Events have raised more than $12 million for St. Jude since 2011
Now in its 10th year, the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament returns to the desert March 5-8, 2020, bringing in more than 75 stars, songwriters and rock legends for a weekend of golf and one-of-a-kind music events to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Tournament host, actor Patrick Warburton, perhaps best known for playing Puddy on Seinfeld as well as the star of the syndicated sitcom Rules of Engagement, the voice of Joe on Family Guy and numerous roles in movies like Ted and Ted 2, The Tick and Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove as well as Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, brings together his celebrity friends to highlight a star-studded weekend in the desert raising funds for kids battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Celebrities will begin arriving on Thursday, March 5, for Songwriters Night – which will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. This will be an evening with a group of renowned Nashville songwriters telling the stories behind their biggest hits, along with performing those hits. This year’s featured songwriters include Neil Thrasher, who’s penned many #1 hits including “Fast Cars & Freedom” by Rascal Flatts, “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, and “Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean; JT Harding, who wrote several chart-topping hits including “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, “Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley and Sangria by Blake Shelton; Tim Nichols, known for his Grammy-winning “Live Like You Were Dying” performed by Tim McGraw and also for hits he’s written for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, and Travis Tritt; and Kelley Lovelace, who received a Song of the Year nomination for “He Didn’t Have To Be,” co-written with and recorded by Brad Paisley and has written for Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney and Keith Urban. Tickets are $150 and include a barbecue dinner and drinks.
Friday night’s Rheneypalooza Jam – named for event co-founder and Board Chairman, Clarke Rheney – has sold out the past few years because of its unique line-up of Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers and other famous rock legends who perform some of their hits in what becomes a 4+ hour rock-and-roll variety show. The line-up of artists scheduled to appear includes Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Don Felder (The Eagles), Al Paris (Kool & the Gang), Tom Johnston, (Doobie Brothers), Jason Scheff (Chicago), John Elefante (Kansas), Mike Mills (REM), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers) and Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers and Booker T & the MGs). There will also be surprise unannounced guests. Rheneypalooza Jam tickets can be purchased for $200.
The celebrity golf tournament, which is sold out, is held Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, at the Classic Club and the JW Marriott Desert Springs. Each foursome golfs with a celebrity. It is a non-spectator golf tournament, so those who wish to participate in the weekend’s festivities are encouraged to purchase tickets to the evening events. Celebrities scheduled to appear and play golf include actors Richard Karn, Chris McDonald, Bruce McGill, Richard Kind, John O’Hurley, Kevin Rahm, Kevin Dillon, Dennis Haysbert, Oliver Hudson, Spencer Garrett, Andy Buckley, David Leisure, Bruce Thomas, Brian Thompson, Galen Gering, Bill Smitrovich, Patrick Fabian, Raymond Cruz, Johnathan Fernandez, John Pyper Ferguson, Mark Moses, Jeffrey Nordling, Jonathan Banks, Sam Hennings, Brian Krause, Phillip Boyd, Kurt Fuller, Nick Lea and Paula Trickey; radio personality, Rick Dees; professional athletes such as NBA legend, Scottie Pippen; gymnast, Mitch Gaylord; NFL stars Sterling Sharpe, Jim McMahon and Lamar Thomas; MLB players Eric Gagne, Kurt Bevacqua, Scott Erickson, Tommy John, David Wells and Brad Penny; and NHL Hall-of-Famer, Grant Fuhr.
The Saturday Soiree on Saturday evening, March 7, will feature red carpet appearances by many of the celebrities involved with the tournament, as well as a dinner and music by Sixwire – the band featured on the TV show, Nashville. Other celebrities will join Sixwire on stage for special performances, as well. Tickets for the Saturday Soiree are $300.
“It’s a very exciting year as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event – which we keep hearing is the best event in the desert! It’s the perfect mix of celebrities, musicians, golf and unique events that aren’t duplicated in way out here,” said Clarke Rheney, Tournament Co-founder/Chairman and St. Jude’s 2017 National Volunteer of the Year. “We have rock and roll legends, actors and sports heroes who use their star power for good, mingling with fans and doing their part to raise money and awareness for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Sponsors of The Warburton include: the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, The Auen Foundation, Shakti Warriors, National Car Rental, Classic Club, JW Marriott Desert Springs, Prime Source Entertainment, Tito’s Vodka, News Channel 3, Sixwire, Castelli’s, MSA Productions and the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Warburton is the top highest grossing golf tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nationwide, raising more than $12 million for St. Jude since its inception. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thewarburton.com.