SBPC’s Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION AND THE SHORE RESTAURANT TASTING PARTY BENEFIT BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

South Bay, CA— The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa Todd, hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist, Greycie Baran, and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation.

Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize which guests:  Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox; Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler; and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen First; Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney; Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; and others enjoyed.  

ABOUT THE SHORE

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s. For more information, please review: http://www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.

Inquiries:

Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

Today has been a great day for my clients Arlene Bogna and The Shore! YEAH!

By Joy A. Kennelly

It ALWAYS makes me happy when people I’m working with find success because it’s very much a team effort. It’s even nicer when I honestly like the people I’m working with and would have helped them even if they weren’t paying me, although the money makes it sweeter.

My Photographer/Award-winning Filmmaker client, Arlene Bogna, just informed me today that the LA Times has picked up her Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight solo exhibit show taking place this Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 6pm – 9pm at Gallery 825 located at 825 La Cienega as one of the Art Openings to highlight.

Click here to see for yourself! Go Arlene!

Not only that, but for all your art afficiandos out there, pretty soon you’ll be reading about her in ArtScene for their July issue! Now to those who aren’t in the art world, it’s like being published in Vanity Fair for artists. ArtScene is highly selective, everyone reads it, and it’s truly an honor for her to be selected.

I’m so proud of Arlene. YEAH!!!! She has worked so hard for so long on her own. I’m glad to have been a part in her success as an artist through my publicity efforts. She is so accomplished and modest she was always a little embarrassed when I would write what I did about her, but hey, it’s the truth and needed to be said. Right?

That’s why you hire a publicist – to accentuate the positive and get the word out there! Also, to help you build your image. It’s been a very exciting time to watch our publicity efforts achieve success together.

The other good news is that our Surfrider Benefit at The Shore is getting a lot of good buzz too! The Easy Reader, our local paper, placed the story in two separate calendar sections to give it a good buzz. I loved that they called it a Tasty Benefit! Kudos to Chef Dave for creating such an awesome tasting menu. Thanks everyone at The Easy Reader! You made our day!

The Beach Reporter put our ad in The Stepping Out section of the paper which is what everybody down here reads to find out what’s the latest for the week. Very cool too!

We’re getting a lot of positive response from people in the community who want them to succeed as a restaurant which is very encouraging to me. Also, Melissa Todd, our hostess from TVLand’s She’s Got the Look TV show, who grew up in the South Bay is excited to come back and help promote Surfrider Foundation too.

In case you haven’t seen the show, I’m sure it repeats on TV Land quite frequently. Check it out. Melissa is one leggy blonde if I do say so myself! I thought I was tall, but after seeing her on the runway… She has a really good heart and is very good at hosting too.

I hope my South Bay Professional Connection event provides lots of additional opportunities for her because she deserves to find success doing what she loves.

Oh, here’s some more pictures from the Shore to entice you to come visit. I believe they’re also taken by photographer Nathan Schirmer, but will confirm later ok? ShoreBar

Close up mushroom Empty shore from the front Two scallops

Miami Art Scene has to wait – more exciting South Bay Professional Connection news

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami, FL, I have been slammed with work and unable to catch my breath. (Okay, I did enjoy my Memorial Day holiday BBQ down in San Diego with a very good friend, and my lounging by the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday, and my playing with two hilarious dogs in Manhattan Beach, but otherwise – working!)

Really can’t spare much time today, but did want to share some great news regarding my next South Bay Professional Connection event occurring tomorrow night over at CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services new office in El Segundo from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Here’s some pix to showcase what you’re in store for.

Just know, next time you see this space, it’s going to be packed with people!

We had a great write-up in The Beach Reporter’s Business section last Thursday – Thanks Eric! Also, over 1000 postcard invites have been distributed on top of the 100’s of emailed invitations and media relations we’ve all done to promote this event.

I passed out 40 invites alone last night at a PV mixer with lots of people saying they’re planning to come. Should be a great mix of businesses, industries and people since Sonja McColgan, the owner and Career Coach extraordinaire of CA Associates, and Darold Verch, her father and owner of Verch Insurance Services, know so many people having been in business for so many years.

In addition to the wonderful appetizers Shark’s Cove Manhattan Beach will be serving and the GoChi Juice drinks that will be poured, rumor has it that to make this a real celebration there’s a possibility we’ll be breaking out the bubbly! GoChi Juice goes great with Champagne!:)

For 20 lucky winners of our “Who’s the Best Networker?” contest, guests will receive the following beachy type goody bags courtesy of Globiwest Hospitality Group‘s Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX:

944 Magazine
Nice Pen or Computer cleaner from Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City
Lip Balm from Holiday Inn Express Century City
Scented Candle in container
Complimentary Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City courtesy of Director of Sales, Lana Leazer.

Apparently, not only will you get to meet some great business and local people if you come by, you will also get to experience the local El Segundo Farmer’s Market with a live band and all kinds of great produce and other stuff to buy.

However, as a result, please note you need to park behind the building since Main Street will be full. If you’ve never been to El Segundo, you’re in for a real throwback in time. I call it the Mayberry of the South Bay. Others have called it the last real beach community of the South Bay. It’s quaint, quiet, and cute. Lots of great restaurants, services, and local people call El Segundo home.

We had such a great time at our last South Bay Professional Connection, I can’t wait to see who shows up for this one. For those of you who missed the last one, here’s some highlights and pictures to share with you (I’m editing an original post I wrote for This is Hermosa website.)

Last month’s attendees included: Sharkeez Owner, Ron Newman & UPAC Member, Kim McMullan ; Hermosa Beach City Council Member, Michael DiVirgilio; Hermosa Beach Resident, Gary Mallette; Union Cattle Owner, Jed Stanford;

Why Was I Dissed? Founder, Rachel Morton ; the Mackinga clan; Jayme Mackinga’s groupies; local icon and Club 705 consultant, John Bowler; Hermosa Beach Writer’s Group Representative, Gerry Althas-Vazquez; PV resident, Lane Mayhew; Beach Cities Relay for Life Volunteers, Jill Morales and Susan Cohen; Nutritionist Jayne Justice ; RB resident, Christie and HB Resident Lotus; Strong Project El Segundo Representative, Michael Pochepan; Beach Massage Business Development Representative, Kimberly Blaine; A Fresh Face Skincare Owner, Victoria Coleman; Project Touch Representative, Carol Shakely; and out-of-towners/friends like John Herzberg, Lana Leazer, Roderick Bascom, Damien Carmean, and many others came to mix and mingle. Lisa Bollinger graciously managed the door.

Those who attended enjoyed the acoustic guitar of 16 year old Jayme Mackinga who has a voice akin to Corrine Bailey Rae. Everyone loved her music. What impressed me the most was the poise she exhibited while performing for around 100 people who sat in rapt attention while she sang.

Jayme performing

During the break, John Bowler entertained the crowd and invited everyone to support the Beach Cities Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society who had a table set up with all their information. What a great cause and great event coming up! Click the link for all the details and join the team.

Although we didn’t raise as much money as I had hoped, it was a great start to a partnership that I hope to continue until the summer’s event. Although I personally haven’t experienced serious cancer, my grandmother died from lung cancer and my family suffers from non-malignant skin cancer every so often. Damn freckles!

John Pieplow gave a rousing concert which everyone enjoyed as well. He was grateful to be sharing his birthday for such a great cause and had a lot of fun visiting our little city. I’m hoping to get him back at a later date. Everyone who stayed received a free CD of his music as a thank you for coming.

The GoChi Juice cocktails were a huge hit. Xavier and his wonderful staff served some great seafood appetizers too. Local HB Resident, Jana Nizny, won the Dinner for Two at The Ardmore in our raffle. Thank you X and all your servers for helping make this a special evening at The Ardmore in 705!