MPYD Staff, students, and supporters, gathering to celebrate another memorable fundraiser. On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) hosted its 10th Annual Fundraiser at Brookside Clubhouse in Pasadena, CA. Every year, the MPYD community gathers to celebrate the successes of the program, and to honor those who have been dedicated members and partners of MPYD. The fundraiser was attended by over 200 community members, it was certainly an evening to remember.
This year, MPYD hosted notable dignitaries such as Congresswoman Judy Chu, California Senator Anthony Portantino, California Assembly Member Chris Holden, and Pasadena Councilmember Tyron Hampton. They spoke about their experiences of working with the students of MPYD, and the program’s evident positive effect on the student’s lives. Congresswoman Chu also gave MPYD a Certiﬁcate of Congressional Recognition for the program’s “high standards of excellence and outstanding achievements.” There was amazing energy in the air as everyone gathered over a delicious meal to celebrate the accomplishments of the program.
The annual fundraiser dinner provides MPYD with the opportunity to publicly recognize several community partners for their generosity and dedication to the advancement of MPYD. Bill and Brenda Galloway of Summit Enterprises were awarded the “Cardinal Paint Award” for their years of investment in the greater Pasadena community. Vincent Bryant was recognized with the “Angel Award” for his decade of service to MPYD and its students. Smart & Final was awarded the “Community Partner Award” for their partnership with MPYD providing employment opportunities for several MPYD students at Smart & Final locations over the last 10 years. John Muir High School counselor Nancy Gonzalez Heusser, Ed.D. was awarded the “Academics for Success Award” for her years of dedication to the students of MPYD and John Muir, and for her support of the program. Finally, MPYD awarded ﬁve graduating seniors the “Youth Award” for their academic excellence, and their years of commitment to MPYD. Sydney Cattouse, Alonso De La Torre, Tiyon Martin, Seth Reece, and Ricardo Vega all expressed their gratitude for MPYD’s support, as well as, the $500 scholarship that they each received from Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA).
MPYD would like to thank Fundraiser Coordinator Ron Carter, Master of Ceremonies William Syms, Alumni Speaker Kevin World, LA County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy, Altadena Sheriff Captain Vicki Stuckey, Pasadena Interim Police Chief John Perez, PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald, all fundraiser Gold and Bronze sponsors, all local partners who contributed to the souvenir booklet, and to the rest of the MPYD community for your endless support and generous contributions to support the advancement of our youth. We hope to see you all next year!