Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

Tournament director Fred Nothdurft announced plans for AFAF’s 8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament.

This year’s event will return to the Classic Club in Palm Desert on Monday, November 20, 2017.  Over 80 military will gather will civilian hosts for a day of fun on the golf course, good food and hundreds of gifts to be distributed to the military guests.


The day begins with a hot breakfast followed by the golf event and a buffet lunch.  The military are being hosted by civilians players and also other civilians who will not be playing but have a desire to sponsor military for the event.

Fred Nothdurft, a former member of AFAF’s board of directors, has returned as tournament director each year since the event began. Fred is a veteran of the Korean War and is a life-long supporter of our troops and their families. 


Fred has also provided assistance to golf tournaments held for the military at the 29 Palms Marine base.

Wounded Warriors Honored by AFAF

AFAF becomes Sponsor of Wounded Warrior Dinners at 29 Palms Marine Base

Searching for a way to give back to the thousands of America’s Military who have given so much for our country has been a key goal for AFAF since the charity was established in 2005. 

Wounded Warrior Dinners at 29 Palms Marine Base

Recently a Wounded Warrior Group was formed at the Marine Air Ground Comber Center at 29 Palms. With the number of wounded being in the tens of thousands during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, most Marine bases are now home to injured Marines who are preparing for return to civilian life. Some combat injured have rehabilitation periods lasting up to two years.

Working with Tracie Brookshire, wife of Sergeant Major Brookshire, AFAF has become the sponsor for special events and dinners held to recognize our Wounded Warriors and their families. The first dinner was held at the Officers’ Club at the 29 Palms Marine Base.  Over 50 people, including the injured and families, enjoyed a wonderful dinner, the first event held at 29 Palms to say thanks for all the sacrifices of our Wounded Warriors and their families.

Future plans call for additional dinners, day trips, family outings and many more ideas being developed to say thanks for all that is done by America’s Heroes.

AFAF & Sunnylands have Family Fun Day

What seemed like only a dream a few short months ago became a reality. AFAF and Sunnylands at the Annenberg Retreat joined together to host 125 family members from the Marine Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms.

Military moms and pre school age children traveling on luxury busses from the base were greeted by Sunnylands Staff as they entered the spectacular property open to the public for only the last few years.

Sunnylands & AFAF

The children were immediately provided the opportunity to join Sunnylands team members in Monarch Butterfly searches, engage in arts and crafts and distribute throughout the huge property gardens lady bugs provided by the staff in small cups. 

Lunch provided by Sunnylands included kid friendly sandwiches while moms were served adult fare.

Sunnylands & AFAF

The day ended with no cost drawings of food baskets and other gifts for the military families. As the families entered the busses for the trip back to the base, the children were presented with stuffed animals.

Sunnylands & AFAF

AFAF is proud to be a partner with Sunnylands and Marine Corps Community Services at the base to make this special day available for our military families.

The Marines are Coming...

It must be Thanksgiving!
American Friends of our Armed Forces is once again holding the charity’s annual Adopt a Marine for Thanksgiving with sign ups planned to begin in early October. AFAF is in the 11th year of matching up host families with Marines for this most American of holidays.

Adopt a Marine

Participating in this year’s celebration are residents at the following valley clubs: Desert Horizons, Indian Palms, Palm Valley, Rancho La Quinta, Reserve, Sun City Palm Desert, The Springs, The Lakes, and Toscana.

The day begins bright and early when chartered busses arranged by AFAF pick up more than 400 Marines at the 29 Palms Marine Air Ground Combat Center for the trip to the above valley clubs. The Marines arrive at the above clubs late morning and depart early evening for the return to the base.

AFAF Adopt a Marine

Host families and their clubs arrange a day filled with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, swimming, watching the big football games of the day and lots of other fun activities.

Contact AFAF or the program coordinator at the club closest to you by clicking read more below..

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Golfers take On Challenge of Toscana’s Nicklaus Siganture Course

Over 100 golfers gathered to play in AFAF’s Annual Golf Classic held April 12, 2017 at Toscana Country Club. The Nicklaus Signature Course presented a challenge for the players as they faced fast greens and numerous sand traps.

Adopt a Marine

The event got underway with an All American Barbecue lunch followed by begin of play. The golfers came together after golf for a Wine and Cheese Reception and presentation of trophies to the top three teams.

AFAF Adopt a Marine

AFAF President Walt VanBenthuysen commented it was wonderful to see so many returning players for this year’s Golf Classic. A large number of the players have played in all 13 of AFAF’s Golf Classics.

AFAF Adopt a Marine