Avalon and Jackson Garland raise big bucks on effort to stop Marriott hotels development on via Marina, Parcel 9u

   This is a very sweet story about the power of grass-roots movements to support a cause. Jackson and Avalon Garland, children of SSMHOA Board Member Gary Garland and Block Captain Beth Holden-Garland, initiated and put together a “fun raiser” consisting of  a lemonade stand with delicious  baked goods which they made the night before, a raffle, beautiful gift baskets,  jokes they thought up and healthy treats, including their grandparents’ home-grown peaches on Roma Court. In the space of few hours,they managed to raise $515.00  All proceeds were donated to the Ballona Institute’s “Save The Marina Marsh Meadow Fund” initiative to appeal the Department of Regional Planning’s decision to approve the hotels on July 22, 2015. Funds will support paying the costs of the appeal to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors which will make the final decision on the project sometime later this year. The Garland kids’ efforts were one of the largest single donations to the fund to date. Considering that most of the items were in the $1-2 dollar range, the event was a huge success.

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Jackson baking

Jackson making cookies the night before the event

Avalon and Cookies

Avalon and her batch of cookies

Gift Basket

Home-made gift baskets for the raffle

The Team

The Team: Gary Garland, Avalon and Jackson

People Buying

People begin arriving

People at the Stand

Marcia et

Marcia Hanscom of the Ballona Institute with Jackson and Avalon.

Avalon telling Joke

Avalon tells one of jokes she has sold: “What do you get when you cross a bear with a skunk?” Answer: “Winnie the Pooh.”


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1 Response to Avalon and Jackson Garland raise big bucks on effort to stop Marriott hotels development on via Marina, Parcel 9u

  1. Brenda Kronsberg says:

    This what the meaning of community is all about! I’m only sorry that I was not there to participate. Great going!

    Sent from my iPad

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