Cravens was philanthropic and social leader in Coachella Valley and New York City.

Join College of the Desert family as it commemorates Peggy Cravens for her commitment to COD, where she served on the COD Foundation Board and chaired the Legacy Committee for many years.

A check presentation honoring Peggy Cravens is set for Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Donald and Peggy Cravens Student Services Center — College of the Desert, Palm Desert

Cravens was a philanthropic and social leader in the Coachella Valley and New York City. She and her husband, Donald Cravens, were dedicated to creating opportunities and educational accessibility through their expansive donorship history at COD.

In 2010, the Cravens endowed COD’s new Student Services center with a $3.85 million commitment to ensure COD’s more than 10,000 students — regardless of age, ethnicity, or financial status — could meet their educational and career aspirations in a one-stop shop. Thousands of students benefit from the Donald and Peggy Cravens Student Services Center yearly, receiving valuable resources, counseling and assistance.

Beyond her impact on COD, Peggy Cravens pioneered a charitable career in the fields of medicine and the arts. Local organizations that benefited from the Cravens’ philanthropy and volunteer service include the Alzheimer’s Association of the Desert, the Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission, Rancho Mirage Public Library, Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Carlotta Retirement and Good Samaritan Health Care, and more.

Through giving, the Cravens improved the lives of countless Coachella Valley residents. This event will recognize the Cravens’ enduring impact on our college and our community.

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