The Ray Joiner Chess Tournament: Celebrating Volunteerism

Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 6:43 PM

Photos from previous year's Ray Joyner Chess Tournament

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) will hold the annual Ray Joiner Chess Tournament themed “Celebrating Volunteerism” on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sierra Madre Middle School’s Multi-purpose Room.

Check-in begins at 8:00 am. The Award Ceremony ends at 3:30 pm.

Coffee, water, and light snacks are available for a suggested donation all day. Pizza and salad will be provided to players free of charge, and to all others for a suggested donation. You may also bring your own snacks. Be sure your child eats and drinks. Click here to view complete Tournament Rules and Schedule.

To register, go to

Sierra Madre School is located at 160 North Canon Avenue in Sierra Madre.

For more information, contact Nancy Carol Inguanzo at or call (626) 396-3625.

About Ray Joyner

Fifteen years ago, a man named Ray Joiner began volunteering as a chess teacher in PUSD and in PEF’s Summer Enrichment Program. The relationships he formed with his elementary and middle school students not only transformed them into passionate chess players, but into chess volunteers themselves. Year after year, his students returned to pass on their love of the game and the tradition of service to other students. Their passion inspired PEF to expand youth service into all its summer classes. Today, through PEF’s Summer Volunteer Youth Leader program, nearly 200 teenagers from across the San Gabriel Valley experience the joy of giving service in the fields and subjects they care about. It started with Ray Joiner, the game of chess, and a willingness to give. Ray passed away last year. Please join PEF to thank Ray, celebrate his love of chess, and to honor his legacy of service. Ray Joiner was PEF’s 2018 HALO Award Angel. With support from a 2018 HALO Award from the Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation.







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