Foundation Honors California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in Pasadena Gala

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 5:34 AM

“]The Lucille & Edward R. Roybal Foundation honored the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other luminaries at its Annual Legacy Gala in Pasadena on Thursday, Oct. 4.


Set in the beautiful home of Dr. Arturo Ibarra, who received the Edward R. Roybal Award for his public service in healthcare, the dinner is the signature fundraising event for the foundation to support its community educational programs.


“Like the Roybal Foundation, these honorees are fighting on the front lines to make our communities better,” said Crystal Torres, executive director of the Lucille & Edward R. Roybal Foundation. Our programs are free to the community with a goal to educate and empower people to create positive changes in their lives.”


Receiving recognition were Attorney General of CA Xavier Becerra, with the Judge Harry Pregerson Award; Maria Elena Durazo with the Lucille Beserra Roybal Award for Excellence in the Community; Dr. Arturo Ibarra with the Edward R. Roybal Award for Public Service in Healthcare award; Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley with the Medal of Courage in Education; Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales also with the Medal of Courage in Education; and Dr. Katie Rodan with the Judge Dean Pregerson Award.


Proceeds of the event help the Foundation continue to offer key community programs in the East Los Angeles area.


Based in the heart of East Los Angeles, the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation was founded in 1985 to commemorate the legacy of leadership and community service of its founders, the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal and Mrs. Lucille Beserra Roybal.


The Foundation counts among its efforts the first aquaponics garden in East L.A. The organic garden houses over 400 tilapias and produces vegetables four times a year. The garden serves as a teaching tool for local children.


Also, the Foundation collaborates with over ten grassroots organizations who meet to bring positive change to the local community under the umbrella of the East Los Angeles Network.


It also offers free monthly workshops which range in topics from mental health, home buying strategies to how to network for a job.


Sponsors included: Jerry Epstein, Pregerson & Rodan Families, Alta-Med, Adventist Health White Memorial, ARAS, Gardener Brown & Associates, Jalisco Dental, USC, Ramon Miramontes, and Beneficial Bank.