Sunday, March 19, 2017

• Twofer Youth Night in Wildomar

The Elks Lodge and Wildomar Little League showed their community spirit with two events.

What do you do when there are two worthy events scheduled for the same time about a mile and a half apart? Attend both of course. ☺

The Elks Lodge held their 18th annual scholarship dinner, where thirteen local youths received college scholarships that totaled more than $10,000.

The funds are raised at the Elks annual Christmas Tree Lane event.

The names of the Elks Ladies Scholarship winners are Reina De Young, Destinee Davis, Jordan Castello, Jordyn Strange, Megan Carter, Brianna Gorham-Moran.
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Elks Ladies Scholarship winners.

The names of the Elks Scholarship winners are Jolie Anderson, Shayan Khan,  Dylan Dickerson, Ashely Arrucha, Sydney Southwick and Justin Dela Cruz.
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Elks Scholarship winners.
From left to right: Elks Exalted Ruler Gary Brown, Jolie Anderson, Shayan Khan, Dylan Dickerson, Ashley Arrucha, Sydney Southwick, Justin Dela Cruz, and Patty Quick.

How inspiring it was to watch our future leaders accept scholarships to help them with their schooling, and watch them all tell about their future plans.

From aspirations to teach at the local high schools, to chemical engineering, it was quite a sight watching them beam with enthusiasm as they told the audience of their future dreams.
All the Elks 2017 scholarship recipients.
In the audience were LEUSD Assistant Superintendent Kip Meyer, Stan Crippen LEUSD board member (and grandfather of one of the winners), Lake Elsinore City Councilmember Daryl Hickman and Wildomar City Councilmember Bridgette Moore.

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About a mile and a half to the southeast, there was a casino night fundraiser taking place to help fund the local Little League's season.

It was a packed house over at the Corporate Room as the people enjoyed a full evening of fun, and dinner, for the entry fee of $25. There were blackjack tables, roulette, craps, and other poker games to be found too.
The raffle table had at least a dozen different things to win.

The league, in it's fourth year back, is sowing the seeds for a great league for years to come. 

This year's TOC (Tournament of Champions) will be in Wildomar. Marna O'Brien Park will be the spot for many high caliber games throughout June and July. 
Bridgette Moore did the honors of pulling the numerous winning raffle tickets.

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I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.
– Magic Johnson

Wildomar Rap tip of the day: 
Bouncing a ball is fine, but helping others bounce the ball is even better.

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