Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Gives Second Round of GrantsNov 18, 2020 10:53AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association Board of Directors has approved a second round of grants to local community organizations. In total, the Hometown Fair has awarded thirty grants and two scholarships this year, totaling $16,000 (($15k in grants and $1k for scholarships).
The Hometown Fair was able to award a second round of grants due to the "overwhelming success" of this year's virtual Hometown Fair activities, according to Joe Marcy, president of the Hometown Fair Association's board of directors. The fair earned revenue from merchandise sales, a silent auction and fair food at local restaurants.
The second round of grant recipients ($500 each) are:
Los Angeles Rugby Club
Mira Costa High School Surf Team
Mira Costa High School Dance Team
Mira Costa High School Boys Tennis
Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Boosters
Mira Costa High School Cross Country Booster Club
Mira Costa High School Boys Basketball Boosters
Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc.
Pacific Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
South Bay Children of War Foundation
They join the first round of grant recipients:
Girl Scout Troop 3525
Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team Association
Manhattan Beach Community Church
Manhattan Beach Historical Society
Manhattan Beach Troop 713
Mira Costa High School Band
Mira Costa High School Boys Lacrosse
Mira Costa High School Boys Soccer
Mira Costa High School Girls Basketball
Mira Costa High School Girls Golf
Mira Costa High School Girls Lacrosse
Mira Costa High School Girls Soccer
Mira Costa High School Latino Scholar Union
Mira Costa High School Robotics
Neptunian Woman’s Club
South Bay Vietnamese Cultural Center
South High Drill Team
West High Interact
"Many of these organizations have participated in the Hometown Fair in prior years," said Marcy. "They’re an important part of our annual tradition and their dedication to the community is admirable."
The funds will be dedicated to a variety of purposes. Depending on the group, the funds will be used to maintain emergency vehicles and replenish medical supplies, support outreach ministries, update historical exhibitions and purchase artifacts, support rank and merit badges, provide band and colorguard equipment, help supply protective gear for COVID-19, assist athletes from inner cities, provide sports equipment and transportation to kids, support gold award projects, launch student mentorship programs for incoming freshman, support competitions and cover operational expenses, support virtual philanthropic efforts, feed the homeless, establish enrichment programs for less fortunate, support disabled children, provide humanitarian aid, provide sanitary and wellness kits for local shelters, support card making for healthcare workers/patients, and more.