When I Rise VI honors Ronni Sanlo and Kelly Watson, life partners (and legally married to one another), each with amazing personal achievements and talent, which, when combined, truly make them a Power Couple.

When I Rise, benefiting and created by Opera Arts, recognizes an individual or individuals who have overcome unfair obstacles in life and have risen against those odds to become outstanding human beings.  Such individuals show up in the world as artists, athletes, activists, professionals, as workers, and more.  These are people who embody the true human spirit and who have forged a path that others recognize as a noble endeavor.

Nicholas Snow and #PromoHomoTV were LIVE with three-part coverage of the evening, including:


(Above) An interview with co-chairs Barbara Carpenter and Arlene Rosenthal, and honorees Ronni Sanlo and Kelly Watson, poolside during the cocktail reception.




(Above) The awards presentation and acceptance speeches.



(Above) The spectacular musical performance which topped off the evening, featuring Shana Blake, Soprano and Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano; with Victoria Kirsch at the piano.

OperaArts endeavors to bring the artistic experience to the residents of the Coachella Valley and to the community’s children.  They do this by creating programs of Opera, operetta, musical theater, dance, art and other expressive arts for the enjoyment, enlightenment and betterment of all.
OperaArts is committed to bringing these experiences to the youth in the Coachella Valley, both in the schools and through their educational outreach programs.  For more information, visit OperaArtsPalmSprings.org.