CREATE Center for the Arts Holds First Fundraising Gala

April 05, 2022

Palm Desert, CA — CREATE Center for the Arts is set to host its first large-scale
fundraising event, The Blind Pig Experience, on April 8th from 5pm – 9pm at 73600
Alessandro Drive in Palm Desert. This speakeasy themed event is being held to
raise funds for CREATE Center for the Arts and its mission to create community
enrichment through the arts.
Guests at the gala are invited to step back into Palm Springs History and enjoy an
immersive speakeasy experience complete with different “clubs” to explore, a 1920s
costume contest, a selection of gaming tables, live blues and jazz music, drag bingo
with Rosemary Galore, and catering and drinks provided by Carousel Catering and
Sip, Sip, Taste.
The event will feature live performances by Blues legend, John Carey, and incredible
local talent, JAS Trio. Guests can try their luck at poker, craps, or roulette before
browsing galleries with the work of Carlo Wahlbeck, Susan Smith Evans, and Ming
C. Lowe.
The unveiling of the historic 139 Club walls from the original 1930s gambling
speakeasy in the Coachella Valley will also take place that night. The walls are
decorated with signatures of both local and international fame including the likes of
Rita Hayworth, Humphrey Bogart, and Chico Marx.
General admission tickets are available for $75; Club Hopper tickets are available for
$150 and include access to the cigar and whiskey lounge and the Champagne Silver
Screen Club; and VIP tickets are available for $350 which includes access to all
clubs, a VIP only bar and catered dinner. Tickets are available for purchase on the
CREATE Center for the Arts website at

139 Club – Enjoy poker and a little piece of Palm Springs history with the original
wall panels from the 139 Club on display.
Rainbow Room – Jump into Bingo hosted by local drag queen, Rosemary Galore,
and enjoy light refreshments
The Printed Pig – This is the studio to play craps and possibly score some
“counterfeit” CREATE cash.
Garden Games – This special studio is hosted by the Master Gardeners and
proceeds will help to host their programs. Enjoy garden games and plant prizes.
Silver Screen Champagne Lounge (Club Hopper Pass & Up) – Roulette games,
champagne and a chance to star in your own silver screen moment.
Cigar & Whiskey Lounge (Club Hopper Pass & Up) – Featuring live music from
the JAS Trio, cigars, whiskey and desserts.
VIP Blues Club (VIP Pass Only) – VIP guests will enjoy a three course meal by
Carousel Catering, wine service, live music from Blues legend John Carey, program
hosted by comedian Shann Carr, and access to a VIP only bar.
Members Only Sky Box – CREATE members at any ticket tier can enjoy this
exclusive experience in the Sky Box. Party above the action, enjoy an aerial view of
club goers below, and a private art sale from CREATE’s vault.


CREATE Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable arts organization
allowing for civic financial support, sponsorships and grants to support our mission of
creating community enrichment through the arts. CREATE Center for the Arts
connects the community to creative resources to drive innovation and collaborative
creation in the Coachella Valley.