It all began back in 1996 when Dick Gebhard, then a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, had an idea for a fishing tournament fundraiser. Over the years, he recruited a resourceful group of Orange County businessmen to help organize the growing event, nicknaming their group, "The Knights." The Knights share a passion for helping children. Fired by this passion, they have created innovative and exciting ways to engage others in their cause, helping more children, through a variety of beneficiary charities, every year for the last 25 years! As a result, the Stars & Stripes Tournament has become one of the most significant and effective charity fundraisers in the nation.
The focus is in the event's motto: "It's all about the kids!" The Knights never lose this focus and are continually inspired that others are alongside to support their mission. On behalf of the entire Stars & Stripes Tournament, the Knights welcome you to Cabo and thank you for your participation and support!
The Ladies of the Knights is a committee of warm, loving, creative and energetic women. They have shouldered the responsibility for providing the guests at the Stars & Stripes event the most exciting and valuable auction opportunities available. From crazy-fun parties to dazzling baubles, and from family-friendly adventures to bucket-list experiences, these ladies deliver. They spend months prior to the event brainstorming ideas, and beating the bushes, to obtain items that provide unique experiences and create lasting memories for the high bidders. The Ladies also take the time to keep up with the activities and programs at the beneficiary charities in order to connect their work more deeply with the mission of Stars & Stripes. This gives them powerful motivation to produce a hugely successful auction - so please reward their efforts and BID HIGH!