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Charities and Fund Raising

The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and net proceeds benefit our Charity Partners. Each year the Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance donates its net proceeds to several very deserving organizations in the Palm Springs, California area. These organizations are renowned for their work and are a vital part of the fabric that makes up our community.

 

This years charities include:

 

 The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)

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The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is a top-rated, 501(c)(3) military nonprofit organization designed to make military life easier. They provide hands-on, innovative, specialized programs and support services to military service members and their families with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women — the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership- if they carry an active-duty or dependent ID card; we consider them to be part of the Armed Services YMCA Family.

Today, the ASYMCA is a proud partner and national member association of the YMCA of the USA.  The ASYMCA operates more than 150 program centers nationwide, working closely with the Department of Defense and military bases on the ground. The possibility of expansion into geographical areas where there are unmet needs always exists, and there is no effort to compete with other support agencies. Where there is a need, we try to meet it in cooperation with the installation commander, and strong partnerships with other non-profits, such as: the YMCA, Operation Homefront, the USO, the Sierra Club, and Newman’s Own, so that we can remain a top-rated, effective and fiscally responsible military charity that is ranked to be among the top 2% of Charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2012.

At its 33 branches and affiliate locations, the ASYMCA offers unique essential programs such as childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, deployment support, emergency support, computer training classes, counseling, wounded warrior support, health and wellness services, and holiday programs that are tailored to the specific needs of the military community on the local level. In addition to these locations, the ASYMCA and its programs are implemented by partners at ten affiliated community YMCAs, as well as nine Department of Defense affiliates worldwide, that have large military communities and are able to benefit from ASYMCA programming.

The Wounded Warrior Project

wounded-warrior-logo The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors” of the United States Armed Forces. “The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.”

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

 

 

Previous Years Charities

 

2012 Charities

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ACT for MS

ACT for MS has become the premier resource for individuals in the Coachella Valley who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. We offer clients a variety of programs and services to help them live with MS, its symptoms and debilities by providing the tools and resources necessary to successfully improve their quality of life while living with an incurable medical condition.

Our major client programs include educational seminars and workshops, weekly strength training, exercise and cardiovascular health programs, semimonthly therapeutic and flexible massage, assistance with equipment products designed to improve their safety, mobility and independence, along with a program of providing electric bill payments and air conditioning repairs for our clients who are financially limited.

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LOVING ALL ANIMALS

 Bringing together Local and National Animal Welfare Organizations for the Benefit of Animals and finding them loving happy homes.

Loving All Animals offers training in animal behavior to help you prepare and anticipate any challenges that fostering brings. We have Veternarian Advisors to show us how to check for signs of any health risks. We have a network of fosters to help co-parent and transporters to assist in the home finding process.

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FIND (Food in Need of Distribution) 

FIND (Food in Need of Distribution) Food Bank is a proud partner of the nationally known organization “Feeding America.”  For the past 27 years FIND has provided much needed food assistance, nutritional education and basic essential items to those in need in Eastern Riverside and Southern San Bernardino.  We accomplish this through procuring food through our rescue food program, food donations, local farmers initiative “Farm to Family,” USDA, and corporate Food Donations due to our affiliation with Feeding America.  To ensure we acquire all items necessary for our clients and programs, we also purchase items at wholesale prices to fulfill our feeding programs such as Desert Kids Summer Feeding Program, Seniors Brown Bag, and Better Eating Better Health Initiative.  This food is then distributed through our network of 90 plus agencies who represent either a; Food Pantry, After School Care, Summer Children Programs, Soup Kitchen, Homeless Shelter, Senior Program or Adult and Children Agencies.

2010 Charities

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ANIMAL SAMARITANS SPCA

A non-profit animal welfare organization committed to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable animals. Programs and services that save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education, low cost and no-cost spay and neuter, low-cost vaccinations, micro chipping, shelter and care, and adoptions to lifelong homes. Animal Samaritans SPCA is the Coachella Valley’s lead animal welfare organization.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY

The Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley opened in 1966 and now owns and operates three clubhouses in the communities of Coachella, Indio and La Quinta. Each Clubhouse has a gymnasium, games room, community center, arts and crafts room, education center, technology center, and outdoor play area. They serve 3,600 youth between the ages of 7 and 18 enrolled in programs and services as members. Their mission is to save and enhance the lives of the young people of our community, especially those with economic and/or social needs, by offering a safe haven and meaningful youth development programs provided by a caring and qualified staff.

2009 Charities

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ANIMAL SAMARITANS SPCA

A non-profit animal welfare organization committed to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable animals. Programs and services that save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education, low cost and no-cost spay and neuter, low-cost vaccinations, micro chipping, shelter and care, and adoptions to lifelong homes. Animal Samaritans SPCA is the Coachella Valley’s lead animal welfare organization.

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DESERT SAMARITANS FOR THE ELDERLY

A non-profit organization dedicated to serving the elderly throughout the Coachella Valley. By providing programming and financial aid to elderly citizens, Desert Samaritans has cared for tens of thousands of seniors that other organizations have not been able to help.

 

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PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT MOUNTED ENFORCEMENT UNIT

The Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) is a group of sworn police officers who volunteer their time for extra duty on horseback. The unit consists of three city-owned horses and three privately owned horses. The MEU is funded by private donations and the support of local residents. The MEU officers and their mounts have received training from personnel in the elite Los Angeles Police Department Metro Unit.

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VIRGINIA WARING INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Promotes culture and education to the residents and visitors of the Southern California Desert through its educational outreach programs and by holding a biennial world-class piano competition with participants coming from around the world. This year’s competition will take place March 29 through April 4.