Jeffrey Sanker, founder of White Party Palm Springs, has passed away after a long battle with liver cancer.
The White Party Palm Springs Instagram posted a tribute,
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of beloved White Party founder Jeffrey Sanker. For more than four decades, Jeffrey’s zest for life and love of celebration drove him to create a safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate our unique individuality and collective magic.
Sanker’s signature event was the White Party Palm Springs, which has been held for over 30 years which always includes several days of tea dances, cocktail hours, pool parties, and live shows.
His events often featured celebrity DJs and well-known queer entertainers and allies, like Boy George, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Ke$ha, Deborah Cox and other stars.
But according to Queerty,
The gay nightlife king was not without controversy. Last year, he received criticism for ignoring COVID safety protocols when he hosted a week of events in Mexico celebrating the New Year that resulted in that now-infamous shipwreck.
In addition to circuit parties and other celebrations, Sanker also produced charity events for various non-profits, including Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), The Trevor Project, and Desert AIDS Project.
In 2014, he was honored with a star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Sanker’s mother and sister were at his bedside when he died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in LA.