“I feel very honored,” Ramirez said, “there are so many Latinos in Pasadena doing so many great things.” Tickets for the event are $175, and Ertll said they hope to raise $100,000 toward the center’s annual $500,000 budget. The fundraiser will be held Sept. 20 at the Pasadena Westin Hotel, 191 N. Los Robles Ave. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – El Centro de Accion Social, the city’s oldest and largest Latino community organization, will honor four Pasadena notables at its annual fundraiser on Sept. 20. Being honored for their contributions to the community are Marge Wyatt, a longtime child and family advocate; restaurateur Abel Ramirez, owner of El Portal in the Playhouse District; former three-term Pasadena Councilwoman Joyce Streator; and Dolores Hickambottom, former local representative for state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena. The theme of next month’s event, “Changing Lives Through Community Service and Education,” makes keynote speaker Ramon Cortines an ideal choice, said El Centro Executive Director Randy Ertll. “Ray has quite a legacy in Pasadena and beyond. He’s become something of a living legend,” Ertll said of the former Pasadena Unified School District superintendent, who went on to head New York City schools and was interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cortines, now Los Angeles deputy mayor for education, youth and families, has a sound take on the role of education in the community, Ertll said. “It’s our main focus, something we do day in and day out,” Ertll said of the center’s programs for children, teens and seniors. “Public education is a timely issue, with charter and private schools and test scores so high profile.” Wyatt, who was on the school board and school board president during Cortines’ tenure as Pasadena’s schools superintendent, said maybe El Centro thought his presence made it a “nice time to say thank-you.” “I’ve spent a good many years working to improve public schools and child care services – that’s what I’m interested in,” said Wyatt, who helped develop city and state childcare plans several years ago. Ramirez, who opened El Portal after many years at the Huntington Hotel – now the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa – and as general manager at Caltech’s Athenaeum, is being honored for his entrepreneurship.