The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena held their second Annual Recognition Luncheon yesterday at Annandale Golf Club’s outdoor Pavilion. Since the Club was unable to hold the luncheon in 2020, they honored two-year’s worth of recipients as Champions for Kids, including The Helen and Will Webster Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation, Capital Group, The Walt Disney Company, Junior League of Pasadena, Alyce Williamson, and “Big John” Matthiessen.
Each Champion for Kids was recognized for their long-time support of the Club, either financially, or as volunteers, or both. Each year, the Club awards a foundation, corporation, volunteer, and individual donor.
Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena’s Health Director, was on hand to share the latest updates about Covid-19, and urge attendees to encourage people in their networks to become vaccinated. She was also presented with a Champion for Kids award for her sound guidance and support of Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena over the past 18 months.
Mayor Victor Gordo, a BGCP “Club Kid” himself, also stopped in to greet guests, sharing how much the Club meant to him as a young boy growing up in Pasadena. Award presenters included teens from the Club Anthony Moke, Kafshi Bennett, and Jonathan Lopez.
“We invited these special folks to our Champions for Kids luncheon quite simply to say thank you. We are grateful for each individual donor, each Club alum, each foundation and corporation, each community partner, and each volunteer who steps up to help us change kids’ lives each day,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Board Chair, Barry Pyle.