Monrovia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the
recipients for their annual awards for 2010.
The Monroe Award was established in 2000 for Business Person of the year in recognition
of outstanding contributions to the community. The recipient for 2010 is Lisa Barrios,
Paint 'n' Play in
Old Town Monrovia. Lisa Barrios is well known in the volunteer world as she volunteers
her time and materials to many organizations in the community. For the City of Hope's
Hearts Program, Lisa creates ceramic handprints of patients, both kids and adults.
For the Foothill Unity Center's Back to School Program and the Holiday distributions,
working with children in need
and helping them explore art and ceramic painting as part of the Unity Center outreach
efforts. She hosts workshops and fundraisers for the Girl Scouts of the Greater San
Gabriel Valley, students with
special needs find employment opportunities at Paint 'n' Play. Monrovia High School
ceramics students benefit from Lisa's giving spirit as well, students are encouraged
and promoted through
opportunities to partner with Paint 'n' Play to further their craft and seek employment
at Paint 'n' Play. Lisa is a supporter of the Village After school Program, and the
Boys and Girls Club by holding
workshops for kids at her store. Additionally, Lisa assists in promoting and fundraising
and hosts a gallery for the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA); MAFA in turn
supports the Monrovia Unified School District's arts education efforts. Lisa volunteers
her time to the Old Town area as well, assisting with organizing the Summer Art Walks
and by promoting and participating in public activities in Old Town Monrovia.
Monrovia is fortunate to have a business leader who not only speaks about giving
back, but also puts her money where her heart is, always finding time for another
project, another worthy cause and another child.