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Remembering Pattie Daly Caruso

Her Career Gave Life To Desert Stories and Experiences.
Her Devotion Changed Lives At COD.

Remembering Pattie Daly Caruso

All of us at the COD Foundation family were saddened to learn of the sudden loss of a long-time advocate and supporter of College of The Desert. 


Pattie Daly Caruso loved the desert valley and actively supported so many of it's nonprofits, events, organizations and businesses. It was her strongest love of family that brought her into the fold at COD.  That began when her son Carson Daly enrolled in COD classes and began his successful broadcasting career. How successful, is hard to say as Carson continues to climb in his career in the public eye... indeed following his mothers footsteps. 


This, shared by the man who extended an internship to Carson is it telling highlight of Pattie's support of family. 


Scott Kiner, head of the Palm Desert-based Kiner Communications marketing and public relations firm, met Daly Caruso when he was general manager of the old KCMJ radio around 1991. “She came into my office and introduced herself,” said Kiner. “You know Pattie. She was no shrinking violet, that’s for sure. She came in and said, ‘I want you to give my son a job.’ She was so dynamic, I said, ‘I’ll be happy to meet with your son.’ She said, ‘Well, he’s currently a student at COD.’ So I said, ‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll give him an internship and I’ll actually pay him.’ ” Kiner teamed Carson Daly with his morning man, who would later became famous as late night personality Jimmy Kimmel.


Pattie had been an actress, dancer, writer, producer and for 22 years host of “Valley Views,” a television talk show that covers local events, celebrities, and people throughout the Coachella Valley. Pattie and her husband Richard had been mainstays of the Coachella Valley for more than two decades, and Pattie  hosted numerous Coachella Valley fundraising events for organizations including American Cancer Society, and Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary. 





For many years Pattie produced the ‘Faith & Begorra Fashion Show,’ a fundraiser for COD. She was the spokesperson for the Ronald McDonald House and received the acclaimed National Communicator Award for outstanding programs on “Valley Views.” Pattie was named “Desert Woman of the Year” in 2002, “First Lady of the Desert” in 1998, “Television Woman of the Year” in 1997 and received the prestigious Athena Award in 2003.


In 2013 The Academic Angels of COD Foundation awarded Pattie with their Community Spirit award. 


We extend our condolences and sympathy to Pattie's family and join the desert community in expressing our thanks for her impact on making the desert a better place and changing lives here for the better.


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