Local Chapters and Events



For nearly 60 years, members of the Desert Communities have dedicated their time and talents to raise funds and awareness for the battle against life-threatening diseases. Through their tireless efforts, millions of dollars have been raised to support City of Hope's lifesaving work.
Desert Communities Women's Council
The Desert Women's Council was formed in 1996 by a small group of women who were interested in producing a fundraiser that was different than your usual “black tie”. In 1998 the first Hike 4 Hope event raised $50,000 and to date this signature event has raised nearly $4M for women's cancer research & treatment at City of Hope. Current President: Eileen Stern
Gems of the Desert
The Gems of the Desert Chapter was formed in 2001 to raise funds for diabetes and cancer research and treatment at City of Hope. Their annual events include a welcome back reception/membership drive, member dinner and golf tournament. Through the generosity of the membership and the community, the Gems have raised over $4M to date. Current Co-Presidents: Richard Stenton and Earl Matzkin
Palm Springs Music & Entertainment Group
Our newest group, formed by Morris Diamond and Alice Harnell, is made up of retired music and entertainment industry members and executives.



Hike 4 Hope
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Gems of the Desert
Desert Gems Charity Golf Tournament

Desert Horizons Country Club, Indian Wells