The Pythian Youth Foundation, the Signal Hill Community Foundation and Signal Tribune join forces to send children to camp

The Pythian Youth Foundation of California, in partnership with the Signal Hill Community Foundation and the Signal Tribune, will host “Italian for a Knight,” a benefit dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 to help send children to camp. The event, which will take place at the Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill St., from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, will feature a menu prepared by acclaimed chef Ugo Allesina of Prego Ristorante in Irvine.
The Pythian Youth Foundation and the Lakewood/Long Beach Knights of Pythias have served the Greater Long Beach Community for the last 68 years, providing a range of services to children and youth. It is most known for providing seven-day wilderness camping adventures for youth between 9 and 11 years of age at the Pythian Youth Camp in the heart of the Sequoia National Forest.
“Italian for a Knight will provide the community an opportunity to learn more about the Knights of Pythias and its efforts in the community to explore ways to make sure that children from Signal Hill can take part in the unique ‘rite of passage’ offered through wilderness camping,” said Thomas White, executive director of the Pythian Youth Foundation and member of the Lakewood/Long Beach Lodge.
The Knights of Pythias was established in 1864 to promote friendship and goodwill. It was the first fraternal order to receive a charter under the United States Congress. Three U.S. presidents, including Warren G. Harding, were among its members, as well as jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Sun Ra.
Services offered by the Pythian Youth Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, include an early childhood literacy program called “Is This Book for Me?” and a head injury safety program that gives free bicycle helmets to young bicyclists and skateboarders. Last year, more that 25,000 age-appropriate books were collected for children from 4 to 11 years of age, and nearly 4,000 bicycle helmets were given away. “Our mission is to enrich the lives of children, youth and families through wilderness camping and community education,” said White.
A limited number of tickets are on sale for $25 each. For tickets or more information, call Phyllis Jaffe at (562) 430-0630 or email

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