At the annual City of Palm Springs Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon on May 2, 2013 Harold Matzner will receive the 2nd annual Richard M. Milanovich Community Leadership Award.

Harold Matzner Palm Springs businessman, philanthropist, and humanitarian, will receive the 2nd annual Richard M. Milanovich Community Leadership Award on Thursday, May 2 at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ 3rd annual City of Palm Springs Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon.

The event, hosted by Mayor Steve Pougnet, will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, and will feature presentations by Palm Springs Police Chief Al Franz and Palm Springs Fire Chief John Allen.There will also be a memorial service for fallen police officers and firefighters.

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“The City of Palm Springs is happy to honour our brave and hardworking police and firefighters, and we appreciate them for everything they do every day to protect the safety of our citizens and tourists,” Mayor Steve Pougnet said.

“We’re also proud to honour community leader Harold Matzner, whose unwavering support for the Palm Springs destination cannot be emphasised.” We appreciate him on behalf of our citizens for always going above and beyond to guarantee that Palm Springs remains the best vacation destination in Southern California.”

Matzner is the Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Executive Vice Chair of the Palm Springs Art Museum, a funder of the upcoming Tachevah Block Party in downtown Palm Springs on April 17 and a Presenting Sponsor of the City of Palm Springs 75th Anniversary Celebration on April 20 at O’Donnell Golf Course. He’s not only that but the owner of Spencer’s at the Mountain and a major supporter of Palm Springs in large.

The men and women in uniform who fight to keep Palm Springs safe were treated to a volley of enthusiastic thank yous on Thursday.

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon provided an opportunity for local business executives to hear from the chiefs of the city’s police and fire departments.

The lunch was attended by around 250 persons at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Police Chief Al Franz emphasised work his department conducted in 2014, including collaborating with hotels to apprehend a wanted identity thief and collaborating with the Desert Water Agency to apprehend fire hydrant thieves.