Successful 1st Annual Tastes and Sounds of El Monte and South El Monte

by Ken Rausch

The El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce and the Five Points-El Monte/South El Monte Rotary Club teamed up to host this inaugural event on Thursday, March 27th.  With close to 200 attendees and over 25 Chamber member restaurants, guests were able to taste fine foods, while being entertained by local musicians. “We wanted to offer the community an opportunity not only to showcase our restaurants, but provide a nice evening of fun and entertainment”, Pastor Gil De La Rosa, Rotary Club President stated, “we will definitely make this an annual event”

Sponsorships of the event included, San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Valley Jewelry, Lawrence Equipment, Credit Union of Southern California, De Witt Petroleum, Alliance Nursing Centers, Brown’s Jewelry and Loan, Wukmir Heating and Air Conditioning and Longo Toyota-Scion Lexus.  In addition, three raffles were conducted with generous donations by the following: Pama Mgmt., Jim Sefton, Doug Halverson, Five Points – El Monte South EM Rotary Club members, Credit Union of Southern Calif., El Monte Credit Union, Vons Credit Union, Valley Vista Services, Oliver Mujica- Renaissance Opportunity,  Fierro- USA Merchandise Inc., Jim Mussenden, Dukes Baseball, Louis Ipollito- Integrated Waste, WIN Hyundai, Juan Morales, Mike Shively,  Wilkie’s Florist, El Patio Bar and Grill, Lorena Lizarraga, Ramona Care Center- Rosa Espadas.

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