First Public Event At The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage On Friday May 16. Fine Chef Prepared Dining and Entertainment By Hot Purple Energy

On Friday, May 16, United Way of the Desert is holding its 24th Annual VIP Gala: “Build A Pathway Out of Poverty,” hosted by Honorary Chair, Richard Kite. This is the first public event at the newly opened Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Tickets are $250 and $2500 for a Table of 10 Bronze Sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. California Elegant Attire is the evening’s dress. “We’re thrilled to be the first event at the newly opened Ritz-Carlton and hope that will encourage a large turn-out for our annual Gala,” said UWD Board President, Richard Houck.

Cocktails kick-off the Gala at 5:30 on the terrace 650 feet above the Valley floor. The festivities continues with a chef prepared dinner at 6:30 and a “Best of the Valley” gift raffle followed by a lively “Fund a Pathway” Live Auction. After dinner entertainment will be provided by the Hot Purple Energy All-Star Ensemble. All proceeds benefit the United Way of the Desert and the Pathways out of Poverty Community Impact Fund. For additional information on sponsorships and to purchase tickets call: 760-323-2731. May 9th is the final RSVP date. Limited Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities Remain Available

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