Born in Philadelphia, Perry moved to the Bay Area where he was raised between Oakland and San Francisco. He was taught at an early age by his parents to be about community. So the fact that he is willing to give so much back isn't surprising. "These kids come in here and they spend their dollars, so it's only right that I give back," Perry told the Pasadena Black Pages. "They are the reason I have survived so long."
This years recipients are three outstanding young adults who are all eager to make that next step in their lives. AaJalilynn Allen, Jennifer Salvador and Diego Obregon were all outstanding students.
Jennifer will be attending Los Angeles State University majoring in Business Management.
Diego, who was the Editor in Chief of the Muir newspaper, The Blazer will be attending UCLA, majoring in English.
AaJalilynn participated in track & filed, dance, the pep squad and she was the captain of the flag team her senior year. She was also a member of the Black Student Union and Young Life. She is a 1st generation graduate that will attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the fall. AaJalilynn plans to take full advantage of all the opportunities she has received. Her goal is to not only make her family proud, but her community too.
We are asking for all able to participate to come through Perry's joint and make a purchase. It's for a really great cause and it is an investment in the future of the community.
What Perry does once a year was unheard of until he did it. On Saturday August 13th, from 10am - 5pm 100% of the days sales will go to three John Muir graduates who are on their way to colleges. This is the sixth time and fourth year in a row the sandwich shop is doing this.
Being a local small business for over 12 years and making this commitment to not only the students receiving the scholarship funds, but also to the community and the future of the community as well is huge. Perry wants to put the spirit of returning to community to make it stronger in the minds of the recipients.
The community becomes stronger because of participation in a worthy cause.