Pitzer College Alums Honored by KCET and Union Bank as 2011 Local Heroes

Claremont, Calif. ( February 11, 2011) — Pitzer College alums Ruett Foster '81 and Rhonda Foster '82 were named 2011 Local Heroes for Black History Month by KCET and Union Bank.

Ruett is the senior pastor of the Community Bible Church of Culver City. For the past 13 years, he has served as an ardent public activist for violence prevention. Rhonda is the currently the case manager for Community Build and the Gang Reduction Youth Development Program of the Los Angeles Mayor's office. She coordinates therapy, tutoring, sports, arts activities and life coaching for over 60 clients between the ages of 10 and 15.

The Fosters have worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to help foster children and youth offenders, developmentally disabled individuals to preschool children and teen in the Los Angeles school district. After the tragic loss of their son, Evan, to gun violence, the couple established a facility to provide care and services for any and all children who perpetrated crimes against society as a result of being separated or estranged from their families. The couple dedicated their lives to helping these children reconcile not only with their families but also with their communities as a whole.

"It is most humbling to be recognized for the impact one makes in society, especially when the acknowledgement comes from very reputable and noteworthy parties," said the Fosters.

Rhonda and Ruett Foster have received commendations as "Treasures of Los Angeles" from the Central City Association of Los Angeles in 2003 and 2005. In 2007, they were selected as Pitzer College Distinguished Alumni Finalists and they received the "Changing Lives" Award from the Heman G. Starks Youth Correctional Facility. In 2002, they were selected as Inspirational Torch Bearers for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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