Venice-based nonprofit Safe Place for Youth (SPY) celebrated the grand opening of its new 2469 Lincoln Blvd. location with a fundraising gala on June 16.
During the gala, SPY and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin dedicated Bill’s Wellness Center at the homeless youth drop-in center to the memory of Councilman Bill Rosendahl, an emphatic supporter of SPY who died earlier this year.
SPY also honored Venice-based social media company Snapchat, which paid for the installation of showers at the drop-in center, and donors Avi and Dorit Reichental for their longtime support.
Special recognition also went to the Church of St. Mark, which has incorporated clothes, food and fundraising drives for the homeless into the educational programming at St. Mark School.
Top local restaurants provided food and drink for the gala, creating a menu that featured culinary creations by Gjelina, The Tasting Kitchen, Superba Food + Bread, The Butcher’s Daughter, Dudley Market, Osteria Venice West, Renew Juicery, Lodge Bread, Wurstküche Restaurant Venice, Blue Star Donuts, C & O Cucina, Rockenwagner, Sweet Rose Creamery, Charcoal Venice and Dave’s Catering and Event Planning.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. helped stock the bar, and mixologist Matthew Biancaniello of Eat Your Drink crafted cocktails for the event.
With the help of a silent auction, the event raised about $175,000 for homeless youth support programs
— Christina Campodonico
Visit facebook.com/SafePlaceForYouth/ for photos of the gala and more information about SPY.