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Champion Jay Johnstone, and Magic Castle Magicians entertained the crowd while tunes were provided by 93.1 JACK FM and DJ Roger Monay. LAPD SWAT and K-9 units were on board to educate the public on their roles in the LAPD, while Brent Hill from the 9-11 Patch Project reminded us to remember all we lost back in 9-11. Fire Attire quenched the public’s thirst for LAFD fire apparel, and next to him Kelly Khoury from KENK Shell sat- isfied everyone’s appetite with drinks and snacks. For those staying through lunch, gourmet food trucks An Nam and Ma- cho Nacho created delicious meals while contributing a portion of their profit to St. Baldrick’s—as did all the ven- dors. And throughout the day the Providence Blood Mobile collected over 40 pints of blood and 20 people registered with City of Hope’s “Be the Match” Bone Marrow Registry!


This year’s event also included a


vastly expanded raffle/silent auction organized by Maggie Compton, with items being con- tributed by among others-Jay Leno (who again donated $5000!), the Los Angeles Kings, and USC Trojans. A small studio with fire- fighting items and a police motor- cycle was created by Precious Pix photographer Laura Lichter, who not only donated proceeds from her studio pictures to St. Baldrick’s but also took amazing pho- tos during the whole event.


The highlight


of this year’s event oc- curred near noon when a cer- emony was held to first remem- ber Candace Rodriguez—a brave, insightful, loving and enthusiastic 15 year-old who passed away a week before the event af- ter battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia for almost 2 years. After a tearful letter was read by Candace’s cousin and Maggie Compton, the crowd’s somber mood turned to cheers as Max Magilnick was rec- ognized as the participant raising the most money this year—with over $21,000 raised in honor of his sister Emily who is currently being treated at UCLA with funds directly generated from St. Bal- drick’s. Last but not least Maggie


Compton shined again as she used her cre- ativity towards recognizing all the “hon- ored kids” at the event—with more than 30 kids being introduced to the crowd on stage and each being given a distinct red St. Baldrick’s t-shirt and gift bag—in- cluding her enthusiastic son Ryan as he brought her LAPD husband Jason in tow! Thanks to all who participated and


supported the annual LAFD/LAPD St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. More than 200 heads were shaved and $105,000 raised thus far. You can still donate online at www.stbaldricks.org/events/lafd- lapd and help find a cure for childhood cancer! A special THANK YOU


goes out to Ace Party Rents who sheltered us from the rain by generously donating a huge tent on the spot when in- formed of the last minute weath- er predicament. The human spirit is indeed alive and well . . . and the fight against childhood cancer moves forward!


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