Sunday, March 20, 2011

Leadership Redondo Aims to Raise $100k For Veterans' Park Band Shell

Rendering of proposed structure by Ottolia & Barnes Architecture. 
Redondo Beach, California - Who is Leadership Redondo Class of 2010? This group of dedicated volunteers initially set out to raise $70,000 to replace Redondo Beach's 50-year old band shell structure in Veterans' Park, not realizing that it would cost nearly $180,000 to get it done. Due to their persistence, coordination with the City of Redondo Beach, and the help of many contributors and supporters, it looks like this hardy group will succeed. Here are a few highlights about the group and participants in their capstone fund raiser which was held Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Redondo Beach Historical Library.
Band Shell elevation drawing by Ottalia & Barnes Architecture.
"We first met in September 2009, no one in our group knowing any other group members...After nine months of meetings, we embarked on our project, never realizing what a truly challenging and rewarding project it would be. Somehow it seemed like this day would never come, but here we are, and thanks to all of you for making the trip in this awful weather to support our project to replace the aging Veteran's Park Band Shell here in Redondo Beach..."
--excerpts from the keynote speech by Leadership Redondo Class of 2010 Project Leader Larry Rosolowski of Razor Scooters (
Leadership Redondo Class of 2010, photographed by Lisa Kato Fitchett.
Leadership Redondo Class of 2010: Leadership Redondo Class of 2010 are: April Pitcairn (Pre-paid Legal Services), Marina Mora (Massage Therapist, Riviera Village), Brant Griffin (North Pier Fiduciary Management), Michael Ude (Custom Video), Gail Davis (Acme Clean Air), Susie Grant (South Bay Galleria), Ron Maroko (U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney), Chris Benson (City of Redondo Beach, IT Department), Michael Fitts (Endangered Habitats League Staff Attorney), Sandy Marchese (Protection At Location), Seth Berg (South Bay Music), Deborah Fehn (Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center), Kerianne Lawson (Beach Cities Health District).

Councilman Matt Kilroy, Steve Napolitano representing
4th District County Supervisor Don Knabe, Redondo
Beach Mayor Mike Gin, Councilman Steve Diels.
Dignitaries in attendance: District City Councilman Matt Kilroy, Steve Napolitano representing 4th District County Supervisor Don Knabe, Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, and District City Councilman Steve Diels.

Major Contributors: Athens Services ($50,000) COO Gary Clifford, VP Finance Greg Huntington and wife Jasna, Director of Governmental Affairs Ed Chen; Deborah Fehn (member of Leadership Redondo 2010 and Director of Business Development) and Gold Sponsors ($10,000) Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.

Architects Domingo Ottolia & Dorothy Barnes;
Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin; Project Leader
Larry Rosolowski; Stella Rothluebbers, Linda and
Vic Braden of family-owned Cornerstone Construction.
In-Kind Service Providers: Particular recognition goes to in-kind service providers who have donated $50,000 worth of services to the project. In-kind service providers are: Domingo Ottalia and his wife Dorothy, Ottolia & Barnes Architecture; Aurich Lawson, graphic designer; Vic Braden of Cornerstone Construction; and Jason Carter and Kathy Villa of Spectrum Catering who underwrote almost the entire cost of the catering.

Additional Donors: Other donors included Andrea and Mike Zislis of Shade Hotel, Rock'n'Fish, Mucho Restaurant (, Steve and Jennifer Goldstein of PayRoll Management Solutions (, Kayli Yoong, event party planner. Steve Goldstein is the Chairman of Redondo Beach Chamber Board of Directors, and a graduate of the Leadership Redondo Class of 2007.

The Mark Fitchett Band: Mark Fitchett (guitar), Bob Luna
(keyboards and vocals), Gregory Scott Alban (drums),
Donna Butler (vocals), Anthony Alvarez (bass).
The Mark Fitchett Band: Mark Fitchett (guitar), Bob Luna (vocals and keyboards), Anthony Alvarez (bass), Gregory Scott Alban (drums), with guest vocalist Donna Butler.

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