(Above) Jennifer Olvera and Laurie Love, co-chairs of the Celebration of Community event, congratulate representatives from the Torrance Historical Society and Museum.

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of accompanying Sherry Kramer, Continental Development Corporation, to the Celebration of Community Awards luncheon. This luncheon was created in 2008, by the Kiwanis Club of Torrance, to recognize and thank the many non-profit organizations which are so important to the community.

Initially the event acknowledged all nonprofits in the area with recognition, but the event has evolved throughout the years. This year, five nonprofits who are committed to providing outstanding service and assistance to the community were recognized. Those honored included ASCSC Community Foundation, Community’s Child, Torrance Historical Society and Museum, Torrance Police Foundation and Social Vocational Services.


Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, they stand with more than 550,000 members from K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis and many ages in between in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance.

The Kiwanis Club of Torrance is an extremely active club with more than 600 students in their service leadership.  Members of the Club participate in several activities throughout the year to benefit those in the community.

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