By Bill Hendrickson
Raul Macías, Founder of Anahuak Youth Soccer Association, Carl Matthes, President of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA), and the Tritch family, whose members own Eagle Rock’s Tritch Hardware and the Boulevard Sentinel, were honored this week for their service to Northeast Los Angeles at a luncheon given by Kiwanis International.
Heinrich Keifer, President of the Greater Highland Park Kiwanis Club, honored Macías for his leadership in fostering soccer programs for local youth and his instrumental role in securing the playing fields in Rio de Los Angeles State Park in Cypress Park, where some 1,400 local kids team up to play soccer year-round. Speaking of his accomplishments, Macías has said: “I wanted to give these kids an alternative to drugs and gangs and crime. I could use soccer as a hook to keep children off the streets, children whose families can’t afford to pay for league fees and equipment.”
Linda Allen, President of the Eagle Rock Kiwanis Club, honored both Carl Matthes for his leadership of UGLA and the Tritch family for 77 years of singularly knowledgeable and kind service at Tritch Hardware and six years (and counting) of publishing NELA’s local news in the Boulevard Sentinel.
Allen recognized Matthes as a great musician and teacher of piano, a leader in the LGBTQ community and a founder of UGLA, among whose community services is providing scholarships to high school seniors.
Allen honored the Tritch Hardware store in Eagle Rock, established 1945, as a beloved community institution cherished for the helpfulness and friendliness extended to all customers and the Boulevard Sentinel for its professional journalistic standards in reporting local news.