Soboba Foundation receives award for its partnership with Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District

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Isaiah Vivanco, tribal chairman of Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, speaks during opening day ceremonies for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District’s baseball and softball programs in 2019. The Soboba Foundation has been honored as the Outstanding Community Organization/Partner in the California Association of Recreation and Park District’s 2020 Awards of Distinction Program. Valley News/ Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District photo

SAN JACINTO – The Soboba Foundation has been honored as the Outstanding Community Organization/Partner in the California Association of Recreation and Park District’s annual Awards of Distinction program for its work with Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District. The foundation was recognized during the 2020 CARPD Virtual Event held via Zoom videoconference, May 28-29.

The Outstanding Community Organization/Partner Award honors any public or private club, special interest group or public agency that has made a significant contribution to a district recreation or park program.

Partnerships are important to public agencies, and there is perhaps no more important partnership for Valley-Wide than that with The Soboba Foundation. The foundation, part of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, has been an outstanding partner for the District and its Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation for a number of years. The Soboba Foundation donates more than $30,000 each year that comes to Valley-Wide and is used for youth scholarships, equipment and other needs. It allows free use of its facility for Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation activities, allowing more money to go toward youth and programs.

“The CARPD Awards of Distinction are among the highest recognition our agency can receive and the Soboba Foundation is a worthy recipient,” Dean Wetter, general manager of Valley-Wide, said. “Valley-Wide would not be able to offer all its programs at reasonable prices if not for the help of the Soboba Foundation.”

The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, represents special recreation and park districts throughout California. CARPD has been dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of recreation and park districts. The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts advocates for and provides park districts the support needed to fulfill their role as providers of quality programs and facilities to their local communities. Learn more at http://caparkdistricts.org.

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District operates more than 90 parks and community centers in French Valley, Hemet, Menifee, San Jacinto, Sage and Winchester. For information, visit http://gorecreation.org.

Submitted by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District.