Philanthropist Harold Matzner honored

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The 3rd annual Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce luncheon honored philanthropist Harold Matzner with the Richard M. Milanovich Community Service Award. The Palm Springs Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center Primrose Room on May 2nd.

Palm Springs Chamber President Andrew Starke gave the welcoming speech and introduced the Color guard. Mayor Steve Pougnet served as Master of Ceremonies along with KESP Local Channel 2 anchor, Brooke Beare.

Members of the Milanovich Family, Melissa and Tristan presented the Award. Tristan told of her fathers friendship with Harold Matzner over many years. She told of the many accomplishments Richard M. Milanovich and Harold Matzner did together for the Aqua Calinte Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Matzner has received many awards but considered this one special. He said he thought of Richard M. Milanovich every day and felt a great loss when Milanovich passed away. Matzner is Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is on the Board of Many Charities in the Valley. He has a large involvement in our community.

Fire Chief John Allen told the guests the volume of fires and the pride of the Fire Department in all they do to keep the valley safe. Police Chief Al Franz also spoke of the accomplishments of its officers and staff, the amount of calls they handled, the service to the community and its goals. Chief Franz announced its officer appreciation and dedication with the promotions given during the year.