Military Appreciation Golf Tournament

8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament Welcomes Troops

AFAF held its 8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament on November 20, 2017 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.  The annual event celebrated our troops with a fun day on the golf course, outstanding food and lots of gifts for the military.


The 80 Marines participating were hosted by civilian sponsors and came from bases in the southwestern United States.  Also attending the luncheon were members of the media and AFAF’s Board of Directors. Following lunch, the Marines were presented with the opportunity to select a gift from a wide range of golf equipment.


Tournament Director Fred Nothdurft and AFAF President Walt VanBenthuysen addressed the attendees following lunch. Both Fred and Walt thanked the troops for their service and also thanked the volunteers for contributing to the success of the tournament.

Also speaking was Colonel Rob Warfield who presented a recognition plaque to Fred honoring his many years of commitment to helping America’s military.

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.

Hosting Marines a Life Changing Experience for Valley Families

What a Thanksgiving!

AFAF held its 12th Annual Adopt a Marine for Thanksgiving Program with arrangements for more than 400 Marines to be hosted by more than 175 families in the Palm Desert, California area.

The program unites young Marines who are away from home and host families that want to provide the troops with a very special Thanksgiving.

Adopt a Marine

The trip begins with pick up of the Marines at the Marine Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms, California.  As the buses prepare to leave for the the participating valley clubs, the Marines were provided with snacks and beverages to enjoy on the trip. 

AFAF Adopt a Marine

The host families arranged patriotic welcoming ceremonies honoring the Marines upon arrival. After the ceremonies the troops and their host families left for a wonderful day of swimming, games, a Thanksgiving meal to be remembered and “goodie bags” with special treats and gifts for each Marine.

The trip back to the base was filled with thoughts of the new friendships the Marines made and an appreciation for the support of the American people for their efforts to keep America safe while protecting the freedoms valued by everyone.

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