Stop by Perry’s Joint Saturday for sandwiches and purses – Pasadena Now

Perry’s Joint in Pasadena, which has been making gourmet sandwiches stacked higher and wider than most regular sandwiches since 2004, is donating 100% of all profits Saturday, Aug. 6, to four recent John Muir High School graduates to pay for their academic needs.

Popular sandwich shop Perry’s Joint is donating 100% of all proceeds on Saturday to four recent John Muir High School graduates to pay for their college needs at an annual scholarship event that has become a local tradition.

Owner Perry Bennett says the event – the 2022 Community Scholarship – is his way of giving back to Muir students who frequent his store almost daily during their four years of high school before going on to college or college. other life activities. Muir is a few blocks south of the restaurant.


Bennett said the idea for the scholarship started when, one weekend while shopping at a grocery store, he came across a recent Muir graduate who had been accepted to college but was worried how he was going to pay the tuition. The student’s name, as he remembers it, was Destiny.

“He said, ‘You know, Mr. Perry, I just got accepted to Berkeley and I have no way of paying for this,'” Bennett recalled. “And literally the moment he said it, it just blew me away. He just got accepted to Berkeley and then he said he had no way to pay for it. At that time I said that I have do something. But I didn’t know what I was going to do. »

The Monday following this weekend, Perry’s Joint donated all of its sale proceeds to Destiny.

“And that’s really how it started,” Bennett said. “I did the first and honestly never looked back.”

On Saturday, proceeds from Perry’s Joint will be used to support Brylan Carter, Jade Williams, Kennedy Hackett and Sade Anderson – young women members of John Muir’s Class of 2022 – as they begin their college careers.

Jade said she intended to use the money for her freshman expenses.

“I’m going to UC Berkeley in the fall and majoring in psychology, and it will definitely be a financial relief for my family,” she said. “I tried to make sure I applied for as many scholarships as possible, so this one will help me.”

Brylan, who played varsity track and volleyball at John Muir for all four years of high school, said she would attend Morgan State University to study biology and physical science. She plans to become a nurse and is passionate about helping people.

Bennett said the restaurant’s scholarship process has now been an annual event for more than 10 years. Recipients are selected after a four-year verification process. He personally chooses lucky scholars based on how well they behave and show their true selves when they enter and enter his company.

“In those four years, some stand out a little bit more, above the others,” Bennett said. “They’re all great kids, but the ones that say, ‘Hey, I’m about to go to college in four years’, and they might need a little help. These are the ones I literally select by hand. And that’s how it works. »

Saturday’s community-focused scholarship day begins when the store opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Bennett also launched a GoFundMe page for people who may not be able to make it to Perry’s Joint Saturday.

“You can pass, and whether you buy 10 sandwiches or a bottle of water, 100% of the money goes to a young person’s education. I can’t think of a better way to spend your money on a Saturday,” he said. “And even if you can’t come, you can come to our GoFundMe and you can simply donate if you want to give money directly to young girls.

Perry’s Joint is located at 2051 Lincoln Ave. in Pasadena. For more information, visit www.perrysjoint.comcall (626) 798-4700 or email [email protected]

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