Desert Cancer Foundation Raises Funds For Patients in Need
Crack $400,000 mark from 20th anniversary events
Hall Wade, chief operating officer and general manager of Indian Ridge Country Club; Rod McDonald, Golf PRO/AM Chairperson and member of the Board of Indian Ridge Country Club; Lew May, president of the Board, Desert Cancer Foundation Board, and Lois Friedland, chairperson of the Round for Life Dinner Gala and Auctions.
Photo by Kathi May
The Desert Cancer Foundation's A Round For Life has raised more than $400,000 at the 20th Anniversary of the events held March 30-31.
This year the event included, for the first time, a Pro Am with 31 valley pros participating in support of the mission of Desert Cancer Foundation to provide life-saving medical assistance to Coachella Valley residents who can't afford to pay for their cancer treatments.
In addition, there was a Ladies Invitational nine-hole golf tournament the day before the main event that benefitted the Suzanne Jackson Breast Cancer Fund.
The Sunday evening Jubilee Gala, a sell-out of 300 seats, was a silent and live auction cocktail and dinner party hosted by Fritz Coleman, comedian and Southern California NBC weathercaster.
The gala auction items and other prizes from the tournaments featured a trip to anywhere in the world, a luxury trip to Las Vegas for three days and two nights with golf and a personal fitting for four at a TaylorMade facility, a private yacht for six with crew and a chef for a two-day cruise and fishing trip off San Diego, custom interlocking paving stones from Farley Pavers, and a solar system from Hot Purple Energy.
For 20 years, Indian Ridge Country Club has donated both Arnold Palmer courses and the clubhouse for A Round for Life. Actively involved club members have underwritten the cost for two decades.
For more information or to donate, visit www.desertcancerfoundation.org or call 760-773-6554.