Mama’s House Golf Tournament Helps Fund Expansion Program

There was certainly fun for everyone at the inauguration Mama’s House Charity Golf Classic and “Rat Pack” Dinner Show at the Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells. The event, held on May 21, was truly a party with a purpose, encompassing a day of golf followed by an elegant dinner and show.

The event was the brainchild of three visionary co-chairs – Dr. Vincent Nolaboard member of Mama’s House; Jeroen Sparreboom; and Yin Chen.

“We are thrilled to have a new signature event that will be even better year after year,” said John Lupia, Founder and Executive Director of Mama’s House. “We expect to sell out early for the 2023 Golf Classic and Dinner Show, with many guests having already booked Friday, March 24, 2023 on their calendars.

“On behalf of our residents, board, staff and volunteers, I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from so many, including many new people to our organization. I would like to thank everyone for volunteering their time, in-kind and monetary donations to further the good work of Mama’s House which is seeing lives changed and on the right path to a brighter future.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Mama’s House provides a safe, supportive, loving and nurturing residential environment for women in crisis, whether pregnant or with a baby, who are vulnerable with no place to go and no means of support. Mama’s House offers an extensive, one-of-a-kind program of hope.

Dr. Vincent Nola, Patricia McDonnell, Art Lupia, Yin Tchen and Jeroen Sparreboom pose during the inaugural Mama's Golf Classic, held on May 21, 2022.

Due to the organization’s unwavering support over the past few years, a second residential property has been purchased and approved, with construction currently underway to build a new safe and secure campus, which will include five new casitas and the expansion and renovation of an existing house. This new campus was named after a longtime supporter of Mama’s House Anne Thompson-Silverstein.

Chen added, “We would like to thank everyone who came out to support this inaugural event. We are still overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and generosity for the Mama’s House mission. We are grateful to the staff of the Indian Wells Country Club, as well as all the volunteers who made this event a success.

A group of 62 golfers played the famous Cove Course, a classic par 72 designed by club founder Eddie Susalia and Ted Robinson, Jr.

The ladies and gents golf tournament began with a traditional shotgun race at 9 a.m. Karen Alton, Mary Siles and Karen Isaacs. For men, Aia Newton, Bob Siles and Chris Astorga won first, second and third place.

master of ceremonies Andy Ford, a new member of the Mama’s House Board of Directors, welcomed the nearly 200 guests. The Saturday evening party started with a cocktail, followed by a delicious Italian themed dinner. The high-energy “Rat Pack Live and Swingin’ dinner show, sponsored by IFS Information Internationalfeatured nostalgic music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Jan Lupia poses with Trisha Flavio and John Flavio at the dinner show

“We all worked hard to make this event an outstanding success,” said Nola. “I’m sure our most memorable event goal was achieved through a lot of hard work and determination. We set a precedent for the golfers who participated in the tournament and for the guests who attended the dinner show.

Major event sponsors included Pacific Business Sales, Wexler Insurance, David SW, JR Thomas Golf Trolleys, The Quinta Cadillac, Elite Fundraising Solutions, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Raymond Weill, SilversteinPeter Asten (in memoriam), Invoice and Lynn Poland and Pacific Premier Bank.

Media sponsors including presenting sponsor The desert sun and LOCALiQ, KESQ news channel 3 and Alpha Media – Palm Springs.

Seen in the crowd of golfers and diners were Art Lupia, Patricia and Jack McDonnell, Married and Bob Siles, John and Trisha Flavio, Howard and Sandra Lincoln, Invoice and Cherry Grunau, Jerry Upham, Brett and Mary Coor, Invoice and Lynn Poland, Barbaric and Naz Nojaim, Maurae Quigley, Desiree and Jared Portolesi, Rocky and Debbie Dilucchio, Mandrel and Jean Emanuele, Jay and Marshal of Java and Valerie and Bobby Fachino.

For more information about Mama’s House, its expansion program and fundraising campaign, visit or call (844) 232-8622 ext. 1 or (760) 406-3413.

Madeline Zuckerman is owner and president of Mr. Zuckerman Marketing & Public Relations Inc., a strategic marketing, branding, public relations and special events firm with offices in Rancho Mirage and Newport Beach, California. . His clients have included South Coast Plaza, Pacific Symphony and Tiffany & Co. in Orange County and Desert Arc, Olive Crest and Mama’s House here in the desert. She is the founder of the McCallum Theater and a guest reporter for The Desert Sun for 14 years.