Wristband Gets You Great Deals, Helps Great Causes

Diners who purchase a Taste of Summer wristband know they can use it to get $5, $10 and $15 dining specials at restaurants all over town from August 17 – September 22. But what they may not realize is the (somewhat) stylish band really makes a statement by impacting local charities.

Pick up a wristband from the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce any Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. With each wristband order, you will receive five free face masks, too.

Who and how you help 

The $10 you pay for a wristband goes toward great services and programs throughout the Rancho Mirage community. Each charity gets 50 wristbands to sell and proceeds benefit the following local charities:

Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City: It serves the needs of the community by providing safe places, support from caring mentors, and access to fun and educational programs. Funds go toward the Virtual Back to School Club as well as other vital services.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert: Children and families can experience the joy of learning and the museum inspires personal growth by engaging curiosity and creativity through hands-on explorations of exhibits and programs.

Coachella Valley Horse Rescue: There are approximately 200,000 unwanted horses in the United States each year and many of them are sent to slaughterhouses. Coachella Valley Horse Rescue’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused or neglected horses and place them in loving homes.

Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine: With the belief that everyone has the right to healthcare, the organization provides services that include primary medical and dental at no cost to uninsured or under-insured adults in the Coachella Valley.

CREATE Center for the Arts: Understanding the importance of art and creativity in educating, connecting and enriching the community, this organization is a collaborative, supportive home for creatives to thrive. It provides access to tools, equipment and an engaged community.

Desert Cancer Foundation: Founded in 1994, it is dedicated to helping pay for cancer care for local residents who  lack health insurance or sufficient funds to pay for their medical care.

Desert 4 Baggers: This Cornhole league located in the Coachella Valley focuses on fun with a way to meet new people and raise money for local charities.

Dr. Carreón Foundation: Dr. Reynaldo Carreón was born in Texas in 1900 of Mexican parents. When he learned of the health care needs in East Coachella Valley, he came and offered his services pro bono. He later bought and donated land to help co-found Indio Community hospital (the institution eventually became JFK Memorial Hospital). This foundation in his name awards scholarships to deserving students in the Coachella Valley and Blythe.

Elder Love USA, Inc: Elder Love USA aims to provide in-home care at a reduced rate thanks to a combination of client support, volunteers, fundraisers, individual donations, sponsorships and grants. Older adults and their families get assistance with day-to-day activities such as housekeeping, cooking, medication management, transportation, personal care, pet care and more.

Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage: The local chapter of this service club brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace in the local community and communities around the world.

Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce: This nonprofit business organization is dedicated to improving the economic environment for the minority business community and fostering business development and prosperity.

United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire: UCPIE’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Services provided are for individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual delay, and other disabilities 

Variety – The Children’s Charity: With a vision that all children, regardless of ability or income, are able to actively participate in their communities and experience all the joys that come with being a kid, the organization promotes the health, mobility, independence and social inclusion of special needs and disadvantaged children throughout the Coachella Valley.