Twenty lucky Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley members recently traveled to Los Angeles by bus to attend the Katy Perry Witness World Tour as guests of Perry, Global Citizen and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
This was the first time most of the kids participating had ever been to L.A. When they first saw the city’s skyline, they were amazed and wanted to stop to take pictures.
Only two of the winners had ever been to a live concert, which everyone enjoyed, especially all the costume and set changes.
The members won a contest sponsored by Perry that encouraged her fans to take action and make a difference in the lives of the nation's youth by supporting Boys & Girls Clubs.
Perry, who is a former club kid herself, wanted to motivate people to get more involved.
To win tickets, clubs needed to submit examples of people volunteering.
In June, the 20 local club members participated in a charcoal drawing class with Club Alumni and world-renowned artist Henry Asencio, who shared his personal and heartfelt story about how being a club member changed his life.
He took art classes at the club but struggled because his drawings were not the best on his first try, he said. His teacher told him to keep trying and practicing and his art would improve.
Asencio shared that he was not the best, but with practice and persistence, he became a professional artist with shows all over the world.
He also thanked his mother, Elvia Chivers, for encouraging him to attend Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley's programs when he was a young boy.
For more information about the local club, contact Kathryn Scott at email@example.com or call 354-7421 or 938-9954.