The San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Article, written by Carlos Puente and Vanessa Martinez, appears in the Mid Valley News. Published August 13, 2014. Photos courtesy of Devette Johnson.

On Saturday July 26 the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp celebrated their 10 year anniversary with actor Mike Gomez as master of ceremonies. The day started with the VFW of Greater El Monte Post 10218 Color Guard leading the Pledge of Allegiance with city, county and state dignitaries in attendance. Those present were  Roger Hernandez, Assemblyman the 48th District; Hilda Solis, supervisor Elect 1st District and former US Secretary of Labor; Mike Eng, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte; Dr. Ed Hernandez, Senator 24th District; Susan Rubio, Baldwin Park City Council; Joseph Gonzalez,  So. El Monte Mayor Pro Term; Assembly member Ed Chau and Jerry Velasco, El Monte City Treasurer.

photos courtesy of Devette Johnson

The day was filled with emotions and celebration as alumni success stories from 2010 to 2014 told their stories of how the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp picked them up and guided them into the right direction to achieve success. The event ended with dinner, raffles and a silent auction, as well as a tree planting ceremony to close the event. The San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp history is a short but stellar one, full of triumph over adversity that reflects a tremendous power for social progress. This can be achieved when founded upon the strength of a partnership between a whole city and a non-profit organization, dedicated to serving the needs of the resident and business community and their common needs.