On May 22, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored popular Adventist radio show host Harry Bey for 50 years of service in gang prevention. Bey can be heard every Saturday evening on 790 KABC on The Harry Bey USA Show discussing current events and helping the disadvantaged. In 1968, Bey founded Project G.A.N.G.S., an acronym for Gang Actors Needing God’s Support, a volunteer-run, anti-gang, anti-drug agency that has helped individuals redirect their lives and become responsible members of society.
Janice Hahn, supervisor, Fourth District, presented Bey with a plaque to commemorate his dedicated service to the residents of L.A. County and a scroll in honor of the 50th anniversary of Project G.A.N.G.S. “Harry, I’ve known you for as long as I can remember,” Hahn said. “I know on the City Council when I began understanding the importance of prevention and why we should really invest in preventing kids from joining gangs in the first place, you offered me advice, wisdom, and encouragement. I still think that’s the best strategy, and a little investment in prevention goes a long way.” Hahn described Bey’s interest in all people, not just gang members. “Harry also assisted the homeless, veterans, victims of domestic violence, and so many other people,” Hahn recounted. “Regardless of their age, their faith, their race, or socio-economic background, Harry has committed his life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they deserve.”
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has known Bey for more than 50 years. “What’s unique about Harry is his complete reliance on God and his church and his respect and honor for all faiths — all humanity. His theme is helping people,” he said. “Project G.A.N.G.S. is unprecedented in terms of longevity and staying power,” said Baca. “There have been other gang prevention programs over the years, but never a program like this in terms of longevity. He’s impacted well over 100,000 people over the years, not just gang members but others who have similar spirits as his. I have great gratitude for Harry!”
Velino A. Salazar, president of the Southern California Conference, was on hand when Bey received his awards. “Harry Bey has been a friend for decades,” Salazar said. “We are so proud of his 50 years of service with Project G.A.N.G.S. His patriotic spirit and Christian witness are an inspiration to us all!”
Bey is known as a colorful, effusive, patriotic American who credits God with any success he has had in life. “The Holy Spirit has always been my compass every day,” he said. “We are ALL brothers and sisters, part of the Body of Jesus Christ. To God be all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory. Amen.”
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