Bruce Taylor and Taylor Farms to Receive Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s Presidential Award at 2020 Virtual Youth of the Year Event
- by Anne Allen
SALINAS, CA - There may be no better cause to champion than investing time and resources into the future of our youth. Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms knows this well. Bolstering his efforts, Bruce will be recognized with the prestigious Roosevelt William President’s Award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s annual Youth of the Year event, which will be held virtually on October 28, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. PST.
To recognize tremendous philanthropy in the community, Bruce Taylor and Taylor Farms will receive the President’s Award, named after Roosevelt Williams, who chartered the Club in 1968. Bruce’s personal and corporate philanthropy has impacted thousands of local children through the company’s generous donation for the Club’s newly renovated and expanded Salinas Teen Center, annual support for the Club’s summer and teen programs, major sponsorships for annual Club events, and in-kind contributions of fresh produce served to Club members.
The 2020 Youth of the Year event, presented by JV Smith Companies, the Smith Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor, honors Monterey County’s most remarkable teens while providing attendees with a look into the Clubs’ signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders.
While Boys & Girls Club Members live in “America’s Salad Bowl,” the COVID-19 pandemic has created an even greater economic divide, increasing the number of families facing food insecurity within Monterey County. Individuals like Bruce Taylor, and companies like Taylor Farms, are bridging the gap and ensuring children and families are fed.
“I am very excited that my friend and former Produce Marketing Association Board Chair Bruce Taylor is being honored at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Youth of the Year virtual celebration this month,” said Cathy Burns, Chief Executive Officer at Produce Marketing Association (PMA). “While Bruce’s leadership and contributions to PMA and the fresh industry are widely known, he also spends considerable time and energy giving back to the Salinas community…PMA’s vision is to ultimately grow a healthier world, and Bruce exemplifies that by preparing the next generation of leaders through the Clubs’ college-readiness program and other initiatives. Congratulations, Bruce, on this well-deserved honor.”
During the virtual event, attendees can expect to enjoy a fast-paced emotionally charged presentation with the final four candidates presenting their compelling and successful journeys with Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County and their future plans. Scholarships will be awarded for the Youth of the Year and other finalists. The Youth of the Year finalist will then go on to compete regionally, and then nationally, for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year, according to a press release.
Funds raised from this event will support the Clubs’ College and Career Readiness Program. To register for this free event, or to make a gift in honor of Bruce Taylor and Taylor Farms, please visit the website here.
Congratulations to Bruce Taylor and Taylor Farms on this exciting recognition!