Menudo Run Helps Local Children
By Sean Telles
South El Monte, Ca - With a crowd of close to 500, including over 100 volunteers, the 29th Annual Al Rivera Menudo Run took place on August 25 without a hitch and was able to meet its fundraising goal to donate scholarships to local kids. The event was sponsored by the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (SGV NLPOA).
Throughout the year the NLPOA aims to provide service through mentorship and education.
Chapter President Daniel Ramirez described the history of the event, saying the race began in Whittier in the 1980s and transitioned to Legg Lake Park in the early 1990s. The event, although large and complex, has a simple formula: You run a 5k or 10k and at the end you enjoy a free bowl of menudo – and if interested, a beer. Menudo is a Spanish style stew historically enjoyed in Latin America and the Philippines.
The run is named in honor of Al Rivera, who was active in the event for over 20 years before he passed away from cancer. His memory still brings smiles to many faces.
The Menudo Run is the SGV NLPOA’s main fundraiser to offer scholarships to high school students entering their first year of college. In June the San Gabriel Valley Chapter gave $6000 to local kids – including one student attending Brown University. The NLPOA also partners with the California Highway Patrol to offer a car seat inspection and donation program to needy families.
Peace Officers are an eclectic group, including local or federal positions, probation, parole, police, custody officers, correctional, parole officers, and campus police.
For more information go to http://www.sgvchapter.com/