Heart of the Community Lunch honors those who make YMCA of WSGV children’s programs possible

Back row, from left: Andrew Kwok, Y Board of Directors, SoCalGas; Timothy Vu, Y Board of Directors, City of Alhambra Police Chief; Mary Louise Bunker, Y Board of Directors, former Alhambra Mayor; and Christian Daly, assistant field deputy, Fifth District LA County Supervisors Kathryn Barger's Office. Middle row: Joe Pavon, Al's Towing, past president and present Y Board of Directors; Barbara Messina, former Alhambra mayor and Y president Board of Directors; Sandra Armenta-Lopez, State Senator Susan Rubio's office; Adele Andrade-Stadler, Alhambra Mayor; Henry Lo, Assemblymember Ed Chau's office, Rosemead-Garvey School District; Elizabeth Martinez, Y Board of Directors, Republic Services; David Mejia, Alhambra City Councilmember; and Valarie R. Gomez, CEO of YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley. Front row: 2019 YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley Heart of the Community Honorees: Nicole R. Tilley, William H. Tilley Family Foundation; Reyna Del Haro, Kaiser Permanente Foundation; Jeanette Soriano, SC Edison Foundation; and Caroline Murry-Ortiz, Alhambra Educational Foundation.

For more than a century, the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley has delivered innovative programming to children and families, regardless of their financial circumstances, because of the generosity and commitment of the community. On April 30, the Y celebrated that spirit of giving and special partnerships at its annual Heart of the Community Awards and Fundraising Lunch.

The 2019 honorees include the Alhambra Educational Foundation; Reyna Del Haro at Kaiser Permanente Foundation; SCE Foundation; Nicole Tilley at William H. Tilley Family Foundation; and the Panda Cares Foundation.

The Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF4Kids) in tandem with Ms. Tilley and the William H. Tilley Family Foundation provide funding for Alhambra USD Gateway to Success children, who would otherwise never be able to have a camp experience, to attend the Y’s residential Camp Ta Ta Pochon.

SoCal Edison (SCE) Foundation underwrites the memberships for students in the AUSD LIFT (Learning Independence For Transition) program for those with disabilities, an experience that makes an enormous difference to the futures of the 18- to 22-year-olds.

Over the last five years, Ms. Del Haro and Kaiser Permanente Foundation have funded the Y’s SOS (Save Our Students) program to provide 3,000 swim and water safety classes for children because drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4. With minority children most at risk, this program is a lifeline.

Andrew Cherng and the Panda Restaurant Group’s Panda Cares Foundation made a generous donation toward rebuilding the popular climbing wall at Camp Ta Ta Pochon.

All the monies raised April 30 go to fund the Y’s children’s programs: Summer Day Camp, weekly field trips, Camp Ta Ta Pochon, Basketball League, swim lessons, and after-school program.

About the YMCA of WSGV

With more than a century of experience in creating customized community activities for youth development and healthy family living, the YMCA of WSGV serves the multicultural, multilingual West San Gabriel Valley. To tackle the complex issues facing the economically disadvantaged children and families of West San Gabriel Valley, where 70% of residents speak a language other than English, the YMCA of WSGV has become an innovation hub for model youth development and healthy family programs.

Funds are raised each year to make financial assistance available and to subsidize programs serving the community that would not otherwise be possible. Donations keep the YMCA open to all kids, including those with the greatest need.


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