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Page 2 April 2, 2015 TORRANCE TRIBUNE TerriAnn in Torrance A Celebration of Community By TerriAnn Ferren Pictures by TerriAnn Ferren It is unique that a community takes time to honor those who help those in need. Last week the Kiwanis Club of Torrance hosted the eighth Celebration of Community Luncheon honoring non-profits in the South Bay. Kiwanis Club is an international service organization dedicated to helping children around the world. Donna Duperron, current President and CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, was, in 2008, the President of Kiwanis Club International. She told me that at that time, there had not been an event bringing together non-profits for recognition. Donna met with then Mayor of Torrance, See TerriAnn, page 8 Frank Scotto, and as a result, the Kiwanis Club of Torrance celebrated their first event at the Torrance Marriott honoring non-profits within the community with 221 attendees and 11 business partners. Former Senator Jenny Oropeza attended the event and provided the welcome comments. It was the beginning of a tradition that continues to bring focus to non-profits in our community. Last Thursday’s Celebration of Community luncheon was hosted by The Kiwanis Club of Torrance and held at the Doubletree Hotel, with a gathering together of 44 Community Non-Profits and philanthropic companies of the South Bay. Sponsors of the event included Councilman Tim Goodrich. Dr. Anil Muhammed, Fine Arts Commissioner. Chamber of Commerce President Donna Duperron and Mayor Pat Furey. Cristian Vasquez, Heidi Maerker, and Charlene Nishimura from the Torrance Tribune. Counseling 4 Kids Luminary Awards Photos provided by Counseling 4 Kids The first annual Counseling4Kids Luminary Awards luncheon was held on March 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance South Bay.  The awards were presented to community and civic leaders throughout Los Angeles County and featured Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey as the keynote speaker who shared his experience in the children’s court system. The event honorees included Dinesh Sadhwani, President and CEO of Max Sales Group Inc., who received the Community Leadership Award; Green Hasson Janks, who was honored with the Corporate Caring Award; Steven Makshanoff, who was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award; My Stuff Bags Foundation, named as Distinguished Agency; and the Kiwanis Club of Torrance, that was given the Community Caring Award.  Steven Napolitano, representing LA County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, served as the master of ceremony.  Counseling4Kids provides effective mental health services to abused and neglected children and youth in the foster care system throughout Los Angeles County with offices in Torrance and Burbank. More info is available at www.counseling4kids.org. • Council Member Kurt Weideman & Milton Herring with Torrance Community Liaison Neslie Akkol. Torrance Chamber President Donna Duperron and Council Member Heidi Ashcraft. For more photos see Counceling 4 Kids, page 11 Charlene Nishimura of the Torrance Tribune, The Honorable Mayor Patrick J. Furey, and Counseling4Kids Torrance Community Liaison Neslie Akkol. Dinesh Sadhwani of Max Sales Group accepting his Community Leadership Award from Event MC Steve Napolitano. Counseling4Kids Board Member Amber MacMiller with Donella Wilson and her staff at Green Hasson Janks. Counseling4Kids Board of Directors with Event Honorees and event MC Steve Napolitano from Supervisor Don Knabe’s Office.


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