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It's all about saving the "S"


Last updated 1/10/2019 at 9:35pm

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Daniel and Darrel Silvas are the winning golf team of the fundraising event to keep the "S" on the San Jacinto foothills lit.

SAN JACINTO – Spearheaded by the Ward Family, one of the oldest families in the Valley, a whole group of people came together at the Golden Era Golf Course to raise funds to keep the "S" tradition alive on the San Jacinto foothills. Family and friends filled the course with a full field of golfers to support this great cause.

"The 'S' needs a lot more work so that it will be more visible to the whole community," John Ward said.

To answer the demand, they have made an annual event with the top award being a specially handmade plaque with an "S" that lights up.

The Ward family said they great pride in keeping "S" alive. Lighting the "S" started in the late 1950s with the San Jacinto High School, which lighted the "S" for the homecoming and graduation. The Ward family got involved 35 years ago when Mike Ward would meet Tato Silvas from the Soboba Reservation and they would go up the hill with their friends and family to light the "S."

Tato Silvas went to San Jacinto High School and was instrumental in lighting the "S" for many years.

"We see the entire valley and no boundaries are visible," John Ward said. "We get immediate recognition from our friends and family. When the weather is clear, you can see the "S" as far as French Valley."

"The response to this fundraiser was overwhelming as we filled the golf course and had many sponsors. The sponsors were Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, CL Smith, Millers Jones Mortuary, American Travelers Restorations, Jagger's Catering, BW Motorsports, Golden Era Productions, Advantage Propane and Jesse's Auto Glass," Mike Ward said. "Now we can get a new generator and new lights to keep the "S" in business and carry on this valuable tradition. We are happy to continue lighting the "S" for the Valley, and we continue to get outstanding support from anyone that we ask and today is evidence of that."

The Ward family took the baton from Tato Silvas after he passed years ago and has maintained the "S" crusade, they said.

The winning team of the golf tournament was Daniel and Darrell Silvas who are the sons of Tato Silvas.

Submitted by Golden Era Productions.


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