San Jose, CA (news release) -November 17, 2017- Dr. Prem Reddy and his wife Dr. Venkamma Reddy have been named the 2017 Bernard Osher Philanthropists of the Year, recognizing their support of Victor Valley College (VVC) and other Southern California Community Colleges. The pair were honored in a ceremony during the Community College League of California’s Annual Conference, held November 17 at the San Jose Fairmont.
The Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year award recognizes distinguished contributions to California Community Colleges and is selected by the Network of California Community College Foundations (Network), an association of professionals dedicated to philanthropy. The Reddys most recent gift of $2.4 million created the ‘Sixteen for Success’ program, which supports 64 students in the VVC Nursing program, covering tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and testing fees for the duration of their studies. Upon successful completion of the VVC Nursing program, these students are guaranteed employment for three years at Desert Valley Hospital, located nearby in Victorville.
Additionally, the Reddys have gifted $2 million to build a new Health & Science building at VVC, gave the inaugural $1 million to establish the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences which also addressed nursing program waitlists, and give nearly $100,000 annually for academic scholarships.
“Drs. Prem and Venkamma Reddy understand the value and importance of an education,” said Dr. Roger Wagner, superintendent/president at Victor Valley College. “Their kindness and generosity over the years has allowed our college to better serve and support our students as well as help them achieve their academic and career dreams. We are humbly grateful for their gifts to our institution.”
The Reddys have generously donated millions of dollars to California Community Colleges to train the next generation of healthcare professionals. Since 1998, the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation and Prime Healthcare Foundation (the nonprofit arm of the hospital system founded by Dr. Prem Reddy) have donated approximately $85 million, including $50 million towards the founding of a new medical school in San Bernardino County. Other organizations and gifts include high school and college student scholarships, numerous university and community college programs and foundations, community healthcare organizations, and other vital health and education associations and centers. Thousands of lives have been transformed because of the Reddy legacy.
“Students at community college often face challenges unseen in other education systems. Philanthropy is vital to filling the gaps in student need and program development,” stated Robert Schwartz, president of the Network. “The Reddys have set a very generous example and the Network is pleased to recognize them for the value they place on education and healthcare.”
The Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award is awarded by the Network of California Community College Foundations and is named after Mr. Bernard Osher for his history-making commitment to Community College students in 2008. The Bernard Osher Foundation pledged an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million and committed additional match dollars which ultimately resulted in the establishment a $76 million statewide scholarship endowment. The award is presented to an individual, corporation, or nonprofit organization that demonstrates a commitment to philanthropy and serves as a role model to encourage philanthropy for California Community Colleges.
Swim coach, 31, arrested after missing Apple Valley teen was found hiding in his bedroom
The suspect is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies.
APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities searching for a missing 16-year-old girl found her hiding two weeks later in the bedroom of her 31-year-old former swim coach, officials said.
Detectives at the Apple Valley Station have been investigating a missing teenager since July 22, 2020. During the past two weeks, detectives followed up on several leads and authored several search warrants to locate evidence and determine the whereabouts of the missing teen, officials said.
Authorities discovered the 16-year-old victim had been communicating with John Casillas, her former swim coach.
According to a news release, On Wednesday, August 5th detectives served a search warrant at John’s home in the 1200 block of West 31st Street in San Bernardino and found the victim hiding in John’s bedroom. John’s father, 62-year-old Alfonso Casillas, was also at the residence.
“At the same time, detectives contacted and detained John at a local country club where he taught swim lessons. John and Alfonso were transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for further investigation,” stated the release. “Apple Valley and Crimes Against Children Detectives determined that John was aware of the victim’s age and the ongoing search for her. Additionally, Alfonso knew the victim was a juvenile and did not alert law enforcement.”
Authorities said John was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for PC278, Concealment of a Child from Legal Guardian/Parent with bail set at $50,000. On Thursday, August 6th at 5:45 a.m. John posted bail and was released from custody.
Regarding criminal charges against Alfonso, detectives will submit the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
Sheriff’s officials said John is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies and has contact with many juveniles in the course of his employment.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gus Garcia, Apple Valley Station at (760)240-7400. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
Apple Valley man, 21, arrested for Elder Abuse after pushing relative to the ground
APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 21-year-old male on parole is facing new charges of Elder Abuse after allegedly pushing his 71-year-old relative to the ground and causing injuries, officials said.
On Sunday, August 2, 2020, at about 3:00 PM deputies from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the 11800 block of Chimayo Road reference a battery report.
When deputies arrived they found the female victim with several lacerations to her arm after she was thrown to the ground by the suspect identified as Justin Patrick Flores.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Alban said the victim was looking for her vehicle keys when she noticed Flores had them. “She asked him for her car keys but Flores refused, pushing her to the ground two times. The victim hit her head on the rocks and sustained several lacerations to the arms, stated Alban.
Flores was arrested for PC368(B)(1) Elder Abuse, PC148(A)(1) Obstructing a Peace Officer, PC415(2) Unreasonable Noise, and PC3056 Violation of Parole, a felony.
According to public court documents, in 2020 Justin has 6 open criminal cases against him both in Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga. In 2019, he had 7 charges in several counties.
Flores is currently being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 11, 2020.
Town of Apple Valley offers day camp, reopens fields for youth sports
APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (August 5, 2020) — The Town of Apple Valley has reopened some recreation programs, including Distance-Learning Day Camp and the use of its parks and ballfields for youth sports trainings and practices. The change comes as a result of revised industry guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health announcement on August 3.
“The Town’s Distance-Learning Day Camp will allow us to serve Apple Valley parents and guardians who need additional support and a safe environment for their children during the workday,” said Parks and Recreation Manager David Coleman.
Day Camp was developed in accordance with all state and county public health regulations. Camp capacity has been reduced to ensure safe physical distancing and staff members have been trained on proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, which will be conducted throughout the day.
In addition to fun games and activities, Town recreation staff will support children as they work on their school-assigned curriculum. Town staff do not provide tutoring services and are not intended to replace a child’s primary educational instructor. Day Camp will be offered as long as possible or until in-person school resumes.
Youth sports clubs and programs will also be allowed to resume use of the Town’s parks and ballfields. Per state guidelines, physical distancing of at least six feet is required and outdoor activities are strongly encouraged. Face coverings must be worn at all times unless the activity is conducted outdoors and players are properly following social distancing guidelines.
Games, tournaments and competitions are not allowed at this time as they encourage crowds.
“Although we won’t see any official games being held just yet, we are excited to once again share Apple Valley’s parks and fields with our youth leagues,” said Coleman.
California’s guidance on youth sports can be found at covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance
For information on the Town’s available programs visit avrecreation.org or call (760) 240-7880.
(source: Town of Apple Valley news release)
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