ProCon.org and the March of Dimes Canada held a celebrity golf tournament on March 2, 2013 at the Desert Dunes Golf Club in Desert Hot Springs, California to raise money for our nonprofit organizations.
The charity fundraiser event was hosted by the Canada California Business Council. Included among the golfers were former NHL players Marty McSorley and Cale Hulse, former MLB player Royce Clayton, senior golf pro Steve Pate, actors: George Lopez, Anthony Anderson, Craig T. Nelson, Gena Lee Nolin, Sheila Shah, Kate Linder, Jack McGee, Fred ‘Hammer’ Williamson, Stephen Bishop, Jeremy Sumpter, director and writer Nick Cassavetes, KTLA host Wendy Burch, and Kato Kaelin.
The golf event capped off a full weekend of events, beginning with a cocktail reception at the Elvis Presley honeymoon estate on Thursday, February 28, a business luncheon and VIP Reception on Friday, March 1, and ending with the golf tournament itself on Saturday, March 2.
Check out some photos from this wonderful event or visit our YouTube celebrity golf playlist for videos. Thank you so much to the players, sponsors, organizers, and supporters who made this golf tournament so much fun and helped us raise funds for two great causes.
The ProCon.org team: Bruce McNall, Steve Markoff, Kamy Akhavan, Tracey DeFrancesco, Marcus Hirn and Steven Jacobson
ProCon.org Chairman and founder Steve Markoff with Traci Stumpf, Real TV Films host
Actors Stephen Bishop and Anthony Anderson with comedian George Lopez
ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan, President & CEO of Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants Gerry Derenoski, former LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, and President & CEO of March of Dimes Canada Andria Spindel
Craig T. Nelson, star of Coach and Parenthood, with Real TV Films host Traci Stumpf
Gianni Pink, producer Steve Sparks, and former professional golfer Steve Pate (spoiler alert: Steve Pate wins the tournament!)
ProCon.org board member Bruce McNall, ProCon.org Senior Researcher Tracey DeFrancesco, and Kato Kaelin
Kamy Akhavan and Kate Linder, star of The Young and the Restless
Craig T. Nelson and Nick Cassavettes, director of The Notebook and Alpha Dog
Desert Dunes Golf Club in Desert Hot Springs, CA, generously donated the use of the course for the tournament.
The golfers gather around Lee Fraser, Founder, President and CEO of the Canada California Business Council, before the tournament begins.
The prelude to the tournament -- note the presence of cars from one of the sponors, Mercedes-Benz of Palm Springs!
The Canada California Business Council (CCBC) hosted a luncheon on the day before the golf tournament.
Steve Pate being interviewed at the Celebrity Pairings Party held at the Riviera Hotel.
Director Nick Cassavettes and ProCon.org board member Bruce McNall entertained the crowd with a discussion moderated by former hockey player Marty McSorley at the CCBC luncheon.
Winning team Steve Pate, Tania Ward, Stephen Foster, and David Lambotte at the closing gala.
Jack McGee, from The Fighter and Rescue Me, hosted the live auction at the closing gala following the golf tournament.
Jack McGee and Traci Stumpf
Former hockey star Marty McSorley and Kamy Akhavan
Comedian, actor, and talk show host George Lopez had everyone laughing at the Celebrity Golf Classic.
Former hockey player Cale Hulse gets interviewed at the Celebrity Pairings Party, an event at which the tournament participants were matched with their celebrity teammates.
Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, actor and former professional football player, with Friday Night Lights actor Jeremy Sumpter.
Gena Lee Nolan, from The Price is Right and Baywatch, lent her support to the event.
George Lopez (right) with his friend, RJ (left)
ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan with actress Sheila Shah (Saw V)
Jeremy Sumpter, actor from the Friday Night Lights television show and Peter Pan, at the closing gala.
Kato Kaelin with ProCon.org researcher Steven Jacobson
Nick Cassavettes, Bruce McNall, and Stephen Bishop
Andria Spindel and Kamy Akhavan
Wendy Burch, Emmy award-winning reporter and KTLA News anchor, at the Celebrity Pairings Party.
Bruce McNall with actor Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids, Law & Order, The Departed)
Kamy Akhavan with Gerry Derenoski
Nick Cassavettes, Traci Stumpf
Nick Cassavettes with Marty McSorley and Lee Fraser
Drew Hester, founder of GolfedAgain.com, with Traci Stumpf
Traci Stumpf and Kamy Akhavan give a visual demonstration of pros and cons.
Sheila Shah and Stephen Bishop
Kate Linder with Kato Kaelin
Kato Kaelin takes a break from golfing to refuel -- why use a cup when you can drink right from the tap?
Celebrity Pairings Party by the pool at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs
Celebrity Pairings Party
Celebrity Golf Classic Leader Board
Former MLB player Royce Clayton and Traci Stumpf
Craig T. Nelson and Steve Sparks heading out to the beautiful Desert Dunes Golf Club.
Craig T. Nelson can't wait to hit the course.
ProCon.org, March of Dimes Canada, and CCBC employees
Marty McSorley won a trip to Hawaii and donated it back to raise another $10,000 for the charities!