On the evening of June 25, 2015, 10 “outstanding” fathers were honored at an occasion organizers hope will become an annual event. All honorees were from the Ramona Gardens community and nominated by the Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council.
Three organizations collaborated to make the event possible: Hollenbeck Community Safety Partnership, Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). “I wanted to make sure these fathers were recognized,” said Sergeant Ken Edwards of the Hollenbeck Division’s Community Relations Office. “It was a simple gesture, but it meant a lot.”
The 10 fathers were presented with an achievement award and a voucher for Dodgers tickets. They were also treated to a dinner courtesy of HACLA. A similar event occurred this past Mother’s Day in which winning moms got a makeover, flowers and dinner.
“This community was forgotten,” said one of the fathers, “and now it’s nice to be appreciated and recognized by this community for doing the right thing.”