Today, Friday, June 14, the ILWU and PMA held its annual fundraising luncheon for the LA Harbor Boys and Girls Clubs at San Pedro’s Dalmatian-American Club. This year’s event brought together all of our great sponsors, including ILWU Locals 13, 63, 94, OCU, Port Pilots, ILWU Southern California Pensioners, the PMA, PMA member companies (terminal operators and shipping lines), the Port of LA, Harbor Commissioners, elected officials’ representatives, and a multitude of community supporters.
This year’s keynote speaker was Marc Brown, co-anchor, ABC’s Eyewitness news who expounded upon the LA County homeless crisis and thanked the ILWU, PMA, and other supporters for doing our part to alleviate future homelessness, namely, supporting our kids in their quest to become productive and valuable members of society through mentorship, sports, and preparation for college and/or trades.
The LA Harbor Boys and Girls Clubs brought our sponsors on stage in appreciation. Representing Local 63 was President Joe Gasperov. Representing OCU was President John Fageaux. Representing Local 13 was President Ray Familathe. Representing the Pensioners was President Greg Mitre. Representing PMA and member companies was Lee Swietlowski. Representing the Harbor Commission was Diane Middleton.
Also in attendance were Officers and staff of ILWU Local 63, including Vice President Mike Ponce, Secretary Mike Carranza, and Day Business Agent Patricia Aguirre.