11 Inspiring Seniors to be Honored Friday Before Sold-Out Crowd

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Apr 11

11 Inspiring Seniors to be Honored Friday Before Sold-Out Crowd

PALM DESERT – Eleven extraordinary seniors will be honored Friday, April 12 before a sold-out crowd of more than 570 people at the 21st annual Senior Inspiration Awards lunch.

The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert (74-855 Country Club Dr.).

“The Senior Inspiration Awards has become a beloved tradition because each attendee leaves inspired by the accomplishments and optimism of the honorees,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The Coachella Valley is fortunate to have a senior population that is so active in our community. I am proud to see this tradition continue into its 21st year.”

The County of Riverside and the Coachella Valley’s nine cities each select a senior citizen 70 of age and older who demonstrates a zest for physical and mental well-being through volunteerism and active engagement in the community. The honor was established by former Supervisor Corky Larson in 1992 as a way to recognize Coachella Valley’s unsung heroes.

The 2013 honorees are: Elizabeth “Betty” Gorey and Dr. Ron Hare (Riverside County), Milton Katz (Cathedral City), Maria Conseulo Godwin (Coachella), Trudi Lain (Desert Hot Springs), Dr. Mel Barton (Indian Wells), Betty James (Indio), Phyllis Stuchul (La Quinta), Brett Romer (Palm Desert), Burton “Burt” Spivack (Palm Springs) and Calvin “Cal” Custer (Rancho Mirage).

Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik chaired the Senior Inspiration Awards committee, consisting of representatives of the nine cities, the Office on Aging, Riverside County Foundation on Aging and Noel Loughrin from Supervisor Benoit’s office.

Brooke Beare and Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2 will again serve as the masters of ceremonies.

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