Named after the children it helps — the real stars of the tournament — Stars & Stripes is represented by the stripes of the original marlin of the Tournament, and our guests contain the characteristics of gold, as in “solid, strong, beautiful and valuable.” Stars & Stripes began in 1996 as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Founder, Dicko Gebhard, wanted to create a fundraiser unlike any other and combine fishing, golfing and music. Since then, the tournament has grown to include multiple children's charities based in Southern California and Mexico, and two honorary charities.

The Stars & Stripes beneficiaries receive much-needed financial assistance which they can use to expand their programs. Team registration fees pay for all costs of the event. When you donate to Stars & Stripes, proceeds are used to match dollars raised by the beneficiary charities, allowing the money they raise to increase and create more impact.

The Stars & Stripes Tournament is now an established golf tournament, fishing tournament and music festival. This world-class charity fundraiser, held yearly in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico the last Wednesday through Sunday in June, combines spectacular deep-sea fishing and golfing on Mexico's finest courses with beautiful accommodations and top-notch musical entertainment. The hugely popular event has raised and donated more than $55 million to worthy youth-based organizations over the course of its 26-year history. More than just a fundraiser, Stars & Stripes creates lasting memories for the organizations it assists, as well as those participating in the event each year.

Entering it’s 27th year, Stars & Stripes will have high energy headliner entertainment for our guests to enjoy while they give back to the kids. From all of us at Stars & Stripes Children’s Foundation, thank you for being a part of our journey in making a lasting impact!


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!