Car dealer association helps San Gabriel YMCA and Rowland schools

Craig Cerro of San Gabriel Valley YMCA receives a donation from  Tom Hoffman , owner Puente Hills Chevrolet.

Craig Cerro of San Gabriel Valley YMCA receives a donation from Tom Hoffman , owner Puente Hills Chevrolet.

The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association and its directors who own and operate dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley have recently given financial support to numerous San Gabriel Valley non profit organizations.

These organizations include the City of Hope (Walk for Hope), The Friends of Rowland Schools Foundation, Foothill Unity Center, San Gabriel Valley YMCA, Pasadena Rotary Foundation and San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts

The association consists of more than 150 new car dealers in the Los Angeles area that is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the retail automotive industry.

The current board of directors include President Ian Thomas of (Thomas Acura in Covina), Peter Hoffman (Sierra Auto Cars (Monrovia and Alhambra), John Symes (Symes Automotive Group in Pasadena), Pete Smith (Bob SmithToyota in La Crescenta), Tom Hoffman (Puente Hills Chevrolet, Industry Hills), and Fritz Hitchcock (Hitchcock Automotive Resources in La Puente).

The association relies on the assistance of its directors in identifying non-profit organizations that are truly making a difference in the lives of those who live and work in their local communities.

Its directors serve two year terms and meet six times a year.  They hold many events including training and dealer education. This year’s annual meeting is on June 17 at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City.

San Gabriel Valley YMCA plans Good Friday prayer breakfast

The San Gabriel Valley YMCA will hold its 36th annual Good Friday prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. on April 18 in the South Hills Country Club at 2655 South Citrus Ave. in West Covina.

The Rev. Betsy Straeter of Glendora’s Glenkirk Church will be the featured speaker. Seats are $15 each.

“We see the Good Friday Breakfast as a way for a people in our community who might not otherwise meet to come together and share a meal and fellowship,” said YMCA CEO Craig Cerro. The breakfast traditionally includes clergy from different churches in the East San Gabriel Valley as speakers.

The Good Friday Breakfast is sponsored by Foothill Transit and the Tennant Foundation. All proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the San Gabriel Valley YMCA’s program scholarship fund help needy families afford Y programs.

For more information or to register for the breakfast, call the San Gabriel Valley YMCA at 626-339-6221 or e-mail