Palm Springs LGBT center receives $100,000

Jeff Wolter of the Nesteggg Group (center) cuts the red ribbon at the Palm Springs food bank recently renamed the Nesteggg Food Bank at The Center, as City Councilman Rick Hutcheson (right), The Center Board Chairman Randy Lowe (left) and others look on. Photo by Will Dean

The “egg” phrases were flying Thursday at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s food bank in downtown Palm Springs.

Jeff Wolter, owner of the Nesteggg Group, said it was an “egg-cellent” and “egg-citing” occasion — with good reason. His financial and insurance services firm had just committed $100,000 to support the food bank during the next four years. And in return, the facility was renamed the Nesteggg Food Bank at The Center. It’s located at 610 S. Belardo Road.

For nearly three of the five years the food bank has been open, Nesteggg has done its accounting. During that time Wolter became familiar with the food bank and The Center’s other programs, and said he wanted to give back.

Gary Costa, interim executive director at The Center, says the food bank serves about 275 people each week.  Recipients are seniors and others who receive disability benefits. Nesteggg’s contribution will help cover food, staff and overhead expenses, Costa adds.

Wolter was recognized by Costa, The Center Board Chairman Randy Lowe, Palm Springs City Councilman Rick Hutcheson and others Thursday during the unveiling of the new name. It was also an occasion to  acknowledge another “egg-ceptional” contribution.

Earlier this week, Hickman Family Farms out of Arizona donated 900 dozen eggs to the food bank. The company provides eggs to grocery stores and other businesses across the Southwest, including between Arizona and San Diego.

Wolter says it will provide a couple hundred dozen eggs every week.

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Palm Springs LGBT center names temporary leader

Gary Costa

Gary Costa has stepped into the top staff position at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center), following the recent resignation of John O’Connor.

Costa was named interim executive director while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for O’Connor, who has started a new job as executive director of Equality California. Costa joined The Center staff earlier this year as O’Connor’s executive assistant.

Beginning in 1987, Costa has worked with and for many nonprofit organizations including the LA County HIV Planning Commission, Being Alive Los Angeles, and the Coachella Valley Autism Society.

Costa lives in Palm Springs with his partner, Stephen, and their 1-year-old terrier mix, Alton.

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