Childhelp 2012 Celebrity Golf Invitational at Indian Wells

Story and Photos by Pat Krause

CHERYL LADD and JOHN O’HURLEY hosted the CHILDHELP CELEBRITY GOLF INVITATIONAL at INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT on JAN 8,9,10. There were 2 days of golf. One day at LARRY ELLISON’S PORCUPINE CREEK private golf course in RANCHO MIRAGE  and the other at INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT.  All 3 nights of parties were held at HYATT GRAND CHAMPIONS BALLROOM with a
Monday night gala and Tuesday the final night was the awards banquet.

Awards were given to the top golfing teams and closest to the pin awards. The top celebrity winner was baseball great JOHNNY BENCH. Over 25 celebrities participated and each team was paired with a celebrity each day. Some of the other daily celebrity winners were TOMMY THAYER from KISS, TONY DOVOLANI from DANCING With the STARS, Actor JOHN CALLAHAN, baseball great STEVE GARVEY and Football great & actor ED MARINARO, MIKE RENO and Emcees and hosts, JOHN O’HURLEY AND CHERYL
LADD.

Other honors were given to people that have been huge supporters of CHILDHELP. RON AND SHERRIE AUEN fromthe Berger foundation and “WILD BILL” BILL LAUGHLIN. Silent and live auctions brought many dollars to help the charity. Others gave thousands of dollars at a request by JOHN O’HURLEY. The highlight of that event was when “WILD BILL” donated $100,000 to help build an outdoor recreation center.

Founders of CHILDHELP in 1959, SARA O”MEARA and YVONNE FEDDERSON spoke to the guests and thanked them for everything they have done for the charity and the children. They thanked all the volunteers that spent hours putting this event together. Co-Chairs were KEN RISSOTTO and JUDY JENSEN.

Entertainment at the Gala was JON SECADA. Bands played the final night so guests could dance. A Major name in Movies, GOLDIE HAWN made an appearance at the Gala to show her support for this great charity that helps so many children in need.

CHILDHELP has helped over 200,000 children last year alone and over 5 million since it started. There programs for for abused and neglected children with chapters nation wide. Go to Childhelp.org for more information.

All Photos by Pat Krause Copyright 2012

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