Abner Mares, the former three-division World Champion Boxer was honored with proclamations and keys to the city of Bell Gardens and Irwindale at his third annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway.
#OperationGobble fed over 500 families in Bell Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens and other communities throughout southeast Los Angeles. Families received full Thanksgiving meals, with another 1500 families and community groups receiving turkey vouchers.
“Our community benefits greatly from the generosity shown by Abner Mares and Del Records,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Mares during the event. “Abner is a champion who has never forgotten his community, and he has shown that again in his support of Operation Gobble, giving many local families a Thanksgiving they would not otherwise have had.”
Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez of Bell Gardens presented Mares with the key to the city with members of the Bell Gardens City Council. “Sometimes people lose where they come from, not Abner Mares,” Rodriguez said. “He is always willing to give back to those in need, and that speaks to you Abner and your parents. You are a champion human being and a champion in boxing. Thank you for helping to fulfill the needs of a community.”