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Desert Classic Charities donates $800,000 to valley community

More than a dozen local charities are getting a boost from hundreds of thousands of dollars raised during this year’s Humana Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Today, Desert Classic Charities distributed $800,000 to 40 local charities.

“Lot of the great charities that everybody depends on in this valley, and we’re very proud to support them,” said John Foster, Desert Classic Charities President.

During the past 55 years, the event has raised more than $56 million in donations to valley charities.
Find Food Bank, Desert Arc, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, which serves more than 7000 local children each year, received some of this year’s proceeds.

“It also allows us to expand the number of programs and the number of children that we are able to serve and it’s because of the consistency of receiving grants every single year,” said Jim Ducatte, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley.

Eisenhower Medical Center received the biggest contribution with $200,000. The money will be used to keep in theme with Humana’s mission, to improve health.

“Wellness is critical and we don’t want to be all about treating disease. We want to be all about wellness and keeping you out of the hospital as long as possible,” Michael Landes, President of the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation.

Those who attended the tournament also helped contribute thanks to Humana’s partnership with a program called ‘Charity Miles.’ The free app tracks every mile one walks, runs or jogs. For every mile, ‘Charity Miles’ makes a donation to a non-profit. Guests logged more than $126,000 miles raising $50,000 for local charities. Local organizations say they’re grateful for everyone’s help.

“This is an amazing contribution we’re just so thrilled. It’s so important to the hospital and always will be,” said Landes.

KESQ News Team

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