DOWNEY - Gangs Out of Downey will host its annual luncheon April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center.The luncheon will highlight the tremendous work done by GOOD to combat gang activity in Downey. GOOD is made up of community leaders and has received national recognition, including the President's Points of Light Award and the California Merit Award in 2002. This year's keynote speaker will be Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Famer and founder of the AMER-I-Can program. Brown, considered one of the best running backs in football history, will share his ideas and thoughts on the importance of education, the influence of gangs, and his experience working with at-risk individuals through his foundation. In order for GOOD to continue its work in the community, this year's luncheon is a fundraising event that costs $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are also available: Platinum sponsorship for a donation of $5,000 or more; Gold sponsorship for $2,000 - $4,999; Silver sponsorship for $1,000 - $1,999; and Bronze sponsorship for $500 to $999. All proceeds are used to fund anti-graffiti programs, programs for "at-risk" students, gang suppression through the 10/20 Club, and police in the schools. For more information on the luncheon, or to make a reservation, call Barbara Lamberth, CEO of Downey Federal Credit Union, at (562) 862-8141, ext. 223, or Stan Hanstad, assistant superintendent at DUSD, at (562) 469-6541. With more than 350 guests usually attending, the luncheon is an annual sell-out.
********** Published: April 10, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 51