Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

New Year’s Eve Legacy Gala and Fundraiser

December 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2024 @ 1:00 am

$175.00 - $2,500.00
Join us for our New Year’s Eve Gala and Fundraiser where we’ll party, and raise funds to create a lasting impact in our community.

Welcome to Brothers of the Desert **New Year’s Eve Legacy Gala and Fundraiser**! Get ready to ring in the New Year in style. Join us on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at 8:00 PM at the stunning Margaritaville Grand Ballroom at 1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

Prepare for a night of celebration and giving back as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new. Our Legacy Gala and Fundraiser is the perfect opportunity to come together with friends, family, and the community to make a positive impact while having a blast!

Indulge in a night filled with delicious food, captivating live entertainment, and an atmosphere that will leave you in awe. Dance the night away with the multi-talented and incomparable Gennine Francis and to the beats of DJ Space, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your family and friends in our elegant venue. You will be serenaded by the sounds of the incredible Tommy Dodson as you enter the ballroom. Come dressed to impress in your favorite music era outfit if you wish.

By attending this event, you’ll not only have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, but you’ll also be contributing to a worthy cause. The funds raised during the gala will be used to support Brothers of the Desert’s various charitable initiatives, making a difference in our community.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to celebrate the New Year in style while making a positive impact. Grab your tickets now and join us for a night to remember at the **New Year’s Eve Legacy Gala and Fundraiser** in Palm Springs, CA!

Tickets are $175 per person until December 15, and $195 per person beginning December 16. The ticket includes a 3-course dinner with wine and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. There will be entertainment and dancing.

People can also become a Table Sponsor for $2,250 until December 15, and $2,500 beginning December 16. This includes a 3-course dinner with wine and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight, prime seating for (10) guests, and one drink ticket per guest, a special gift for the Table Sponsor, name on table, name listed in the official program book if purchased by December 5, name listed in Brothers of the Desert Drumbeat if purchased by December 20, and name listed on Brothers of the Desert website as an individual/couple sponsor.

Brothers of the Desert is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit membership organization with the mission of empowering Black gay men and our allies through advocacy, education, social connection, philanthropy, volunteerism, and mentorship.

Proceeds will benefit Brothers of the Desert’s community initiatives including our youth scholarships and free community wellness programming. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to Brothers of the Desert as part of your end of the year tax charitable contributions.

Donate to Brothers of the Desert

This event is open to everyone who would like to support our organization. Please share this event with family, friends, and associates who you would like to invite and bring in 2024.

For more information about the programs and services we offer, please visit our website.

Brothers of the Desert Website

Legacy Honorees

Sweet Baby J’ai

Charles Huff

Gabriel Maldonado

Sweet Baby J’ai is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, educator, and the Executive Producer of Sunset Music. Over nearly three decades, Sweet Baby J’ai has made a profound impact in the music and performance world. As an acclaimed event producer, she blends exceptional curation with versatile performance. She co-founded and served as the Artistic Director for prestigious festivals such as the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Juneteenth Jazz Fest, and Sweet Baby J’ai Presents. J’ai has a long history of leadership in the nonprofit, LGBTQ, and education sectors, chairing and serving on many boards. She recently served as the Executive Creative Director of the Educational Theatre Institute, is an award-winning arts educator and administrator in Los Angeles and Southern California, and has designed programs to help students build confidence, improve communication skills, critical thinking, and heighten creativity and professionalism – giving back and lifting up!

Charles Huff is the Director of Programs for the Mizell Center. He relocated to Palm Springs in 2011 with his beloved partner, Alexander of over 30 years after Alexander experienced some health issues. Sadly, Alexander passed away a year after moving to Palm Springs. As Charles got back into the world and workforce, there seemed to be a direct path to non-profit work. A stint with Brighthaus Marketing led him to DAP Health managing their volunteer program over 300 strong, The LGBTQ Center of the Desert, again volunteers and then development and now Mizell Center, as Director of Programs. Over the last decade Charles has established himself as a leader who can be trusted and gets the job done, a friend who holds your secrets like Fort Knox, a manager with compassion, empathy and strong work ethic. A supporter with deeds and donations. How one carries themself leaves a mark on the world, realized or not you’re leaving a mark. Charles has left his mark for all to see and appreciate. Charles has strived to walked with grace, love, humility and style.

Gabriel Maldonado is an activist, long-time community organizer, founder and Chief Executive Officer of TruEvolution. Founded in 2007, TruEvolution is a health and justice organization serving LGBTQ+, youth, seniors, and people living with HIV in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Formerly a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under President Barack Obama, Gabriel has worked in public, private, and industry spaces having served on the national advisory board for ViiV Healthcare, and advisory groups for Merck & Co and Gilead Sciences. Gabriel was the Co-Chair of the National HIV Prevention Conference in 2019 and has served previously on the board of directors for regional and global organizations. Currently,

Gabriel serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, the 2nd largest Planned Parenthood affiliated in the U.S, and in 2023 was appointed as an inaugural Commissioner by CA Governor Gavin Newsom to the Commission on Racial Equity.

Performances By

Gennine Francis

Originally discovered in a local talent show in 1971, Gennine was the youngest of the siblings that became the pop group “The Jackson Sisters”. Her professional singing career has evolved over the years and she is now recognized as one of the most talented vocalists of our time performing R&B, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Standards, and more!


I am a California native, born and raised in Compton. My musical history stems back to the age of eight when my sisters and I had a pop singing group (The Jacksonics). What started out as a dare – from the local boys who initially had a song/dance group every summer- ended up with us being noticed at one of several Talent Shows we entered that summer. After being “discovered” we were given the opportunity of a lifetime by entering the world of entertainment. We then went from “The Jacksonics,” to “The Jackson Sisters”.

We performed at places as small as nightclubs, rapidly climbing the ladder to venues such as Mavericks Flat and then further still to The Fabulous Forum, the Hollywood Palladium, the Ahmanson Theatre and more. We appeared on television on Soul Train, 90 Tonight (A special with Bob Bailey), A Couple of Dons (Don Rickles & Don Adams), telethons, and more.

We were blessed to perform and tour with some of the greatest: Billy Paul, Bill Cosby, Eddie Kendricks, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Three Dog Night, The Pointer Sisters, The Whispers, The Manhattans, Sisters Sledge, The Silvers, and many more. During our short career, we released an album and several single recordings including “Why Can’t We Be Just More Than Friends”, “Boy, You’re Dynamite”, and “I Believe In Miracles” which landed on the Billboard charts and is still being heavily played in clubs in both Europe and Asia. Since as far back as 1990, several CD’s & records/albums of “I Believe In Miracles” have been re-released and are being sold via the Internet.


September 2001 launched the re-establishment of my career as a performer. Thus far I have completed five CDs and am currently working on number six. My nightly venues past and present are: The Riviera, Palm Springs; Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert; The Hyatt Regency, Palm Springs; Wang’s In The Desert, Palm Springs; Legends, Palm Springs; Azul, Palm Springs; The Falls Steak House, La Quinta and Palm Springs; Blame It on Midnight, Palm Springs; Da Vinci’s, Beverly Hills; Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage; Jazzy Accents, Temecula; The St. Regis Resort & Spa, Laguna Niguel; The Sunset Room, Hacienda Heights; The Coachman Lounge, Riverside; and a host of private/corporate affairs covering the West to the East coasts.

Tommy Dodson

Music has always been the central focus in my life. At 13, I wrote “You Don’t Know How Much I Love You”. I recorded it with my local combo in a Kansas City recording studio, putting it on my own label, Dodson Records.

Having relocated to Los Angeles at age 17, I signed a management contract with Mus-Art Corporation. Mus-Art was able to land a recording contract for me with Capitol Records. I recorded “Cooperate,” and it was released on a subsidiary, “Main Sound Records”.

Shortly after, Mus-Art contracted me with the Las Vegas Revue “Funky Soul” as one of the headliners on their show. Once the show was over, I returned to LA and started my studies at California State University, majoring in music.

At age 18 I was drafted into the US Army and served a term in Viet Nam, whereupon my contract option with Capitol ended due to the inability to perform live. While in the military, I entertained often in the NCO Club on base.

After an honorable discharge from the military, I returned to Los Angeles and continued to entertain in local clubs and venues while resuming my studies at Cal State Los Angeles.

Along the way I developed an interest in nature photography, with a special interest in macro photography. I studied under noted California photographers Dede Gilman and Ernie Braun. My photographs have been published through Unicorn Stock agency and have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Guiding Light, A Manual of California Vegetation, Reader’s Digest, and many more.

I also worked as staff photographer with “Turning Point” magazine, a local California publication featuring events and personalities in and about the Black community.

From 1997 to 2001, I entertained on Crystal Cruise lines traveling the world. In 1998 and 2000, I did world cruises on the Crystal Symphony.

I’ve composed the music for three musicals: Booze, Blues, and Attitude, David and Jonathan, and Playing the Game.

In 2014, I relocated to the Palm Springs area where I continue to entertain at local musical venues.

I was a 2014 finalist for the McCallum Theater’s annual review “Open Call”. I’ve written one novel, Washed in the Blood, and currently am working on my second one.

I’ve recently begun creating monthly videos on YouTube entitled “From My Heart to You”. My purpose is to spread love through my voice and music. My lifelong motto has always been “Love is the answer”.

Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond has just hit the December issue of Palm Springs Life magazine for 2024. She has also just completed a sold out 4 night performance Dec 14-17 at the Annenberg theater in Palm Springs this Christmas with the PSGMC and had her annual Christmas Jazz and Blues nite at the Aqua Caliente Casino Dec 20th. It’s been a very Merry Christmas for her musically.Hope had just returned from a back to back sold out concert in Vancouver over the summer with a tribute to Tina, Etta and Ella to an all new audience there.You can hear Hope on YouTube with her holiday song “Have your self a Merry little Christmas “ Live from London. She also has a new CD out “AWAKEN available on Spotify ITunes and other media outlets. It is a Big band Album with a little Pop and a lot of jazz! It made the top 50 on the Jazz charts for 5 months.Hope has performed at the Long Beach Jazz Festival 2022, The Panama Jazz festival in the Panama Canal concert series there, and the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival 2022. She co produced and sang with the “Divas of the desert” show for the festival. . She is a Big Band vocalist with The Paul McDonald Big Band and has a Blues and jazz quartet.Hole is currently in production for a fabulous Phyliss Hyman tribute come spring!


DJ Space & Big Al are experienced DJs that have played at thousands of events. We have the leading mobile disc jockey service in the Los Angeles area! Choosing the right DJ is crucial to your event’s success. A professional Disc Jockey can read the crowd, determine which songs to play and how to keep your guests motivated to make sure everyone has a great time! DJ Space will entertain guests yet at the same time create long lasting memories of your night! Everything else can be perfect, but if the music is not great, the party will fizzle.

DJ Space and Big Al specialize in planning the most extravagant, Wedding Receptions, Birthday Parties, High School Dances, Proms, Homecomings, Fashion Shows and Corporate Sponsored Events, which accentuate the best of your style and taste.

Hotel Information:

Take advantage of the special Brother’s only discount if you book your stay at Margaritaville Hotel and Resort Palm Springs using the link below or by calling 866-403-1929. The reservation cutoff date is December 22, or before if the block of rooms is sold out. All reservations require a credit card on file to hold the reservation.

Margaritaville Hotel Reservations


December 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
January 1 @ 1:00 am
$175.00 - $2,500.00


Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States