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The 5th Annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive was a huge success! (pics coming soon)
Record number of toys and more than $3000.00 raised!
10 of the athletes who competed this past summer, (whose pics made the coverage for Memorial Day & July 4th) showed up to support the drive.
They presented me an “autographed” copy of IM with all their names. I’ll cherish that for a long time!
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
The Muscle Beach Venice 4th Annual Toy Drive was held on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2010 at the Venice Recreation Center.
The Toy Drive Sponsored by Joe Wheatley Productions and Bodybuilding.com in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks and the LAPD Pacific Division is dedicated to providing new toys to needy children in the Venice area.
A record number of toys were collected which will be distributed to needy children by the LAPD Pacific Division. Toy Drive T-shirts provided by a generous donation from Bodybuilding.com were distributed both days – the t-shirts were a HUGE hit!!!
A Christmas music concert took place on the “Weight Pen” stage provided by Flight 2Da Light.
On Sunday, December 12, 2010, Santa arrived in his sled to the cheers of the crowd. He greeted the kids, listened to Christmas requests and took pictures with the families.
Thanks to the many supporters of this event including:
Eric The Trainer, Canal Club, Venice Care Center, Big Daddy & Sons, Sidewalk Café, Danny’s Deli, James’ Beach, Gold’s Gym and Iron Man Magazine.
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.
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Public Information Division 221 N. Figueroa St., Suite 710 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 202-2700 / fax: (213) 202-2716
Harvey Drut: (213) 202-2696, or cell, (323) 816-6711
Jane Kolb: (213) 202-2694, or cell, (323) 816-6712
COLLECTING HOLIDAY PRESENTS FOR KIDS
Toy drive and placement of time capsules at Muscle Beach Venice
LOS ANGELES – Venice Beach Recreation Center, a Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility at 1800 Ocean Front Walk, will have its third annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
Unwrapped toys will be accepted to be given out to needy children in the Venice area, and Santa Claus will arrive on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, two time capsules will be buried inside the concrete stage at Muscle Beach, in recognition of its 75th anniversary, which was commemorated at the annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach Bodybuilding, Figure, and Bikini Competition on July 4.
Several bodybuilding icons are expected to attend, including: Joe Weider, former Mr. Olympians Franco Columbu and Samir Bannout, former Ms. Olympia Cory Everson and former Mr. Universe Bill Grant. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl (11th District, in which Venice Beach is located) will present a special proclamation to Weider for his support of Muscle Beach.
Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com are presenting the events, which are being produced by Joe Wheatley Productions and hosted by the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division. For more information call Venice Beach Recreation Center at (310) 399-2775.
For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events, activities, services, programs, and facilities, go to www.laparks.org, or call 311, or (213) 202-2700.