News Release


Feb 20

Senior Inspiration Awards to Honor 11 Valley Residents

The 16th annual Senior Inspiration Awards Luncheon is less than two months away and 11 valley residents over the age of 70 will be honored for their contributions to the community at large and for their exemplary lifestyles.

The nine Coachella Valley cities each name one honoree each year, and the County of Riverside names two. This year, the two County residents are married to each other: Vernon and Bea Main, who are not only very active physically, but are also very devoted to helping those who are needy.

Their advice to the younger set?

"Seek some productive goals and stick with them," says Vernon.

"Start saving from your very first paycheck and you will have a great, fun, retirement," says Bea.

The Mains, Bermuda Dunes residents, have been living their own advice for years.

Other recipients this year include Anita Sacks of Cathedral City, Maria Vasquez of Coachella, Audrey Kay of Desert Hot Springs and Adele Ruxton of Indian Wells.

Also: Jacquie Bethel of Indio, Diane Gunn of La Quinta, Beth Ash of Palm Desert, Jeanne Mazur Messing of Palm Springs, and Ruth Beschloss of Rancho Mirage.

The Senior Inspiration Awards Luncheon is held each year to recognize the seniors who are a positive example to "younger seniors" and others.

The mayors of the various cities and Supervisor Wilson present the individual awards.

Sponsors this year include The Desert Sun, Pacific Western Bank, Eisenhower Medical Center, Granite Construction, Burrtec, Yes I Can, all nine Coachella Valley cities and the County of Riverside.

No word yet on this year's guest celebrity, but there have been some very recognizable names in the past: Huell Howser, Kaye Ballard, Jack Jones, Howard Keel, Johnny Mann, Jane Wyman, George Montgomery, Dolores Hope and President and Mrs. Gerald Ford have all graced the event with their presence.

The Senior Inspiration Awards were initiated by former Supervisor Corky Larson, who later was herself honored at the event.

Tickets, at $25 each, are available beginning in March for the April 11 event at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. Contact Lynda Gregory in Supervisor Wilson's Palm Desert office (863-2556) for more information.