White Party founder Jeffrey Sanker dies at 65

Sat. May 29, 2021 12:12 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Iconic gay party promoter Jeffrey Sanker passed away on May 28, 2021 after a long battle with liver cancer. His mother and sister were at his side at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He was 65.

Sanker was the founder of LA-based White Party Entertainment, Inc. and creator of such signature events as White Party Palm Springs; New Year's Eve celebrations in Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and the One Mighty Party at Orlando's Gay Days.

Sanker was dubbed the “father of the modern gay event party” by the Miami Herald.

His innovative technique of using landmark venues for trend-setting themed events attracted people in the tens of thousands from all over the world.

Lady Gaga, Carmen Electra, Jennifer Lopez, Icona Pop, Kelis, Ke$ha, Deborah Cox, Boy George and Lisa Vanderpump have all graced the stage at Sanker-produced events.

According to his biography, Sanker's parties featured high caliber DJs/producers, including: Dave Aude, the late Peter Rauhofer, Junior Vasquez, Victor Calderone, Freemasons, Manny Lehman, Rosabel and Tony Moran.

"Jeffrey Sanker was a true visionary as well as the perfect collaborator," Moran told GoPride.com. "The things we did together."

Moran added, "He set the standard for the DJ's to be recognized for their art and build them to motivate, to be the best of themselves using all their creative skills. He has left that ethic with me forever. 

"My friend and fearless leader you will continue with that spirit in heaven. I am sure you already have great ideas."

Sanker produced fundraising events on behalf of numerous charities and community organizations, including Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), The Trevor Project and Desert AIDS Project.

His passion for parties began during the early eighties in New York City. Working at such legendary locations as Studio 54, Palladium and Private Eyes.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and resided in West Hollywood.

There is a White Party event in Puerto Vallarta this weekend that will continue as planned, according to WeHo Times.