Food Samaritans (AAP) announced today that the Desert Tennis Association will continue it long-time support of AAP by donating the proceeds from the upcoming 26th Annual 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. This is the 14th consecutive year that Desert Tennis Association (DTA) has supported AAP. The Palm Springs Open is an international tennis tournament run by the DTA that attracts more than 300 LGBT players from around the world. DTA is a non-profit corporation that organizes tennis events for the LGBT community in the Coachella Valley and raises funds for local charities. The tournament is free to the public, and the proceeds from a player banquet and silent auction will benefit AAP. The tournament schedule and more information is available at

The Palm Springs Open will take place on Thanksgiving weekend from Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Mission Hills Country Club, Desert Princess, Monterey Country Club, and Sunrise Country Club. 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, December 1, starting at 8 AM at Mission Hills.

The first night of the tournament will feature a Player Welcome Party. The event takes place on Thursday, November 28 from 7 to 9 PM at Hunter’s Palm Springs, 302 E. Arenas Road. A Player’s Banquet will be held at Mission Hills Country Club main clubhouse at 7 PM on Saturday, November 30. Tickets are $45 per person and include a no-host cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment, and silent auction/raffle. For tickets call Nabil Najjar at 310-418-7202.

“The Desert Tennis Association is honored to once again support AAP – Food Samaritans,” said Tournament Director Nabil Najjar. “AAP has an excellent track record of providing critical nutritional support services to low-income Coachella Valley residents who are living with a chronic illness. AAP is a great match for our organization, and we encourage everyone to donate what they can to this event, whether it is a gift certificate, raffle item or silent auction item.

“AAP has been the beneficiary of this Desert Tennis Association event since 2005, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support,” said Mark Anton, Executive Director of AAP – Food Samaritans. “This type of continued sponsorship directly funds our food voucher program, which helps the Valley’s most needful residents who struggle to maintain their strength and well-being.” For more information about AAP please call 760-325-8481 or visit