White Party Promoter Jeffrey Sanker Under Fire for Throwing New Year’s Eve Party in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico During Pandemic

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Jeffrey Sanker, the founder of White Party, believed to be the largest gay circuit party in the U.S., is under fire for hosting what critics are calling a “super spreader event” as White Party Entertainment Inc. moves forward with a series of White Party New Years events in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico this weekend. The party goes on despite surging COVID-19 numbers in Southern California where Los Angeles County health officials recorded 290 deaths today, Thursday, December 31, 2020, making it the highest number of deaths in a single day, which add up to a death toll of 10,345 people.

“Ring in the New Year in sunny Mexico!!! UNITY!!! New Years Weekend 20/21” Reads an EventBrite ticket events page organized by White Party Entertainment Inc. “Ring in the New Year at White Party – UNITY. We are ready to welcome you to the ultimate New Year’s weekend getaway!!! What better way to be ringing in 2021 than dancing on the beach watching the magical sunset of Mexico !!! Dance the night away under the beautiful starry skies at this years Main Event!!!!”

The event promises a New Years Weekend 2021 event lineup of events, which include:

  • Wednesday December 30th, 9pm WPPV New Years Main Event will have you dancing away under the stars with our WP GOGO gods all night long to the beats of INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR DJ BEN BAKSON (Germany) with opening set by DJ Sam Gee (Canada).
  • Friday January 1st get ready to SAIL AWAY to the first LEGENDARY BEACH PARTY of the year with International Superstar DJ Dan Slater (Australia) .
  • Friday January 1st, 9pm come to our Brazilian Carnival with International Superstar DJ Liza Rodriguez (Brazil).
  • Sunday January 3rd, is where you will want to be for TROPICAL JUNGLE LEGENDARY BEACH PARTY with International Superstar DJ Anne Louise (Brazil)

The event posted health and safety guidelines, which include: Limited Event Capacity; Temperature Checks; Mandatory Masks required for entry to all venues; ALL State Health Guidelines strictly enforced for ALL guests. We are doing our part to keep guest safe and encourage you to do your part as well.”

The safety guidelines were not to the satisfactory to many in the LGBT community who are following stay at home orders this New year’s Eve.

A leaked EventBrite venue information posted on the Los Angeles Blade website has community members fuming–especially when directions ask for discretion and ticket holders are not allowed to share information via photos and video footage to avoid causing any issues with the public.

“Hey Jeffrey Sanker, our gente in Mexico are dying from COVID-19.” Posted Eddie Martinez on his Facebook timeline. “Do the right thing and cancel your circuit party in Puerto Vallarta for NYE or we will target and boycott your future Palm Springs white party sponsors.”

“Should those who travel to attend Jeffrey Sanker’s party in Puerto Vallarta be allowed back into the US after attending such a dangerous & irresponsible event? Asked Karl Schmid. “And how can Eventbrite support such events during this pandemic?!”

“I’ll say it again, Jeffrey Sanker is a vile, despicable creature, and if you are attending this or any other party in what is perhaps the single biggest public health crisis of our lives, you too are a vapid, hollow human being,” posted Los Angeles attorney and prominent member of the LGBT community, Craig Charles Sargeant. “Oh and if you support this man and justify his behavior because “poor Jeffrey needs the money” you’re just as hideous. 🎤 mic drop.”

Seargeant practiced law at Duran Law Group, before leaving in 2015 to start his own firm, Law Office of Craig Charles.

Unity was originally scheduled to take place in Puerto Vallarta. That venue was cancelled after the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board sent out the following statement: Per the current state government mandate related to COVID-19, all private and public events of more than 8 people are strictly forbidden. All public festivities in the state of Jalisco have been cancelled, including the previously promoted White Party Weekend at Mantamar Beach Club & Sushi. Local authorities are aware of all previously planned events and are prepared to respond in a timely manner should any activity take place that is in opposition to local mandates.”

The venue was moved to Nuevo Vallarta which does not have restrictions on large gatherings.

The Los Angeles Blade reports that Mexico has experienced more than 126,000 deaths from COVID-19 and is also currently experiencing a new rapid surge. Nearly 13,000 new cases were reported Wednesday with 990 deaths. The state of Jalisco which has a population of 8 million reported 456 new cases and 52 additional deaths.

As of Wednesday the state of Nayarit is under the orange status of Mexico’s “Traffic Light” monitoring system. All businesses, and organizations continue to operate at 50% capacity with social distancing, which includes the hotel industry, beaches and tours. The state of Nayarit which has a population of 1.8 million, on Wednesday reported 19 new cases and 7 new deaths.

On December 28, 2020, Public Health Officials updated an oder requiring all travelers to quarantine upon returning to Los Angeles. “For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19,” reads the order. “The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms. If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others. All it takes is one unfortunate encounter with an individual with COVID-19 for you to become infected, and sadly, for you to go on and infect others.

Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities. If you need help during your self-quarantine, such as finding assistance to help get groceries, there are resources available by calling 211 or visiting the Public Health website.”

Jeffrey Sanker Presents White Party Palm Springs 2020 was moved to Halloween Night, December 31, 2020, due to the health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Halloween White Party still took place in Puerto. White Party Palm Springs 2020 was re-scheduled to the most current date of  April 21-26 2021. White Party 2020 tickets were non-refundable.

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Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

Sad that Mr. Sanker is holding superspreader events to make a quick buck. Also sad to see people risking their lives for parties that are so mediocre. La Demence it’s not. Hopefully the state will step in and revoke his business license, and the city of Palm Springs will ban future events from this monster.

LLS
LLS
5 months ago

As one of the few who attended the very first 1988 Memorial Day White Party Dance, one night only, in the “ballroom” (small cramped room at the bottom of the escalator, wood rectangular bar, and no air conditioning) $15. admission ticket price, Laura Brannigan performed. It was called the White Party because social dress codes, Palm Springs was still The Hollywood in the Desert from the 1930s era, dictated that white clothing (SHOES!) was acceptable from Memorial Day through Labor Day only, and from Labor Day to Memorial Day It was socially acceptable to wear black clothing, hence the Black… Read more »

hollywierdo
hollywierdo
5 months ago

I don’t condone what is happening here but To be fair Jeffrey is not the only one throwing this parties. It’s not fair to single him out when there were New Years Eve parties in Los Vegas and Miami. This is a reflection on the weho gays because they are buying what is being sold to them. Jeffrey is only supplying the demand. That is all.

LLS
LLS
5 months ago
Reply to  hollywierdo

The LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Fire Island, Miami, P-Town parties were canceled, the underground parties were busted, shut down and heavily fined. This is not a reflection on WeHo, because Circuit Parties gather people from everywhere, it’s a reflection of the promoter who doesn’t even care about your experience or not, it’s all about the profit margin.

:dpb
:dpb
5 months ago

Absolutely disgusting. Sanker should be arrested for gross negligence and assault with a deadly weapon. He and his DJs, entertainers and participants should also be denied re-entry to the US and held for 14 days in detainment.

LLS
LLS
5 months ago
Reply to  :dpb

:dpb, disgusting – absolutely, but arrested and charged for the behaviors and free will of others, no. I believe that you’re right about they all should be quarantined, but fines should be levied and paid to healthcare organizations. His focus now is the same as it was in the late 1980s and 1990s, $$$.

Care About Others
Care About Others
5 months ago

When everyone in the gay community in the 80’s were dying of AIDS, I became an activist to help make the rest of the population care, understand, and lean ways to stop the spread of this terrible disease. For you to hold something like this while your hospitals are full of sick and dying Covid patients, while I’m literally seeing several people in my newsfeed every day saying they have Covid, and some of them are now hospitalized, or that their family members just died…. this is the height of selfish, uncaring, and likely deadly behavior. I hope you don’t… Read more »

Crusader
5 months ago

Sanker does not give a hoot about anyone’s health. In the 1990s, he barred me from distributing condoms as an AIDS volunteer in a Palm Springs hotel lobby that hosted the White Party. However, the hotel was on the side of public health and gave me permission to distribute them at the front entrance, which was okay with me. He was a total douche about the whole thing!

Judy Reed
Judy Reed
5 months ago

Got over people,do You know how much money Jeffrey Sanker has brought into Palm Springs,thru the White Party,what happens in Mexico is none of are business.

Mexico has different rules,I have known Jeffrey since I was19yrs old.
,he has put on some of the best parties from DC,Studio 54 NYC,LA
He would never put anybody in jeopardy,Obviously You haters have never been part of the experience that is the White Party.

:dpb
:dpb
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

You are very wrong. I have attended almost 20 White Parties (19 to be specific). I even dated Sanker many years ago. To put a monetary price in his gross negligence is negligence in its self. It’s not like he didn’t have a choice to postpone or cancel the weekend party. Covid has been in play for 10 months now and there are hundreds of documented cases of travelers returning from Mexico and getting COVID and spreading it to others in the US. You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting monetary gain over lives.

:dpb
:dpb
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

Btw Judy, you are wrong, when the Meningitis outbreak happened about 9 years ago, Sanker still held the White Party. In Palm Springs. One person died and a number of people got sick and hospitalized. Kindly take note.

Covid Survivor
Covid Survivor
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

Just because you are ALSO a selfish, shitty bitch, doesn’t make Jeffery the Super Spreader Douche canoe any less despicable and evil.

#GaysOverCovid

TC TC
TC TC
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

You sound like a moron. It’s not a time to care about the money or the “best parties” we’re talking about people’s lives you and Jeffrey are both trash humans I guess.

Ram Ranch
Ram Ranch
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

Wow. What does he have on YOU to motivate you to post such an unbelievable, ridiculous, fantastical testimony? The guy was weeping outside his bar a couple weeks back, claiming Covid was killing his revenue and possibly his business. Now he holds a mask-less event out of US jurisdiction? Not a good look.

Chef Bernie
Chef Bernie
5 months ago

Time to “Clap Back” and boycott White party palm springs with the city of palm springs involved.

Judy Reed
Judy Reed
5 months ago
Reply to  Chef Bernie

I take it You have never been part of the White Party or the revenue it brings to Palm Springs,You should research before You speak!!!!!

Amanda Hugankis
Amanda Hugankis
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

People defending this aweful behavior by money grabbers in the gay community always point to one thing “money”. Who cares if people die as long as “revenue” is created. Sad and disputable indeed. If you really want to clap back, don’t attend his parties or the other gay promoters doing parties right now. Their greed & lack of concern for the LGBTQ is showing. All about the money!

hollywierdo
hollywierdo
5 months ago

When the rules don’t apply to a certain class, I call it white privilege at it’s finest.

Ram Ranch
Ram Ranch
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

Is this Sanker himself trying to defend himself under an alias???

LLS
LLS
5 months ago
Reply to  Judy Reed

Palm Springs wouldn’t blink an eye for the small amount of revenue Sanker parties raise. You have confused the tiny impact his 3-day event has on the city’s budget.

James Bourgeois
James Bourgeois
5 months ago
Reply to  Chef Bernie

Druggies will never boycott WPPS.