Risher Mortuary, Downey – August
Risher Mortuary is a family owned business established in 1959, by Ray and Marge Risher. Their daughter, Barbara Risher Welch, now owns the business and together with her husband Greg Welch, have dedicated it to serving the community in many special ways.
Risher Mortuary has received many awards for the care and support of the underserved throughout the assembly district. They have also created the Risher Mortuary and Cremation Service, "Caring for Others" Scholarship, where each year they award $10,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors.
Dan E. Nino, Cerritos – July
Dan E. Nino has done so much for Cerritos. He is a lifelong community leader, a journalist, a tax practitioner and motivational speaker. Before his retirement in 2000, he worked as a sales tax collector for the State Board of Equalization for 27 years. Even though he was employed, he volunteered as a part time journalist and news writer for both Gateway Guardian and Philippine Post.
As he became more involved, he reached out to other local organizations in the city of Los Angeles. He was a part of the Rescue Mission through Los Angeles Skid Row and held a water station for the Los Angeles Marathon.
As a community organizer, Mr. Nino was the Founding President of Associations of Mangatarem Overseas Resident (AMOR) of Southern California for and he also served as President of Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA. Mr. Nino’s experience speaks a lot about his character and community organizing and volunteering are no stranger to his experience.
Daniel Koppe, Downey – June
Daniel Koppe is only 16 years old and has already gone above and beyond for his community. He attends California Virtual Academy (CVA) and upon doing research on homelessness for his journalism class, he wondered if there were homeless youth in his community that he could help.
Koppe reached out to his brother’s high school, Warren High School, and upon setting up a meeting with their Dean of Students, he realized the immediate action his community required. Therefore, he began to organize the “Homeless for the Holidays” campaign to bring awareness to the community of the amount of homeless students in Downey. Through the campaign he was able to get a variety of goods to the less fortunate students in the Downey Unified School District.
Daniel is a great advocate and leader once it comes to the issue of homelessness and having someone start at such a young age determines their dedication and passion towards change.
Diane Padelford Young, Artesia – May
Diane Padelford Young is a resident of Artesia and has been involved extensively with the Chamber of Commerce along with her position of CEO of the Padelford and Sons Construction. She is also involved with the Methodist Church in which her family members have been long time parishioners.
As faithful parishioners of the Methodist Church, she is the Educational Chairperson of Arts and Crafts and has taught Bible Vacation Camp for the past 15 years as well as served as Co-Chair for the annual Mother-Daughter Luncheon. She is also a founding member of the Artesia Historical Society in which she had previously served as Secretory and now as Treasurer.
She is a very talented decorator and has been very involved in decorating for the Historical Gala fundraiser and overall special events at the museums. Artesia is proud to have Diane Padelford Young not only as a resident but as a leader.
Henry Fimbres, Montebello – April
Henry Fimbres has always serviced the City of Montebello. For the past 25 years of service Henry has served as a Park Ranger working alongside the Montebello Police Department, as a City Life Guard, and helped coach with the Montebello Baseball Association.
Throughout his time serving the City, Henry worked countless events ranging from the City’s Diamond Jubilee parade to the Circus Vargas at the park. Henry continues to model the importance of volunteering by going out into the community and serving in many events like the Christmas at the Cannon, 911 Commemoration, City Memorial and Veteran’s Day ceremonies.
Today Henry serves on a variety of organizations including the Montebello Lions Club, Montebello Elks, and currently serves as a Commissioner Vice-Chair for the Culture and Recreation Commission. He also serves as First Vice President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association-East Los Angeles Chapter
M’s Flowers, Montebello – March
M’s Flowers from the city of Montebello has always served its community. They have regularly donated floral arrangements for countless non-profit and fundraising events throughout the city, saving thousands of dollars.
The owner, Jay Nomura, serves on a variety of boards ranging from the local YMCA to the Montebello Chamber of Commerce. His passion for the next generation is also reflected with his substantial contributions towards the Montebello High School basketball team and Latino Youth Cinema Project. Nomura has unconditionally served the people of Montebello. He was appointed to the Planning Commission along with working closely with the Montebello Lions Club. Our district and the city of Montebello are proud to have M’s Flowers as a business and partner we can count on.