LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Boyle Heights, CA, December 8, 2017 – Scott Ehlers, board member of the Skylight Foundation, hosted the 4th Annual Thanks For Giving Event at the Boys & Girls Club of Ramona Gardens. Mr. Ehlers, who sponsored the event, wanted an event that brought families together to celebrate the holidays. Mr. Ehlers welcomed more than 600 guests who were members of the Boys & Girls Club and their family members, including those from Estrada Courts, La Puente, Baldwin Park, and Monterey Park units. The units are all part of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley.
The evening was full of festive merriment. Families were welcomed by the Good Time Carolers and Santa Claus. The families were seated and served dinner by volunteers. They were treated to Panda Express, pizza, Carvel Ice Cream, and cake. Each table also had a wrapped box, which contained surprise: gingerbread house! The families then decorated a gingerbread house for a contest. There was also a fun photo booth and then it “snowed”! At the end of the evening, each Boys & Girls Club member received $200 in gift cards: one gift card is for Ralphs’s/Food 4 Less and the other card is for either Ross, TJ Maxx/Marshall/Home Goods, or Big 5 Sporting Goods. The Boys & Girls Club member is to give the gift cards to their family member as a thank you for caring for them. To make sure that the families from the other units were able to get to the event, transportation was provided.
Mr. Ehlers stressed the importance of family togetherness. “I have supported this event for the fourth year because it’s an opportunity for families to spend time together. With everything going on in their daily lives, it’s important to get together and just enjoy each other’s company, especially during the holiday season.” Mr. Ehler’s mother, Lori Milgard, and sister, Lindsay Ehlers, joined him at the event.
“We are grateful for Scott’s support of this celebration,” says JR Dzubak, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley. “His generosity brings joy not only to the kids but the entire family.”
The event honored Mary Gaytan as Parent of the Year for all of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley. LAPD’s Community Safety Partnership – Ramona Gardens Unit was also recognized for their partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Ramona Gardens and keeping the members and their family’s safe.
ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
Since 1972, the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley has provided a safe and structured environment to youth where they can learn and grow through access to high quality after school programs. The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The Club serves kids ages 6 to 17 in the communities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Montebello, City of Industry, La Puente, and Baldwin Park. In addition, the Club also serves Boyle Heights and surrounding communities. In partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Club has units at Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts Housing Projects. The Club currently has 2,700 members and serves more than 5,000 kids. To learn more, visit http://www.wsgvbgc.org/