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Desert AIDS Project honors Everyday Heroes

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Courtesy: Desert Aids Project

As December 1st marks World AIDS day, Desert AIDS Project honors Everyday Heroes at Palm Springs Cultural Center.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, shining a spotlight in this year's honorees: Molly Bondhus and Wil Stiles, Brett Klein, Fiona Foyston, and John Bingle Thompson.

The event shares inspirational stories of local volunteers and the countless ways people make a difference in our community.

This year honors the humanitarian legacy of Barbara Keller by introducing a Community Action Award bearing her name. The award presented to Molly Bondhus and Wil Stiles for donating brand new clothing, which has been sold at Revivals.

Molly Bondhus and Wil Stiles, owners of the Wil Stiles clothing store, said they have been donating anonymously for years never thinking the spotlight would ever be on them.

“Just overwhelming I mean to consider that we are receiving an award that has Barbara Keller’s named attached to it is making me stop and pause and kinda run away," said Bondhus.

Molly Bondhus talked about receiving the award named after Barbara Keller, a valley philanthropist and restaurant owner, who passed away this year. She was a major supporter of the Desert AIDS Project.

“Since we are receiving the award I guess we’re just have to step up and live inspired by everything that she did," said Bondhus.

The Desert AIDS Project said the couple has donated $500,000 worth of clothing to Revivals stores with sales at the stores supporting D.A.P.

“Their cause and their mission is something we have been attached to since we founded our first store in 1994," said Bondhus.

The couples expresses they will remain active in the LBGTQ and AIDS related charities and focus on other plans for the future.

“Go back to work. Time to make so money, time to dress up some people for the season," said Stiles.

Other honorees this year.

Brett Klein is is activist in local LGBTQ, and HIV + Aging healthcare. He currently serves as President of the HIV+Aging Research Project – Palm Springs (HARP-PS), which is focused on HIV+Aging research studies to improve the lives of those living with and affected by the disease.

Fiona Foyston, a long-time volunteer at Desert AIDS Project, has worked on behalf of the organization for nineteen years.

John Bingle Thompson, volunteer at Revivals Palm Springs store where he has helped since 2015. 

Dani Romero


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