By Patte Purcell

Our friends turned out for the last great Jazz Soiree at Venus De Fido before we move to Florida. Keisha D and Hearts of Soul had the ballroom packed and dancing. Deanna Bogart played the grand piano and sang in the Grand Foyer. She was joined by some of the desert’s best known people and entertainers. Michael DAngelo, BB Ingle and other guests sang a tune with her.

Outside in the Piazza, Joe Baldino played his new age Jazz guitar originals while guests and sponsors enjoyed the show. Slim Man, Frank Di Salvo, and other entertainers stopped by to say good bye.

We’d like to thank Lorie Loftus and Venus Di Fido who were perfect hosts for this event. The stunning venue has multiple rooms to cruise while going from one entertainment powerhouse to another. It is a spa, a fitness center, cafe, salt room, and dog groomer, in addition to all the rooms for entertainment. It’s a great location for events.

We’d like to thank our loyal sponsors, most importantly Coachella Valley Weekly for their amazing support over the years for our jazz events. Tracy Dietlin and Phil Lacombe stopped by to say good bye which was so appreciated. I love you guys! I will still be writing occasional columns for CV Weekly in Florida on national Jazz artists.

We wish to thank Jim Bendis (Crater Lake vodka) and his new CBD ‘Ablis’ for his consistent support over 9 years. We hope to continue that relationship when we get to Florida.

We welcomed ‘Better Homes and Gardens, Leaskou Partners’ as a sponsor.

Danny Stevens of “Aunt Beatty’s CBD topical” has been a friend and sponsor for several events.

Some new sponsors included “Royal Highness” a new cannabis dispensary opening soon in Palm Desert. We also thank “Gemstonz” with her full line of hemp and CBD products.

I’m including some of the pictures from the event. I also want to thank Christy Rucci and Mary Ann Rojo for their great photographs of the event.

We will miss our friends and California. Hope to see you in Florida!