Desert Classic Charities


Desert Classic Charities is the non-profit entity that organizes the CareerBuilder Challenge, the Coachella Valley’s PGA TOUR event, formerly known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. The organization was formed in 1959 by a group of local businessmen and community leaders who decided to produce a golf tournament and named it the "Palm Springs Golf Classic." The idea was to generate interest in the greater Palm Springs community with any net proceeds going to local charities (first year, $15,000!) By the early 1960s, the Palm Springs Golf Classic was emerging as a hugely successful televised golf tournament featuring celebrities and PGA TOUR professionals alike. When Bob Hope agreed to lend his name to the event in 1965, it was renamed The Bob Hope Desert Classic, and the ability to generate large amounts of charity dollars soon became apparent. The Desert Classic Charities Board then began to look at the needs of the Coachella Valley and where these charity dollars might do the most good. One such need was the lack of a hospital in the mid-Valley. Thanks to the personal efforts of Dolores and Bob Hope, General Eisenhower (who maintained a home at Eldorado Country Club) agreed to lend his name to this fledgling facility, thus the Eisenhower Medical Center was born. The Classic Board committed itself to generating funds to build and maintain this new not-for-profit hospital, the only one in the valley. Since then, the Eisenhower Medical Center and many Valley charities have benefitted from over $58 million in donations generated by Desert Classic Charities activities. The scope of giving is broad and includes support for structured and mentoring programs for children, social services, and food and safe shelter for the less fortunate. 78-080 Calle Amigo, La Quinta, CA 92253 PO Box 1848, La Quinta, CA 92247

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Contact Name Dawn M. Suggs, Charity Administrator -(760) 346-8184 -


78-800 Calle Amigo, La Quinta, CA


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