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Rotary Club of Santa Monica Invites Applications for Community and Youth Grants

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community.

Grant applications are due by November 10, 2009, for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $2,500. Funds may be requested for capital, equipment, or new program development. Funds are not available for annual operating needs or special events.

Non-profit organizations may apply annually for funding. Applications and instructions can be obtained by contacting the Rotary Club of Santa Monica at 310.917.3313, by e-mailing, or from the Rotary Club website at Organizations must provide proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) status and be able to verify that the funds benefit the community of Santa Monica or address the needs of the less fortunate in Santa Monica.

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Shawn, Larry King to be honored at “Mattel Party on the Pier” benefiting Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

CNN talk show host Larry King and his wife, Shawn, will be honored at the 10th annual Mattel Party on the Pier, which benefits Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. The event takes Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

The Kings will each be presented with an honorary white doctor’s coat during a special ceremony. In addition, Mattel Inc. will present Shawn with a one-of-a-kind doll made in her image to recognize her dedication to the hospital.

“Larry and I are thrilled to be honored at this year’s event, as UCLA has a special place in our hearts,” Shawn King said.

The Kings’ ties to UCLA date back to Sept. 5, 1997, when the couple wed in Larry’s room at UCLA Medical Center (now Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center) just before he underwent an angioplasty to unblock an artery in his heart. Their bond with the hospital grew stronger when Shawn returned to UCLA to deliver their two sons, Chance Armstrong King, in 1999, and Cannon Edward King, in 2000.

As a result of his heart illness, the CNN host was inspired to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. The Kings remain dedicated to “saving lives, healing families, strengthening communities, one patient at a time … a heart a day.”

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