April 27, 2015 | by Compete Network
April Community Heros: Brett Klein and Stacy Louis



Brett Klein

President, Dining Out For Life International 2014-2016 Events & Retail Marketing Manager, Desert AIDS Project Palm Springs, California 

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.27.27 PMACTIVE IN LOCAL POLITICS AND HIV/AIDS healthcare, Brett has served in many leadership and committee roles. Brett co-founded the Coachella Valley Bicycle Coalition and chairs the City of Palm Springs committee on Active Transportation. Brett is also the current president of Dining Out For Life International Association. The last Thursday in April the organization stages its annual “Dine Out, Fight AIDS” event in over 53 cities. In 2015 these events will collectively raise more than $4 million for HIV/AIDS services.

Brett is a marketing, special event and fundraising development specialist. For more than 30 years he
has worked beside business and community leaders, volunteers and service groups. Understanding the importance of team-building, he works in partnership with many local LGBT groups and volunteers to promote and encourage wellness and exercise. Brett is a leader

in the region’s Active Transportation activities and initiatives, specifically biking and walking for a healthier community.

Over the years, Brett has played LGBT competitive beach and indoor volleyball with the North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) across the nation and is now actively focused on cycling. Having completed multiple California AIDS rides and volunteered with AIDS LifeCycle fundraising events and training rides, cycling is foremost in Brett’s mind these days—if he can’t be out riding his bike then helping to craft the future of biking efforts in the desert is what matters most. Brett lives in Palm Springs with his lifelong partner Sean and their two beautiful dappled Dachshund boys.


Stacy Louis

Owner, Stacy’s @ Melrose since 2013 Phoenix, Arizona 

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.29.19 PMAS A PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE PHOENIX area community, Stacy has worked hard to create a warm, friendly and inclusive gathering place that makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. As the owner of Stacy’s @ Melrose, he has contributed a significant amount of time, energy and money to the community he serves.

A gold medal billiards player, Stacy has participated in four Gay Games since 2002. In 2014 he was a medal winner again at Gay Games 9 held in the Ohio areas of Cleveland and Akron. More than an avid billiards player, however, he is truly committed to making Phoenix a bet- ter place for everyone – including the LGBT community.

Through hard work and determination, Stacy strongly supports many local sports leagues and teams, including the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL), Cactus Cities Softball League (CCSL), Phoenix Unified Gay Bowling Alliance (PUGBA) and many others.

Stacy’s @ Melrose has held fundraising events for many area nonprofit organizations, including one n ten and Joshua Tree Feeding Program as well as an array of other important charities.

Whether he is hosting a cocktail party for former NFL athlete Esera Tuaolo, airing national sports tournaments on his flat screen TVs or welcoming newly arrived Phoenicians to the Melrose District, Stacy Louis is known for making everyone feel welcome at his place.



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