The Cracker Barrel: Giving Tuesday All Week Long

…so the other day I got a note from an old friend of mine, Tony Ortega. Some of you may remember Tony from when he was the Assistant Superintendent of the El Monte Union H.S. District (more years ago than either of us wants to admit).

After he retired, about a week and a half, he took on the responsibility of managing the Pasadena/ San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Football Chapter.

Tony and another old friend, Ray Mellado, step up with the Chapter when their President, the legendary coach Jim Brownfield, passed away.

Tony Ortega, who is now the Chapter President and Ray Mellado, who is the founder of the Hispanic Engineers National Achievements Awards Conference and a heck of a coach in his own right, have kept the focus on the Scholar-Athletes and the Awards Banquet has raised several thousands of dollars over the years and provided scholarships to hundreds of local student-athletes.

Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of the banquet and the memorial golf tournaments the last two years. Like so many of our great non-profits the pandemic has caused financial burden on everyone.

So if you were looking for someone to help on “Giving Tuesday” these guys could use your support, in fact why wait till “Giving Tuesday”?

Look around there are plenty of opportunities locally to help out through-out the week.

This week I am going over to the Grace T. Black Auditorium for the 18th Annual Tamalada to support the Promise Foundation and their scholarship fundraiser (in case you didn’t know this, the easiest way to get me to an event is to offer tamales!).

The Promise Foundation supports a college-going culture here in the El Monte & So. El Monte area and honors local educators.

Happy Holidays everyone.