The second annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive, December 13 & 14, 2008 was a HUGE!! success. The bite in the air was a reminder to all that Christmas was near and the donors responded with an outstanding donation of toys.
Many thanks to Bodybuilding.com and Iron Man Magazine the Presenting Sponsors of the event. The BB.com event t-shirts and Iron Man Magazines were proudly displayed by each donor.
The City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, Venice Recreation Center and the Los Angeles Pacific Division Police Department, Host Sponsors, graciously provided the location and distributed the toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, 11th District, presented Certificates of Appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the City of Los Angeles. The following contributors to the Muscle Beach Toy Drive were recognized:
Russ Deluca (accepted by Jerome Ferguson) Bodybuilding.com
John Balik (accepted by Steve Downs) Iron Man Magazine
Abbas Moussawwi – Pro-Fight Supplements
Eric Fleischman – Eric The Trainer
In addition Joe Wheatley Productions would like to thank Fruit Gallery – James and Nina Merced for their donation of hot chocolate that hit the spot on a nippy afternoon.
The Venice High School Choir – the “Allegros” entertained the crowd with Christmas Carols. Thanks to Wendy Kornbeck, Choir Director, for her enthusiasm and Christmas Spirit.
Sunday afternoon, the guest star of the event Santa Claus arrived by a sled, escorted by the LAPD. What a great sight to see Santa coming down the Venice Boardwalk, visiting with the kids and taking orders for Christmas Wishes!!