The John S. Lyons Foundation, known as the JOHNS, was founded 30 years ago in memory of the late Johnny Lyons, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters, Local 36 in San Diego. Johnny Lyons was a civic minded leader who believed in organized labor’s commitment to our community. During his lifetime, Johnny Lyons was active in the San Diego Leukemia Society, the Holiday Bowl and other local charities and civic organizations.
The Foundation’s annual John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet honors the Labor Leader of the Year for his or her commitment to the labor movement and to our community. All funds raised at this event are donated to charities chosen by the Foundation. There are no administrative costs charged by any of the volunteer Board Members and program planners. The Foundation originally raised funds for the San Diego Leukemia Society and later expanded its list of recipients to include the San Blood Bank Bone Marrow Donor Program, the UCSD Cancer Center, the Salk Institute and the Mesothelioma Foundation. Since its inception, the John S. Lyons Foundation has raised over $1,500,000 for these worthy research efforts.
In addition, the JOHNS have faithfully supported the U.S. Postal Workers Annual Food Drive every May by cooking and serving the hundreds of volunteers who help to make the event the success in San Diego County. And, in honor of Johnny Lyons commitment to the San Diego Holiday Bowl, the JOHNS, along with the Building Trades Council, are proud members of the Quarterback Club, each year purchasing over 100 tickets to this annual Holiday tradition in San Diego.
Every May we proudly cook and serve hundreds of volunteers at the San Diego County Food Bank, unloading dozens of Teamster trucks full of food for our most vulnerable communities. Its our way of thanking all the volunteers that help to make the event the success it is in San Diego County.
John Lyons is committed to the Annual San Diego Holiday Bowl, the JOHNS, along with the Building Trades Council, are proud members of the Quarterback Club, each year purchasing over 100 tickets to this annual Holiday tradition in San Diego.
Annual John S. Lyons Memorial Charity Banquet raises money for our scholarship fund. Recipients must be union member affiliated and answer essay questions relating the the labor movement,