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Rotary, Kinecta Present 'VetFest' Check to Team Rubicon

Feb 24, 2020 11:17AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Leaders from the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach and Kinecta present a check to Team Rubicon co-founder Jake Wood.

The Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach and Kinecta Federal Credit Union on Monday presented a $15,000 check to Team Rubicon - the proceeds from a successful "VetFest Beer-B-Que" Veterans' Day event in November.

Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need.

In 2019, Team Rubicon served 101 communities in 40 states and 7 countries. Their efforts included cyclone relief in Mozambique, assistance with a Dengue fever outbreak in the Marshall Islands, and disaster relief following the hurricane in the Bahamas.

In thanking the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach, Team Rubicon co-founder Jake Wood said, "When I think about the great organizations of this country - such as the Rotary Club - our communities would not be the same without them."

As Team Rubicon celebrates its 10th anniversary, the organization is even more excited about the next 90 years, said Wood, and looks to groups like Rotary to seek that inspiration.

"Our heart is always one with Rotary, wherever you are," he said.

The popular Veterans' Day VetFest event, which marked its second year in November 2019, honored veterans, active duty serviceman, and first responders. Held outside the Kinecta offices on Rosecrans Ave., it featured craft beer tasting, a barbecue feast, and music from the popular "yacht rock" band Yachty by Nature.

This is the second year that the Rotary Club and Kinecta have supported Team Rubicon with proceeds from VetFest.

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