Autumn Elegance comes to the Soboba


(Autumn Elegance)

Delicious foods, fine music and excellent wines and beer on tap

The 27th annual Autumn Elegance fundraiser was once again sponsored by the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club, as well as Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation and the Soboba Foundation. This is a critical event for raising funds to support the Valley-Wide Recreation District in park expansion, new equipment and various programs. 

Autumn Elegance 2019 just about filled the 50 table-for-six at the Soboba Event Center. The emcee was Mike Gow, Exchange Club President. Tom Wilson, event producer, was this year’s Committee Chairperson. The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians contributed use of the new Event Center at the Soboba Casino.

Beautiful floral arrangements were generously contributed by Future Farmers of America (FFA) clubs from Hemet High School and West Valley High School. Local florists contributed as well: Elite Flowers of Hemet, San Jacinto Florist and Floral Expressions. The evening included a silent drawing for the floral arrangements at 10 pm for those who stayed to the very end of the night.

The event offered a corner set-up with table games, and Blackjack was the game of choice.

Dancers were entertained by Mr. Wilson’s Band.

Fifteen restaurants were on hand to serve some of their finest dishes, including area favorite caterer Party Planners ([email protected]). Their roast-beef sliders on home-made cornbread with hatch chilies and cheddar cheese were a big hit. Canyons Restaurant ( and Noodles Asian food from Soboba Casino ( were also on-hand, with their distinct cuisine.

Janet L. Sawyer and Ruben Solis, owners of Sweet Baby Janes have served their perfect pulled pork at ten straight Autumn Elegance events, and it never fails to satisfy.

El Patron Mexican Grill served chicken flautas with cheddar/mozzarella cheese, chili verde burritos, sour cream, and house sauces.

Thirteen wineries and 10 breweries delivered some of their finest wines and beers.

Cyndi Lemke, Executive Director at Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, said, “I always look forward to going to Friends of Valley-Wide Autumn Elegance! Every year there’s delicious food. I always find a new, amazing wine and I have so much fun seeing everyone. It’s a night to enjoy the atmosphere of friends, food and drinks, and so much fun!”

The San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce was represented by Executive Director Sharon Myers Durbin with President Veronica Hawkes and Communications Director Velma Weaver Phillips. They were there to help promote “The Mayor’s Ball,” honoring San Jacinto mayor Russ Utz, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 6–10 pm.

The Exchange Club holds “The Weekend,” March 20 -21, featuring gift raffles to support a wide variety of organizations throughout the San Jacinto Valley.

For almost 50 years, Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District has responsibly provided sports and recreation programs for the public in the San Jacinto Valley. Reach them at 901 W. Esplanade Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92582. Telephone (951) 654-1505. Website

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