About The Warburton
The love of golf and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital brought together actor Patrick Warburton and tournament chairman, Clarke Rheney, and in 2010 as teammates at the Schultz Celebrity Golf Classic, the pair dreamed up an event that would blend Patrick’s popularity as a celebrity with Clarke’s deep-rooted knowledge of how to successfully operate golf tournaments. The Coachella Valley desert, with its spectacular surroundings and some of the most revered weather in the country, would serve as the perfect backdrop.
Clarke was hooked by the mission of St. Jude at a very young age, after serving the hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project. Growing up near Memphis allowed Clarke many opportunities to be connected to St. Jude, and it’s been close to his heart ever since. Clarke honed his skills in golf tournament operations through a number of roles over the years, including Celebrity Chairman of the Bob Hope Classic and most recently, as part of the Executive Committee in charge of amateur golf for the PGA TOUR’s CareerBuilder Challenge.
In 2010, Patrick and his wife Cathy made their first visit to St. Jude to tour the facility and meet some of the patient families. Patrick read to the kids, and Cathy decided to volunteer her artistic talents to paint a mural on one of the walls at the hospital. Moved by the patients they met and the impressive strides that have been made on pediatric cancer survival rates due to St. Jude research, they were eager to partner with Clarke to lead a fundraising effort that became the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in March 2011.
Now in its 7th year, the tournament has grown to include one-of-a-kind music events such as the Songwriter’s Night – the stories behind the stories of some of country’s greatest songs – as well as a rock variety show known as The RheneyPalooza Jam, which features 4+ hours of hits by rock and roll legends and hall-of-famers accompanied by house band Sixwire, made up of some of the best studio musicians in Nashville. Last year, they added the RUSH, which is back again in 2017. The RUSH is a driving experience at the BMW Performance Driving Center West – At the Thermal Club where participants enjoy lead/follow lapping, timed autocross, drag race and a performance drive.
Since its inception, The Warburton has raised more than $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
*Tickets are still available for the Warburton St. Jude RUSH
*Experience the RUSH by participating in the new, EXCLUSIVE fundraiser limited to 100 people. The BMW performance center in Thermal has generously offered to host an event during the “Warburton Week”. This event is open to the public to participate, however, no spectators will be allowed, only participants.
$475 – Click to Register
Friday, March 10, 2017
Located at the BMW Performance Driving Center West – At the Thermal Club
86030 62nd Ave., Thermal, CA 92274
Schedule of the day:
- 10:30am Paid Participants Arrive to watch Celebrity Race
- 10:30am – 11:00am Celebrity Photo Op and Engagement with Paid Participants ( Light Snacks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages under Tent )
- 11:00am – Celebrities report to cars for the race
- 11:00am – 12:00pm Celebrity Race with Media
- 12:00pm – Lunch
- 12:45pm – Participants to Classroom
- 1:30pm – 3:30pm Participant Driving Experience
- 4:00pm – Wrap Up and Departure