hope you were there!