White Party Impresario Jeffrey Sanker Passes Away At Age 65

Jeffrey Sanker, owner of the Los Angeles based White Party Entertainment company, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA after a long battle with liver cancer. Family members were in attendance; Sanker was sixty-five years old.

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Jeffrey Sanker gained his party throwing sensibilities at legendary spaces like Studio 54, Palladium and Private Eyes, where he gained his picture perfect promotional skills and developed his abilities as a large scale special events producer. Moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1987, Sanker’s name became synonymous with using landmark locales for trend-setting themed events. Sanker went on to found White Party Entertainment Inc, creating now-legendary events like White Party Palm Springs, and One Mighty Party at Orlando’s Gay Days. 

The entertainment at Jeffrey Sanker’s events was nothing short of world class. DJ’s like Tony Moran, Rosabel, and the late great Peter Rauhofer held court over Sanker’s events consistently, with Sanker helping launch newer DJ’s by giving them their first big break. Pop titans like Lady Gaga, Boy George, Jennifer Lopez and Deborah Cox all graced the stages at Jeffrey Sanker’s events, with Sanker credited with helping to elevate the careers of newer pop superstars like Icona Pop courtesy of the largest and most prominent circuit parties in the world. 

A number of those notable names have paid tribute to Sanker when they heard of his passing Among them, world-renowned DJ Wayne G told a heartwarming story of Sanker plucking him up from Heaven Nightclub in London to eventually headline White Party Palm Springs with Boy George… 

International DJ Guy Scheiman paid tribute to the man who offered Scheiman both friendship and opportunity….

RuPaul’s Drag Race alum turned international DJ Nina Flowers paid tribute to the man who redefined an entire industry….

Model, activist and close friend of Jeffrey Sanker spoke fondly of her dear friend and collaborator..

New Jersey based international DJ Steve Sidewalk paid tribute to Sanker and mentioned a particular opportunity Sanker provided him…

International remixer and DJ Toy Armada paid a final farewell to Sanker…

Promoter Hilton Wolman posted a video of a vintage White Party Palm Springs and spoke of Sanker being his inspiration to start throwing events of his own…

Performer, director and provocateur Chi Chi LaRue recalled a particular night in Los Angeles where Sanker plucked her up to perform, leading to her becoming a regular VIP DJ at White Party Palm Springs 

Promoter extraordinaire Jake Resnicow spoke fondly of Sanker’s impact on the community and the inspiration he provided…

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

 

2 thoughts on “White Party Impresario Jeffrey Sanker Passes Away At Age 65”

  1. how many young men who were drawn to these parties were drugged by other party goers and ended up dead or addicts. We will never know how many gay men he was responsible for killing.

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