Skip Paige to be honored as “Great Friend to Kids Award” recipient

By Cara Van Dijk

The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will celebrate its 30th year in the Coachella Valley on February 15, 2018 at the Clubhouse at BIGHORN. At this fundraiser, attendees will celebrate the past 30 years while supporting the Museum as it moves toward the future.

This event is CDMOD’s premier fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds will benefit Museum attendees as funds will allow the Museum to upgrade and expand its offerings.

“The Museum is an important part of the Coachella Valley community. We provide families with the opportunity to explore and play together in a safe, inclusive environment. We rely on events like this to raise critical funds needed to serve our community and sustain our work,” CEO Carol E. Scott said.


This year, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert will honor Skip Paige for his dedication to the children of the Coachella Valley. During his tenure at Goldenvoice, Skip spearheaded several philanthropic initiatives including the foundation of the Academy of Music Performance (AMP) which provides summer music camps and year-round educational and performance opportunities to young musicians living in the Coachella Valley; and California CareForce, a 3-day clinic in Indio providing free medical, dental and optical services to persons of all ages.

“During my tenure at Goldenvoice we were able to donate to many excellent Coachella Valley charities. Among them, The Academy of Musical Performance (AMP), The Indio Boys and Girls Club and California CareForce clinic,” said Skip. “It’s an honor and privilege to receive this award from CDMOD, another excellent children’s charity in the valley.”

The Museum will also highlight the vision for the future and recognize the accomplishments of past and present board members.

“Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a community treasure, and we’re putting ourselves on the map. We want community leaders to come see what the Museum hopes for its future,” said Amir Afsar, Board of Trustees President.

Funds that the Museum raises through this fundraiser will support CDMOD in its mission to inspire personal growth by engaging curiosity and creativity through hands-on exploration. As a valuable community resource for children and families, CDMOD offers an opportunity to experience the joy of learning about themselves and the world around them. The Children’s Discovery Museum is a 501c(3) organization and has served the Coachella Valley for 30 years. The event will allow the Museum to continue to enhance the quality of life of our community through programming in the areas of health, education and cultural development.

The anniversary celebration and fundraiser is February 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is open to adults age 21+. Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar will offer well drinks, beer and wine. The AMP program will feature performances by several young musicians. A “giving tree” will display the wishes and hopes for CDMOD’s future, and guests can make pledges to see them come to fruition. Tickets are $200 for an individual or $350 per couple. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to sponsor or purchase tickets, visit: or call (760) 321-0602.