Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills fundraiser honored Monrovia Mayor with the Mary Wilcox Youth Advocacy Award amid Kentucky Derby festivities and raised funds through both silent and live auctions, and a derby-themed raffle. The 15th annual "For the Love of Youth" fundraiser was held at the Santa Anita Race Track.
The event honored Mary Ann Lutz, mayor of Monrovia and longtime supporter of the club and its youth programs. "Of all the awards I have received in my career, this means the most because of what it represents and who it stands for," said Lutz, referring to Mary Wilcox and her legacy.
Margarita Sandoval, Club member and Los Angeles County “Youth of the Year” winner, set the stage by sharing her story and how Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills played a role in her success and hopes for the future. “The Club has made me realize that it’s not my hardships that make me special, but the way I overcome them.”
Albert Tate, pastor of Monrovia Fellowship, led the audience in a “Change a Life” challenge that resulted in $40,000 raised in just 5 minutes. The effort was kicked off by a $10,000 pledge and an anonymous donor matched all $500 and $1,000 gifts up to another $10,000.
"Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters who have given us their time and incredible gifts, more ‘Great Futures’ are in our future," said John Wilson, Executive Director.
The event’s major sponsors included The Boone Foundation, Blaine & Lynda Fetter, Volkswagen Pasadena/Alhambra, the Sierra Family of Dealerships, and Monte & Meghan Baier.
—Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills