Anyone who spends any time at all in the Palm Springs Valley knows that the area has long been home to an astounding array of amazing philanthropists. If I were urged to name two of my personal favorites, I would have to go with Rancho Mirage’s beloved Barbara and Jerry Keller.
This husband-and-wife team—who together own not only Acqua Pazza at The River in Rancho Mirage but Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs and Bistro 60 at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta—are forever on the social circuit, and help a long roster of local charities that includes the Palm Springs Art Museum and the AIDS Assistance Program, but to name two. In some cases, the Kellers’ catering business donates food and wine to non-profit organizations’ fundraisers. In others—such as the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala (an annual black tie soiree that benefits the Desert AIDS Project) or One Night Only (Rancho Mirage photographer Michael Childers’ long-running performance event that raises money for Jewish Family Services of the Desert)—Barbara volunteers as co-chair, not only sharing her considerable rolodex and enticing friends from near and far to join in her support of good causes but actually co-producing the events themselves. Jerry’s never met a silent auction he didn’t love, and the glamorous couple’s presence at any charitable affair gives it a high-class imprimatur that money just can’t buy.
The Kellers, who came to the desert from New York, often say that charitable giving gave them their life here. They also claim that they get back so much more than they give, which is hard to believe considering their endless largess. It’s no surprise that Barbara has earned her own place on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. When it comes to helping their neighbors in need, the Kellers are A-list celebs all the way! www.acquapazzabistro.com www.lulupalmsprings.com www.bistrosixty.com