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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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It wasnt the day before the beginning of Lent. It wasnt even a Tuesday. However that didnt stop us from having a great Mardi Gras in June! Thats when the Highland Senior Center and the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Casino Night and Taste of the Town Showcase. This years theme was Mardi Gras and was held at the new Highland Event Center at the San Manuel Village.

The playing area was decked out in purple, gold, and green, colors representing justice, power, and faith respectively. These colors were suggested by the visiting Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff back in 1872.

Meanwhile, back in 2013, most people were interested in the green of the money, or the gold for the well...gold. Some off our partiers and players arrived dressed ready for Mardi Gras, complete with masks. Some for the fun, but most for the extra $100 in play money they received. Still everyone had a fun time playing because it was not only for fun, but to help out the Highland Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce.

The other part of casino night was the Taste of the Town. As part of the admission, even if you werent lucky at the gambling tables, you could definitely be a winner at the food tables. A J Bariles Chicago Pizza took home the honors for the Taste of the Town winner as picked by the judges, while Joses Mexican Restaurant was proclaimed the Peoples Choice Winner, by all who attended.

The center and chamber would like to give thanks to all our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible: San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians, Urgent Care Center of St. Bernardine, Cal Disposal, Robertsons, and Mrs. Pat Fischer, Beaver Medical, The Gas Company, Windermere Real Estate, VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, and Burrtec Waste Industries, as well as our other money, raffle, and food sponsors. Most of all wed like to thank all those who came out to support the Casino Night and the Center and Chamber for this great fundraiser.