Tennis tournament returns to benefit AAP – Food Samaritans

AAP – Food Samaritans (AAP) announced Monday that the Desert Tennis Association will continue it long-time support of AAP by donating the proceeds from the upcoming Palm Springs Open to AAP to support its food voucher program for low-income Coachella Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

The Palm Springs Open is an international tennis tournament run by the DTA that attracts more than 300 LGBTQ players from around the world. DTA is a non-profit corporation that organizes tennis events for the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley and raises funds for local charities. The tournament is free to the public, and the proceeds from a silent auction will benefit AAP.

Since 2001, the Desert Tennis Association is proud to have donated more than $100,000 to AAP – Food Samaritans.

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The Palm Springs Open will take place on Thanksgiving weekend from Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28, 2021, at the Mission Hills Country Club, Monterey Country Club, Sunrise Country Club, and Ruth Hardy Park. Admission is free to all who would like to watch players from all around the world compete in one of the largest LGBTQ tennis tournaments. Semi-finals and finals will be on Sunday, November 28, starting at 8 AM at Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

A Player Welcome Party will take place on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving) from 7 to 9 PM at Hunter’s Palm Springs, 302 E. Arenas Road. A no-cost Player’s party with a silent auction and raffle benefitting AAP – Food Samaritans will also be held at Hunter’s at 7 PM on Saturday, November 27. For more information, please visit or call Nabil Najjar at 310-418-7202. The tournament schedule will be posted soon.

“The Desert Tennis Association is honored to once again support this charity,” said Tournament Director Nabil Najjar. “AAP – Food Samaritans is a beacon of hope in our community, helping those among us who need it most. We encourage everyone to donate what they can to this event, whether it is a gift certificate, raffle item or silent auction item. We have a tremendous list of sponsors this year including Main Sponsors: Ably Apparel, Cat Moe & John Nelson, and Las Casuelas Terraza. Additional sponsors include Red Jeep Tours, Gary Dorothy’s Imageville Gallery, Trader Joe’s, Transgender Health and  Wellness Center, David Whitworth, John Bomgardner, Dunlop Sports, Tropicale Palm Springs, Hunter’s  Bar, Blackbook, Eton Cabazon Outlets, Nike Tennis Camps, Maverick Tennis and the Tennis Coalition of  Palm Springs.”

“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Desert Tennis Association, helping to provide nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses,” said Mark  Anton, Executive Director of AAP – Food Samaritans. For more information about AAP please call 760- 325-8481 or visit

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