Alhambra Educational Foundation honors community’s volunteers, leaders

The Alhambra Educational Foundation honored community volunteers and leaders at its 14th annual Service to Education Awards Dinner and Gala on March 17. From left are Tom Phelps, Alhambra Fire chief; Scott Haberle, Monterey Park Fire chief; May May Lee, Alhambra School District teacher; Jocelyn Castro, New Gen Rotary president; Sharon Woo, instructional aide; David Mejia, Alhambra councilmember; and Sharon Gibbs, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce executive director.

On March 17, the Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF) presented its Annual Service to Education Awards Dinner and Gala at the Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel. AEF’s 14th Dinner and Gala had more than 460 reservations for the event. This year’s honorees devoted themselves to ensuring the educational success of all students through continual sponsorship, supporting educational music programs, funding visual and performing arts, promoting creative learning environments, enriching education through community service, and distinctive leadership.

AEF honored the following volunteers and leaders:

  • Community Organization: Alhambra Fire Department.
  • Community Organization: Monterey Park Fire Department.
  • Community Volunteer: Alhambra Chamber Executive Director Sharon Gibbs.
  • Education: May May Lee, teacher.
  • Government: Councilmember David Mejia
  • Community Organization: San Gabriel Valley Rotary Club New Generation.
  • Education: Sharon Woo, instructional aide

Steve Perry, president of AEF, was the emcee for the evening. It was an evening of fun and fundraising for a great cause, as attendees bid on almost 180 silent and live auction items. The big surprise of the evening was when the bidding was heated over the Golden Doodle Puppy. Mr. Perry surprised the crowd with having two puppies. Chris and Jasmine Paulson and Keith Matsuo each were able to take an adorable puppy home.

Laura Farber, who will be president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in 2020, made a surprise announcement by inviting the AUSD All District Marching Band to participate in the 131st Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2020. Ms. Farber is a product of the Alhambra School District.

AEF appreciates the support of the community that continues to invest in the future, which are the students, as Great Schools Make Great Communities, which helped raise more than $55,000.



Jan 2020


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