Benefit Fair in Sherman Oaks a Resounding Success

Saturday, September 16, 2006 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to thank the thousands who attended today's 6th annual Benefit For Our Bravest Street Fair in Sherman Oaks.

To call the event a resounding success would be an understatement.

It was indeed our pleasure to meet many of you at this once-a-year event that directly supports the Adopt-A-Fire-Station program within the San Fernando Valley.

From the Firehouse food to the lively entertainment. From legenday Coach John Wooden, to the smiles of those in and near the Children's Fun Zone - a good time was had by all, especially members of the LAFD and their families.

Among the most cherished moments for us however, were the many opportunities to interact with local residents we had rendered services to this past year, including many whose homes had recently been threatened by an Encino Hills wildfire.

It was indeed many of those people and other thoughtful citizens who stunned us with their generous donations to the auctions, wine tasting and other fundraising efforts, the proceeds from which will be used to enhance the physical presence and capabilities of Neighborhood Fire Stations in the San Fernando Valley.

We would also like to salute the many community-minded companies and organizations who actively sponsored this charitable event. They are indeed the reason that 'Benefit For Our Bravest' is possible, and we hope you will join us throughout the year in thanking them for their support.

Above and beyond all else though, we'd like to send our utmost appreciation to Valley Inn Restaurant owner Sophia Brodetsky, the founder and catalyst of 'Benefit For Our Bravest'.

Sophia is a tireless crusader for the betterment of our communities and our society. Her unswerving commitment to the service and needs of others is an inspiration to all.

In the words of Coach Wooden: "She personifies the saying, `You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give.' Sophia's a giver".

Coach, if we had our way, we'd nominate Sophia for MVP, All-Stars and the Hall of Fame.

In closing, we hope you'll soon visit us to see firsthand how 'Benefit For Our Bravest' has beautified, increased efficiency and added value to a permanent community asset - your Neighborhood Fire Stations throughout the San Fernando Valley.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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3 comments:

Rado said...

Thanks LAFD. Our family had a good time. The kids agree the firetruck rides were the best. Will there be another Benfit for the Bravest?

Anonymous said...

We'll echo that. Our kids adored the opportunity to meet the firemen. Good luck with your fire station adoption!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

rado and anonymous:

We're glad you had as good a time as your Neighborhood Firefighters!

The Adopt-A-Fire-Station program in the San Fernando Valley is going well, thanks in large part to the generosity of so many at the 'Benefit For Our Bravest'.

We're as eager as you to learn more about next year's 7th annual event, and can think of no better way than stopping by The Valley Inn restaurant and talking with Sophia Brodetsky. While you're there, be certain to enjoy some of the excellent food and libations, and extend to her and the staff our warmest regards.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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