Well In The Desert Says Thanks At Spencer’s

The Bougainvillea Room at Spencer’s Restaurant was filled with 140 Well in the Desert supporters honoring Visionary Award winners for their work with the homeless.  The Well in the Desert organization has not only improved the quality of life in Palm Springs, but has fed, showered,…

Waring Piano Competition: Light As A Feather

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort theater played host to the Waring International Piano Competition where feathers and fundraising were featured. Jack and Patti Grundhofer were honored with the Waring’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for years of their low-key philanthropy. Fellow philanthropist and Waring’s 2014 honoree…

College Of The Desert Event Full Of Good News

The on-campus event held at the College Of the Desert was, in a word, beautiful–down to the weather, backdrop, and food served. Among the announcements were a guaranteed, full-tuition, two-year scholarship program for the class of 2018 freshmen and plans for a new Digital Education…

Eisenhower Health ‘Just Imagine’

The “Just Imagine” fundraising gala aimed at bringing Eisenhower Health even closer to achieving their vision of “world class healthcare” was a tremendous success, raising $4 million. The proceeds will go towards purchasing a third robotic DaVinci Surgical System. The evening itself was elegant, to…

Steve Chase Gala Raises $6 Million In One Night For Healthcare Home

An astounding success, the 24th annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala raised $6 million, all the while celebrating the biggest names in philanthropy and rolling out a welcoming red carpet complete with fashion show-level glamour. Said producing sponsor Harold Matzner (who donated $50k), “Palm Springs…

The Write Stuff: 5th Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

Pulitzer-prize winners like A. Scott Berg and Bret Stephens were among the keynote speakers at the 5th Annual Rancho Mirage Writer’s Festival “Angels Only,” which hosts a forum and face-to-face atmosphere where readers and authors can meet. The theme this year was “Glorianna Britannia.” Also…

Desert Arc recognizes community leaders for their support

Desert Arc, a nonprofit grouped aimed at creating opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, acknowledged the leaders and businesses which have championed their cause. Among the recognized were Eisenhower Health,  JFK Memorial Hospital, Palm Springs Disposal, Destination PSP, Renova Solar. Sacred Heart Church, steered by…

An Oral History of Mr. Palm Springs, As Told By Friends & Colleagues

Spencer’s owner, philanthropist, Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Horatio Alger Award-winner Harold Matzner is a man held in high regard by his friends and associates. Now, they retell their experiences with him, touching on his charismatic personality, business acumen, and accomplishments… Click Here…

At POP 2017, Pets Were The Accessories of Choice

The Omni Rancho Las Palmas Ballroom in Rancho Mirage was host to the 19th annual Pets on Parade Awards Luncheon and silent auction for adoptable animals, where major underwriters included the likes of philanthropist Harold Matzner, Malinda Bustos, and Bonnie and Kurt Campbell… Click Here…

Harold Matzner’s Latest Namesake is One Big Baby

One of the Living Desert’s youngest denizens is Harold, a baby giraffe whose namesake is Palm Spring’s own Harold Matzner, a long-time supporter and recent donator of $50,000. His philanthropy goes towards further conservation efforts of wildlife in Africa, educational trips, and improving infrastructure of the…

Tools for Tomorrow honors local philanthropists Barbara and Jerry Keller

The Tools for Tomorrow Vision for the Future Awards Luncheon showcased unique art, honored educators and students, and presented Barbara and Jerry Keller with the Vision For the Future Award. The program emphasizes writing, painting, music, literature, and performing arts for students–all made possible through the fundraising…

Successful Annenberg Theater Opening Delights an Enthusiastic Crowd

Harold Matzner and fellow high-profile sponsors like Donna MacMillan and Arlene & Jordan Schnitzer were treated by a spectacular act from singer-actress Megan Hilty at the theater’s opening night  The event was extravagantly catered by none other than Spencer’s restaurant. To Read Original Article at The Desert Sun, Click…

Harold Matzner Says Farewell to Coachella Valley Icon Mel Haber

Coachella Valley icon Mel Haber passed away recently, but he left behind good memories and a lasting image. Restaurateur and philanthropist Harold Matzner called Haber “a huge asset to the community” and referred to him as a “lovable character.” To Read Full Article at The…

Harold Matzner: Distinguished Honoree At Sunday Night Fever 2016

 ACT for MS, a local non-profit that provides therapy sessions, mobility assistance and other special support programs for free to those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, recently held its annual March benefit gala honoring philanthropist Harold Matzner and remembering its founder Gloria Greer.  The event raised an…

Harold Matzner honored by Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

If you have not toured Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, you have not seen all of the desert’s truly unique attractions. It is like a huge, historic time machine, transporting visitors back, back in time to the old west – ancient artifacts, dirt paths, and all….

Harold Matzner Sponsors Croatian Girls Choir Performance At Event

By Vicki Blythin “Holiday in Palm Springs,” an event held and sponsored by the Hyatt Palm Springs, featured the global singing sensations, “Little Stars,” an all – girl choir from Zagreb, Croatia. They are touring the country with their creator, Conductor/Maestro Zdravko Sljivac . The…

Harold Matzner Helps Star Power Take Stage At Gala

By Bruce Fessier Fans lined the street across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, waiting for a glimpse of the stars being honored Saturday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. When Bryan Cranston, a local favorite as part owner of the Cinemas…

Harold Matzner Receives COD Citizens of Distinction Award

Betty Francis Just how distinctive were the Citizens of Distinction honored by COD last week? Well, any five-some that can lure 360 busy socialites to a midweek luncheon during high season has got to be pretty darn distinctive! And so they were: Donna Jean Darby, who…

Harold Matzner Raises A Paddle For Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) opening night and gala on Sept. 19 broke all previous records, raising $785,000 for the symphony’s education programs and more, and kicking off the season in grand style. The amount raised was almost 30 percent more than the previous year, with…

Harold Matzner Underwrites Willie Nelson performance at McCallum Theatre

By Betty Francis The sold-out-with-a-waiting list crowd that filled the McCallum Theatre for last week’s Willie Nelson concert knew exactly what they wanted: The same thing that iconic philanthropists Jackie Autry and R.D. Hubbard wanted … to hear Willie Nelson sing — no more, no…