By Madeline Zuckerman

Desert Arc, a leading nonprofit established within the Coachella Valley in 1959, is celebrating its 65th Anniversary of enhancing the quality of life and creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Desert Ac is throwing a grand party on Saturday, November 18, 2023, and is inviting the community-at-large to come celebrate!

Everyone is invited to come join in the festivities and bring the kids, bring the parents, or just bring themselves and come out to the Desert Arc Italian Festival & Car Show on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Southwest Church, located at 44–175 Washington Street in Indian Wells (corner of Fred Waring Drive and Washington Street).  Admission and Parking are free!  Guests will be able to enjoy a Car Show provided by The Palm Springs Corvette Club, The Scorpions Car Club, and The Palm Springs Cruise Association.  Entertainment will consist of students performing from Cathedral City High School, La Quinta High School, Palm Desert High School, and Xavier College Preparatory High School.

“Mario’s Italian Cafés have for over 40 years been a true friend of Desert Arc,” said Mario Del Guidice, Owner of the numerous Mario’s Italian Cafes located throughout the Coachella Valley. “I do whatever I can  always to help Desert Arc, because the programs and services they provide for people with disabilities is awe inspiring.  I just want to be known as a loyal friend to Desert Arc.”


During the event, guests will be able to purchase food along with snacks at minimal prices, featuring an Italian Lunch plate for $10, a BBQ Lunch plate for $10, a pizza slice for $5 and dessert for $5.  Snow cones, kettle corn, soft drinks and water will also be available for purchase.

This well-deserved celebration is being generously underwritten by Mario Del Guidice, Owner of Mario’s Italian Cafés, with 100% of proceeds being donated back to Desert Arc.  Southwest Church is hosting this event on their expansive grounds.

“The community’s participation in this celebratory fundraiser for Desert Arc will make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc. “Our goal is to raise $ 30,000 in support of our impactful programs that are not funded by the State of California.”

Desert Arc’s Italian Festival & Car Show promises a fun time, good food, and entertainment for the entire family!  For event information and reservations, please call 760.346.1611 or visit

About Desert Arc

Desert Arc is a leading nonprofit, with an impressive 65-year history of providing comprehensive services for over 700 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Coachella Valley, the Morongo Basin, and outlying desert communities.   Since its founding in 1959, Desert Arc has champion the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, guided by its mission to enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities. The vision is to increase the choices, capabilities, and independence of adults with disabilities. The comprehensive programs such as its adult day program, or design to give each individual, the most vulnerable members of our society, a safe and supported, persons centric resource base to reach their highest potential to live, work, and socialize in the community. Desert Arc is also dedicated to social innovation and it’s created a variety of enterprises providing business services for companies and individuals. These include shredding and recycling, landscape maintenance, janitorial and for filming divisions, providing hands-on training and pay jobs for Desert our clients. Over it’s consistent and financially sound history, Desert Arc has been making a difference in the lives of so many people with disabilities!

Desert Arc’s main headquarters is located on Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, consisting of three buildings totaling 50,000 feet of space. In addition, Desert Arc has a Recycling Center and Transportation Depot in Indio and another program site in Yucca Valley.

For more information and how you can assist Desert Arc with vital programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please call 760.346.1611 or visit