By Madeline Zuckerman

Child Abuse continues to occur at alarming rates in our community and all across the country.  Every 10 seconds in the U.S., a report of child abuse is made.  And, nearly 5 children die on a daily basis from abuse related causes.

Olive Crest, known for its dedication to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family . . .“One Life at a Time®,” will host its Third Annual Invitational Golf Tournament at The Classic Club, located at 75-200 Classic Club Boulevard in Palm Desert, California.  This event will raise much-needed funds to benefit local at-risk children and their families in Riverside County and Desert Communities.

USC National Football Champion and Olive Crest Trustee, Darnell Bing, will once again serve as Event Chair.   He will be joined by other USC football legends who will lend their support to this worthwhile cause.


“I am so impressed with the positive difference that Olive Crest makes for disadvantaged and at-risk kids,” said Darnell Bing. “It was an easy decision to lead the golf tournament and work with my fellow USC teammates to fund critical programs for children in our community.”

Event registration will begin at 9:00 am for this highly-anticipated golf tournament, which will feature a Shotgun Scramble format, an Awards Reception, and Silent Auction, featuring unique sports memorabilia and exclusive travel packages.

A golf foursome is priced at $ 1,200, and Event Sponsorships range from $500 all the way up to $15,000.  To register, go to www.olivecrest/ie/golf-tournament-2023

“The idea for this Olive Crest Golf Invitational was the brainchild of one of our Olive Crest Trustees, Darnell Bing,” stated Walter Mueller, Director of Development for Olive Crest.  “Darnell envisioned this event as a way to not only raise funds for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, but also to bring visibility to the services and lifesaving programs Olive Crest offers.   Darnell also wanted to reach out and include some of his former USC teammates in this event, as a way to introduce and educate them to the needs of youth within the foster care system.    Having Darnell participate, as well as Chair this event, along with his fellow football legend teammates, makes this a very unique golfing experience and a win-win for all the at-risk children within our community,” Mueller continued.

This year’s Media Sponsors include Presenting Newspaper & Digital Media Sponsor THE DESERT SUN; Exclusive TV Media Sponsor KESQ News Channel 3; and Exclusive Radio Media Sponsor Alpha Media-Palm Springs.

Back Row (left to right) Will Poole, Marvin Williams, Terrell Thomas, David Kirtman, Sunny Byrd, Brandon Hancock, Oscar Lua, Will Buchanon, and John Walker. Front Row (left to right) Justin Wyatt, Collin Ashton, Event Chair Darnell Bing, Shaun Cody, Lofa Tatupu, and Greig Carlson. Photo Credit: Gregg Felsen

“Too many families are broken and isolated, leading to kids being abused, neglected, and alone,” said Tracy Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of Olive Crest Inland and Desert Communities. “The child welfare system was never intended to replace the family. This year, our team is focused on expanding our prevention efforts – – going upstream to catch kids and families before they fall into the child welfare system. Our Child Abuse Stops Here® initiative recruits and equips families, friends, and champions to help provide a lifelong safety net to families in crisis with material, emotional, and spiritual support. Through this effort, we are working to prevent abuse and neglect prior to the serious escalation of adverse childhood experiences, strengthening families and generations to come.”

For additional information on this upcoming Olive Crest Invitational Golf Tournament, please contact Walter Mueller at 951–686–8500 ext. 4301 or at Walter-Mueller@olivecrest.org

For more information about Olive Crest, Ways to help, and services near you, please call or visit www.olivecrest.org

About Olive Crest

For 50 years, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of more than 200,000 children and their families through the power of God, Family, and Community. Olive Crest is dedicated to the belief that “once an Olive Crest family, always an Olive Crest family.”  The organization’s commitment of helping children and families through a caring community goes well beyond the time of initial crisis.

Established, proven, and respected, Olive Crest serves nearly 4,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.