Escondido, CA

San Diego Oasis Recognized by Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Shown are (from left) From left to right: Simona Valanciute, president and CEO of San Diego Oasis; Laurie Gonzalez of the Rincon Tribal Council; Michael Bardin, board member of Oasis;
Darlene Saxod Carpenter, Oasis board chairman; Judy Lewis, William Wise, Charles Van Vechten, Oasis board members; Jolyn Parker, VP External Relations; David Beevers, Oasis Program Manager for North County; Sarah Beaupre, development associate and Darrell Pilant, general manager of Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization that promotes successful and healthy aging with office locations in Escondido and La Mesa, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Harrah’s Resort Southern California.
Selection was made from 132 submissions by nonprofits throughout San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties. The Harrah’s All-In 4 Change event selected San Diego Oasis for their intergenerational literacy tutoring program that encourages older adults to work with at-risk children to improve reading skills and self-esteem in Title One designated elementary schools throughout San Diego. Over 600 older adult tutors work in 105 schools in 12 school districts, sharing their time, their talents and their wisdom with students who need their help.
“We are so thankful to Harrah’s Southern California and the Rincon Tribal Council for their generosity. Recognizing excellence at San Diego Oasis confirms the importance of programs for older adults that emphasize lifelong learning, healthy living and community engagement,” said Simona Valanciute, president and CEO of San Diego Oasis.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by community members and partners with our goal to provide opportunities for older adults to stay engaged, active, and motivated to prevent isolation and sedentary behaviors,” said David Beevers, San Diego Oasis Program Manager for North County.
San Diego Oasis also offers over 1,800 classes and activities throughout the year including lectures and sessions in health and wellness, exercise and dance, arts and crafts, history and humanities, finance, technology, languages and personal development at over 35 partner locations.
For more information about San Diego Oasis, visit

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