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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Elizabeth Smart To Headline ‘Champion Honors Luncheon’

Elizabeth Smart

Posted Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:03 am

Elizabeth Smart—who has gone from an abducted 14-year-old who suffered unspeakable abuse—to wife, mother, and nationally recognized leader and advocate for issues related to child abuse will conduct an an-stage conversation with NBC West Coast Today Show anchor and host of Access Hollywood Natalie Morales as the headliner at the “Champion Honors Luncheon” for the benefit of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation and the Barbara Children’s Center. It will be held at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert on Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Smart is also the co-author of a memoir titled My Story, in which she details her kidnapping and the formation of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. In 2017, on the 15th anniversary of her abduction, Lifetime aired the made-for-TV film titled I Am Elizabeth Smart, which she narrated and produced.

Founded in 1986 by Barbara and Frank Sinatra, the mission of the Barbara Sinatra Children Center is to counsel children suffering the effects of abuse, and to focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational abuse cycle.

No child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. Since 1986, more than 22,000 children have been served.

The Children’s Center is located on the campus of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. For ticket information, call 760-773-1636.

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If you have been wondering about former championship boxer, Mike Tyson, (haven’t we all at one time or another?), fear not. He is working on a music festival in Desert Hot Springs to be held on Feb. 23, which will emphasize opportunities to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in a festival setting. A company headed by the ex-boxer will sponsor the pop-up Kind Music Festivals on 420 acres of land at Palm Drive and Varner Road, which is expected to become the future home of the yet un-built Tyson Ranch Resort.

The event is expected to attract about 6,000 people and will feature up to 10 acts, including headliners and local bands that are scheduled to play from 2 to 11 p.m. on a single stage.

But the big attraction is to see what effect California’s new marijuana law will have on concertgoers. The possession of marijuana (within certain amounts) is legal, but its places for the authorized consumption are restricted, such as Tyson’s music festival.

According to event organizers, an undisclosed portion of all purchases from the event will go to Standing United, a not-for-profit organization aiding those struggling with drug addiction and homelessness

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