Today it was announced that the 10th anniversary of The Warburton raised a staggering $3.6 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bringing the total raised since the event first kicked off in 2011 to $15.6 million. This makes the Coachella Valley-based event the biggest golf tournament fundraiser for St. Jude in the country. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The Warburton brought in more than 75 celebrities, songwriters and rock legends for a weekend of golf and one-of-a-kind music events. More than 800 supporters attended the Thursday Songwriters Night on March 5, as well as the Saturday Soireé on March 7, and participated in the golf tournament Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 at the Classic Club and JW Marriott Desert Springs. The number of attendees jumped to 1,200 for the popular Friday night Rheneypalooza Jam featuring rock legends and hall-of-famers on March 6. Many guests travel from around the country to be part of The Warburton, and hundreds of locals joined the fun of the evening music and dinner events.
Tournament host, actor Patrick Warburton, perhaps best known for playing Puddy on Seinfeld as well as the star of the syndicated sitcom Rules of Engagement, and the voice of Joe on Family Guy, said the weekend exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The star-studded weekend in the desert raising funds for kids battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases welcomed a diverse group of celebrities including Nashville songwriters Neil Thrasher, JT Harding, Tim Nichols, and Kelley Lovelace; rock legends like Mark McGrath (lead singer of Sugar Ray), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Al Paris (formerly of Kool & the Gang), Wally Palmar (lead singer of The Romantics), Jason Scheff (longtime lead singer of Chicago), John Elefante (formerly of Kansas), Mike Mills (REM), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (formerly of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers) and Chris Barron (lead singer of the Spin Doctors); actors including Richard Karn, Chris McDonald, Bruce McGill, Richard Kind, Kevin Rahm, Kevin Dillon, Oliver Hudson, Robert Hays, Andy Buckley, Bruce Thomas, Brian Thompson, Galen Gering, Bill Smitrovich, Johnathan Fernandez, Jeffrey Nordling, Sam Hennings, and Paula Trickey; radio personality, Rick Dees; NFL stars Sterling Sharp and Jim McMahon; MLB players Eric Gagne, Kurt Bevacqua, Scott Erickson, Tommy John and David Wells; and NHL Hall-of-Famer, Grant Fuhr.
The Saturday Soiree red carpet gala offered guests the opportunity to bid on 269 silent auction items and 11 live auction packages as well as contribute to the raise-the-paddle Give to Live portion of the evening. They also heard from a local patient mother, Kristen, who shared the story of her daughter Natalie, and how after receiving the grim prognosis of a 20% survival rate for the type of brain tumor Natalie was diagnosed with – and at one point was even planning her baby’s funeral here in Palm Desert – Natalie became a St. Jude patient and is now a 13-year-old survivor attending a local middle school in the Coachella Valley.
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