The Abbot Kinney Festival is known mostly for its bands, beer gardens, vendor booths and fashionable crowds, but the nonprofit that runs the event gives something back to the community each year.
The annual block party is actually a fundraiser for the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, which provides grant funding for local nonprofits and bestows the Spirit of Venice Awards to people who contribute to the “spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice.”
This year’s Spirt of Venice Award recipients included LAPD Senior Lead Officer for Venice Peggy Thusing, Rabbi Lori Shapiro and Venice Canals residents Orson Bean and Alley Mills. The committee asked L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin to present the awards, then surprised Bonin by bestowing the same honor on him.
— Gary Walker