It was Claremont’s turn to party at the Los Angeles County Fair on Thursday.
Dozens came out to watch Claremont High School’s band, pageantry and cheer squads led the way as officials and the city’s community heroes made their way through what is now a well-traveled parade route at the Fairgrounds.
It’s a tradition to honor members of local cities who have worked to help others or try make their city a better place to live, officials said.
This year’s Claremont Community Heroes were Tony Marino, Randy Prout and McKenna Maglio. Below is a short description of each provided by LA County Fair Officials.
Tony Marino, the Senior Hero honoree, is an active member of Meals on Wheels, the Claremont Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, and Our Lady Assumption Claremont Catholic Church.
“He is a committed to the well-being of his community and continues to be a neighbor to count on in a time of need,” fair officials wrote.
Randy Prout has served the Claremont community to his fullest over the past 25 years, officials said.
He has dedicated his time and leadership skills to a variety of organizations including Young Musicians Orchestra, AYSO, Red Cross and the YMCA. He volunteered with Claremont Heritage for 13 years as an annual home tour docent, and has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1984.
Other leadership roles include several years as worship leader for Chaparral Heights Community Church and city planning commissioner.
“When he is not volunteering his time to the community he enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren,” officials wrote.
Thirteen-year-old McKenna Maglio is this year’s young hero.
She knows well what the special needs community because her brother Cameron is autistic. McKenna has spent several years working with both children and adults alike.
“McKenna has logged more than 90 hours of volunteer service working for the Ability First Center, assisting special needs adults in a variety of ways including movie nights and performance production nights,” officials wrote.
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