Spring Philanthropy Round-up

While many events took a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Harold is happy to see the return of the desert’s many fundraisers that strengthen our community. 

Here’s a roundup of three events that Harold helped sponsor in March. 

On March 10th, Desert Arc hosted its fourth annual Champions of Change Recognition awards luncheon honoring locals who further Desert Arc’s mission of helping disabled individuals in the Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin. The luncheon, hosted at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, raised an impressive $75,000 to benefit Desert Arc’s programs and services.This year’s event came after a two-year pause.

The following day, on March 11th, ski champion Lindsey Vonn headlined the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center’s 2022 Champions Honors luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. Former NBC Sports and National Football League correspondent Alex Flanagan interviewed the Olympian with a series of questions in front of the guests. This was the Barbara Sinatra Foundation’s 35th year, following the same two-year hiatus as the Champions of Change Recognition Awards. The organization is dedicated to eradicating child abuse and working with victims to overcome their injuries and trauma.

Finally, on March 31st the College of the Desert Foundation presented Stepping Out for COD. The event raised $400,000 for nearly 500 students throughout the pandemic through the Fund for Student Success. Proceeds benefit the student emergency fund, help kids purchase textbooks, provide meal cards for food insecure students, purchase graduation regalia, support childcare tuition, fund veteran support services and meet the basic needs of foster youth students. 

Harold would like to thank all of the amazing donors who joined him in sponsoring these events!

Champions of Change

Presenting Sponsors were The Auen Foundation and Harold Matzner; Premium Sponsors were Eisenhower Health and Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians; Platinum Sponsors were Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Hot Purple Energy, Patrick M. McCarthy Foundation and Singer; Gold Sponsors were Balocco, Darlene Beneto, City of Indian Wells, City of Indio, City of Rancho Mirage and Lori and Aubrey Serfling.

This year’s Media Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor The Desert Sun & LOCALiQ, KESQ News Channel 3 and Alpha Media Palm Springs.

Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center’s 2022 Champions Honors luncheon

Champion Honors luncheon sponsors included Helene Galen, Diane and Hal Gershowitz, IndiGO Auto Group, Rosemarie and Dean Buntrock, Eisenhower Health, Carole and Dale Landon, Angie Gerber, MaryLynn and Andrew Gladstein, Harold Matzner and Spencer’s Restaurant.

Stepping out for COD

Diamond Sponsor Jessica and Jim Greene and Helen and Alan Greene, Platinum Sponsors Jordan Schnitzer and the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Joanne and Myron Mintz and the Hyman and Mintz Family Foundation, Peggy Jacobs and the Howard Charitable Foundation and Carol Fragen and Covington Capital Management. Gold Sponsors Diane and Hal Gershowitz and Wendy and Bob Goodfriend were recognized. Ruby Business Sponsors acknowledged were Harold Matzner and Spencer’s Restaurant, Joan Lamb and the Lamb Family Foundation, Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler and TV Broadcast Media Sponsor KESQ.