BY Maria Cubillo
The Third Annual Husky Turkey Trot & Thanksgiving Food Drive’s main purpose was to provide food to the Calvary Chapel Food Bank and the campus food bank run by EOP&S.
Kinesiology Department faculty member and kinesology club advisor Rick Gamboa was in charge of the event.
“Hopefully with our help it can grow and we can help more students and their families here at ELAC,” Gamboa said.
Two Days in Cat Time, a local ELAC student band, was the live entertainment. The band is part of the school’s Applied Music program.
The DJ for the event was unable to make it, and their new DJ is called “Mr. Pandora,” said Gamboa.
“We want this to be an annual event,” Gamboa said. Department Chair for Kinesiology, Erika Blanco, made the T-shirts for the event.
Athletic programs donated gifts for the free giveaways, LA Fitness donated gift certificates and Nutrishop donated gifts, water, and drinks.
They had hydration samples of Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) Sport and energy boosting fat burner, Thermovex.
Andrew Fernandez from Nutrishop in Monterey Park described BCAA Sport as the “clean alternative to Gatorade which has zero sugars.”
Staples donated the event’s banners and signs for free.
Jorge Calienes, faculty in the Kinesiology Department for 30 years, said that the whole Kinesiology Department is working together to have the event run well. Calienes said that every year more students have been involved and that a lot of teachers give extra credit for participating in the event.
ELAC coaches asked their students that were available to help. Antonio Saucedo and Ruben Alvarado from the football team volunteered in the food drive.
First Love Calvary Chapel Whittier’s food bank serves the Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and Whittier area. Tim Beal is in charge of the food bank at Calvary Chapel. He said that the food bank at Calvary is in its “baby steps, it’s a lot of work but I love it,” Beal said.
The food bank works in two ways part of the donantions goes to members of the church who are in need and the other goes to members of the surrounding communities who are in need.
Terry Frontino is in charge of the day-to-day availability and distribution of the food bank for the immediate neighborhood of the church. Beal said that his desire for the program is to have one Sunday per month were food could be distributed to those in need within the community. On Friday, church members will take a box of food to neighbors who are in need.
ELAC clubs and organizations were outside the Weingart Stadium giving information about future events.
Ivan Lau from the Global Trade and Logistics Club said that his club was doing a pre-Christmas fundraiser.
Its main Christmas fundraiser will be on December 7 in front of the E3 Parking Lot Structure.
The fundraiser money will be saved up for a scholarship fund for club members.
The Computer Application and Office Technology Club also participated.
Its information booth had pamphlets about Covered California and health programs and services offered at Arroyo Vista. Arroyo Vista has five clinics and one mobile clinic. Holguin said that they are a community clinic funded by the federal government.