And from my own background, I’ve spoken out about sexual assault, sexual harassment, and to see these, these brave little kids, and we’ve been able to make a difference in their lives to possibly help them reach their full potential. And the Bighorn BAM charity is really dear to my heart. I walked through the cancer process with a family member.
Why was it important to honor these six women?
I wanted this to be about women, and I wanted some local women or women that know the desert and have roots here in the desert. I thought that I didn’t want the shopping to overshadow the essence of the event — the celebration of women.
Has the pandemic taught you something about yourself that you didn’t know?
Yes, I have. Being an introvert, I have been forced to connect with people to share ideas even though it’s on Zoom. I finished and started some projects that I don’t think I would have started if it had not been for this period of time of reflection and introspection, and just really being grateful for what you have. Because I think for myself, sometimes you take things for granted.
How did you first become acquainted with the desert communities?
I was playing golf and we played on teams all over. Women’s teams, senior women team. And I was going to join a golf club in Los Angeles. And my friend said, “Before you do that, before you spend all that money, the courses are always busy. It’s going to be hard to get a tee time.” And I thought about that. She said, “Come out to Palm Desert, and you’re going to see the most beautiful courses.” And so I came out. I stayed in La Quinta Resort and Spa. And then I immediately bought my membership at PGA West and went back to Los Angeles and said, “What am I doing here?” And on the 405. I went back and bought a house immediately. This was all within two weeks. I knew this was home. I just felt it; it was me.