Angel View Annual Luncheon at the Doral Hotel in Palm Springs.

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Angel View held its Annual Luncheon to honor several people on Monday Feb. 18th at the Doral Hotel in Palm Springs. Guests arrived to a silent auction and raffle in the lobby. Vendors had items like clothing, jewelry, salsa, accessories and furs for sale.

Raffle tickets were sold for huge baskets of goodies. Photos were taken in front of a Angel View backdrop. Pianist Bill Marx played as guests arrived in the luncheon area.

Angel View’s Executive Director, Dave Thornton, along with Executive Board Member and long time supporter, Dr. Martin Russell got on the stage to give out awards. THe first award went to Melissa Acosta as winner of the Bobbe Patmore Employee of the Year for Excellence Award. The next award was the Jackie Lee Houston Angel View Client of the year and that award was given to client Joel Grossberg.

Desert Hot Springs City Manager, Rick Daniels, gave a glowing tribute to 2013 Angel of the Year, Mayor Yvonne Parks. He gave a list of her credits of her lifetime of service. Parks mentioned that there were 9 mayors in the valley and that 5 were women. Women Rule she said as she named the Mayors that were in the audience.

2012 Angel of the Year, Ruta Lee presented the awards to the women.

Event Coordinator DeAnn Lubell was the presenter of the 2013 Angel of the Year to Angel View Auxiliary President Terry Roby. DeAnn is a long time friend to Roby and told of many accomplishments for charities. Entertainement was provided by local singer Frank DiSalvo.

Angel View President Mel Haber was Master of Ceremonies. Haber told of a new service, Angel View Outreach Program. He said many had written letters thanking Angel View Outreach for all their help.

Lee Ames, Elaine Church and Jeff Jones read the letters to the guests on stage. Letters thanking Angel View and telling of the problems they had faced alone before Angel View helped them.

Angel View’s overall mission is to help children and adults with disabilities for the last 60 years. Angel View has 19-6 bed homes with 24 hour care.There is a day care center in Desert Hot Springs and a Camp in Joshua Tree. Angel View earns money also from the many thrift stores in the Valley.