Soboba receives highest honor

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Soboba receives highest honor
AWARD: Members of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulate members of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians on receiving the organization’s first and last Lifetime Achievement award during its annual gala on July 12. Accepting for the Tribe were Geneva Mojado and Isaiah Vivanco. | Photo courtesy of Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala at the Soboba Casino Resort Event Center and honored the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians with a one-of-a-kind award. The Lifetime Achievement award was accepted by Tribal Council Vice Chairman Isaiah Vivanco and Soboba Foundation President Geneva Mojado.

“This award has never been given by our organization before and will not be given again,” said Cyndi Lemke, the Chamber’s executive director. The award decided on by the board of directors, acknowledges the Tribe’s long-term active engagement in the community and its positive economic influence.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Chamber for not only our charitable contributions but also the impact we are making in the valley by way of business development and job sustainability,” Vivanco said.

SPEECH: Soboba Tribal Council Vice Chairman Isaiah Vivanco accepts the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians during the organization’s annual gala on July 12. | Photo courtesy of Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce

The philanthropic endeavors made possible by the Soboba Foundation have improved the quality of life for many through its support of many local nonprofits. The organizations are diverse in those they serve but include a focus on education, youth, sports, and health issues.

“We are proud to be acknowledged by the Chamber in this special way,” Mojado said. “While giving is, of course, its reward, it is nice to hear how our mission is being realized within our community and beyond.”

The Tribe has provided decades of tireless devotion and dedication to enhance the San Jacinto Valley, and its civic legacy will stand the test of time. Its lasting contributions and achievements will impact the community forever.

“The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians was nominated in several categories, and it was about time to thank them for all of the wonderful things they contribute to our community,” Lemke said. “It was time that our Chamber recognized the Tribe for their continued endeavors in giving back.”

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