Young Citizen of the Year 2017
The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Irwindale are pleased to announce Jonathan Almazan as the Irwindale Young Citizen of the Year for 2017.
The 2017 Young Citizen of the Year Competition was held at the Irwindale Senior Center on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Irwindale Chamber Chair of the Board and City of Hope Associate-Community and Government Affairs, Victor Benavides served as the event emcee to a packed room of local residents, family members of the contestants, local elected officials and business representatives. Three outstanding Irwindale youth competed by presenting an original essay discussing how they dealt with a particularly stressful time in their lives. The contestants also responded to impromptu questions from the judges. Sergio Torres, Aaron Acevedo, and Jonathan Almazan all impressed the judges with their confidence, poise, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and community involvement. Marlene Carney, Irwindale Chamber CEO, said “We are so proud of these smart and thoughtful kids that care about the community and are willing to step out there and do what it takes to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. The Irwindale Chamber considers this a very important chamber event and applauds the participants.”
Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda, Mayor ProTempore Albert F. Ambriz, and Councilmember H. Manuel Ortiz, Planning Commissioner Loretta Corpis were in attendance, along with the 2016 Young Citizen of the Year, Brandon Fraijo. Also in attendance were Irwindale Chamber Board members and staff and Dave Carson, representing the 2017 Joe DiShanni Business of the Year, Kare Youth League. Vocalist Loretta Corpis provided an uplifting musical interlude. Picasso’s Café, Bakery & Catering catered a lovely dinner.
Special THanks to:
This event could not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, committee members, judges, and attendees. Special thanks to DINNER sponsors MillerCoors and Picasso’s Café, Bakery & Catering, BEVERAGE sponsor Sparkletts and SPEECH sponsors City of Hope, Foothill Transit, and United Rock Products. Many thanks go to the Irwindale Young Citizen of the Year Committee: Delfina Osterheim from Irwindale Recreation Center, Melissa Merez, from the Irwindale Senior Center and Irwindale Chamber staff members, Marlene Carney, Veronica Orosco and Sari Canales . Additional thanks go to all the Irwindale Senior Center Staff, Loretta Corpis, Steve Castro of Eagle Photography as well as to the event judges: Mark Blue (Embassy Suites-Arcadia/Pasadena), Mayra Serrano (City of Hope and Linda Apodaca (Foothill Transit). A special thank you to Victor Benavides for the time he took coaching the kids and helping them with their public speaking skills.