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      5th ANNIVERSARY DINNER (2008)      


In 2003, on the first Sunday of Advent, Dignity Palm Springs celebrated its very first Mass.  It was, therefore, deemed fitting to observe with appropriate festivities the fifth anniversary of the chapter in the Fall of 2008.  That was done with a celebratory dinner at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, on Saturday, November 8.  Shown below are candid photos taken at the event.


In the photo above, Bill LaMarche, the chairperson of the chapter's governing
Council, extends a heartfelt welcome to all at the celebration.  The event was
attended by 40 persons.



The Guest Speaker for the event was Fr. Ned Reidy, co-pastor of the Pathfinder
Community of the Risen Christ, in Bermuda Dunes, California.  The community
is a part of the the Diocese of the Ecumenical Catholic Communities, in Orange
County, California.  Fr. Ned spoke movingly of his own frustrating experiences
dealing with his then R.C. Bishop when the latter became dissatisfied with his
ministry at the Newman Center at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert,
California; and Fr. Ned invited all to visit or take part in the activities of his
new faith community, particularly its seminars on church-renewal initiatives.



At the event, the chapter made a $1,000 cash grant from its AIDS Fund to each of
two agencies engaged in the greater Palm Springs area in assisting persons who
are living with HIV/AIDS.  The agencies are: AIDS Assistance Project, which was
represented at the event by Walter Reed, its Executive Director (at the left in the
photo above); and Working Wonders, which was represented at the event by Josie
Diaz, its Project Development Director (at the right in the photo above).



Among those in attendance were long-time partners Jerry (who also serves on the
chapter's governing Council as Liturgy co-chairperson) and Ron.  They are shown
left to right in the photo above.



Members and long-time partners Irma and Karen (left to right) hob knob with Los
Angeles chapter member Keith (at the far left in the photo above)



Member Richard and long-time partners/members Jerry and Bill are
shown left to right in the photo above.



Members and long-time partners Greg and Martín are shown left to right in the
photo above.



Two visitors from the Los Angeles chapter are shown above: Jason (at the left in
the photo above) is current president of that chapter; and Tom (at the right in the
photo above) is a long-time member and former president of that chapter.



Fr. Ned informally hobnobs with Bob.
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