Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate 11 Extraordinary Seniors Friday

News Release


Mar 23

Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate 11 Extraordinary Seniors Friday

PALM DESERT – All nine Coachella Valley cities and the County of Riverside will honor 11 outstanding senior citizen volunteers at the 24th annual Senior Inspiration Awards at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 25.

More than 600 people are expected to attend this luncheon, which will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, 74-855 Country Club Dr.

This major event was established in 1992 by then-Supervisor Corky Larson to recognize the community’s unsung heroes, senior citizens 65 years of age and older who inspire others through their volunteerism and contributions to the community.

“Riverside County and all nine Coachella Valley cities join in recognizing caring citizens who give countless hours of service to make our community such a wonderful place to live,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “They are role models for all ages who inspire us through their active lifestyles and exemplary volunteer spirit. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to get to know this year’s unsung heroes!”

The 2016 honorees are: Mary Rodriguez and André Kaz (Riverside County), Louis (Lou) Perez (Cathedral City), Jose Valadez (Coachella), Alicia Moya (Desert Hot Springs), John Rosellini (Indian Wells), Blanche Martinez (Indio), Bob Leidner (La Quinta), Mary Helen Kelly (Palm Desert), Sid Craig (Palm Springs) and Elizabeth Demyanek (Rancho Mirage).

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

Tickets are $30 per person and include salad, choice of ancho-glazed chicken breast or salmon or vegetarian entrée, and dessert. Tickets are on sale online through Eventbrite: Tickets are also available to purchase by calling Pat Cooper at 760-863-2556.

The Senior Inspiration Awards is hosted by Supervisor Benoit and the cities of the Coachella Valley (Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage).

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