Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate 11 Extraordinary Seniors Friday

News Release


Apr 16

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 26th annual Senior Inspiration Awards at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 20.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the 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.

“The Senior Inspiration Awards is a valleywide tradition honoring phenomenal senior citizen volunteers from Riverside County and all nine Coachella Valley cities,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It is inspiring to hear their stories and contributions of countless hours of service to our community. Please join us as we celebrate their exemplary volunteer spirit!”

The 2018 honorees are: Joe Fleischman and Juanita Linares (Riverside County), Bill Kelly (Cathedral City), Grace Vega (Coachella), Rosemary Stonick (Desert Hot Springs), Margaret “Peggy” Bernthal (Indian Wells), Nellie Ortega (Indio), Patricia “Pat” Clapp (La Quinta), Jacqueline “ Jackie” Wagner (Palm Desert), Kenneth “Ken” Behrens (Palm Springs) and Patsy “Pat” Manhart (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 rosemary garlic chicken breast or seared salmon or gluten-free vegetarian entrée, and apple tartin dessert. For tickets/reservations, visit or call 760-863-2556.

The Senior Inspiration Awards is hosted by Supervisor Perez 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).

73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Phone: 760-863-8211 • Fax: 760-863-8905