Cerritos College News Release - April 2009

Power 106 All-Star Basketball Game for GEAR UP is a Success

Popular DJs Support Cerritos College and BUSD Partnership


Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287

Power 106 starting memberNORWALK, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - Cerritos College and Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD) GEAR UP Partnership and Power 106 joined hands Thursday night, March 26 for a fun and exciting celebrity basketball game at Bellflower High School Gymnasium.

A crowd full of cheering fans enjoyed the Power 106 DJs, including E-man and Jaycee, taking on the Bellflower Buccaneer men’s varsity basketball players, faculty members, staff and students.  The DJ for the evening was Cerritos College’s own Armando Ponce. Ponce, now known as Power 106 DJ “Mando Fresko,” is an alumnus of Cerritos College. New Boyz performed their new single “You’re a Jerk” during the halftime show.

The Buccaneers ended up beating the Power 106 All-Stars 71-63.

678 tickets were sold and the proceeds from the game amounted to $5,628. All of the proceeds went to support the GEAR UP Partnership.

The Cerritos College men’s basketball players ran the score board for the night.

New Boyz performing“This is a wonderful example of collaboration between the private and the public sector towards a worthy endeavor—a fundraiser to enhance GEAR UP funding that promotes college-readiness in our community,” said Shirley Arceo, coordinator of school relations at Cerritos College who oversees the GEAR UP program.

GEAR UP is a federally sponsored grant-funded program with a goal to increase the number of low-income students entering and succeeding in postsecondary education through academic preparation and support.


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 26,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.