Rodeo Beneficiaries

Desert AIDS Project 2017 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,500



The mission of Desert AIDS Project is to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.  Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA.  D.A.P. offers primary care, HIV and hepatitis specialty care, dentistry, and behavioral health all-under-one-roof.  

The Center-Palm Springs LBGT Community Center

 2017 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,500

 2016 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,300

 2015 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000

 2014 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,000

 2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $750

The mission of The Center is to enrich the lives of the LGBT community.  A thriving, community-based organization, The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for members to enjoy health, wellness, educational and social programs, where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.  The Center advances their mission through senior programming, a clinical counseling and internship program, a weekly food bank, extensive social and recreational offerings, a free community cyber center, a growing volunteer program and periodic special events in the community.

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert  ●  1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA 92262  ●  (760) 416-7790  ●

City of Banning – SOARS Youth Scholarship Programs

 2017 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000     ●     2016 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000                       2015 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $3,000          2014 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000                      2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000

The City of Banning and the Parks & Recreations Department provide activities and scholarships for the youth & youth programs in Banning, CA.

White Rock Ranch Horse Rescue

2016 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,300    ●     2015 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,500

White Rock Ranch Horse Rescue and Retirement, Inc. was established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by Isabel Megli and her husband.  They carved the ranch out of five acres of undeveloped desert to create a nurturing habitat for the benefit of helping unwanted and abused horses.  The Megli’s acquired additional property that allows them to accommodate horses that are now ready for retirement for the rest of their lives.  White Rock Ranch Horse Rescue has become a fully operational facility in which over 400 horses have been rescued and rehabilitated for adoption or retirement. 

White Rock Ranch also introduces various groups of people to the fascinating culture of the horse through Horse Camp.  Isabel’s training in primary education, human resources, child development and healthcare have been instrumental in developing a Horse Camp program for youngsters that combines instruction in the care and rehabilitation of horses with sessions in horsemanship and basic skills needed to take on the responsibilities of horse ownership.

733 Geronimo Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284  ●  (951) 532-2417  ●

SANCTUARY Palm Springs

2016 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,300

SANCTUARY Palm Springs is a 2,800 square-foot residence that will house six young LGBT teens, ages 18-21, as they transition from foster care to independence.  Co-founded by filmmakers and lifelong activists for equality, David Rothmiller and LD Thompson have been foster dads in Washington State and now in California.

SANCTUARY Palm Springs offers a wide range of educational and skill building programs by providing LGBT teens in Foster Care a family home environment as they prepare to leave Foster Care and transition into life as adults. SANCTUARY Palm Springs offers a place of safety and stability. Emphasis on education and the arts is our mission. Psychological and emotional support are provided by our caring and trained professionals.

Life after foster care is an ongoing concern for LGBT youths in long-term facilities. SANCTUARY Palm Springs works with our residents to prepare them for transitioning into adulthood with emphasis on educational opportunities by providing them a safe and supportive home.  They can enter their adult lives understanding the value of community and become part of a larger LGBT family.

The Sanctuary Palm Springs     ●     (760) 766-3500     ● 

The Life Group L.A.

2015 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,500     ●     2014 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,000

The Life Group L.A. is a coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well-being.

Founded in 2005, The Life Group L.A. provides free of charge, much needed information and emotional support through medical forums, emotional support groups and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar.  All services are offered in a non-judgmental and save environment with compassion and understanding.

Safety, respect and confidentiality are the cornerstones of their philosophy.  They accomplish this by providing trained support group facilitators for emotional support groups and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar.  These facilitators have been trained in the art of active listening and conduct themselves with empathy and compassion.

7985 Santa Monica Blvd., #109-330, West Hollywood, CA 90046  ●  (888) 208-8081  ●

Friends of Roy's Foundation






 2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,500

Friends of Roy’s Foundation is a place with a very simple goal: to get people back on their feet, become self-sufficient, and return to a home of their own.  Named in honor of the late Riverside County Supervisor, Roy Wilson, The Center is the very first comprehensive resource center for the transitionally homeless in Coachella Valley. 

PO Box 10065, Palm Desert, CA 92255  ●  760-459-4762  ●

Shelter From The Storm

2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $2,500

Shelter From The Storm is the Coachella Valley's only shelter-based provider of emergency and adjunctive services to victims of the scourge that is domestic violence. We are also one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive providers of programs dedicated to abused women and children. Shelter From The Storm offers, in-house, all the core programs needed by families as they begin to create safe and healthy lives.

73550 Alessandro Dr., Suite 103, Palm Desert, CA 92260  ●  760-674-0400  ●

Heart 2 Heart Equine Rescue

2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,500

Heart2Heart Equine Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses of all breeds.  We work very closely with our rescues to help place unwanted horses in new homes and with the Humane Society and ASPCA.  We also work with Camp Rusk Foundation, in Ben Franklin, TX, a facility that provides a forever home for such horses that are now ready to retire, and those as their age and disability makes them impossible to place.

2976 Mojave Court, Highland, CA 92346  ●  951-805-6981/562-972-8199  ●

AIDS Assistance Program 

2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $1,250 (Plus $535 from GSGRA)

AIDS Assistance Program provides nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of low-income people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses throughout the Coachella Valley. 

1276 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 108, Palm Springs, CA 92262  ●  760-325-8481  ●

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert

2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 Hot Rodeo Partner Group     ●     2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $300

Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

2016 Hot Rodeo Partner Group          2013 Hot Rodeo Beneficiary – $500

OneOrlando Fund


2016 – Donation of $471 from Greater Palm Springs Rodeo Corporation and Hot Rodeo fundraising events to benefit the victims and families of the 6/12/2016 mass shooting at PULSE, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.