Valley View Casino and Hotel honored as Compassionate Workplace by Jenna Druck Center

Supported family of Bella Noble after tragic death

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - A local casino was recognized Friday for the support they showed an employee and his family who were dealing with a tragedy.

There was an emotional ceremony of thanks Friday afternoon in a conference room at the Valley View Casino and Hotel.

Bill and Sherri Noble lost their beautiful daughter, Bella, in a car accident in October. The 5-year-old was run over by her mom's minivan in the driveway of a friend's home in Ramona.

Family and friends in the community have rallied around the Nobles, and several events were held including a candlelight vigil and benefit concert.

On Friday, Bill Noble's employer, Valley View Casino & Hotel, was presented with the Compassionate Workplace Award. Ken Druck presented the award to "a work family with a heart of gold."

Co-workers donated their personal time off so Noble, a sound engineer for Valley View concerts and entertainment events, could stay home with his wife as they grieved and began to heal.

Noble told them, "I just can't thank you enough for being there; you helped us in so many ways."

Sherri Noble wiped away tears as she added, "I wouldn't have been able to make it through without him being home. I'm a stay-at-home mom and I'm so grateful for the support. Thank you."

Druck knows heartbreak and kindness. His daughter, Jenna, was studying abroad when she died in a bus crash in India 17 years ago. He founded the Jenna Druck Center and has devoted his life to helping those who lose loved ones.

"We congratulate you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Druck.

During the applause that followed, you could hear the words "It's an honor."

Bill Noble told 10News afterward, "Without the time to heal, the healing would have never started."

Sherri Noble was also very grateful, saying, "I can't tell you how much I needed it. I needed it."

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