Three community supporters of Venice were honored for their careers and community accomplishments at a Venice High School Alumni Association gathering Saturday, November 13th.

Delores Minor, one of the honorees, has lived in the Venice community for more than 20 years.

She served as president of Oakwood Little League and the Westside Youth Association.

She is also a past president and a life member of the National Council of Negro Women.

She worked for Los Angeles County for 25 years and then at Venice High School as an administrative assistant.

Another honoree, John Clayton, Jr., is a musician and three-time Grammy-nominated artist.

He has gained prominence in the jazz and classical fields. Clayton is a bassist, composer and arranger. He played for Henry Mancini’s television series and toured with the Count Basie Orchestra. Clayton was awarded a Grammy in the “Best Big Band” category.

The third honoree, Mike Peak, was honored for his years of supporting the community.

He has been involved in a program to support 200 at-risk and disadvantaged teens, by providing tutoring, college scholarships, counseling and cultural activities.

Peak has served on the board of directors of Families Forward, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless families by providing temporary housing, and job and financial counseling.

He is also involved in music as a jazz bassist, composer, arranger and record producer.

Information regarding the Venice High School Alumni Association, Paul Belli, (661) 312-6156.

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