Inspiring the Future: Giving Back

Photography by Mark Davidson

“Everywhere I go, I continuously hear how much BIGHORN Members give of their time, talents, and donations to Coachella Valley non-profits,” shares BIGHORN Chairman R.D. Hubbard. “And when it comes to BIGHORN Golf Club Charities, I am in awe of what we have produced in such a short amount of time and of how generous our BIGHORN Members continue to be. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of our giving community!”

In November, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities will be awarded Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for its collaborative efforts in producing BIGHORN Cares, BIGHORN Behind a Miracle (BAM), and its Scholarship and Toy Drive programs. This honor is given annually by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to a foundation that has continuously demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community, and motivated others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

“We are truly humbled by this prestigious honor,” says Ed Burger, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities President. “We gather our resources to help the most underserved citizens, critically ill patients, and promising students for a better tomorrow.”

BIGHORN is a uniquely philanthropic private Club with three high visibility charitable programs:

  • BIGHORN Cares has supported 85 non-profits with nearly $900,000 in grants to fund new programs and services that benefit their missions and will help the most amount of the Valley’s at-risk citizens.
  • BIGHORN Golf Club Charities has gifted 509 community college, 4-year university, and graduate scholarships.
  • BIGHORN BAM has raised $6.5 million over nine years for breast cancer services at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center and for The Pendleton Foundation.


Founder of BIGHORN BAM Selby Dunham, Founder of BIGHORN Cares Joe Kirby, Charities Manager Danielle Ortega, BIGHORN Chairman R.D. Hubbard and BIGHORN Golf Club Charities President Ed Burger.

Since its inception in 2006, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities has gifted over $8 million in local funding to support wellness programs, education, the arts, and building the BIGHORN Golf Club Charities Veterans Resource Center at the College of the Desert for the 400 veterans attending the institution. BIGHORN Golf Club Charities is the parent foundation for both BIGHORN BAM and BIGHORN Cares, which have both significantly impacted the desert.

The annual BIGHORN Cares Awards Dinner is a celebration of the great work these non-profits do and of the new programs that will change clients’ lives. At the recent event, grant recipients introduced themselves, shared their missions, and quickly began collaborating on future partnerships. By the time the check presentations began, everyone was enthusiastically cheering for each other’s success. The evening ended in a standing ovation for the works of both the non-profits and BIGHORN Cares.

Boys and Girls Club Indio“Nearly 100 Valley non-profits applied for BIGHORN Cares Grants last year, all with impressive programs and services that enrich the community,” shares Danielle Ortega, BIGHORN Charities Manager. “We feel that our 47 new recipients provide the most significant projects and are poised to benefit the most underserved people and make an unmistakable difference in local lives.” BIGHORN Cares Grants serve a broad range of people and programs – including educational outreach, afterschool services, maternity aid, disability assistance, shelter relief, foster care, health screenings, and military programs. Every eligible non-profit was researched thoroughly with due diligence, site visits, and interviews.

“We are pleased we can help so many of our Coachella Valley neighbors with this program,” shares BIGHORN Cares Founder Joe Kirby. “BIGHORN Members want to support local organizations that will create a brighter future for individuals and families.”

“BIGHORN Cares Grants offer an incredible opportunity for nonprofits needing to create extremely vital programs for the people that they serve,” offers Ed Burger, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities President. “Grant recipients are energized about their future!”

BIGHORN Members generously combine their funds with 100% of their contributions going directly to support local charities that are instrumental in bettering the lives of those they serve. “We honor their efforts and support them wholeheartedly!” adds Kirby.

Boys and Girls Club

The kids from Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City thank BIGHORN Members for their generous support in 2014 in fixing their gym and playrooms which were in serious need of repair and air-conditioning.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 BIGHORN Cares Recipients whose funds will:

1. Act for MS – provide a year of aquatic therapy and physical education for adults and children with Multiple Sclerosis

2. American Outreach Foundation – purchase 100 batteries for refurbished wheelchairs and scooters given to patients

3. Assistance League of Palm Springs Desert Area – support Operation School Bell by supplying clothing, shoes, and backpack distribution for underserved children

4. Baseball Buddies – support disabled children’s baseball equipment and field rental

Baseball Buddies

5. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert – support their mentoring program for new volunteers

6. Blood Bank of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties (Lifestream) – purchase donor beds for mobile drives

7. Bob Hope USO – purchase air terminal seating and computer desks for our soldiers to communicate with families

Bob Hope USO

8. Boys & Girls Clubs, Coachella Valley – purchase an outdoor mist system and new technology

9. Boys & Girls Clubs, Desert Hot Springs – refurbish the gym floor and teen rooms

10. Boys & Girls Clubs, Indio – purchase new floor games and two research computers

11. Boys & Girls Clubs, La Quinta – provide a new airconditioning and heating unit

12. Boys & Girls Clubs, Mecca – provide funds for new floor games and seating

13. Braille Institute Rancho Mirage – provide Connection Pointe technology for those experiencing sight loss

14. Camp of Champions – purchase a new trailer for sports clinics serving school’s physical education programs

Camp of Champions

15. Central Valley Little League – repair fields, dugouts, bleachers, drinking fountains used by 1,000 residents every year

16. Children’s Discovery Museum – give technology for school educational programs

17. Coachella Valley Housing Coalition – implement an intergenerational wellness program for youth and seniors including a working garden for 1,335 Coachella residents

18. Coachella Valley Rescue Mission – purchase a 7-passenger van to help homeless reach vital services

19. College of the Desert Foundation – provide textbooks for more than 100 military veterans

20. Desert Cancer Foundation – purchase new technology for their Patient Assistance Program

21. Desert Recreation Foundation – purchase bikes and support Mecca weekly fitness activities

22. Family YMCA of the Desert – support technology upgrades for teachers and students from low-income families

23. Father’s Heart Ranch – assist with outdoor recreation upgrades for neglected boys who reside in the home

24. FIND Food Bank – purchase two electric pallet jacks to assist the handling of food within their large service area that feeds thousands of families every year

25. Galilee Center – support backpack, school supplies, and shoe distribution program for 3,000 students in Coachella and Mecca every year

26. Hanson House Foundation – support facility upgrades with two commercial refrigerators and playroom upgrades

27. INCIGHT – develop an ice sled hockey program for kids with disabilities including uniforms, equipment, and ice rink time

28. John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation – purchase 1,500 books given to low-income families to encourage reading

29. La Quinta Middle School, Fitness School of Champions – purchase supplies and equipment for sports activities

30. Las Palmitas Elementary – sponsor 25 top 5th and 6th graders to attend science and engineering camp at the Pali Institute

31. Los Medicos Voladores (The Flying Doctors) – purchase blood glucose meters and medical screens for privacy for mammography services during an annual health day for 2,000 underserved citizens providing health, vision, and dental screenings

Los Medicos Voladores (The Flying Doctors)

32. Mama’s House – provide cooking supplies for their Courage to Carry Program benefitting pregnant moms without a home or resources for caring for a child

33. Martha’s Village & Kitchen – purchase a professionalgrade food steamer and dishwasher for their Food Services Program serving over 600 meals a day and 250,000 meals to 6,249 unduplicated individuals in one year

34. Neuro Vitality Center (formally Stroke Recovery Center) – purchase exercise therapy equipment to serve up to 100 patients in improving their physical functioning and mobility

35. Olive Crest – support a gym for at-risk youth

36. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School – purchase a playground system and shade structure

37. Paws & Hearts, Animal Assisted Therapy – support the addition of more volunteer teams, each to visit 30 patients each week, totaling 7,800 visits per year

38. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding – offer shade screens that are needed to cover 80% of the riding area for physical therapy sessions for 200 disabled children during animal
therapy riding experiences

39. Pueblo Unido CDC – provide job search assistance, development, training opportunities, and youth leadership for low-income families

40. Red Hot Ballroom – purchase clothing for 1,000 at-risk children involved in ballroom dancing, developing social skills, manners, and successful interaction

41. Soroptimist House of Home – help repair current house and roof impacting the living conditions of women with substance abuse disorders

42. The Knights of Columbus – support Feeding the Homeless program that serves over 100 meals in the East Valley for the homeless who cannot make it into the center

43. The LGBT Community Center of the Desert – support the Youth Suicide Prevention & Anti-Bullying Program for the Palm Springs Unified School District

44. The Narrow Door – reconfigure food service and family space planning for the 1,000 homeless families they assist every year

45. The Ranch Recovery Centers – fund upgrades to the Women’s Facilities at Hacienda Valdez including new metal beds to deter bed bugs and a new commercial stove and oven

46. Well in the Desert – support the Be Cool homeless shelter program that offers a cool spot from 3-6 p.m.

47. Xavier College Preparatory High School – purchase an 8-seat transport van to take students to Mountain View housing projects, assisting at-risk students with reading and comprehension

Xavier College Preparatory High School

Ryan Duarte Graduated from Woodbury University

BIGHORN Golf Club Charities Scholarship Program
Focused on funding scholarships for inspiring students, as well as assisting the veterans at College of the Desert. BIGHORN Golf Club Charities (BGCC) has raised over $6 million to build Coachella Valley’s future through educational scholarships. Over 509 four-year university, graduate, COD, community college, and trade school scholarships have been gifted. English as a Second Language programs have been taught to our employees and our annual Holiday Toy Drive has given 2,000 gifts to deserving children since 2006.

BIGHORN BAM (Behind a Miracle) – 10 Years of Miracles
Now entering its 10th anniversary, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle (BAM) was created by a group of women who supported BIGHORN Member Selby Dunham and her fight as a breast cancer survivor. A survivor from day one, she is an 11-year survivor. At their initial meeting, the team decided they wanted to make a significant impact on the desert by supporting Eisenhower Medical Center.

“BIGHORN BAM has been a miracle since its beginnings,” shares Selby, addressing a crowd of supporters. “Every single one of you are miracles! Our words are heartfelt and hardly seem adequate to describe our GRATITUDE to all of you for your overwhelming big-heartedness, compassion, love, and support for those fighting cancer in the Coachella Valley. We are the only Club in the world that consistently supports local non-profits by building up Eisenhower to take care of 30,000 patients seen annually at the Eisenhower Schnitzer/Novack Breast Center. Because of your generosity, lives will be saved; because you care, cancer survivors will live longer; and because of your compassion, cancer patients that need support will have it!”

In the past nine years, BAM’s donations have helped transform the Breast Center into one of the premier breast cancer centers in the country. Diagnostic equipment, genetic counseling, and their extensive support programs are far superior to most university-based breast centers. “Thanks to all of you, we have the very best technology right here in our own backyard!” says Selby. Hundreds of patients are able to focus on healing rather than how they are going to pay for food, gas, or rent through our donations to The Pendleton Foundation. An exciting $6.5 million has been raised and has stayed locally helping patients in the Valley.”

A Quantum Leap in Cancer Care
When Eisenhower Medical Center approached Selby to consider focusing BIGHORN BAM’s donation towards a new TrueBeam STx Linear Accelerator for radiosurgery, she immediately understood the significance of how the TrueBeam would most help cancer patients. Breaking the boundaries of today’s treatment technologies, this system is designed to target and treat cancer with pinpoint accuracy.

According to the American Cancer Society, in our lifetime, there is a 43.95% chance of being diagnosed with cancer if you are male; 37.35% chance if you are female. Radiation therapy can be one of the safest and most effective treatments for many types of cancers. “The TrueBeam STx Linear Accelerator is extremely exciting, giving new solutions that are faster, featuring more powerful precision, and advancing the option for new treatment methods,” says BIGHORN BAM Founder Selby Dunham.

The advanced TrueBeam STx Linear Accelerator is highly intelligent. It choreographs, in real time, an asynchronous network for treatments that require fast, flexible timing capabilities. It seamlessly integrates respiratory gating, imaging, and treatment techniques. The precision of the TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter, with mechanical and dose accuracy coming together at a true isocenter. With dose rates that are 40-140% higher than current standards, doctors can treat more patients faster. With an abundance of robust tools, this radical system encourages new levels of clinical confidence.

“Building on a 10-year history of providing Eisenhower with cutting-edge breast cancer technology, BIGHORN BAM has joined their donation with other donors in support of the TrueBeam STx Linear Accelerator, the most advanced technological equipment available,” praises Laura Fritz, Vice President, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation. “The computer-guided, high-definition equipment provides high-dose radiation capable of treating smaller cancers with increased precision. The TrueBeam advances the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer will have a long-term impact on the quality of patient care.“

“BIGHORN BAM’s latest generous gift propels cancer care at Eisenhower to a higher level of excellence. The TrueBeam STx Linear Accelerator brings the most sophisticated radiation therapy treatments, including radiosurgery, to Eisenhower. This innovative technology has opened the door to new treatment options for brain, lung, liver, pancreas, breast and spine cancers. The TrueBeam allows clinicians to ‘see’ the tumor they are about to treat and apply very accurate and precise beams of radiation to it, while compensating for the patient’s movement. Most treatments last only a few minutes. In some cases, daily treatments are replaced by single treatments, allowing patients and their families to experience minimal disruption to their daily lives.“

Funds will also support a year of round-trip transportation services for patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments who would normally rely on public transportation.“We are thrilled to give to these dynamic organizations,” says Selby. “They make miracles happen everyday!” For more information, please visit

“I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” shares Brittney Pos. “Within a week, my OBGYN had sent me through an ultrasound, mammogram, MRI, and biopsy. And on September 17, 2015, the news hit me like a ton of bricks. I was too young! Within three weeks, I was scheduled for a double mastectomy. Going to school, now not able to work, I was concerned with how we were going to make it. Through BIGHORN BAM and The Pendleton Foundation paying my rent, I was able to concentrate on getting better and stay focused on my studies. Cancer is so stressful all by itself, but to figure out how to juggle it all – I am really fortunate I had angels looking out for me.”

Supporting the CHP 11-99 Foundation
BIGHORN Members are vested in supporting charities that touch their hearts. In February, R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard along with
Member Sean McGrath held a fundraiser for the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation. 11-99 is the radio code for “officer needs assistance.” This code and its foundation provides emergency assistance to CHP employees and their families in times of crisis. Since 1984, the foundation has distributed more than $28 million in assistance to current, retired, and fallen-in-the-line-of-duty CHP employees, including an additional $21 million in college scholarships to children of CHP employees. “We are proud to support these brave men and women who risk their lives every day,” praises Hubbard.

Supporting the CHP 11-99 Foundation

CHP 11-99 Foundation CEO Steve Harrington, BIGHORN Member Sean McGrath, Chairman R.D. Hubbard and his wife Joan Dale with Captain Laura Quattlebaum.

Blue Angels Foundation
BIGHORN Members have proudly donated over $1 million to the Blue Angels Foundation in support of all wounded veterans at the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego. BIGHORN also supports Freedom Station, a housing facility for the wounded veterans to assist them in learning a vocation after their service. BIGHORN and the Blue Angels Foundation are committed to ongoing research of PTSD in hopes of finding a cure for our veterans who suffer with this injury. One hundred percent of the donations are distributed to the veterans.

American Red Cross
In August, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities gave $25,000 to aid The American Red Cross in helping the Blue Cut Fire victims in San Bernardino. Over 92,000 families were displaced and resources were running short to help these people. Mr. Hubbard saw the importance of assisting these families and committed right away.

For more information about any of these programs, please call Danielle Ortega at 760-610-8222.


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