Tom Lent Named Chair of Youth Center’s 2022 Fundraising Campaign
The Youth Center has announced that Southland Credit Union President and CEO Tom Lent will lead its 25th annual Community Support Campaign as Campaign Chair. The 2022 campaign theme is “All In For The Kids” and will run from March 1 through March 25, 2022. The fundraising campaign will culminate with an “All In For The Kids Casino Night” on March 25 at the Youth Center.
As Campaign Chair, Lent will build and lead a team of individuals and businesses to raise much-needed funds for the Youth Center to provide scholarships to families in need and continue the pursuit of the non-profit organization to nurture young people in mind, body and spirit by keeping them safe and active, providing tutoring, homework help, music lessons and more. The fundraising goal for the campaign is $200,000.
“As a father, I understand the importance of places like the Youth Center that provide opportunities for enrichment and a safe place to go after school. I am honored and thrilled to help support young people in our community and chair the campaign. I look forward to our team setting a new fundraising record in March,” Carême said.
Thomas Lent is the president and CEO of Southland Credit Union, a billion-dollar credit union headquartered in Los Alamitos with more than 60,000 member-owners. Tom has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2017, after serving nine years as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. As President/CEO, Tom enjoys being involved in the many communities that Southland serves, and he is continually looking for new ways to give back and support those in need.
At Los Alamitos, Tom is the current Chairman of the Board of the Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) and a founding member of the LAEF Los Alamitos Leadership Circle. Tom has previously been crowned the LAEF “King of Hearts” for helping raise over $100,000 in funding to support educational initiatives in the Los Alamitos School District.
Tom is also actively involved with the CSU Long Beach Athletic Fund, supporting student-athlete sponsorship, as well as the Long Beach YMCA and many other local non-profit organizations, including being named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International . He has volunteered as a board member and coach for local youth baseball and basketball organizations. Tom is a Chartered CPA, holds a business degree from CSU Long Beach, and is a graduate of the Credit Union Executives Society CEO Institute.
Lina Lumme, Executive Director of the Youth Center said, “We are thrilled to have Tom Lent as this year’s campaign chair. Tom, along with everyone at Southland Credit Union, has been kind and generous to our cause. With their support, the Youth Center was able to provide more scholarships for children and provide free enrichment opportunities to local families. »
Asked about this year’s individual fundraising goals, Lumme replied, “The individual donation amounts don’t matter. We want to give everyone in our local community the opportunity to feel good about joining this worthy cause for children by giving what they can.
The All In For The Kids Casino Party at the end of the campaign will give guests the fun and excitement of playing in a real casino, but instead of going to Las Vegas, Las Vegas will come to them! The fun begins March 25, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. at the Youth Center in Los Alamitos, CA. Guests will enjoy an evening of delicious food, drink and entertainment, Vegas style. David Harlow of New Zealand Wine Navigator will be offering a free tasting of No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Methode (Bubbles), Darling Sauvignon Blanc (Cert. Organic/Biodynamic), Mondillo Pinot Noir (Central Otago) and Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon ( Gimblett Gravels). The title sponsor of the event is Southland Credit Union.
For more information about the 2022 campaign, to donate to the campaign, or to purchase tickets to All In For The Kids Casino Night, please visit: www.TheYouthCenter.org.