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Les Tupper Community Service Awards announced

Five individuals and two organizations receive the prestigious commendation.

May 01, 2014|By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com
  • Tupper Award winners are from the left, Steve Del Guercio, Susan Boyd, Kyla Bradley, Harriet Hammons, Joel Peterson, Mark Totten and Tony Angelica. Photographed at Descanso Gardens on Monday, April 14, 2014.
Tupper Award winners are from the left, Steve Del Guercio,… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

Former La Cañada Mayor Steve Del Guercio, retired teacher and Boy Scout leader Harriet Hammons and Kyla Bradley, a high school student dedicated to making the area's homeless feel loved, are among this year's winners of the Les Tupper Community Service Award.

Five individuals and two organizations were selected to receive the prestigious volunteer award and will attend a May 12 awards ceremony to be held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Also being honored this year are: business owner Tony Angelica, former La Cañada Unified School Board member Susan Boyd, the Community Scholarship Foundation, and the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library along with its manager, Mark Totten.

The awards are bestowed by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council to organizations and individuals who provide outstanding community service, according to member Sue Beatty.

"You have to be a very well-rounded individual and have volunteered in a leadership capacity in several groups," Beatty said of awardees. "We're looking for people who have a wide base of community activities."

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Del Guercio grew up in La Cañada and is a product of its public school system. He joined the Planning Commission in 1999 before serving on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for 12 years, where he was appointed three times as mayor.

Working on behalf of local schools, Del Guercio led the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation as director from 2000 to 2006 and was a trustee of its Endowment Committee for five years. Today, he remains active in organizations such as the LCF Tournament of Roses Assn. and the city's Community Center.

Harriet Hammons, who moved to La Cañada in 1970 and lives in the Sagebrush area, is a Kiwanian who taught for more than 40 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Despite her long involvement in everything from Boy Scouts and the Tournament of Roses to the La Cañada and Montrose chambers of commerce, Hammons said she was shocked to learn she'd been selected as a winner.

"I was really surprised out of all the people in the community that I was selected," Hammons said. "I'm very, very honored."

A Flintridge Preparatory School junior, Bradley is on the varsity diving and softball teams, and is in her 12th year of Girl Scouting. For her Gold Award project, she is volunteering with Ascencia, a Glendale homeless service organization and shelter.

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