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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