By Madeline Zuckerman

The Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage recently hosted its 11th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, complete with an extensive silent auction, in addition to its highly-anticipated Golf and Pickleball Tournaments, all for a very worthwhile cause!  Emcee for the luncheon was the Valley’s own Patrick Evans, KESQ TV Meteorologist and Host of EYE ON THE DESERT.

(left to right) Patrick Evans, Emcee of The Springs Scholarship Luncheon, Jill Miller Chair of The Springs Scholarship Fund, Frank Xavier, Committee Member of The Springs Scholarship Fund, and Kevin Mulligan, Committee Member of The Springs Scholarship Fund

Open to Springs Club members and the community-at-large, this not-to-be missed fun event commenced at 8:30 am with a Shotgun Scramble on The Springs renowned 18-hole Desmond Muirhead Signature Golf Course, with its glorious mountain and lake vistas virtually seen from every hole.  Simultaneously, play got underway on The Springs’ popular Pickleball courts, which are in use daily due to the Club’s 200 plus Pickleball enthusiasts.  Members and guests then gathered in the stunning and newly-remodeled Springs Clubhouse for the Scholarship Luncheon.

The following week, 166 members of The Springs community participated in the Annual Springs Home Tour, which showcased six extraordinary homes selected for their unique architecture and stunning interior design.  100% of all ticket sales to this Home Tour benefitted The Springs Scholarship Fund.


“This year’s Springs Scholarship Luncheon raised over $ 60,000, and celebrates this year’s outstanding Scholarship Award recipients,” said Jill Miller, Chair for the past five years of The Springs Scholarship Fund. “For most of these scholarship recipients, they are the first members of their family to attend college.”

Golfers Kelvin Ng and Bob Evans, competing in the Springs Golf Tournament that day.

The Springs Scholarship Fund was started in 2011 by a group of Springs Country  Club members, who would informally collect donations. It was a very informal grassroots effort in the beginning.  Jill Miller and several other Club members endeavored to learn as much as they could about scholarship funding and donations.  In 2019, they ultimately made the decision to collaborate with the Desert Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501©3, due to the fact that the Desert Community Foundation could handle all the vetting, reporting, and investing of the funds raised for The Springs Scholarship Fund . It was then  decided that half the funds raised from the Golf Tournament would go to The Springs Scholarship Fund, with the other half of funds raised going to Volunteers In Medicine, a pet charity of The Springs Country Club and The Springs Woman Support Group.

David LaCharite and Laureen Ong, seen her competing in the Pickleball Tournament that day.

Today, The Springs Scholarship Committee provides fund oversight, sets eligibility criteria, reviews and makes recommendations for grants, and overseas the management of investment funds.  Since the start in 2019 of this valuable partnership with The Desert Community Foundation, The Springs Scholarship Fund has raised over $ 250,000.00.   $48,000 has been awarded to eleven deserving youth within The Springs Country Club community.


The Springs Country Club awards this scholarship every year to these students, as long as these recipients’ GPA is maintained year-to-year)

Angel Bernardo, an Education Major who attends California Baptist University

Taylor Brown, a Sociology Major who attends California State University San Marcos

Kianah David, a Nursing Major who attends California State University San Bernardino

Llyanah David, a Nursing Major who attends College Of The Desert

Bianca Felix, a Child Development Major who attends California State University San Bernardino

Krystal King, an Education Major who attends California State University Fresno

Matthew King, a Liberal Studies Major who attends California State University Fresno

Daniela Ramirez, a Health Sciences Major who attends College Of The Desert

Joseph Xanitis, a Nursing Major who attends San Bernardino Valley College

“Over the years, The Springs Scholarship Program started as a grassroots labor of love, and has grown into a substantial Scholarship Program today, supporting education for the youth of our Coachella Valley, said Chair Miller.”

About The Springs Country Club


The Springs Country Club is an exclusive, member-owned private Golf, Tennis, and Pickleball community, located in the serene desert oasis of Rancho Mirage California. The Springs Country Club offers the quintessential desert lifestyle in an environment marked by timeless natural beauty in the heart of the Coachella Valley. The Springs Golf Course, designed by Desmond Muirhead, boasts rolling fairways accentuated with groves of Palm trees, stunning and colorful flowerbeds, and mesmerizing water features. In addition to Golf, The Springs Country Club offers 9 Championship Tennis Courts, along with 12 Pickleball Courts, as part of the sports complex.


The Springs Country Club has been recognized by TENNIS MAGAZINE as one of the top 10 tennis facilities in the country!


For more information on Membership at The Springs Country Club, please contact 760-324-8292 or visit