DAP Health celebrated significant milestones of its Vision Forward campaign at a dedication ceremony on May 4. At the event, attendees met the campaign’s generous donors and learned about the organization’s Vision Forward strategy to extend healthcare to residents of the Coachella Valley.
It had been more than two years since many donors had visited the DAP campus, and many were visibly impressed at how the organization had grown during the pandemic. This end-of-season event was the perfect opportunity for donors to see their support in action.
After a happy hour reception that featured a full bar and delicious bites (including mini Reuben sliders). Lulu Catering and Eventsthe tour began in the new Marc Byrd Psychiatric Clinicmade possible by a local philanthropist (and contributing to the desert scene). Al Jones.
“Marc Byrd was my husband of 26 years who died of pneumonia of unknown cause,” Jones told those present. “He was HIV positive and undetectable for over 30 years and was taking his daily medication of 19 pills. But in the spring of 2018 he was suffering from depression. He made a secret decision, which he did not share with me, to stop taking his medication… The result of hiding his depression and not taking his medication… resulted in a significantly compromised immune system…
“Depression is a silent killer, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why I made this contribution to DAP Health in honor of Marc, so that there can be a full mental health department that complements the overall health program.”
dispenser Scottish carpwho sponsored Marc Byrd’s reception area with his husband said: “lance and was honored to participate in the new mental health clinic because of the great need of our community.”
The group was next led into the Sue Burnside group roomat the psychiatric hospital, wherespender Burnside happily greeted guests.
“I’m from Palm Springs,” she said. “I just love this whole concept of group therapy. It was really great for me as a kid. I got kicked out of boarding school, I was a grumpy kid, so I’m so excited to have the opportunity to donate this space… It’s not only going to help gay people, it’s going to help people with addictions. And I think the reality of group therapy is that it really reconnects people, and they see themselves in the eyes of other people… I really think people’s lives are going to be transformed in that space.”
The participants were also introduced to the Karla Kjellin-Elder and Jeff Elder Social Service Winga clinical bullpen made possible by Dane Notothe reception area of the Orange Clinic, donated by Steve Tobin and Johnny Krupa of Grace Helen Spearman Foundationthat Jack Pugh Charitable Trust Chiropractic Suite — Yellow Clinic — and the reception area for the Blue Clinic, sponsored by Mike Fedderson and Tom McClaywho were not present.
the end of the event was David BrinkmanCEO of DAP Health, who thanked all of the organization’s benefactors for their support.
DAP Health’s mission is to improve and promote the health and well-being of the community. For more information or to volunteer or donate, visit daphealth.org.