Congratulations to Chamber and Board Member Kellly Layne on Being Named Bonin's Neighborhood Hero
If there is an event being planned in Venice to help someone or benefit a great cause, there’s a damn good chance that Kelly Layne is one of the people behind it. Whether it is the arts, neighborhood beautification projects, celebrating our first responders, improving our local schools, or assisting at-risk youth, Kelly is someone who helps makes things happen.
I first met Kelly several years ago, when Whole Foods opened in Venice. She was the person who coordinated their donations to worthy local causes, like the restoration of the Venice Beach Poetry monument, support for community gardens, creation of new murals, and support for neighborhood festivals and community events. Since leaving Whole Foods, she has made organizing her events for her neighbors her passion.
Kelly formed the Chamber in Action committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. The committee focuses on community service and community improvement projects,giving Kelly the opportunity to spearheaded projects of sentimental and historical value for Venice residents. She and the committee have worked on restoring the Venice POW-MIA wall on Pacific Avenue, the Venice Gondola Project, the Venice Carousel Project and the renovation of LAPD Pacific Division lobby. They are also involved with various garden improvement and beach clean-up efforts.
Feeding her need to give back, Kelly works with local non-profits to produce their fundraising events, including Neighborhood Youth Association’s "Venice Garden & Home Tour", A Window Between Worlds’ "Art in the Afternoon", Inside Out Art's "A Taste of Venice" and more. Kelly also was a key player in organizing the “Great! Great! Great! Great! Celebration of Life” for Bill Rosendahl in 2016.
Kelly describes herself as “a connector of people an things who thrives on building/fostering relationships and community.” True that!
Taken from Mike Bonin's Neighborhoods First Newsletter.
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