Nearly 100 elegantly dressed women and a handful of handsome gentlemen gathered on November 17 at The Springs Woman Welcome Lunchcelebrating the ninth season of the fundraising and social club founded by members of the Springs Country Club at Rancho Mirage.
Kicking off the first of six lunches, this evening brought together two speakers, Denis Moridirector of communications for the Springs Country Club, and Rosa LucasFounding Board Member and Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner of Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM).
Mori presented an informative chronological history of the evolution of Springs Country Club over the past 47 years – from when Edwin Johnson, a successful land developer, bought the 385 acres with just a handshake to how of which the Town of Rancho Mirage was formed on the exact same day The Springs submitted its development plans on July 11, 1973.
Mori shared nostalgic photos of celebrities and famous personalities who have frequented and/or owned residences at The Springs, in addition to photos of some of the fun and stylish events the club has held over the years.
After lunch, Lucas gave an overview of CVVIM’s homeless medical outreach program, often referred to as the Street medicine programwhich provides medical care to homeless and underserved people who do not have health insurance.
With six successful years under its belt, the street medicine program runs on Tuesday evenings, encompassing teams of volunteers, including a physician or nurse practitioner, resident physician, psychologist, social workers and other volunteers who care for the homeless in our desert to provide free health care. The program handles primary prevention, diagnosis and treatment and has even performed some minor surgeries in the desert.
“We are thrilled that so many of our Springs Woman members joined us for this season’s opening luncheon,” said Marie Hockin, the president of the association. “And we are very proud of the fact that since its inception, The Springs Woman has been the largest outdoor fundraising group for Coachella Valley Volunteers In Medicine, which now has two clinics in Indio and Palm Springs. The Springs Woman has supported Volunteers in Medicine since 2014, raising over $150,000 for this vital nonprofit in our community. We look forward to continuing our support through this luncheon series in addition to our Jeans & Jewelry Country Western Gala on February 25, 2023.”
Seen in the crowd were Barbara Garakyan, Joan Lynch, Franc and Mary Anne Xavier, Sharon Heiser, Tom Hockin, Judie Johnson, Ellen Schaller, Marguerite Viland, Division Louise, Laura Conti, Sheri Dickson, Cindy Davis, Joan Dodge, Fran Muir, Leslee Effler, Judy Friednash, joseph and Imelda Gregov, Judy Holt, Carole Krechman, Joan Luther Young, Sue Mannos, Deborah Mayer, Marion Miller, Cathy Muldon, Person Norma, Karol Pozzebon, Anne Robson, Judith Schliemann, Bev Wolvek and Jacqueline Zimowski.
The Springs Woman is the brainchild of Judie Johnson, who had a dream she turned into reality, which has helped more than 40,000 uninsured and underinsured Coachella Valley residents receive needed health care through CVVIM.
The Springs Woman will host five additional luncheons as part of its luncheon series. The dates are December 15; January 19, 2023; February 16, 2023; March 16, 2023; and April 20, 2023.
For more information, call (760) 324-8292 or visit thespringsrm.com.
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.
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