RW

"So stand up. Speak out. When hatred shouts, silence constitutes endorsement.” - J.D. Horn

​​​​​RICH AND J.D. ESTABLISH FUND FOR CHARITABLE GIVING AND GRANTS:


In fall 2017, Rich and J.D. established a vehicle through the wealth management division of Bank of America for philanthropic activities. All contributions are and will be exclusively from Rich and J.D. and they are not looking for others to contribute. This  vehicle is funded from their trust and operates as a 501-C3, without overhead and with oversight from Bank of America's 501C-3 Charitable Giving Division. 100% of all funds go directly to the supported organizations.


The focus of the fund is to support organizations and activities (501-C3) that empower those groups under attack in the current environment of intolerance, ensuring equal access and human rights for all minorities: LGBTQ people, women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants and other minority groups, to fight against homophobia, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, hatred towards other non-Christian religious minorities, and xenophobia of all kinds. As an additional component, the fund's charitable giving also supports animal rights and rescue, to ensure their safety and humane treatment as part of a civilized society.​


In addition to their charitable fund, Rich and J.D. separately donate to political organizations and candidates including Emily's List, and other organizations and specific candidates that support the objective of their charitable fund through elections. 


UPCOMING EVENTS HOSTED BY RICH AND J.D. AT THEIR PALM SPRINGS HOME:


Please join Rich and J.D. at these events, and others that they sponsor/host, to help these important organizations, dedicated to improving the lives of the LGBTQ community. For more information, email Rich at rweissman@hotmail.com


Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm: Rich and J.D. will host a fundraiser for Modern Men, a Palm Springs gay chorus. 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6 pm: Rich and J.D. will host the end-of-season event for DAP (Desert Aids Project), an organization focused on providing health care to LGBTQ people and others in need.


RECENT EVENTS HOSTED BY RICH AND J.D, AT THEIR PALM SPRINGS HOME:

​​​​

Friday, December 14, 2018 Rich and J.D. hosted a fundraiser for NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights), a national organization dedicated to fighting for LGBTQ and other minority rights.


KEY GRANTS/DONATIONS:


GRANT TO HELP UNDERWRITE SHADES AND SHADOWS FOR DARK FICTION AUTHOR READING EVENTS
Rich and J.D. are key underwriters of the Shades and Shadows 2019 author reading events, supporting dark, horror and science fiction literature for debuting, emerging and established authors. The events' dates/timing  to-be-announced.  


GRANT TO THE PALM SPRINGS DANCE FESTIVAL FOR THE DIVERSITY SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Rich and J.D. are sponsoring "The Diversity Showcase" performance at Village Fest, downtown Palm Springs, on Thursday, March 7, 2019, providing a free outdoor evening dance performance for the community as part of the 2019 Palm Springs Dance Festival week. This festival brings together young people from diverse minority backgrounds and socio-economic groups to learn and participate in the dance festival in Palm Springs. Providing scholarships for helping these young people participate in the festival is an important part of the program. 


DONATION TO HRC (HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) TO CO-HOST PALM SPRINGS 2019 "HER" EVENT
Rich and J.D. are corporated sponsors of the HRC "HER" Annual Fundraising Event on Saturday, February 16, 2018, in Palm Springs. The "HER" Event focuses on empowering women in the LGBTQ fight for equality. This donation is outside of the the 501-C3 fund.

GRANT TO TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY COALITION

Rich and J.D. are "Emperor" sponsors for the Transgender Community Coalition for their wonderful work in providing suicide prevention, health care, housing and other needed support to the local transgender community.


GRANT TO PALM SPRINGS SANCTUARY

Rich and J.D. are "Guardian Angel" sponsors for the LGBTQ Sancuarty House in Palm Springs, providing support for residential, emotional, vocational, and educational needs of LGBTQ youth ages 18-21 as they transition from foster care to adulthood. These are young people who often have been abandoned by their families and are in need of such help.


GRANT TO PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER TO CO-HOST PALM SPRINGS 2018 "FAUX FUR BALL IV" EVENT
Rich and J.D. are co-hosting the 2019 Palm Springs Animal Shelter Annual "Faux Fur Ball" Fundraising Event on Saturday, April 6, 2019 . The shelter provides a variety of services to homeless animals in the area, including rescue, veterinary service, spay/neutering, and adoption for dogs, cats and other animals.


GRANT TO NCLR (NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS) AS GOLD CO-HOST SPONSORSHIP FOR THE PALM SPRINGS 2019 NCLR GARDEN PARTY 

Rich and J.D. are are gold co-hosts for the NCLR Annual Palm Springs Garden Party on Saturday April 6, 2019. This is NCLR's largest Palm Springs annual fundraising event. NCLR is a national organization dedicated to advocating for human rights for all LGBTQ people and other minorities through the judicial system.


DONATION AND PARTICIPATION IN DAP (DESERT AIDS PROJECT) ANNUAL FUNDRAISING WALK  WITH DEL SHORES' SORDID LIVES TEAM

Rich and J.D. donated to and joined Del Shores and the Sordid Lives team at the Annual DAP Aids Walk on Saturday, October 20, 2018 as part of the Sordid Lives and Sordid Wedding team headed by Del Shores. The walk is an important fundraising event for DAP.


DONATION TO HRC (HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) AS GOLD CO-HOST SPONSORSHIP FOR THE PALM SPRINGS 2018 HRC GARDEN PARTY
Rich and J.D. were gold co-hosts of the HRC Annual Palm Springs Garden Party on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Palm Springs. The Garden Party is Palm Springs' largest annual fundraising event for HRC. This donation is outside of the the 501-C3 fund.


GRANT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Rich and J.D. donated to Planned Parenthood for their wonderful work in providing support to women's health. In these difficult times, organizations like Planned Parenthood need support.


GRANT TO SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS FOR "DIRECTOR" SPONSORSHIP TO HELP UNDERWRITE “UNBREAKABLE” LGBTQ MUSICAL CONCERT
Rich and J.D. were "Director" Sponsors of SFGMC, helping underwrite the 40th SFGMC Anniversary premier of the commissioned “Unbreakable” musical concert, performed over the 2018 San Francisco Pride weekend June 22 and 23, 2018. “Unbreakable” is a masterful and provocative musical journey of the past 120-year LGBTQ struggle for acceptance and civil rights. The chorus commissioned Andrew Lippa (Tony Award-nominated composer, who wrote “I Am Harvey Milk”, “The Addams Family, “Big Fish”, “The Wild Party”) to write this original work. Special guest artists include Andrew Lippa, internationally acclaimed soprano Lisa Vroman, Broadway’s Britney Coleman, and rising tenor Marcus J. Paige. The SFGMC’s mission is to “create extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism, and compassion” – the foundation for the kind of music the chorus performs and how they demonstrate activism in the LGBTQ community, through the leadership of Executive Director Chris Verduga and Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Timothy Seelig, role models for gay choruses throughout the nation.
 

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT STUDENT/FACULTY LGBTQ EVENT FOR "FREEDOM TO MARRY" FILM
Rich and J.D. hosted the "The Freedom To Marry" film at the College of the Desert (COD) in Palm Desert for students and faculty (no charge to attend event) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, with standing room only. COD announced wonderful new LGBTQ programs at the event, and many local organizations were present supporting the film, including COD’s Gay/Straight Alliance, Safe Schools Desert Cities (local high school GSA's), LGBT Community Center, HRC, L-Fund, and Desert Business Association. Rich spoke about the battle that took decades of ups and downs with many dark days, and the tenacity and grit of the heroic LGBTQ leaders, including Evan Wolfson, Marc Solomon, Kate Kendell, Mary Bonauto and others, who truly changed history. Rich and J.D. will continue to bring the film and speakers to universities, colleges and high schools.


PALM SPRINGS COMMUNITY LGBTQ EVENT FOR "FREEDOM TO MARRY" FILM

Rich and J.D. hosted the "Freedom To Marry" matinee and evening Palm Springs Premier of the film on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. There were no charges for tickets (and no fundraising) to see the full-length feature documentary. Rich and J.D. also hosted a reception for attendees to meet the speakers and other dignitaries. LGBTQ leaders, and human rights organizations and the community at large attended to see the epic story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. Evan Wolfson, founder and living legend behind marriage equality, spoke at the event. Evan now works internationally, bringing marriage equality to many nations throughout the world. Evan was joined by Kate Kendell (Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights) who appears in the film, Misha Isaak (General Counsel to Oregon Governor Kate Brown) who litigated and won marriage equality for Oregon, and Geoff Kors (Palm Springs CIty Council Member) who served on the Freedom To Marry national board. And, the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and  Modern Men chorus performed.


GRANT TO PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER TO CO-HOST PALM SPRINGS 2018 "FAUX FUR BALL IV" EVENT

Rich and J.D. co-hosted the Palm Springs Animal Shelter Annual "Faux Fur Ball" Fundraising Event on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Palm Springs. The shelter provides a variety of services to homeless animals in the area, including rescue, veterinary service, spay/neutering, and adoption for dogs, cats and other animals.


GRANT TO NCLR (NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS) TO CO-HOST PALM SPRINGS 2018 GARDEN PARTY EVENT

Rich and J.D. co-hosted the NCLR Annual Palm Springs Garden Fundraising Event on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Pond Estate in Palm Springs. NCLR is a national organization dedicated to advocating for human rights for all LGBTQ people through the judicial system.


DONATION TO HRC (HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) TO CO-HOST PALM SPRINGS 2018 "HER" EVENT

Rich and J.D. co-hosted the HRC "HER" Annual Fundraising Event on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Palm Springs. The "HER" Event focuses on empowering women in the LGBTQ fight for equality. This donation is outside of the the 501-C3 fund.


​​​​FUND RECIPIENTS TO-DATE:


2019 Contributions To-Date:

-  Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter 2019 Full Ball Event Sponsor www.psanimalshelter

-  Sanctuary Palm Springs 2019 Guardian Angel Sponsor  www.sanctuarypalmsprings.org

-  Transgender Community Coalition 2019 Emperor Sponsor www.transcc.org 

-  Palm Springs Dance Festival 2019 Diversity Showcase Sponsor www.palmspringsdancefest.com 

-  Shades and Shadows 2019 Events Underwriter www.shadesandshadows.org

-  NCLR (National Center For Lesbian Rights) and Palm Springs 2019 Garden Party Event Co-Host www.nclrights.org

-  DAP (Desert Aids Project) 2019 Partners For Life Contributors www.desertaidsproject.org

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2019 Federal Club Contributors www.hrc.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2019 HRC "HER" Event Sponsor www.hrc.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

Emily's List (Supporting Progressive Women Candidates) Supporter www.emilyslist.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)


​​2018 Contributions:

-  Animal Samaritans Sponsor www.animalsamaritans.org

-  DAP (Desert Aids Project) 2018 Aids Walk for Del Shores Team www.desertaidsproject.org

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2019 Gold Sponsor Palm Springs Garden Party www.hrc.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable        giving)

-  San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus  for 2018 "Unbreakable" Concert as "Director" Sponsor www.sfgmc.org

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2018 Federal Club Contributors (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2018 "HER" Event Sponsor www.hrc.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  DAP (Desert Aids Project) 2018 Partners For Life Contributors www.desertaidsproject.org

-  NCLR (National Center For Lesbian Rights) and Palm Springs 2018 Garden Party Event Co-Host www.nclrights.org

-  Palm Springs Cultural Center (Freedom To Marry event) www.thepalmspringsculturalcenter.org

​-  Freedom To Marry (Freedom To Marry Event) www.freedomtomarry.org
-  Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter 2018 Fur Ball Event Sponsor www.psanimalshlter.org

-  Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org


2017 Contributions:

-  DAP (Desert Aids Project) 2017 Partners For Life Contributors www.desertaidsproject.org

-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) 2017 Federal Club Contributors www.hrc.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) www.aclu.org (not a 501-C3 - outside of charitable giving)

-  NCLR (National Center For Lesbian Rights) www.nclrights.org

-  Human Dignity Coalition Central Oregon  for Pride Sponsor in Honor of Cliff Cook www.humandignitycoalition.org

-  Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org

-  American Red Cross  for Hurricane Harvey www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey

-  Unidos Por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief Fund) www.unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

-  Rocket Dog Rescue (Bay Area Dog Rescue group that rescued little Kirby) www.rocketdogrescue.org

-  Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus www.psgmc.com

-  Modern Men Chorus www.modernmen.org 

-  San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus  for 2017 Lavender Pen Tour www.sfgmc.org


​​In addition, J.D. donated 100% of his net royalties (paid royalties less agent commission) for all book sales made in the month of September, 2017 to charities that combat the menace who defile our nation with racism, misogyny, homophobia, and hatred of Jews and Muslims and other minorities. His net royalties for September sales were split evenly among the following organizations:


-  Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org  (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)
-  NAACP www.naacp.org
-  Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org
-  Lambda Legal www.lambdalegal.org
-  The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org
-  EMILY's List www.emilyslist.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)
-  Anti-Defamation League www.adl.org