LA QUINTA, Calif. – The TPC Stadium Course, annually recognized as one of the top golf courses in the United States, and its PGA WEST sister course – the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course – will serve as two of the three courses for the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event in 2016. The announcement was made by Desert Classic Charities, the host organization that has managed the tournament (formerly the Bob Hope Classic and Humana Challenge) since its inception in 1960.
The two PGA WEST courses will join long-time tournament mainstay La Quinta Country Club beginning with the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, continuing the event’s recent tradition of being played solely within the city of La Quinta. The 2016 tournament, the first with CareerBuilder as title sponsor, will be held during the week of Jan. 18 with official rounds scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
“This will be the 56th year Desert Classic Charities has hosted a PGA TOUR event and throughout those years it has been played on some of the Coachella Valley’s most dynamic courses,” DCC President John Foster said. “This latest move reflects that perfectly. We take great pride in our history of challenging, interesting and diverse courses and we look forward to this latest chapter in our rich history, especially with our new title sponsor on board.”
The TPC Stadium Course, which will serve as the host course and site of the tournament’s final round, has a rich history all its own. The Pete Dye-designed course was built in 1986 and immediately vaulted into the ranks of the nation’s most unique and exciting courses. The TPC Stadium Course became not only a popular destination course, but a mainstay for professional golf events almost from its inception, including having been a part of this event in 1987 (when it was known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic).
The TPC Stadium Course has played host to the Skins Game (1986-1991), the PGA Club Professional Championship (1990), the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (1995-96) and along with the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course next door, the finals of PGA TOUR Qualifying School (1986, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006 and 2008).
Its most famous and iconic moment came in 1987 on its signature hole – the par-3 17th. The short hole, named “Alcatraz” because of its island green that nearly mimics the same hole on the Dye-designed TPC Sawgrass – home of THE PLAYERS Championship, has bedeviled golfers much like its Florida counterpart. But it didn’t unnerve Lee Trevino, who aced the hole to win a $175,000 skin during the 1987 Skins Game.
The TPC Stadium Course is currently ranked No. 40 on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses.” Its 17th hole is ranked No. 2 and the par-4 16th hole is ranked 12th among The Desert Sun’s “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.” The Nicklaus Tournament Course is a highly regarded and beautiful course in its own right. It played host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and 1993; its tricky par-5 15th hole is ranked 84th on the “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.”
“Having the iconic and fan-pleasing TPC Stadium Course as our host course lets us offer a number of exciting new hospitality venues and spectator areas,” Foster said. “The three closing holes are just spectacular, especially with the island green 17th shaping up as an incredible place to watch the greatest players in the world take their best shots. Earlier this month, we saw the excitement the 17th island green of the TPC Sawgrass course generated for fans at THE PLAYERS Championship. We can’t wait to showcase our own island green in January.”
Special early commitment opportunities for the hospitality offerings, including the exciting new Club 17 venue overlooking the island green, are available to businesses and individuals for a limited time. To learn more, contact Bob Marra at bob@DesertClassicCharities.com or 760-861-4242.
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Desert Classic Charities and the PGA TOUR,” said Paul Cherrett, Managing Director of La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST. “The TPC Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA WEST have a rich history hosting great tournaments. We welcome the tournament back to these world-class courses; courses that the public will be able to play as they walk in the footsteps of the pros.”
Join us January 1 – 11, 2016 as the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival plays host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. The Festival will feature a stellar line-up of over 100 films from more than 60 countries, special events and gala receptions.
Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an exciting 27th year for all at the Palm Springs International Film Festival! Passes and 6-packs will be available for purchase at www.psfilmfest.org starting Saturday, August 1st. Film Society Members: Be sure to login into your account before purchasing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding your membership and benefits.
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The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.
Mark your calendar and tell your friends! The 3rd Annual Patriot Ride For Our Heroes is October 23 – 24, 2015. We are super excited to announce that we’ve expanded to the Riverside County Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for more event updates.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly is known for hard hitting, uncompromising No Spin reporting and analysis. He is the anchor of the top-rated The O’Reilly Factor and best-selling author.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly has now risen to the top of his profession. Monday through Friday on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor causes the powerful in America to duck for cover as the rigidly enforced “No Spin Zone” deals with the nation’s most important issues in a straightforward and provocative manner. Blending news analysis with investigative reporting, The Factor has gained international prominence as well – it is now seen in more than 30 countries.
With twelve straight New York Times Bestsellers, including The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out for You, Culture Warrior, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, Pinheads and Patriots, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever; Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Jesus, as well as over 5 million copies of his books in print, Bill O’Reilly continues to be a highly sought-after author and speaker. His latest book is Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General. Mr. O’Reilly also writes a syndicated newspaper column which is carried by hundreds of papers across the USA.
Raised in a working class family in the huge housing subdivision of Levittown, New York, Bill O’Reilly has stayed close to his roots. He still lives on Long Island and his best friends are neighborhood guys. But education sparked O’Reilly’s career. He graduated with a degree in history from Marist College, with a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and attained another Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O’Reilly has won three Emmy Awards for Excellence in reporting. He was awarded two National Headliner Awards while working as a national correspondent for ABC News, and was honored by The National Academy of Arts and Sciences for his reporting and analysis on and after September 11th, 2001.
In his speeches, as in his show and books, Mr. O’Reilly takes on our country, our politicians, and our celebrities. If you’re looking for someone with an opinion—on just about everything—he’s your man.
His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains more than 40 years ago. It remains one of the paramount survival stories of all time.
From the time the plane crashed on October 13, 1972 until their rescue on December 22, Nando and his fellow Uruguayan rugby teammates were forced to cross both physical and mental boundaries. After waking from a concussion only to learn that his mother had died on impact and his sister was near death, Nando became obsessed with surviving and emerged a hero after he and teammate Roberto Canessa walked for 10 days to find their salvation. Their story of courage, teamwork, determination and leadership, experienced at a level few have known, will leave you with a heightened awareness of the value of human life.Soon after the rescue of the 16 survivors, Nando worked with Piers Paul Read, the author chosen by the survivors to pen the best-selling book Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as technical advisor to the Frank Marshall/Kathleen Kennedy production of the film of the same name starring Ethan Hawke as Nando. The success of the film quickly prompted requests for Nando to speak around the world about the “Miracle in the Andes” and he began doing so on a very limited basis in 1995. The requests for presentations continue to exceed the number that he is able to accept due to business and family obligations. Nando is the author of the New York Times bestseller Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home, a major release from Crown books which tells the story of the Andes ordeal from an intensely personal perspective. In 2010, Nando was featured in the History Channel documentary I AM ALIVE: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash, which continues to air around the globe.
Since this experience, Nando has become a successful businessman and television producer. He is CEO of four companies in Uruguay. He also hosts several popular television programs in Uruguay including shows on nature, public affairs, autos and travel. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the international lecture circuit.
In his spare time, Nando enjoys racing motorcycles, sports cars, stock cars and watercraft. He has many awards, including the European Team Cup for stock car racing and the Open Watercraft Championship in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. In 1991, Nando was part of a team of drivers who raced across the Sahara in stock model Peugeots. The trip, from Morocco to Tunisia, covered 8,500 km and took 28 days.
A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando graduated from Stella Maris College run by the Irish Christian Brothers. He also participated in a study abroad in the United States that allowed him to attend high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nando speaks five languages and travels extensively.
President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, Felipe Calderón made economic reform the top priority of his administration. He implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy.
Under his administration the Mexican economy registered stability and economic growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, he boosted competitiveness in Mexico by deregulating the economy, promoting free trade, competition, private investment and technical education, as well as increasing investment in infrastructure to unprecedented levels. He also led an unmatched effort to enforce the rule of law.
During his tenure, Mexico became one of the most important exporters in the world, exporting 60% of the total manufactured products in Latin American and Caribbean Region. When he took office, Mexico was the 9th largest exporter of vehicles in the world, and by the end of his administration it was the 4th largest, surpassing Spain, the UK and the US among others.
Currently, he is the Honorary Chairman of the Green Growth Action Alliance (WEF), member of the Policy Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), President of Sustainable Human Development Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for coordinating the “Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report”.
Recently, President Calderón published Los Retos que Enfrentamos, a book which points out the main policies carried out during his administration. Its appearance has sparked an intense debate on the public policies that Mexico has followed on its path to development, as one of the leading emerging economies.
A highly decorated general and one of the most prominent combat commanders in American history, David Petraeus (U.S. Army, retired) has dedicated his life to public service, leading military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and then serving as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century.
Widely credited for changing the course of two wars—by dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq when he led the so-called “Surge” and by halting the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when he led the operation there—Petraeus was also instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine and then in implementing it when he led the conduct of comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaigns.
Serving in multiple campaigns—including nearly seven years deployed following 9-11—Petraeus has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.” His command during many years in combat has resulted in comparisons to Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage, guided the development of a strategic plan for the agency and oversaw the establishment of a new Economic Security Center.
Petraeus has received numerous prestigious U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations awards, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, he has been decorated by 12 foreign countries. Petraeus currently serves as chairman of the Global Institute of KKR (a global private equity firm), as a visiting professor of public policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College and a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California.
Please join Tim, Dr Ruckle and the Loma Linda Team along with other celebrities for a day of golf, camaraderie and silent auction to benefit Loma Linda University School of Medicine Urology Fund.
Tim Venturi’s 5th Annual
Bladder Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament
Friday, April 3, 2015
8:30 a.m. shotgun
The Classic Club
$150 per person
• Buffet lunch
• Silent Auction
• Golf Car Hole-in-One
• Closest to the Pin
• Longest Drive
• Tee shirt and gifts
What can you do to help?
GOLD SPONSOR $7,000: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, pictures with celebrities, tournament play in celebrity foursome, special recognition at awards lunch.
SILVER SPONSOR $5,000: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, tournament foursome, pictures with celebrities, recognition at awards lunch.
BRONZE SPONSOR $1,500: Will include name of organization on all publications, signs and ads for the tournament, tournament foursome. TEE SPONSOR $250: Name of your organization will be printed on a sign for tee boxes.
CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: contribute golf packages, dinners, clothing, golf items, trips, resort accommodations, wine or other auction items. Your name will be on programs at awards lunch and auction and will be announced during auction.
All proceeds benefit the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Roger Barnes Urology Fund Tax exempt I.D. #95-181-6009
About Tim Venturi
In January of 2009 Tim was diagnosed with bladder cancer. For nine months he underwent painful treatments here in the valley in hopes of saving his bladder. After the last set of treatments his doctor gave him the painful truth that there was nothing more that could be done. He sent Tim to Loma Linda Medical where he was told the only way to save his life was to completely remove his bladder. On September 11 Tim checked in for what was to be a routine surgical procedure. The surgery came off without a hitch, but it was the post surgical time that put us all in for a long hard battle. He ended up in Intensive Care, not once but three times during his two and half month stay at Loma Linda. He was in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks at which that time they gave him only a 20 percent chance of survival. He has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Loma Linda, to whom we owe a great deal of loving appreciation. Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer among men and 5th most common overall. A basic awareness of the symptoms and early treatment could save lives and prevent suffering.
Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer among men and 5th most common overall. A basic awareness of the symptoms and early treatment could save lives and prevent suffering.
For Information and sponsorship opportunities:
Tim Venturi 760-861-6366
Brooksie Piper 760-285-7527
Teri O’Rourke 916-919-0345
Lynda Wright 760-831-7451
Or email email@example.com
Two fabulous days of golf, three nights of unforgettable parties; mix in auctions and world class entertainment and you’ve got the makings of an extraordinary event!
Join us! February 19-21, 2015 27th Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, Presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies and Hosted by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
The Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational is dedicated to the memory and music of Frank Sinatra and benefits the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. The Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational enjoys a rich history as one of the marquee golf and fundraising events in the Palm Springs, California desert. Each year, celebrities, amateur contestants, loyal sponsors and enthusiastic spectators from all over the country look forward to returning to this unique “celebrity friendly” event.
Known as “Frank’s little party in the desert,” Barbara and Frank Sinatra founded the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational in 1988 to raise funds for the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center, which opened in 1986. Through their efforts, and those of supporters throughout the world, the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational is now one of the most successful events of it’s kind.
The mission of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children is to provide counseling for victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and to focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational cycle of abuse. Barbara Sinatra is quick to thank supporters of the “Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational, and she is proud to say “The children who come to us for help continue to receive the therapy they need and deserve; no child is turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.”
The Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational is a five (5) player team gross and net scramble golf tournament held at Eagle Falls Golf Course in Indio, California. The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, also in Indio, is the tournament’s hotel and venue for three nights of parties and a spectacular luncheon and fashion show.
One (1) celebrity and four (4) contestants are a team. The team of four (4) amateur players remains together for two (2) consecutive days. The celebrity contestant changes teams for the second day. Current USGA handicaps are verified and applied to all contestants.
Mary Martin, Tournament Director
Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Technologies Celebrity Invitational