The Warburton has raised more than $12 million in 9 years
for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The love of golf and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital brought together actor Patrick Warburton and tournament chairman, Clarke Rheney, and in 2010 as teammates at the Schultz Celebrity Golf Classic, the pair dreamed up an event that would blend Patrick’s popularity as a celebrity with Clarke’s deep-rooted knowledge of how to successfully operate golf tournaments. The Coachella Valley desert, with its spectacular surroundings and some of the most revered weather in the country, would serve as the perfect backdrop.
Clarke was hooked by the mission of St. Jude at a very young age, after serving the hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project. Growing up near Memphis allowed Clarke many opportunities to be connected to St. Jude, and it’s been close to his heart ever since. Clarke honed his skills in golf tournament operations through a number of roles over the years, including Celebrity Chairman of the Bob Hope Classic and most recently, as part of the Executive Committee in charge of amateur golf for the PGA TOUR’s CareerBuilder Challenge.
In 2010, Patrick and his wife Cathy made their first visit to St. Jude to tour the facility and meet some of the patient families. Patrick read to the kids, and Cathy decided to volunteer her artistic talents to paint a mural on one of the walls at the hospital. Moved by the patients they met and the impressive strides that have been made on pediatric cancer survival rates due to St. Jude research, they were eager to partner with Clarke to lead a fundraising effort that became the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in March 2011.
The tournament has grown to include one-of-a-kind music events such as the Songwriter’s Night – the stories behind the stories of some of country’s greatest songs – as well as a rock variety show known as The RheneyPalooza Jam, which features 4+ hours of hits by rock and roll legends and hall-of-famers accompanied by house band Sixwire, made up of some of the best studio musicians in Nashville. Last year, we added the RUSH, which is back again in 2017. The RUSH is a driving experience at the BMW Performance Driving Center West – At the Thermal Club where participants enjoy lead/follow lapping, timed autocross, drag race and a performance drive.
Profile on Patrick
Patrick serves as Tournament Host, and is perhaps best known for playing Puddy on Seinfeld as well as starring in the syndicated sitcom Rules of Engagement, the voice of Joe on Family Guy and numerous roles in movies like Ted and Ted 2, The Tick, Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and Planes: Fire & Rescue, and DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. He brings together many of his celebrity friends to highlight this star-studded weekend in the desert raising much-needed funds for kids battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Warburton stars in a Netflix series as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patrick and Cathy Warburton
Clarke Rheney firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tad Black, Logistics Director
- Andrea Carter, Communications Director
- Andy Childs, Music Director
- Jaci Fitzsimonds, Marketing & Co-Chair VIP Experience
- Jeff Grady, Hotel Director
- Andy Kerr, Production Manager
- KC Kinsey
- Joseph Romano, Sponsorship Director
- Greg Rubino, Director of Golf Committee
- Mariann Sall, Auctions
- Danielle Scardino, Auction Director
- John Scardino, Auctions
- Ralph Scatena
- Barb Smith, Co-Chair VIP Experience
- Kate Spates, Auxiliary Events
Additional Committee Members:
- Golf Course Operations Committee
- Travis & Leslee Cicogna
- Don Cowan
- Marketing & Communications Committee
- Kristy Kneiding
- Jamie Steinberg
- Paula Jo Ubben
- Auction Committee
- Amy Lipton
- Leeann Verret
- Lori Tucker
- John Wolk
- Ralph Scatena
- Ben Reed
Media requests should be directed to Jeanie Torchio (Jeanie.Torchio@stjude.org) – deadline for requests is February 15, 2019.