“Survey says”…the United Way of the Desert knows how to put the f-u-n in fundraising! I am honored to be a part of the 23rd annual “Rockin’ VIP Challenge” event at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. The public is also invited to experience this fun and exciting evening firsthand.

This year’s overall event theme is “The Golden Age of Television featuring Game Show Mania.” Which lends itself to a wide variety of theme and costume options including game shows like “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right” or “Survivor.” In addition there are memorable television shows like “Batman,” “I Love Lucy,” or “Laugh In.” The list could go on and on, with the goal of being as creative as possible. This event’s previous incarnation was the “VIP Waiter’s Challenge,” where a different business or non-profit organization would not only elaborately decorate their table but also dress in costume to match their theme and elect a local “celebrity” waiter for each table.
This year, the concept remains the same but it’s been modernized a bit. Attendees will decorate their table and dress in costume relevant to their theme which will be subject to audience votes throughout the evening. Instead of having their designated table host take on the role of waiter, this year each table will be able to select one representative who will get a chance to “come on down” and be a contestant for an on-stage game show with lots of prizes up for grabs.
The United Way of The Desert is thrilled to welcome special guest, Peter Marshall of “Hollywood Squares,” fame, along with Rancho Mirage City Councilman, Richard W. Kite (this year’s event Chairperson) who will be assisting me on stage as I host the game show portion of the evening. After the final rounds of competition, I will put on my DJ hat and get the party started on the dance floor.
But wait…there’s more! The event will feature a “Rockin’ Raffle” where the grand prize winner will receive cash, cash, cash and a trip for two to Mexico. Raffle tickets are being sold in advance with weekly prizes including BNP Paribas tennis tickets, a luxury wine basket and some fun surprises. Call the United Way office and “Let’s make a deal,” raffle tickets can be purchased by calling 760-323-2731. The invitation and RSVP form may be viewed and printed by visiting www.unitedwayofthedesert.org home page and clicking on “Events” / Rockin’ VIP Challenge 2013. You can also contact the United Way of the Desert by e-mail: rockinchallenge2013@gmail.com.
This annual event impacts thousands of people in the Valley who need help with health issues, youth care and income sustainability. What a great way to make a difference!
What: United Way of the Desert “Rockin’ VIP Challenge” Where: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells – Emerald Ballroom When: Friday, March 22 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Written by: Craig Michaels
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