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Miracle on El Paseo Set to Light Up Valley Sky

Miracle on El Paseo Set to Light Up Valley Sky

By Manny Dela Rosa. CREATED Nov 20, 2013

KMIR NBC and KPSE MyNetwork are once again thrilled to team up with Bighorn Bam for Miracle on El Paseo happening this Saturday, Nov. 23rd.  

Bighorn Bam is dedicated to providing critical funding needed to help in the diagnosis, treatment, research, services, and education for those affected by all cancers.  It's just another way for KMIR to help Make the Coachella Valley a Better Place to Live.  

Baseball legend, Steve Garvey, will serve as honorary chair.  The National League MVP and World Champion, and cancer survivor will help flip the swich on 2013 Holidays!  

Join Gino LaMont and Elizabeth Beaubien as they host the entertainment stage.  

Hosted by The Shops on El Paseo, the street festival and shopping extravaganza will feature grand illumination of El Paseo's 60-foot "Tree of Lights," season's first snowfall, and professional ice skaters.

It's fun for the entire family!  Tickets have been discounted to $50 a piece.  To buy tickets, call 760-610-8218, or you can click here.  

We hope to see you there!   

Here's the official press release:

PALM DESERT, Calif. – The Shops on El Paseo, the premiere luxury shopping destination in the Coachella Valley, will kick-off the Holiday Season on Saturday, November 23 with A MIRACLE ON EL PASEO celebrating BIGHORN Behind A Miracle (BAM) from 5 to 8 pm for the fifth consecutive year.

The event will feature the grand illumination of the 60-foot El Paseo Christmas Tree, tastes and sprits from the Valley’s top restaurants and wineries, the season’s first guaranteed snowfall, special events at participating retailers and spectacular Holiday entertainment.

This year’s Honorary Chairman will be Steve Garvey - a name synonymous with excellence and success - who will flip the switch on the El Paseo Christmas Tree with it’s thousands of lights seen for miles throughout the Coachella Valley. One of baseball's most popular and durable players during one of baseball's greatest era's, Steve Garvey is known to even the most casual of baseball fans everywhere. A 10-time All Star and 1974 National League MVP, Garvey is destined for enshrinement at Cooperstown.

Starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in his illustrious career, Steve Garvey was nicknamed the "Iron Man" for setting the National League consecutive games record with 1,207 straight. In the fall of 2012, Garvey underwent an operation to treat prostate cancer, and now continues to raise awareness for diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

BIGHORN BAM is dedicated to providing critical funding needed to help in the diagnosis, treatment, research, services and education for those affected by all cancers – expanding their reach last season through their equipment donation, transportation and support services. Inspired to save the lives of Coachella Valley cancer patients, BIGHORN BAM reached an astounding $3.3 million in fundraising in six short years through a passionate, collaborative effort.

On November 23rd, this world famous shopping district will be transformed into a winter wonderland with magical events and fun activities for young and old alike including “Peppermint Lane,” “Twinkle Alley” and “Candyland” areas from St. John to Wolfgang Puck Pizza | Bar. The City of Palm Desert has agreed to close El Paseo between Monterey and Ocotillo to allow for the Holiday street festival, performances and ice skating rink featuring professional skaters as a part of the evening’s Holiday launch.

A percentage of sales that night and throughout the next week will be donated to support BIGHORN BAM in their efforts to support cancer patient services, breast cancer diagnostic technologies and educational scholarships. From Nov 23 to Dec 7, 2013 present the “Miracle Card” and 10% of sales at Bottega Veneta, James Perse, St. John, Optical Shop of Aspen, Burberry, Chico’s and Ralph Lauren will be donated. Present this card at Leggiadro Nov 23 to Nov 26, 2013 and 10% of sales will be donated. On Nov 23 only, Gucci, Theodore, Stuart Weitzman will donate 10% of sales. Card must be presented at check out for a percentage of your sales to be donated to BIGHORN BAM.

The dynamic pop-rock ensemble, “Night Shift” of Citrus College, returns as the event’s house band.  Whether performing to audiences of thousands in Japan or being the summer house band at The Hyatt in Maui, “Night Shift” is known for their consistent, high-energy performances. Alumni have gone on to perform with No Doubt, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, and in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri.

Local restaurants offering Holiday tastes include Wolfgang Puck Pizza|Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Daily Grill, Mastro’s Steakhouse, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, New Leaf Catering, Lavendar Bistro and Rockwood Grill.

Guests will also get the chance to meet Mr. Kringle and his merry entourage throughout the night. Mr. Kringle presents a new and unique aesthetic, concept, story, cast of supporting characters, as well as multiple related attractions that provide a twist for the family tradition of getting a holiday photo with Santa Claus. Mr. Kringle offers these activities in a fully immersive "Kringle-ized" environment that stimulates the imagination and encourages creative play. Professional photos with Mr. Kringle will be available for $29.99 on USB flash with a percentage to benefit BIGHORN BAM. 

“I am so excited to give back to Eisenhower, “ says Selby Dunham, BIGHORN BAM Founder and a breast cancer survivor of eight years. “After all, they gave me my life.” The organization marks its seventh year and is considered to be one of the largest private fundraisers benefiting cancer for Eisenhower Medical Center and also issues grants to a variety of causes helping to fight cancer from Palm Springs to La Quinta including the Pendleton Foundation.

Fred Fern, developer and managing partner of The Shops on El Paseo is honored to partner with BIGHORN BAM for the fifth consecutive year. “On behalf of our retailers, we are honored to work with BIGHORN BAM in their efforts to make miracles happen everyday in the Coachella Valley for people who are battling cancer. It’s truly remarkable what BIGHORN BAM has accomplished in six short years. We hope A Miracle on El Paseo benefiting BIGHORN Behind A Miracle becomes a Valley tradition as our version the Rockefeller Center Lighting Ceremony of the Desert.”

The festivities will be the centerpiece of a 30-minute Holiday TV Special premiering on KMIR NBC (TWC Channel 13) on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm prior to NBC’s national telecast of the Rockefeller Lighting Ceremony with encore airings on KPSE MYNetwork (TWC Channel 20) through Christmas Day. The program will be hosted by KMIR's Gino LaMont and Elizabeth Beaubien. Check local listings for times.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at or via telephone at 760.610.8218.