BIGHORN Cares celebrates with members and representatives from 47 non-profits who received $450,000 in grants.(Photo: Mark Davidson/Special to The Desert Sun)


Excitement raced through everyone’s veins in The Vault at BIGHORN earlier this month. In part, this was because the attendees represented the 47 non-profits receiving $450,000 in BIGHORN Cares Grants. But it was also because the surroundings included an exclusive collection of classic and super-amped sports cars!

Members from BIGHORN welcomed these honorable representatives supporting tens of thousands of the most underserved Coachella Valley citizens, children, shelter relief, disabled, educational and wellness programs. “Tonight I am humbled by the potential in this room,” said Danielle Ortega, BIGHORN Charites Manager. “I grew up here and I never knew the enormity of the work and the amount of people that you serve. Meeting with all of you, understanding your programs, and knowing the number of hours you put in, I am in awe. And our members never cease to amaze me, they continue to give and give so that you all can do your very best work with those who need the most.”

BIGHORN Golf Club Charities President Ed Burger, Charities Manager Danielle Ortega, BIGHORN Cares Chairman Joe Kirby and BIGHORN Chairman R.D. Hubbard. (Photo: Mark Davidson/Special to The Desert Sun)

“This is our third year of BIGHORN Cares,” program Chairman Joe Kirby said. “We are pleased with the success of this program that allows our generous members to effectively support some of the most worthy non-profits in the Coachella Valley. Thanks to BIGHORN Chairman R.D. Hubbard, 100% of member contributions are given to deserving organizations like yours. This is a unique program at a truly unique club.” To date, 132 BIGHORN Cares Grants have been gifted equaling $1.32 million. Talk about making a difference in the Coachella Valley! Neurofeedback Practitioners were also on hand, courtesy of the Palm Desert Campus of Cal State University, San Bernardino. A first time grant recipient, the Neurofeedback Center works with students, veterans, and anyone challenged by ADHD, ADD, PTSD, or other learning issues. Using non-invasive technology and a game model, patrons tried their hand at focusing and relaxing with this innovative brain training tool. “I was so impressed with their cutting-edge technology that we wanted our members and guests to take it for a test drive,” added Ortega with a smile

Over 130 Valley non-profits applied for the BIGHORN Cares program, requesting $1.8 million in funds, all with impressive programs and services that enrich the community. The 47 hard-working, life-transforming organizations represented that evening included: Abraham Lincoln Parent Teacher Club, Assistance League, Baseball Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert, Bob Hope USO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coachella Valley, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca units; Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, California State University San Bernardino Philanthropic Foundation, Cathedral City High School Wrestling Team, Central Valley Little League, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Christopher’s Clubhouse, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, College of the Desert Foundation, The Joslyn Center, Desert AIDS Project, Desert Arc, Desert Best Friend’s Closet, Desert Hot Springs Area Little League, Ears4me, Family YMCA of the Desert, Father’s Heart Ranch, FIND Food Bank, Full of Grace, Galilee Center, Hidden Harvest, John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Las Palmitas Elementary School, Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, Los Medicos Voladores, Martha’s Village & Kitchen, Mission Outreach Project, Palm Desert High School Health Academy, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Street Life Project, The First Tee, The Narrow Door, The Ranch Recovery Centers, Tools for Tomorrow, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, Valley View Elementary School, and Well in the Desert. BIGHORN Cares Grant Applications are available June 1st, please visit for more information.

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