Glamorous “Old Hollywood” meets the beach when Leadership Hermosa Beach’s biggest fundraiser returns on Saturday, April 23rd.
The annual Beach BALL, last held in 2019 due to COVID-19 delays, will return to honor alumni as well as its Class of 2022. The event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Basha in Hermosa Beach, will also honor emerging leaders in the community.
BALL stands for Bringing All Local Leaders Together, although they drop the T from the acronym.
“We want to recognize emerging leaders and bring the whole community together,” said Karlene Apelt, who was part of the 2019 Leadership course and is now on the board and facilitator of the Head Class.
Beach BALL will have an Old Hollywood theme and organizers want attendees to be “red carpet ready” for the event, which will feature dancing, live music by Danny Freyer and his swing band, food and more.
Since 2003, Leadership Hermosa Beach classes have chosen an annual project ranging from a Hermosa Utility Box Art to a resident fitness day to this year’s “Boards Across Hermosa.”
Beach BALL proceeds help fund these projects, which take place during the nine-month course that teaches people in the community how local government works.
The Emerging Leader Awards will be announced at the fundraiser. According to a press release, the categories included adults, corporate/nonprofit organizations and youth.
The adult nominees include:
- Adam Malovani, Founder of World of Sound Productions and Hermosa Harmony Festival, and Hermosa Beach Walking Tours by Experience GPS Tours.
- Jason Meugniot, who has supported the Boys & Girls Club for over 40 years. He recently completed a two-year tenure as CEO.
- Rafael McMaster, who founded the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective in 2016, which morphed into the South Bay Artist Collective and now Indivisible Arts. He transformed a building on Cypress Avenue into a Resin Gallery, a space for artists of all ages to showcase their talents and for youth to nurture their creativity.
- Shelby Tomlinson, a certified personal trainer, life and health coach with a focus on nutrition and wellness mentoring female youth in the South Bay.
- Tynan Mason, who developed his company, Higher Grounds, to provide behavior and intervention management services to youth. He is a former gang intervention specialist, juvenile parole officer and assistant parole officer.
- William Jason, who led the creation of the Hermosa Beach Residents Forum Facebook group, which has more than 6,500 members. The group focuses on local businesses on city events and issues.
Business/nonprofit nominees are:
- The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, which has helped guide the business community through the pandemic and brought back events like the Fiesta Hermosa and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
- HERmosa, which was recently formed to support women entrepreneurs in the South Bay. At their first fundraiser, Stronger TogeTHER, in March, the group raised more than $5,000 for two groups, Community’s Child and Cancer Support Community of the South Bay.
- Founded by Chamber President and CEO Jessica Accamando and Russ Gilbert, Hermosa One is an online resource for restaurants, shops and events in the city.
- Indivisible Arts will be holding its first Spring State of the Art fundraiser on April 30th to raise funds for its youth arts program.
Youth candidates are:
- Dalia Frias, California’s Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year. She will attend Duke University this fall.
- Katie Kabealo, a Mira Costa High School student who started a volunteer group that ran a canning drive and campaign to write letters to people with mental health issues.
‘Boards over Hermosa’
This year’s Boards Across Hermosa leadership project, which sees surfboards designed by local artists installed across the city, was a success, said Tara McNamara Stabile, head of the Artist Placement Committee.
About 100 artists submitted their work, Stabile said, with the leadership class approving about 75 boards, 25 more than its original goal.
“We had so many great artists it was hard to say no,” Stabile said.
The surfboards are on display until Fiesta Hermosa, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend.
Then the boards will be auctioned off at the State of the Art Gala from April 30th until Memorial Day. Proceeds from the table auction benefit individual artists.
The link to the auction can be found via QR codes on each board, Stabile said.
To see the entire board, register at bit.ly/37tuTK3 to be notified when the auction goes live. According to James Hyatt, co-leader of the project, the site allows you to designate a preferred board and be notified of tender updates.
Tickets for the Beach BALL, held at the Barsha in Hermosa Beach, are $85, including admission and appetizers, specialty drinks and live music.
Leadership Hermosa, Apelt said, will be accepting applications for its class of 2023 beginning in July. Classes start in September.
To learn more about Leadership Hermosa Beach or for Beach BALL ticket information, visit Leadershiphermosa.org.