Richard Balocco, president/CEO of Desert Arc, with Damian Jenkins, Desert Arc board chair, at Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Credit: Loretta Vlach

Desert Arc, established in 1959, to provide vocational training and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced plans for its 13th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser on Monday, April 3, beginning at 11 a.m. with a barbecue lunch at Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

The event will feature a shotgun scramble format, and an awards banquet dinner. Renowned architect Clive Clark designed the par 72, 6,715-yard Eagle Falls Golf Course with challenging water features for the enjoyment of all golfers who participate.  

Desert Arc board member and past board chair Nancy Singer will serve as this year’s event chair, along with event emcee Brooke Beare, Emmy Award-winning journalist, board member, and immediate past chair of the Desert Arc Board.

“It’s so terrific to continue the legacy Desert Arc has created over the last 64 years for adults with disabilities and their families in our community,” Beare said. “The services and opportunities we are able to provide, thanks to the contributions of the players and sponsors, reflects in our uniquely comprehensive programming.”

Said Nancy Singer, the event chair: “It is my honor again to chair the golf classic fundraising tournament to benefit the many outstanding programs offered by Desert Arc. We are grateful for the support of the community, as well as staff members, as we continually strive to enhance the lives of over 700 people with disabilities.”

Said Richard Balocco, president/CEO of Desert Arc: “Your participation in this important fundraiser for Desert Arc will have an immediate and profound impact on the people we serve. Some of you are new to Desert Arc, and we are grateful for your involvement and look forward to our continued friendship. Many of you are longtime friends and have played a significant role in our 64-year history of making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. All in all, your belief and generous support of our mission means the world to us!”

This year’s media sponsors include The Desert Sun and LOCALiQ, KESQ News Channel 3, and Alpha Media-Palm Springs.

For additional information, call 760-404-1368, or visit

About Desert Arc

Desert Arc is the leading nonprofit, with an impressive 64-year history of providing comprehensive services for more than 700 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Coachella Valley, the Morongo basin and the outlying desert communities. Since its founding in 1959, Desert Arc has been offering adults with disabilities person-centric programs and resources designed to meet the needs of its clients including: an adult day program, vocational training, job development, job placement and employment, nutrition, sports and recreation programs for supportive independent living, case management and personalized coordination of services, and advocacy for community integration.

Desert Arc has been recognized within the community for its mission of enhancing their clients’ quality of life and creating opportunities for each person. Dedicated to social innovation, Desert Arc has also created a variety of enterprises providing business services including their shredding and recycling, landscape maintenance, janitorial and fulfillment divisions. These are growing micro-businesses developed to provide employment for its clients, as well as an earned income revenue stream for Desert Arc. Pathways to Employment is the umbrella for the organization’s vocational, on-the-job training and individual job placement service programs, working directly for Desert Arc or within their fellow employment network.

Over its consistent and financially sound history, Desert Arc has been making a difference in the lives of so many people with disabilities.

Desert Arc’s main headquarters is located on Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, consisting of three buildings totaling 50,000 feet of space. In addition, Desert Arc has a recycling center in Indio and another program site in Yucca Valley.

This piece was submitted on behalf of Desert Arc by Madeline Zuckerman.

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Madeline Zuckerman

Madeline Zuckerman is owner and president of M. Zuckerman Marketing and Public Relations Inc., with offices in Rancho Mirage and Newport Beach. She established her marketing communications firm more than...