GARFIELD ALUMNI FOUNDATION’S 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
As this unpredictable long year finally ends, it is comforting to know that there are still people that care enough about their community to volunteer and make it fun and profitable.
Here is look at the highlights of The Garfield Alumni Foundations 2016 Year in Review.
Getting a fast start out the gate on January 30, was the Annual Day at the Races at Beautiful Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, The woman participated in the derby hat contest(the men watched) while enjoying the tasteful food, camaraderie, and wagering on the horses. All in all the day as always, was enjoyable and raised cash for the GAF Scholarship Fund.
The next event was the Garfield High School Scholarship Awards program on May 19. The GAF Scholarship Committee handed out 16 honors to deserving seniors.
Several philanthropic organizations annually participate and award hundreds of scholarships to our future leaders.
A new fundraiser this year was the combined Garfield / Roosevelt Golf Cup Classic that took place at the Montebello Country Club on May 20. Besides rising, much needed money for both school golf programs the old Bulldog Alumni were victorious taking home the tournament trophy. A tradition we would like to continue.
The fifth annual Hall of Fame luncheon was held on July 21, at Stevens Steak house, Commerce where four distinguished alums were inducted into the schools Hall of Fame. class of ’66 educator, author, community activist, Dr. Yolanda Aguerrebere; class ’50 Ofelia Esparza, longtime educator, mentor, renowned worldwide artist; class ’66 Ersi Arvizu, international recognized recording artist, athlete, boxing trainer; and class ’64 Wayne Healy, world acclaimed muralist, artist, educator and aero space engineer.
Ninety-five football players from Garfield and Roosevelt participated in the Fourth Annual Beef Bowl prime rib dinner on October 30, again at Stevens Steak House. The players and coaches are sponsored by the Alumni Foundations of both schools in part to embrace the enormous tradition of the ELA Classic while promoting the spirit of sportsmanship and cooperation.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and Roosevelt principal Jose Macias were guest speakers and assisted in handing out special awards and scholarships to the student athletes.
On November 4, the 54th Fifth Quarter Dance and Fundraiser took place at the Quiet Cannon Banquet Facility, Montebello. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization and is clearly the main event that raises the most money for scholarships.
The dance takes place on the same night as the ELA Football Classic and is always well attended.
The Bulldogs were victorious for the seventh consecutive year trouncing the Roughriders 49 to 3 and once again taking the Eastern League crown.
The Year was caped off with the GAF Board of Directors participating in the East Los Angeles Christmas Parade along famed Whittier Boulevard, November 27.
Happy New Year and a big Thank You to all our alumni, friends, family and supporters.