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Bands, Merchants Come Together for “Jonah’s Golden Ticket” Fundraiser

On Saturday, August 23rd, Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli), Get Set Go, Hindge Creek, Two Dog Garage, DJ Robert Rayne and merchants will come together to raise money to buy a service dog for an autistic child.

Jonah Kimmell is 7 1/2 years old, and suffers from full-blown autism. In February, he climbed a 10 foot fence at his school, ran out into traffic and was hit by a car. Fortunately, he was not severely injured. At that time, it became clear that Jonah would benefit greatly from a companion dog, and that’s where DogWish came in. The DogWish Foundation, which trains and places dogs for disabled children, started working with the Kimmell family immediately, matching up Jonah with a black Labrador named Charlie. Already, Jonah has shown progress working with Charlie.

The subject of service dogs and their effect on autistic children is one that is gaining in popularity, with CNN recently doing a piece called “Dogs Work ‘Magic’ on Kids With Autism”, at cnn.com/2008/LIVING/07/16/heroes.shirk/.

The fundraiser, which also includes a raffle, will take place at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice, 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. Suggested admission is $10 at the door, with all proceeds going directly to the DogWish Foundation. For more information visit jonahsgoldenticket.com or contact Alex Kimmell at 310.895.6131.

Sally Young, Executive Director, YWCA Santa Monica / Westside Retires

YWCA Santa Monica/Westside announces today that, after nearly 25 years of dedicated service, Sally Young, Executive Director, will retire at the end of the year.

As the leader of a dedicated team built over the last two decades, Ms. Young is most proud of the YWCA’s ability to assess the unmet needs of women and girls and develop unique programs, including the YWCA’s Housing and Education Program for young women emancipated from foster care, the YWCA Encore Breast Cancer Support Program, Girls Sports Programs, and their Girls in Action / TechGYRLS® Program. In addition, they operate a community center offering more than 60 programs and classes each week. Upon her retirement, Ms. Young will leave behind an effective, fiscally sound organization, dedicated staff and committed Board of Directors.

Town Hall Meeting Explains the “New Rules” of Real Estate

Jon Strum, founder and President of homsho, will be answering questions and explaining the best strategies for local home sellers and buyers in today’s changing real estate market in a Town Hall Meeting, “The New Rules for Buying & Selling Your Home.”

The 90-minute seminar will take place 7:00 p.m. on August 21 at the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. While there is no charge to attend the meeting, reservations are required due to limited seating. Visit www.homsho.com or call 310.997.0273 to reserve a free seat at this event.

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