Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf

Barbara Sinatra with Ann Myers Drysdale
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf and Galas held its golf-tournament at Fantasy Springs Golf Course on Friday and Saturday. There was a pairings’ party on Thursday night were golfers found out which celebrity they would be paired with and their other golfing partners for their team. Thursday night’s party is a chance for old friends to meet as many of the participants arrive each year.

A surprise award was given to Peter Marshall by last year’s honoree Frankie Randall. Marshall has been a huge supporter for this event for many years. A cocktail reception starts the evening with a buffet supper and a silent and live auction. All proceeds goes to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center who helps abandoned, and abused children free of charge if they are unable to pay.

Entertainment was provided by Steve Azar. He took the audience by surprise with all his talent for singing and guitar playing. Friday night’s entertainment was delivered by Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin. She sure inherited some of her fathers singing abilities. A Live auction on Friday brought many dollars for the Children’s Center.

Friday night’s party was a good time to relax after a great day on the golf course. Golfers talked about the days game and enjoyed another party at Frank Sinatra’s “Little Party in the Desert” as it is always called.

Some of the participating celebrities included, Pat Boone, Vince Ferrigamo, Steve Garvey, Joe Mantegna, Jim McMahon, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Rollie Fingers to name just a few. A few celebrities not golfing included Carol Connors, Norm Crosby, Peter Marshall, Michael Dante, Frankie Randall and Deana Martin. A great list of celebrities, many come each year to support the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.