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Hometown Fair Board Members Sought

Mar 01, 2023 10:49PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Past and current board members and presidents of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair in 2022, from left to right: Yvonne Phillips, Patrick Donahue, Robert Manriquez, Steve Johnson, Susi Farrell, Ray Joseph, Sharon Waterous.

If you love all things Manhattan Beach and all of its annual traditions, you may just be the right person to join the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair board.

The board is looking to fill three open positions: Director of Traffic and Safety, Co-Director of Community Relations, and Co-Director of Food. You must have ties to the Manhattan Beach community and be at least 21 years of age to be eligible for appointment. 

The application to apply is due on March 8; the board will hold interviews for the position on March 14.

The Director of Traffic and Safety is responsible for being the primary safety liaison and traffic flow liaison between the MBPD and the board; parking pass coordination and digitization; bike valet management; bus management; and other new opportunities.

The Co-Director of Community Relations is responsible for partnering with the current Community Relations Co-Director, corporate donor program management, individual donor program exploration, silent auction management, Opening Day Parade management, acting as liaison with the MB 10K and with other community events (Santa Float, Scholarships, Best of Manhattan coordination), and new opportunities.

The Co-Director of Food is responsible for partnering with the current Co-Director of Food, overseeing and reviewing applications from all food vendors, doing community outreach and business development with local restaurants, matching non-profit organizations with local restaurants, serving as a liaison with the County Health Department, and other new opportunities

Board meetings will be held on March 14, 28, April 11, May 7 (all-day retreat), May 16, June 13, July 11, August 8, August 22, September 12, September 26, October 7-9 (fair dates), October 24, and November 4. Board members must be present for all meetings.

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, now in its 51st year, was started by a group of residents in 1972 who wanted to promote community spirit within Manhattan Beach. It was incorporated on April 12, 1977 as a California non-profit organization and has been a successful, non-profit venture ever since. It is all volunteer-run with no corporate sponsors.

The fair provides a means for dozens of non-profits to raise money through sales made from food and game booths, and by staffing the wine and beer gardens. These booths generate well over $100,000 annually for non-profit organizations. The Hometown Fair also sponsors scholarships for local students.

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