Because of generous donors, events like this help ensure 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.
Among the guests were more than 75 of Warburton’s celebrity friends, including rock legends and songwriters, who enjoyed a weekend of golf and one-of-a-kind music events at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and Classic Club, as well as racing at the BMW Performance Center.
Warburton perhaps is best known for playing Puddy on Seinfeld, starring on the syndicated sitcom Rules of Engagement, being the voice of Joe on Family Guy and acting in numerous movies and TV series, including Ted and Ted 2, The Tick, Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and Planes: Fire & Rescue, and DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Warburton can now be seen on Netflix’s top-rated Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – where he plays narrator Snicket and co-stars with Neil Patrick Harris.
The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament is also referred to as the “St. Jude Week in the Desert” due to the number of activities planned for guests. The week kicked off with an inaugural radiothon sponsored by Alpha Media.
Sell-out events included the Thursday night Songwriters Night, featuring some of Nashville’s top songwriters telling the “stories behind the stories” of country’s greatest hits. Participating songwriters included Kelley Lovelace (“All American Girl,” recorded by Carrie Underwood), Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying,” recorded by Tim McGraw), Jimmy Yeary (“I Drive Your Truck,” recorded by Lee Brice) and Jessi Alexander (“The Climb,” recorded by Miley Cyrus).
During the day Friday, the BMW Performance Driving Center West in Thermal hosted The Rush, which included celebrity race and driving experiences for participants, such as timed autocross, drag racing and performance driving.
The Friday night Rheneypalooza Jam gathered rock-and-roll artists for a variety show of classics that rocked the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort for more than four hours. Performers included Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers), Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey), Richard Marx, Kevin Griffin, (Better Than Ezra), Emerson Hart (Tonic), Richard Page (Mister Mister), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Wally Palmer (The Romantics), Wayne Nelson (Little River Band) and John Elefante (former lead singer of Kansas), and surprise guest, Steven Stills.
The Saturday Soiree began with red carpet appearances by the actors, athletes and musicians in attendance. Guests heard from a patient family and celebrated a night of giving for the kids of St. Jude. The evening raised a phenomenal $1,046,100 in the Live and Silent Auctions and Give to Live fundraising efforts. The Soiree culminated with music by the band Sixwire from the TV show Nashville, as well as surprise performances by celebrities such as actors Christian Kane, Kevin Rahm and Kunal Nayyar.
Golfers took to the links at the Classic Club on Saturday and Sunday for tournament play. Each foursome included a celebrity.
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