Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament Under Way

Annual event kicks off at Eagle Falls Golf Course in Indio.

INDIO, Calif. - The annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament kicked off this morning at the Eagle Falls Golf Couse in Indio.

Celebrities and onlookers joined together for a good cause. All funds raised will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, which provides therapy and focuses on the prevention of child abuse.

Actor and two-time tournament winner Chad Everett participates in the golf event every year.

"With these things, it's most important that your foursome have a good time. If your foursomes have a good time, they're going to come back next year and then the winner, the real winner, is the kids," said Everett.

He mentioned that child abuse is a problem that sees no boundaries.

"Child abuse doesn't know any social stratum. It can happen in the wealthiest of homes or the poorest of homes and the way Barbara protects the anonymity of the children is just without peer. I'm so proud of her," said Everett.

ABC's "The View" was represented by Dave "Dr Gadget" Dettman. Part-time Coachella Valley resident Bill Getty said they were happy to be a part of the event.

"It's not just here in the Coachella Valley. It's something that these children are dealing with across the country and this is a safe harbor for them," said Dettman.

"I think anything that has provided this much money to help these many children is a worthy cause," said Getty.

Fans like Roger Rathmell, from St. Louis, MO., also lined the course as their favorite celebrities played some golf.

"It's neat seeing all the people come out to help out on such a good event like that," said Rathmell.

"I've been coming out to this tournament for years now. Ever since I moved out here. It's a great charity, it's a great cause and I hope it keeps going," said fan Chris Tellez.

Neither a challenging 36-hole golf course nor mother nature kicking up the winds had an impact on players like comedian Ron White and Fred Williamson, known as "The Hammer."

"It's not going to affect the amount of fun I have. It's a great event, wonderful charity, doing things that need to be done," said White.

"Nothing affects my game. I'm a competitor. I'll even take you on," said Williamson.

The event continues through Sunday with golf and entertainment for all.

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