By Larry Stewart
The spirit of giving has been alive and well during this past holiday season in the East San Gabriel Valley.
The second of two Sowing Seeds for Life toy and food giveaways was held Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the DPI Labs parking lot at 1350 Arrow Highway in La Verne. The first one was held Dec. 3 at Ganesha Park in Pomona.
The Dec. 3 giveaway was the fourth annual Sowing Seeds for Life “Christmas in the Park” – and what an event it was.
DPI also is the site of the SSFL food bank that hands out needed goods the first and third Wednesday of every month. SSFL, which also has several satellite pantries at various locations and locations throughout the month, gives award about a million pounds of food per year.
The charity also operates a community farm at Falcon Ranch, a 45-acre spread owned by John Defalco in the foothills of San Dimas Canyon. A major fundraiser for the organization has become its annual celebrity golf tournament. The first three were held at Sierra La Verne County Club. The fourth is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Glendora County Club. The last two years, the golf tournament has drawn some of the biggest names in sports, including Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, James Worthy, Bill Sharman, Jim Harrick, Dodger legends Bill Russell, Tommy Davis and Al Downing, and legendary horse racing announcer Trevor Denman.