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2017 Democrats of the Desert Recap and 2018 News!

November / December Blue Power Months

Bring Crowds and Much Needed Holiday Party Donations!

Plan NOW for an exciting start of 2018!

Message from Rob Westwood, President, Democrats of the Desert

November and December were Democrats of the Desert Blue Power Months as large crowds attended several key events,

including the DOD annual holiday party where some 300 new toys and gifts and two large bins of items were donated to

the Galilee Center's Mecca Migrant Workers Comfort Center.

Kicking off November were two DOD sponsored fund raising events in support of Joy Silver, candidate for the 28th district state Senate race.

A reception with wine and cheese was held at Heritage Palms Country Club in Indio where some 60 folks spent a beautiful Saturday

afternoon hearing from Joy. Commented Joy: "I will leave no Stone unturned in my bid to unseat" Republican state senator Jeff Stone,

who occupies the position currently.

Following that, DOD held a second wine and cheese Meet and Greet for Joy at Date Palm Country Club, attended by more than 75 members

and guests. DOD President Rob Westwood introduced newly elected city council candidate and DOD member Christy Holstege, who

received a warm, minute- long standing ovation for her victory before Christy introduced Joy. Joy spoke for 20 minutes about her

campaign and her promise to take on Jeff Stone's right leaning policies and positions on social issues. She too received a standing ovation

and was presented a check for $1000 from Democrats of the Desert President Westwood.

Voter registration coordinated by DOD interim Vice President Pris Richardson continued at the Palm Springs Thursday street fair. Several

DOD members joined Pris as the group assisted Stonewall Democratic club members at the weekly fair.

December was a huge month for DOD with the annual holiday party held at Date Palm and a fund raising reception held for Riverside County

Supervisor Manny Perez.

Over 100 gathered for the holiday party, where some 300 donated new toys and gifts packed the area around the Christmas tree. A festive mood

filled Date Palm and members brought amazingly delicious appetizers and desserts to keep hungry folks happy. There were entertaining

youth folklorico dancers, wine and beverages, as Date Palm was filled with good joy and positive energy! An additional two large bins

of donated towels, blankets, and toiletry items were collected for the Migrant Workers Center.

Guest speaker was newly elected Riverside County Democratic Party Chair Steve Ruth Also in attendance was previous Chair

Howard Katz. Elle K was there to sell Democrat related t-shirts, button/car stickers, etc for the Democratic Headquarters of the Desert,

and to proclaim that the HQ will be open five days a week beginning early in 2018.

Surprise guest at the party: Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, his wife Monica and twins Skye and Sage! The Congressman took the mic to

congratulate DOD on its generous contributions to the Mecca Center, reminding folks that he worked the fields as a child, and knows the

unique needs of farm workers and their families, especially at holiday times. It was a grand party indeed !

Capping out the month was the reception for Supervisor Perez, this time held at the California Teachers Association office