The Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary’s 17th annual Dessert Soiree Charity Benefit and Auction held on April 6 was an amazing event whose success was due to the support of the attendees and the generosity of the businesses and individuals who helped make this event possible.

This year’s major recipient was the Morongo Basin Humane Society, a no-kill shelter located in Joshua Tree. Because they receive most of their funding support from local contributors, the Dessert Soirée brought them a much-needed financial boost. With the over $28,000 raised at this year’s event, $20,000 will go the Humane Society, with the remainder going to fund the community projects of Yucca Valley Sunset Rotary.

We give a special “thank you” to this year’s event sponsors: Pacific Western Bank (Canine Crusader), Tortoise Rock Casino (Cuddly Kitten), Five Star Gym & Fitness and Bernadette & Vince Ingalls (Pampered Pooches). 

We are also very thankful to the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Desert for their help and use of their venue, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award teens and YVHS student volunteers.

It just wouldn’t be an auction without our amazing auctioneers, Dan Letourneau and Sunset Rotary Past President Chris Gubler. For our live auction items, we thank Vickie Bridenstine, Crossroads Café, Donna Davies, Gubler Orchids, Sarah Holland — Joshua Tree Cottages, Karen Howes, Joshua Tree National Park, MazAmar Art Pottery, Nancy Miehle, Pappy & Harriet’s, Judy Price, Scott & Becki Vowles and Holland America Line.

We extend a sincere “thank you” to our popular “Deal Or No Deal” game sponsors: All Seasons Fireplaces, Pools & Spas, Lynda Adams — Power Real Estate, Patti Brown — The Loan Lady, Copy Center Plus, Hill’s Towing, Pacific Western Bank, McDonald’s, Ron’s Automotive, Tire Pros and Yucca Auto Body. 

San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor Dawn Rowe was the $1,000 winner in the “Deal Or No Deal” game. She generously donated her entire winnings, which was matched on the spot by a personal donation from Chris Gubler. 

Upon receiving the cash, MBHS President Mimi Mitz pledged another $1,000 to the shelter. Other winners donating a portion of their winnings were Janet Sullivan and Bob TenBrook. 

Thank you, Dawn, Chris, Mimi, Janet and Bob for your unexpected and most appreciated generosity.

For donations to the silent auction items and live auction packages, “Deal Or No Deal” prizes and “Gift Card Gamble” certificates we extend our sincere appreciation to: Agua Caliente Casino, Aquarius — Laughlin, Linda Bailey, Beauty Bubble Salon & Museum, Vickie Bridenstine, Cactus Flower, city of Desert Hot Springs, R. Collver, Desert Rebel, Doggie Style Pet Grooming, D’Place Entertainment, Edgewater Colorado Belle, Falkner Winery — Temecula, Fantasy Springs Casino, Fire On The Mesa, Lynda Hanlin, Hawk’s Landing, Hi-Desert Acupuncture Center, Home Depot, Hornblower Cruises, Walt Holmes, Integratron, Allie Irwin — Masseuse, J & KM Creations, Joshua Tree Coffee Company, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree Rock Shop, Jumbo Rock Café & Restaurant, Jennifer Jungwirth, Kaiser Family Restaurants, Kelly’s Future, Kimi Grill, Little Italy, Mimi Mitz, Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Morongo Basin Humane Society, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Napa Auto Parts, Naturalives Day Spa, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Kelly O’Sullivan, Wally Pacholka, Palm Springs Aerial Tram, Palm Springs Air Museum, Jan Peters, Rainbow Stew, Christy Reynolds, Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort, Route 62 Vintage Marketplace, San Diego Zoo, Sandy Paws, Maria Selva, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Starbucks, Theatre 29, Mary Towne, Sue Tsuda, 2 Guys Pies, Valley Independent Printing, VCA Yucca Valley Animal Hospital and Yucca Rentals.

This year we introduced the “Best Baker in the Basin” cake competition. Thank you to our fabulous finalists: Cindy Badgett, Kat Ferguson, Paula Finefrock, Ruth Robbins, Charlene Swing, Chuck Uyeda and Debbie Waggoner. Congratulations to Charlene, winner of the “Golden Spatula” award and Chuck, winner of the Peoples’ Choice award.

If we have forgotten anyone, please forgive us. We were truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the businesses and people of our community. Thank you all!

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