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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup — New Celebrity Golf Tournament Coming To Town

Patrick Warburton

Posted Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:04 pm

At a time when the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center is undergoing substantial changes to its fundraising activities, particularly the demise of the Frank Sinatra Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament, another “celebrity tournament” is making its presence known in the Coachella Valley. Scheduled from Feb. 28 through Mar. 8, it is named the Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament after its founder, actor Patrick Warburton. Since 2011, this has raised more than $9 million to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Who is Patrick Warburton? If you have watched any quality TV sit-coms during the past decade you will recognize him as, among others, Jeff Bingham on Rules Of Engagement and David Puddy on Seinfeld.

As for the St. Jude’s, it is a world-renowned diagnostic and treatment center for children where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live.

The tournament, kicks off with “The Story Behind the Story: Songwriters’ Night” featuring internationally known songwriters, including many from Nashville, who will perform and telling the stories behind their biggest hits.

Friday begins with a Parings Party for golfers and their guests, followed by Rheneypalooza Jam will get rock-and-roll legends together for a night of fun.

The golf tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday with each foursome paired with a celebrity payer.

The Saturday Night Festivities will include red carpet appearances by tournament celebrities, live and silent auctions, diner and entertainment by Sixwire, the band featured on the television show Nashville.

The weekend will conclude on Sunday afternoon with an Awards Party for all golfers.

Tickets to the events are available as a package or individually. Call Jeanie Torchio at 901-572-4929.

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