Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

7th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

Tournament director Fred Nothdurft announced plans for AFAF’s 7th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament.

This year’s event will return to the Classic Club in Palm Desert on Monday, November 21, 2016.  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's Annual Adopt a Marine

Young Marines Joining Valley Families for Thanksgiving!
Early on Thanksgiving morning more than 350 young Marines will be head to the Coachella Valley to join host families for a very special Thanksgiving celebration. The Marines will be transported in chartered busses to one of ten arrival points.

Adopt a Marine

Now in its 10th year, the day is special for the Marines and host families. Most of the young Marines are away from home for the first time while the host families are thrilled to have the opportunity to open up their homes for America’s Heroes.

The military are met by their host families at one of ten valley locations. This year’s pick up points are Desert Horizons Country Club, Hideaway Golf Club, Indian Palms Country Club, Sun City Palm Desert, The Lakes Country Club, Palm Valley Country Club, Rancho La Quinta Country Club, The Reserve Golf Club, The Springs Country Club and Toscana Country Club.

AFAF Adopt a Marine

A typical day begins with a patriotic welcoming ceremony for the arriving troops. After introductions, the families and their military guests are off to their homes to spend a fun filled day. At most homes that includes family games and swimming, watching Thanksgiving Day’s annual football games and of course enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

The clubs and host families have a variety of activities planned, including patriotic welcoming ceremonies, putting contests and other activities throughout the day.

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 2 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.