By Madeline Zuckerman

Desert Arc, established in 1959, to provide vocational training and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced plans for its 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic Fundraiser on Monday, April 1, 2024, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a BBQ lunch at Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

The event will feature a BBQ Lunch, a Shotgun Scramble Format, and an Awards Banquet Dinner.  Renowned Architect Clive Clark designed the par 72, 6715 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 is my honor again to chair the Golf Classic Fundraising Tournament to benefit the many outstanding programs offered by Desert Arc that are not funded by the State of California,” stated Event Chair Nancy Singer.  “We are grateful for the support of the community, as well as staff members, as we continually strive to enhance the lives of 700 people with disabilities, ” Singer continued.

Event Media Sponsors for this upcoming Desert Arc 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic fundraiser will include THE DESERT SUN & LOCALiQ, Presenting Newspaper & Digital Media Sponsor; KESQ News Channel 3, Exclusive TV Media Sponsor; and ALPHA MEDIA – Palm Springs, Exclusive Radio Media Sponsor.

“Your participation in this important fundraiser for Desert Arc will have an immediate and profound impact on the people we serve,” stated Richard Balocco, President/CEO of Desert Arc.  “Some of you are new to Desert Arc, and many of you are longtime friends and have played a significant role in our 65-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!” Balocco continued.

For additional information on Desert Arc please call 760-404-1368 or visit


Desert Arc is the leading nonprofit, currently celebrating its 65th Anniversary milestone of providing comprehensive services for 700 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the Coachella Valley, the Morongo Basin, Palo Verde Valley, and surrounding desert communities. Since its founding in 1959, Desert Arc has been offering person-centric programs and resources designed to meet the diverse needs of its clients (people with disabilities served by its mission) including: an adult day program, health care, nutrition, and sports and recreation programs.  It’s FYI – – For Your Independence team of life skills coaches work with clients in the independent and supportive living programs.  Dedicated to social innovation, Desert Arc has also created a variety of enterprises providing business services including their Shredding & 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 and Transportation Depot in Indio and another program site in Yucca Valley.

For general information on Desert Arc, please call 760.346.1611. For information on Desert Arc’s Business Services, please call 760.404.1370. For information on Desert Arc fundraising events please call 760.404.1368 or visit