Each year, the L.A. County Fair honors Community Heroes from 17 surrounding cities during the duration of the Fair. Wednesday, Sept. 4, is Montclair Day at the Fair, a day celebrating the community’s volunteers, humanitarians, students, neighbors and organizations who make their city a better place to live.
The day’s festivities include a community reception at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Community Parade at 5 p.m. A Salute to Heroes presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Expo Hall 4 Stage. This year’s Montclair Community Heroes are Vicki Brobeck and Walter Askier.
Vicki Brobeck is everything a community hero should be: selfless, hardworking and a leader in her community. Vicki has been the Montclair police chaplain for nearly 10 years. Vicki is in charge of notifying families about natural and accidental deaths, traffic accidents, suicides and other traumatic events in the city, giving comfort and support to them. She also notifies families of department members who have been seriously injured and visits sick and injured officers at the hospital and their homes.
Last May she organized the city’s first Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, bringing together Montclair’s faith community, business community, residents and local elected officials for a day of prayer for the community. She is also the founder and executive director of Care and Company, a local non-profit organization that provides hygiene products, support and pastoral counseling to those in need.
Senior community hero Walter Askier embodies the spirit of volunteerism to a tee. As an active volunteer at Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Walter spends four days a week serving as a donation specialist’s assistant. The ReStore program sells donated and surplus furniture, building material and home accessories to the community at a discounted price. All funds go towards Habitat for Humanity. Walter is often the smiling face that greets people when they come to the ReStore. He is continually repairing and improving areas of the store to make it look better and function more efficiently.
Often the first volunteer to arrive at the store, Water is determined to see that each job is thoroughly completed, even if that means staying late. He takes the role of lead volunteer willingly and regularly recognizes and personally thanks other volunteers for their service.
To celebrate the accomplishments of these Community Heroes, residents of Montclair are invited to enjoy the Fair for $5 on Sept. 4 when they enter promo code montclair at lacountyfair.com/onlinetickets, print the ticket and bring it with them to the Fair.
To learn more, please visit www.lacountyfair.com.