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The “Evening under the stars” gala canceled; organizers cite rising food prices, labor shortages

The "Evening under the stars" gala canceled;  organizers cite rising food prices, labor shortages

Rising food prices, a labor shortage and other supply chain issues led to the cancellation of one of Palm Springs’ most anticipated charity fundraising events, the Gala annual Evening Under the Stars.

The event is usually the biggest fundraiser of the year for AAP – Food Samaritans, a local non-profit organization that provides nutritional support to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. .

The gala was scheduled to take place at O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs on April 30.

The Coachella Valley social scene has been ravaged by the COVID pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Previously scheduled fundraisers and events have been canceled due to public health concerns despite the huge financial implications. Today, philanthropic organizations may face a new challenge: inflation, which can turn lucrative events into net losses.