Charles J. Evered House – An Artist Residency for Veterans


About the “CJE House”

The Charles J. Evered House (CJE House) is a new program division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center whose mission is to provide a safe and secure artistic residency that facilitates the creativity of veterans and those who serve in conflict zones.  Located in the renowned artistic communities of Joshua Tree National Park and established by former Lt., US Navy Reserve, and celebrated writer/director, Charles Evered, the CJE House is named in honor of his father, Charles J. Evered (1918-1979), who was a veteran of World War II, Army Air Corps.

The CJE House project has already brought together an impressive group of successful artists and supporters (Mentor Board) that have agreed to work with the residents in their chosen field — should they request such guidance. The Mentor Board has among its ranks best-selling authors, Emmy, Tony and other major award-winning working artists and arts related professionals that are willing to mentor and give of their time completely free of charge.


We need your help.

There are many ways you can help our veterans and get involved in the beginning stages of this important project:

  • Help us financially procure the residence that will house the program (naming opportunities available). The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are fully tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816)
  • Help us by assisting in the property renovations, enhancements, and/or landscaping.
  • Help us by sharing information about the new program with your family and friends.

Contact us at and let us know how you want to help or get involved!

Donor Levels and ONE-TIME Naming Opportunities:

Donor LevelsOne-Time Naming Opportunties

$25+ Our sincere appreciation and thanks on our forthcoming house website.

$100+ A gorgeous signed copy of a published play by writer, director and founder Charles Evered, whose father the house is named after.  (Special thanks and courtesy of Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.)

$200+ brick paver leading to our awesome wishing well with your — or your company’s name on it.

These donor’s names will also appear on all CJE House literature:

Funds Raised

CJE MeterTHANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped contribute to our first phase of the Charles J. Evered House…  because of you, we were able to accomplish our first $25,000 fundraising campaign — enabling us to make the down payment ON THE HOUSE!

Mentor Board

 — Founder, CJE House, Award winning Writer/Director (Universal, DreamWorks, Paramount, NBC), Adopt a Sailor, Monk, UCR Professor
STEPHEN FISCH — Producer/Executive, Fox/MGM

LUKE PERRY — Actor/Producer, Beverly Hills 90210
LIEV SCHREIBER — Tony Award winning actor, Golden Globe/Emmy Award nominated
DIANE PAULUS — Tony Award winning director, artistic director American Repertory Theater
HAL LINDEN — 4x Tony Award & Emmy Award winner
KIM WALTRIP — Producer, Hit and RunDisappearance of Eleanor RigbyAdopt A Sailor
JARROD RADNICH — Producer, Composer/Recording Artist Disney/Universal/HBO/Musicnotes, 100+ million YouTube/Youku Tudou, best-selling author worldwide
WILLIAM WRUBEL — Emmy award winning Writer/ Producer, Modern Family
STU KRIEGER — Screenwriter, The Land Before Time, UCR Professor
JOSHUA FARDON — Actor/Playwright, Chicago FireThe West Wing
CRAIG CARLISLE — Screenwriter, Emmy Award winner
HOWARD SHANGRAW — Award-winning Director/Actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Fantastic Four, Frasier, Wings), artistic director Hi-Desert Playhouse (HDCC)
PATRICK EVANS — Broadcaster, CBS News/Entrepreneur

DEANNE STILLMAN — Award-winning novelist, Desert Reckoning, Mustang
MILES ANDERSON — Olivier nominated actor, House of Cards
ANDREW AYLOR — Attorney, MGM Studios
ERIC BARR — Actor, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Riverside

WENDY ROLFE EVERED — Actress, singer

ALAN A. CALL — Technical Director, Designer, Builder, University of California-Riverside

SCOTT COHEN — Award-winning actor, director

LAURENCE MAURICE DANIELS — Attorney, Office of Attorney General, California
JACQUELINE GAUL — Producer, Artist, Estee Lauder Companies

KIRK GEIGER — Actor, Sordid LivesAn Actor’s Carol
PAMELA J. GRAY — Award-winning actress, writer, Law and OrderSons of Anarchy
ANTHONY GRIPPA, JR. — Writer/Director, Running FunnyHalf Brother
AUSTIN PENDLETON — Award winning, Tony nominated director, actor, My Cousin Vinny
KEVIN SAUNDERS HAYES — Award-winning musician and composer, Vox Lumiere

RICKERBY HINDS — Playwright/Screenwriter, NAACP Award winner, University of California – Riverside
CHRISTOPHER KNOBLOCK — Director/Cinematographer, House of Sticks
SUSAN LIEBOWITZ — Journalist, Producer, Dateline NBC Los Angeles
BELLA MERLIN — Award-winning actor, musician, professor, University of California – Riverside
THOMAS J. OPLADEN — President, Yale Veteran’s Association
CHRIS PALMERI — Journalist, Bloomberg News Los Angeles
THAAO PENGHLIS — Emmy nominated actor, Days of our Lives, Mission Impossible
SUSAN GURMAN — Theatrical agent, NYC

RAYMOND PINGLORA III — Entertaiment CPA, MST, Van Duyne, Bruno and Co. 
NOBLE A. POWELL — Award-winning fine artist
JUSTIN RANDI — Business owner, (The Baked Potato, Los Angeles), musician
ROBIN U. RUSSIN — Screenwriter, On Deadly Ground, Professor, University of California – Riverside
KAREN SPRINGER — Veterans and Military Affairs Members Group, UCR
DANA WHITE — Writer/Director-actress, House of Sticks
ROB ZWEMMER — Real Estate Agent, La Quinta, CA 



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  3. Susan Lilly

    May 17, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Good Morning,
    I just stumbled upon this as I was buying tickets to the show this weekend. What a fantastic idea!!! As a long time Joshua Tree resident I am thrilled that there will be more community assistance for our Veterans. I work part-time with Veterans through Equus Medendi, Inc., also a non-profit providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for our service men and women and community members. We have never charged a Veteran or current service members for treatment.
    We are based in Redlands at Buffalo Meadows Ranch and at times have been afforded the use of a facility in Yucca Valley to provide services here as well. Our work emphasizes non-stigmatizing mental health treatment focused on healing the invisible wounds of war or other trauma. Our work is facilitated by a Certified Equine Specialist (Angie Sheer, also the founder of the program)and a Licensed Mental Health provider (me) and one or more horses. We have found this work to be very effective in improving the quality of life for participants.
    I would be interested in discussing how we may be of service to Veterans you have in residence in the future.
    In addition, I don’t know where you are with the house remodel, but I do know a local architect that may be able to offer some services. He is very busy but I maybe able to twist his arm a bit since I am married to him!
    Anyway, please check out our website and feel free to contact me if any of this interests you or is in keeping with your goals.
    Susan Lilly, LMFT, LPCC

  4. Lindy McCormick

    June 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Made my donation to honor the memory of my beloved husband, Brian, Viet Nam veteran, who passed from service-connected injury and multiple showers of Agent Orange.

    As a 69 year-old actor, comedy improv director, artist and award-winning writer, I would love to mentor, but I’m stuck here in the midwest!

    May your organization’s mission enjoy continued support and success. Creativity Heals!

    – Lindy

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