El Monte’s 100-Year Celebration Ends with a Flourish at Centennial Gala
By Chelsea Dickerson
El Monte, CA – Rain couldn’t keep El Monte residents from dancing the night away Saturday at the El Monte Centennial Gala, which marked the end of a yearlong celebration of the city’s 100-year anniversary.
In a once in a lifetime celebration, the formal affair commenced at the El Monte Historical Museum where guests were greeted with a glass of wine and a museum tour by docents. The evening continued at the El Monte Community Center outdoor patio with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment and an abundant silent auction. The evening culminated in the Grace T. Black Auditorium with an exquisite dinner and program which included live music by “Jenny Luna & the Moondogs” and “Smooth Touch”.
“The Centennial gala was the culmination of a year of celebrations and was the perfect mix of recognizing our past and being inspired for the future of our City,” said Councilwoman Victoria Martinez, who also served as El Monte’s Centennial Committee Chair. A highlight of the evening was Hall of Fame disc jockey Art Laboe making a special appearance via video to reminisce about his “memories of El Monte” and El Monte’s rock and roll history at the El Monte Legion stadium.
Hosted by the City of El Monte Centennial Committee and the El Monte Historical Society, proceeds from the Centennial Gala will support the Rockin’ Wednesday Summer Concerts, El Monte Historical & La Historia Museums Education Fund, After School Youth Sports programs and Senior Center Nutrition/Wellness programs.