By Craig Michaels

Who doesn’t like wearing tropical attire while sipping umbrella drinks? There will be plenty of both at Club Cabana fundraiser for the Girlfriend Factor non-profit organization this Saturday night at Toscana Country Club.  

The local organization founded by Joan Busick has put on this annual fundraiser since 2009. The proceeds will help provide renewable educational grants to adult women who desire to improve their position in life through higher education and occupational training. The recipients of the “Go Girl!” Grants must meet certain age qualifications in addition to living and going to school in the Coachella Valley. To date, they have supported over 147 local women with over $500,000 in grants as they pursue four-year degrees or occupational certifications.

I’ve enjoyed attending a number of their mixers and meeting some of the recipients and was honored to be asked to help raise funds as a Cabana Boy this year. As a Girlfriend Factor Cabana Boy, I am asked to create an auction package for the annual fundraising event. My Staycation begins at the classic Indian Wells Resort Hotel for two nights in a beautiful suite with rounds of golf, a show and dinner at Frank’s Place. The package also includes Palm Springs Arial Tram, Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, Desert Serenity Float & Spa, golf at Marrakesh Country Club and dinner at Eight4Nine and a Kaiser Restaurant Group of their choice.

There will be many other amazing packages auctioned off that night supplied but the other seven Cabana Boys who will also be spotlighted at the event:  Brandon Boswell, James Gonzales, Ken Harth, Troy Kudlac, Dylan McCrum, Marco Rosetti and Sean Webb. The crown of Big Kahuna will be given to the man who helps raise the most money with their auction package. Did I mention I was taking last minute donations for my auction package😊?

The evening includes a delicious dinner. There are still seats if you would like to attend this fun event and support the efforts of the Girlfriend Factor. You can visit their web site to purchase tickets and get more information: The fundraiser starts at 6pm Saturday February 1st. at Toscana Country Club – 76-009 Via Club Villa, Indian Wells, California.