YMCA’s Celebrity Waiter Luncheon benefits Camp Ta Ta Pochon

Police Chief Timothy Vu helps serve at the Y’s Celebrity Waiter Luncheon.

 The YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley presented its annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon Oct. 23 to raise money for the multitude of programs they offer. Each table had its own celebrity waiter dressed for Halloween, including Chief of Police Timothy Vu, who won the prize for most original costume in his authentic police uniform; Christian Daily, representing County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; former Alhambra City Clerk Frances Moore; and others.

Valarie Gomez, CEO of the Y, thanked the people who helped put the event together. She introduced YMCA President Councilmember Barbara Messina, who thanked everyone for supporting the Y. Former city Councilmember Mark Paulson was the emcee.

The beneficiary of this year’s event was Camp Ta Ta Pochon, which after three years of idleness because of the Lake Fire, needs significant upgrading to support a safe venue for summer camping. The camp, the highest on the mountain, is nearing 100 years of service to the children of the West San Gabriel Valley and is an important camp for retreats to a natural environment.

One of the traditions of this annual luncheon is to tip the celebrity waiters. That money goes directly into providing scholarships for deserving youngsters to attend a week at camp. It is a way for the community to pay it forward to the next generation.

Lunch was followed by a raffle of impressive donated prizes and a live auction of two more. The most popular auction prize was a spaghetti dinner for six at the Alhambra Fire Station donated by Alhambra Fire Chief Phelps on behalf of his firefighters and a donation from Republic Services of four premium Los Angeles Clippers versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Our YMCA is an important piece of our community fabric,” Ms. Gomez said. “Eighty-three cents of every dollar donated to the YMCA goes back into programs that are available to everyone in our community. The West San Gabriel Valley is well served by the Y, and those who attended the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon are well rewarded for their generosity by an afternoon of fun and entertainment. More important is knowing their donations assure that no child or family is turned away due to the inability to pay.”

The Y serves the communities of the West San Gabriel Valley with activities for people of all ages. The swimming pool, gym, and regular exercise classes are just the start. There is also after-school enrichment, child care, youth leadership and development, mentoring and tutoring, youth and adult sports, family support activities, and summer camps for kids, both at the Y and in the San Bernardino Mountains at Camp Ta Ta Pochon. The YMCA gives because the community gives to the YMCA.


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Jan 2022


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