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Award-Winning Designer is Cited by AIDS Project

Tuesday 4 August 2009 @ 16:21 - GMT

The Desert AIDS Project will honour a costume designer, whose clients have ranged from Carol Burnett to Elton, at the 2010 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala.

Bob Mackie will receive an Arts and Activism Award during the February event.

Mackie has received nine Emmy Awards and three Academy Award nominations, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, and created a ready-to-wear clothing collection, the Mackie fragrance and home furnishings collections.

Mackie also lost his son to AIDS and held a New York auction from his personal archives of sketches and costumes, with a portion of the proceeds going to the EJAF.

As for the namesake of the accolade, the man founded Steve Chase Associates, his Rancho Mirage interior design firm, over two decades ago.

The designer was active for many years in community organisations, including the Desert AIDS Project. During his firm's formative stages, Chase offered design, consulting, and purchasing services to the McCallum Theatre, and years later, he gave $1.5 million and 132 works of art to the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

Chase was an annual participant in the Desert AIDS Walk. He also introduced his friends, business associates, and clients to the Desert AIDS Project and encouraged their financial and personal involvement. 

The California resident's professional honours include Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame Award, but the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards recognises his commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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