Each year, the L.A. County Fair honors Community Heroes from 17 surrounding cities during the duration of the Fair. Thursday, Sept. 5, is Diamond Bar 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 Diamond Bar Community Heroes are Atharshna Singarajah, Dr. Tony Yi Torng and Bea McMillan.
Young adult hero Atharshna Singarajah has been volunteering since she was in middle school. One of her most influential roles of her high school career was serving as president of the Leo District 4L4. During her time as a leader, Atharshna oversaw 15 clubs included within the organization. During her time at Diamond Bar High School she was an honor student and class president. She has also spent time volunteering at many local schools, churches, the Diamond Bar Library, Woman’s Club and multiple city activities. She was also chosen as Leo of the World by Lions International. Only 20 members around the world are selected for this prestigious award. She is also a three-time recipient of the Lions International Young Leaders in Service Gold Award.
Adult hero Dr. Tony Yi Torng generously volunteers his time and talents to the Diamond Bar community. Tony is a project manager and Technical Fellow with Boeing. Through the Boeing Employee Community Fund he has solicited and donated to many organizations such as the Diamond Bar Chinese Association, the Diamond Bar Library and Mt. San Antonio College. He has been a board member and president of the Diamond Bar Chinese Association and the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library organization. He currently serves as the chair of the Mt. San Antonio College Citizens Oversight Committee. An advocate of supportive learning, he established the Diamond Bar YMCA’s “Adopt a Family” program for Chinese school children. In addition to all of these activities, he works on scholarships for Diamond Bar high school students and serves as a mentor for the Diamond Bar Robotics team.
Senior hero Bea McMillan has been described as giving, energetic and caring. She is a dedicated wife, grandmother and friend, and an active member of the St. Denish Parish. She has spent more than 40 years as a precinct inspector for all local and national elections and is part of the Walnut Christian Women’s Club. Bea has traveled to the Central Valley state prison with children so they could visit their incarcerated mothers. She also lends a hand in the Mt. Sac Youth Relay and is a Volunteer Cuddler at the Citrus Valley Medical Center.
To celebrate the accomplishments of these Community Heroes, residents of Diamond Bar are invited to enjoy the Fair for $5 on Sept. 5 when they enter promo code diamondbar at lacountyfair.com/onlinetickets, print the ticket and bring it with them to the Fair.
To learn more, please visit www.lacountyfair.com.