his BS Degree at University New York State during this time. It was an honor for him to serve and defend the Constitution of the United States.
In April of 2001, he retired from the US NAVY with honors and settled in Temecula in March of 2002 with his wife of ten years, Connie. Charles and Connie were without children. This was a missing element in his life.
So Charles began coaching baseball for the Murrieta COLT baseball league. He also became active in the Temecula Creek Men’s Golf Club. After researching different ways he could benefit children and more specifically, the children of Temecula, he decided to bring his excitement for golf, love for children and his passion for serving together for the 1 Annual Wishes for Children Classic Golf Tournament. st
He established Wishes for Children Foundation in 2004 and held the very first golf tournament in 2004.
Now as the founder, CEO, and President of Wishes for Children Foundation, Charles can pursue his passion to serve and utilize the discipline he developed through his Navy career toward his ultimate desire: to benefit the community in which he lives through the children.
In 2009 the 6th Annual Wishes for Children Classic Golf Tournament raised over $36,000 for a national charity, making a wish come true for a local child with a life threatening illness. Over the past three years of founding the organization he has raised over $100,000 for different local children’s charities.
Charles B. Pate III is an active member of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, President of Temecula Creek Inn Men’s Golf Club. Charles works part time at STAPLES on Highway 79 South. His goal is to furnish the resources necessary to provide for children in this area that have need. He believes a child’s smile is “priceless”.