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SERVPRO of Palm Desert named Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Ronda Henry accepting the award as the Business Woman of the Year with her husband, Patrick Henry.

The 64th Annual Business Awards and Installation Dinner for the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce.   SERVPRO of Palm Desert was honored to be named one of the newest board members for the Chamber. We have many great ideas and excellent team members to interact with. 

The business awards were presented to:

Diane Kovalsky for the Chairman’s Achievement Award
Tammy Martin for Ambassador of the Year
Gil Reyes (Hotel PASEO) for Emerging Leader of the Year
Ronda Henry (SERVPRO of Palm Desert) for Business Woman of the Year
John Sloan (John Sloan Real Estate Group) for Business Man of the Year
Robert Half for Small Member Business of the Year
Desert Adventures for Medium Member Business of the Year
Renova Energy for Large Member Business of the Year
Loving All Animals Org for Non-Profit Business of the Year
Mary Helen Kelly for the Cris Romero Community Spirit Award
Eric Ceja for the City of Palm Desert Award of Excellence
Patrick Klein (The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village) for Citizen of the Year

Ronda Henry was selected by the Chamber because she is actively involved in the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce as a leader in our Profit Connection program, and in many Chamber events throughout the year.  She also has taken on leadership roles in community non-profit organizations.  Ronda has many events through out the year both in her personal life and professional with SERVPRO of Palm Desert. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. 

2018 California Desert Association of Realtors Scholarship Breakfast

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Valley students receiving their scholarship certificates

2018 California Desert Association of Realtors Scholarship Breakfast

California Desert Association of Realtors looks for students that want to continue their education at a local college and then aspire to look for a career right here in our community.

SERVPRO of Palm Desert was honored to be part of a committee that selected two candidates from Palm Desert High School, two candidates from Palm Springs High School & two candidates from Rancho Mirage High School for Scholarship Awards presented by California Desert Association of Realtors.

Local Coachella Valley High School Seniors were awarded Scholarships by the California Desert Association of Realtors. We were joined by over twenty two students from area public High Schools and we celebrated them for receiving $1000 scholarships from CDAR. The event was held at the beautiful, The Lakes Country Club.

Widespread Flu Across Most of U.S.

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Most severe flu season in years

More and more people are sick with the flu across the country and the American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help prevent the spread of the flu.

Influenza is now widespread in 46 states, up from 36 states just a few days ago. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the situation is similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, the most severe flu season in recent years. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. 


Flu vaccine is the best available way to protect against influenza. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an injectable flu vaccine as soon as possible. More information, including flu safety checklists in several languages, is available at the flu safety link above. To help stop the spread of influenza:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If traveling, handle your own belongings. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
  • Bring your own pillows and blankets if traveling – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.

THE FLU AND GIVING BLOOD The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage. Donors who are healthy and feeling well are urged to schedule donation appointments and invite others to do the same as soon as possible.

Individuals who are not feeling well on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood. Those who have the flu should wait until they no longer have flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Blood donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.

You can give blood after receiving the influenza vaccine if you are symptom-free and meet all other eligibility requirements. Neither the flu shot nor the intranasal vaccine is cause for a blood donation deferral, because there is no risk of transmitting influenza after receiving the vaccines.

DO I HAVE THE FLU? The common signs of influenza are high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). If you think you have the flu, call your health care provider. Seek immediate care if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fast breathing, trouble breathing or bluish skin color.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen (adults).
  • Confusion or sudden dizziness.
  • Not drinking enough fluids, not being able to eat, or severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • Not waking up, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or not interacting (children).
  • Fever with a rash (children).
  • No tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal (children).

CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH THE FLU If someone in your household does come down with the flu, the Red Cross wants you to know the best way to care for them:

  • Designate one person as the caregiver and have the other household members avoid close contact with that person so they won’t become sick.
  • Make sure the person stays at home and rests until 24 hours after the fever is gone.
  • Designate a sick room for the person if possible.
  • Keep the following either in the sick room or near the person: tissues, a trash can lined with a plastic trash bag, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, a cooler or pitcher with ice and drinks, a thermometer and a cup with straw or squeeze bottle to help with drinking.
  • Keep everyone’s personal items separate. All household members should avoid sharing pens, papers, clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, food or eating utensils unless cleaned between uses.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
  • Wash everyone’s dishes in the dishwasher or by hand using very hot water and soap.
  • Wash everyone’s clothes in a standard washing machine as you normally would. Use detergent and very hot water, tumble dry on a hot dryer setting and wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids.

DOWNLOAD FIRST AID APP The Red Cross First Aid app includes safety tips on influenza. Download the free app from the app store for your mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to

SERVPRO of Palm Desert named Affiliate of the Year

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Ronda Henry, SERVPRO of Palm Desert, Affiliate of the Year

CDAR held the 2018 Officers and Directors Installation Dinner at the Lakes Country Club. Over one hundred members and local dignitaries joined us as 2018 President Diane Busch was installed and sworn in by  2018 Women’s Council of REALTORS® President Elect Heather Ozur. 2018 C.A.R. President Elect Jared Martin led the installation of the 2018 Officers and Directors: President Elect Scott Newton, Treasurer Robin DuFault, Past President Diana Bernardi, Directors Linda Cappella, Wendy Formica, Mary Funk, Stacey Grande, Susan Marshall, Maurice Stone, Stephanie Taylor, and Stephenie Zinn.

We also recognized several CDAR members for their hard work in 2017. The 2017 REALTOR® of the Year award was given to Diana Bernardi, who has been a member since 2001, has served on nearly every CDAR committee, and served as CDAR President in 2017. She has also been an integral part of merger talks with the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®. Judy Zeigler, 2016 REALTOR® of the Year, presented the award.

The 2017 Affiliate of the Year was awarded to SERVPRO of Palm Desert, Ronda Henry, who has been a driving force on the Affiliate committee, in addition to serving as chair of the committee in 2018. Don Fese, 2016 Affiliate of the Year, presented the award.

Presidential Service Awards were given by President Diana Bernardi to Rich La Rue and Maurice Stone for their hard work with CDAR this year, and she also presented a gift to Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® President Lucio Bernal.

Eduardo Garcia, California State Assemblymember, Greg Wallis, the District Director for Assemblymember Chad Mayes, Greg Rodriguez, Legislative Analyst for Riverside County 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, and Glenn Miller, Indio City Councilmember, were on hand to present President Diana Bernardi and Directors Judy Horn and Carolyn Uhl with certificates thanking them for their service with CDAR leadership. Dignitaries and politicians on hand included Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik, Indian Wells Councilmember Dana Reed, Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Sabby Jonathan, Palm Desert Councilmember Gina Nestande, Rancho Mirage Mayor Pro Tem Richard Kite, Rancho Mirage Councilmember G. Dana Hobart and Rancho Mirage Councilmember Ted Weill.

Director Wendy Formica served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The invocation was provided by Floyd Rhoades of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mark Hughes of Coldwell Banker. 2018 C.A.R. President Elect Jared Martin led the de-installation of the 2017 CDAR Officers and Directors.

Sound the Alarm, Save A Life

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Team up with SERVPRO of Palm Desert, The American Red Cross and our local Fire Department

Sound the Alarm, Save a Life!


Every day 7 people die in home fires. You can help change that. This fall, the American Red Cross will team up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Volunteers will install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms in more than 100 at-risk communities across the country. The American Red Cross will also mark a major milestone - they will reach the 1-millionth smoke alarm installation since 2014!!


Help us in helping The American Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" about fire safety and prevent these needless tragedies.


SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO has renewed our commitment to the Red Cross by supporting the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aligns with SERVPRO of Palm Desert residential market and is aimed at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the Coachella Valley.


Go to to learn how you can make a difference.

2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Ronda Henry, SERVPRO of Palm Desert, giving blood at the Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

The 2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge is on! Coachella Valley communities are going head-to-head to collect the most LifeStream blood donations to assist local hospital patients.  Our very own, Ronda Henry of SERVPRO of Palm Desert gave her donation this past weekend at the Palm Desert Community Center.


Speaking of challenges, summer is the most challenging time of year for hospitals to maintain ample blood supplies for emergency and everyday needs. Your help at this time is especially critical!

Round up the neighbors – donate blood – make your city #1!


Those who give the gift of blood are helping everybody. Donating blood is one act in which society prospers. Think about it – there are no specifics from donors when it comes to giving blood, no questions as to their motivation, and no limits on the gratitude of those on the receiving end of this priceless gift. Clearly, blood donation matters.  At SERVPRO of Palm Desert, we care about saving lives in our Coachella Valley.



Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge Schedule:

PALM DESERT: Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Center, 43900 San Pablo Ave.

COACHELLA: Thursday, July 13, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Senior Center, 1540 7th St.

CATHEDRAL CITY: Friday, July 14, 12 – 6 p.m.
library, 33520 Date Palm Drive

LA QUINTA: Saturday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wellness Center, 78450 Avenida la Fonda

PALM SPRINGS: Wednesday, July 19, 12 – 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Teachers’ Association, 180 N. Luring Drive

INDIAN WELLS: Friday, July 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Indian Wells Golf Resort, 44500 Indian Wells Lane

RANCHO MIRAGE: Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
library, 71100 Highway 111

INDIO: Thursday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Teen Center, 81678 Ave. 46

DESERT HOT SPRINGS: Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness Center, 11750 Cholla Drive


For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, call 800-879-4484.

Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Month May 2014 - Robert Barber

6/10/2014 (Permalink)

Robert Barber - Ambassador of the Month - Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce

Robert Barber Business Development Representative from SERVPRO of Palm Desert has been named Ambassador of the Month for May 2014. Due to his hard work and dedication Robert continues to shine in our community and the beautiful City of Palm Desert.

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Golf Tournament

1/23/2014 (Permalink)

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Golf Tournament at The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.

On Monday January 20th SERVPRO of Palm Desert was privledged to represent on the beautiful "Classic Club" Golf Course to help raise money for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. We had a wonderful time and everyone was excited to help a worthy cause.

Red Cross Ready Rated at Our Savior Lutheran Church

12/10/2013 (Permalink)

Certificate of American Red Cross Ready Rating presented by Robert Barber from SERVPRO of Palm Desert.

Our Savior's Community Lutheran Church in Palm Springs has recently completed the American Red Cross Ready Rating. The staff with the assistance of Robert Barber from SERVPRO of Palm Desert went through the steps to be Ready for Any Emergency! What a great example to set for the community area.

CAI - Community Associations Institute Red Cross Ready Rating

11/21/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Palm Desert assisting the Coachella Valley CAI become Amereican Red Cross Ready!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAI! Stacy Estrada the Chief Executive Director for the Local Coachella Valley Chapter of the Community Association Instititue receives her Certificate from Robert Barber from SERVPRO of Palm Desert. The Community Associations Institute local office is now associated with the American Red Cross Ready Rating which helps businesses be prepared in the event of a natural disaster.


11/8/2013 (Permalink)

Premier Residential Services

SERVPRO of Palm Desert and Premier Residential Services have worked together over 18 years providing Excellent Service to customers in the Coachella Valley.

Premier Residiential Services provides a quality service to their customers which includes House Cleaning, Concierge Service, Handyman Services, Home Opening Services and Residiential Property Mangement. SERVPRO of Palm Desert has been trusted to do many Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Projects as well as Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.

If you are in need of their services please call 760-773-4081 or click on the link to the Premier Residential Services website for a free estimate or more information.

Red Cross Ready Rating - Wells Fargo Bank- Desert Gateway Branch

9/20/2013 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Nichole Hughes and Wells Fargo Bank - Desert Gateway Branch for becoming a 2013 American Red Cross Ready Rating Member. Thank you for letting SERVPRO of Palm Desert serve you and our community to become more prepared for any disaster! If you would like to know how you can become an American Red Cross Ready Rating Member, contact SERVPRO of Palm Desert today!

SERVPRO of Palm Desert Named Business of the Week

9/16/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Palm Desert will enjoy these great sandwiches from Port of Subs!

Local Radio Station 95.9 FM The Oasis named SERVPRO of Palm Desert Business of the week 9/9/13 and presented the staff with sandwiches from Port  of Subs on Friday 9/13/13. Such a Treat!

The staff at SERVPRO of Palm Desert were so excited and consider it an honor to be selected. The owner Neal Tauferner is proud of the hard work and dedication of his employees.

Tarbell Realtors Legal Seminar - SERVPRO of Palm Desert Sponsor

7/3/2013 (Permalink)

Tarbell Realtors Legal Seminar 2013 - SERVPRO of Palm Desert Breakfast Sponsor

There was a fantastic turn out for the Tarbell Realtors Legal Seminar. Over 70 Realtors attended and were treated to Breakfast by SERVPRO of Palm Desert , America West Natural Hazard Disclosures, and American Shield.

SERVPRO of Palm Desert is pleased to be a part of sharing the SERVPRO story to Tarbell Realtors.

Narrow Door - Miles Park

6/26/2013 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Palm Desert will be out tonight with the Narrow Door serving dinner to the homeless at Miles Park in Indio.

If you would like to help or donate please join us tonight at 7:00pm or call Aubrey @ 760-346-7270.