PASSAGES: BORREGO SPRINGS PHILANTHROPIST BILL WRIGHT

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Borrego wildflowers, CC by SA

October 6, 2019 (Borrego Springs) -- Since moving to Borrego Springs from Santa Barbara in 1980, Bill Wright has been a “champion of all things good in Borrego Springs,” according to the Borrego Sun.  The newspaper announced that Wright passed away on October 1 at age 88.

Wright and his wife, Jenny, loved the natural beauty of Borrego Springs. They soon purchased the Roadrunner Club RV park and subsequently built The Springs at Borrego, a high-end RV retreat, which they continued to operate until selling both properties in 2017. The Wrights have given back generously to the community, supporting a wealth of charitable endeavors and projects to benefit the public.

Together, they started the town’s iconic Circle of Art celebration of desert art and the environment, held each year on Christmas Circle in the heart of Borrego Springs.

Bill Wright and his family also donated 26 acres to benefit the community on a site that now includes the newly opened Borrego Springs branch of the County Library.

He designed, financed and built The Springs Dog Park in the community.

Last year, Wright hosted a thank you party and concert for the community at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. 

Most recently, in May the Wrights commissioned a feasibility study to build a full-service senior center surrounded by senior housing to meet the needs of Borrego’s aging residents.

Known for introducing himself to campers at his properties as “The Sunday Gardener,” Bill Wright voiced gratitude to all upon announcing sale of the iconic properties to Good Life Communities in 2017, when he was quoted Bob Hope in this farewell message posted in the Springs at Borrego newsletter: “Thanks for the memories.”