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Claremont Day at the Fair honors community heroes

Thursday, September 8 is Claremont Day at the Fair, a day celebrating the community’s volunteers, humanitarians, students, neighbors and organizations that make their city a better place to live.

A Community Hero presentation will take place at 4 p.m. followed by a parade at 5 p.m. This year’s Claremont Community Heroes are Phyllis Huss, Andrew “Case” Keough, Shelby Greenberg, Diana Miller and the Claremont Educational Foundation.

The recipient of the Senior Award is Phyllis Huss. Shortly after Phyllis retired from the human resources department at the Claremont Colleges, she began volunteering at Oakmont Outdoor School and Vista del Valle. The schools say Ms. Huss is loved by students, parents and staff.

The recipient of the Young Adult Award is Andrew “Case” Keough. Andrew is a 5th grade student at Sycamore Elementary School. In addition to being an acclaimed pianist studying under the tutelage of Rufus Choi, Andrew is also involved with the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit Program as well as with the Young Musicians Foundation.

The recipient of the Young Adult award is Shelby Greenberg. Shelby has volunteered at an animal rescue organization called Priceless Pets in Claremont for nearly 10 years. Although Shelby enjoys her time volunteering, she understands that working with a rescue is not all smiles but, rather, a lot of hard work especially when trying to save an animal’s life. Over the last nine years, Priceless Pets has saved 800 to 1,100 animals per year.

The recipient of the Senior Award is Diana Miller. Under Ms. Miller’s leadership, the Village Marketing Group (VMG) raised nearly $265,000 to build a community performance stage in Shelton Park in downtown Claremont. The Claremont Lincoln Performance Stage was gifted by VMG to the city of Claremont earlier this year.

Through a variety of fundraising efforts and relationships in the community, the Claremont Educational Foundation has helped pay for art and music instruction in Claremont Unified School District elementary schools and helped fund technology in all the public schools. The organization also provides innovation grants to teachers and local nonprofits involved in public education. CEF has granted more than $2.5 million since its inception as EdNet 25 years ago.

Claremont residents are invited to enjoy the Fair for $5 on Thursday, September 8 by entering the promo code “Claremont” at www.lacountyfair.com/tickets, or you can visit www.LACountyFair.com/communitydays/claremont to print a coupon.

For more information about all that’s happening at the fair this year, visit www.LACountyFair.com.

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