Multi-Platinum Award-Winning Country Superstar Clay Walker to Headline Stepping Out for COD 2024

We Invite You to Sponsor Stepping Out for COD and Support our Fund for Student Success

College of the Desert Foundation’s most important fundraiser of the year, Stepping Out for COD 2024, proudly presents the legendary country music icon, Clay Walker! The multi–PLATINUM selling country artist has garnered 11 No.1 songs, 32 charted singles, 4 RIAA PLATINUM albums, and 2 Certified GOLD albums. He received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance for his single “What’s It to You.” He was nominated for 4 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Top New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. He is widely recognized as a country music staple with songs like “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Live Until I Die,” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”

“COD is a treasured asset to our Valley,” believes Stepping Out Co-chairs Norma Castaneda and Jenell VanDenBos. “Your support initiates a profound ripple effect, empowering students who are struggling with paying tuition while also managing the high cost of housing, transportation, childcare, and food insecurity. Many students are just one check engine light away from abandoning their educational goals. Your generous gifts have a resounding impact, strengthening the infrastructure of our local economy and making a significant difference between a student dropping out or earning a diploma.”

Stepping Out for COD 2024 will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 8pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage. Stepping Out for COD 2024 is presented by The Greene Family Foundation & Jim and Jessica Greene with special thanks to Platinum Sponsors: Eisenhower Foundation, Diane Rubin and Lenny Eber, R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation and Jordan Schnitzer and the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and media sponsors: News Channel 3 – The Desert’s News Leader and BIG106. To sponsor, click here or call 760.773.2561.

Individual tickets are on sale now – purchase here!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

The Greene Family Foundation & Jim and Jessica Greene

Eisenhower Foundation
Jordan Schnitzer and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Diane Rubin & Lenny Eber
R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation

C.W. Driver Constructors
Glassman Family Foundation & Cerity Partners

Jenell VanDenBos & Associates Real Estate
​Norma Castaneda, HR Advantage and The Competitive Advantage
Tom Minder & Duke Kulas
Diane & Harold Gershowitz
Edeltraud McCarthy Foundation

Bob Archer & Chuck Hilliar
Barbara & Bernie Fromm
Marge Dodge
William Rutherford & Joan Lamb
Bill & Joanne Chunowitz
Peggy Jacobs
Rosemary Ortega

Christine Anderson
Barbara Foster Monachino & Jane Saltonstall
Doris & Jerome Hirschmann Foundation
Marc & Shari Stewart
Merrill Lynch, Edwards, Harris Clerkin, and Suafoa

Judith Friedman
Angie Gerber
Paul & Gerri Hinkes
Merrill Lynch
Joan Lamb
Joyce Montgomery
Cathy & Larry Pitts
William Rutherford
Ron & Aviva Snow
Walter Clark Legal Group
Diane & Gerry Wendel
Jim & Cynthia Williams
Rob Moon & Bob Hammack

News Channel 3 – The Desert’s News Leader

*All sponsorship levels may be tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. Sponsorships paid through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) are not eligible for a tax deduction, as the tax benefit has already been received through the DAF. COLLEGE OF THE DESERT FOUNDATION IS A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION. TAX ID #95-3829219.