The third annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive was a huge success December 12 & 13, 2009. A record number of toys will be distributed by the LAPD Pacific Division to needy children. Thanks to our partners City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department and our sponsors Iron Man Magazine, Bodybuilding.com, Eric The Trainer, Kanidu, Venga and H2OM.
City Councilmen, 11th District, Bill Rosendahl was on hand to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Baseball Great and his company Kanidu for their major contribution to the Toy Drive.
Following Santa’s arrival, a Time Capsule Burial ended the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Muscle Beach. Two capsules filled with memorabilia from the past 75 years of Muscle Beach were buried on the Muscle Beach stage. Many thanks to Iron Man Magazine and John Balik for their support of this project!
Bill Rosendahl presented a special Certificate of Recognition to Joe Weider (accepted by Charlotte Parker) for his ongoing vision and support for the sport of bodybuilding and his philosophy for health and fitness.
Notables from the industry including Relna McRae Brewer, a founding member of Santa Monica Muscle Beach and a Muscle Beach Venice Hall of Fame Inductee, were on hand for the ceremony. Other Muscle Beach Venice Hall of Fame Inductees included Samir Bannout, Sara Hirsch Clark, Bill Howard, Bill Grant, Chet Yortin, Gene Mozee, and Bernie Ernst.
Thanks to a group of young individuals for accepting the pledge to be the “guardians” of the Muscle Beach Time Capsules. Justin and Lilly Balik, John Balik’s children, Henry Fleischman, son of Eric The Trainer, Taylor Wheatley, Joe Wheatley’s niece, Boston Loyd, winner of the Teen Category Labor Day 2009 and Taylor Hansen, winner of the 2009, Labor Day Novice Overall Figure.
We wish them a healthy and happy future. We hope they will join together in fifty years to open and fondly remember the heritage, history and world renown notoriety of Muscle Beach.