Monterey Park residents Alan and Sandra Tanaka, along with Stephen R. Perry of Alhambra, have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Citizen Award by the Mighty Mission Amigos District (MMA), San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The awardees will be honored at the 2015 Outstanding Citizen Awards Benefit Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Hilton, 225 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner and program start at 7 p.m., and dancing and live band music will be performed by Kokoro from 9 p.m.
MMA District chair and Alhambra Unified School Board member Robert Gin said, “I want to extend an invitation for everyone to join us in honoring Stephen Perry and Alan and Sandra Tanaka for their countless hours of service to our community. All three are exceptional individuals who have impacted the lives of so many. They have served our community well in various capacities and live up to the Scout Oath and Law in their everyday personal and professional lives. They are very deserving of this award.”
The Tanakas have been actively involved with the scouting program for nearly 20 years. They both serve as assistant scoutmasters for Troop 301 in Monterey Park. For the Mission Amigos District, Sandra serves as the program chair and Alan as camping chair.
Beyond scouting, both have been involved and have served in various capacities with Monterey Highlands Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization, which provided funds for a computer lab, and the Mark Keppel High School PTSA. Alan has coached various teams in the Community Youth Council (CYC). Both Alan and Sandra serve in various ministries of their church, Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley.
Perry is the president of the Alhambra Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is focused on raising funds for programs, curriculum and materials that directly benefit all 18,000 students and 17 schools in the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD). Since his tenure as president, he has helped raise over $1 million to give educational opportunities to the students of AUSD.
He has volunteered countless hours for the Tournament of Roses as a white suitor, East Alhambra Little League, AYSO, and San Gabriel High School Snack Stand. He currently serves as the president of the Alhambra Civil Service Commission, which hears disciplinary appeals from employees.
Dinner tickets and dance-only tickets are available by contacting Oriana Chan at [email protected]
An opportunity drawing will be held for dinner attendees to win an assortment of fantastic prizes, Gin said. The proceeds from the dinner will allow the District to serve more youth from our community so that they may also benefit from the aims and ideals of scouting.
The Mighty Mission Amigos District serves nearly 1,400 youth in the communities of Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South San Gabriel, El Monte and South El Monte, and has more than 500 adult volunteers.