Toscana Families Open Their Homes to Military Members for Thanksgiving

Host 50 U.S. Marines and Sailors from 29 Palms Military Base

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Service members from 29 Palms Military Base enjoyed a taste of home for Thanksgiving with host families from Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells
Photo courtesy of Toscana Country Club


More than 50 Marines and Sailors enjoyed Toscana Country Club for Thanksgiving as one of nine clubs participating in the American Friends of our Armed Forces (AFAF) annual program hosted by Coachella Valley families.

What started with eight Marines over seven years ago has blossomed into more than 300 dedicated service men and women who have a chance to experience a little piece of home for Thanksgiving.

The festivities started with a rousing welcome ceremony by the Cathedral City High School Marching Band as the military personnel arrived. At the ceremony, the Marines and Sailors met their host family and left for a fun-filled day. In addition to sharing Thanksgiving dinner together, the Club offered complimentary hair cuts in addition to a putting contest.

Walt Van Benthuysen, the founder of AFAF, and his wife, Judy, are members and homeowners at Toscana. Their vision and leadership in thanking serving military members has awakened an outpouring from the Toscana community. With four children and 10 grandchildren, the couple is grateful for the opportunity to touch the lives of those living far from their families. And their passion for helping military families has sparked a similar enthusiasm ― expressed by a generous outpouring of time and money ― from the Toscana community.

To learn more about this vibrant community, come visit Toscana and see our 10 show homes open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Prospective homeowners can choose from 18 unique floor plans with residences ranging in size from 2,400 to 5,400 square feet. Homes – all located on the golf courses – are offered from $995,000 to more than $4 million. Estate home sites for a limited number of custom homes start at $825,000.

The light fades fast as the sun dips below the western horizon, casting a pink glow on a landscape  alive with olive and cypress trees. As the bell in the clock tower tolls the evening hour, neighborhood residents spill into the main piazza en route to their favorite trattoria to socialize and savor the region’s renowned wine and cuisine.

Spread over 640 sun-drenched rolling acres, this community developed by the acclaimed Sunrise Company combines the idyllic charm of  Tuscany with the Coachella Valley’s distinctive ‘California casual’ vibe.

Toscana’s central location in upscale Indian Wells affords easy access to dining, shopping, cultural attractions, medical facilities, area airports, and much more. But it’s the myriad of world-class luxury amenities, wellness, and social activities that sets Toscana apart.

Perched on a hilltop, Toscana’s 90,000 square-foot Club Villa flawlessly resurrects the golden age of classic Tuscan architecture. Its stone façade and cool, cloistered passageways connect to richly appointed interiors that house the Golf Club, tennis boutique, an award-winning golf shop, dining facilities, an extensive sports and fitness club and Spa Bella Vita.

The Club offers many different membership opportunities including Equity Golf and Sports Club and Spa memberships. In addition, an invitational preview membership offers an option to experience the Club for one year with payment of dues only. An invitational young professional membership is available for those under 50 and features a deferred initiation fee in addition to lower dues.

Toscana Country Club‎
76009 Via Club Villa
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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