Monday, October 5, 2009

Wine & Jazz event allows SVdP to network with Long Beach community

An intimate Wine and Jazz gathering was recently held on the patio of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’ new thrift store in Long Beach. The Council's new Deputy Executive Director, David Fields, spoke about the Society's local work and outreach to community business leaders.

Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell and Vice Mayor Val Lerch were present and thanked St. Vincent de Paul for its new store. Councilmember O'Donnell also presented the Society with a special proclamation. The James Gentry Quintet provided the Jazz entertainment.

The evening allowed local business leaders, the clergy and other organizations to network with the Council’s staff – and learn more about the Society’s outreach - in a casual environment.

"We want to become part of the fabric of the city. This type of event gives us the presence that we need," said Fields. "The intent is to better understand the city and allow the local organizations to understand the role that we want to play in the city."

Fields added: "This event definitely established the beginning of our strong presence in the City of Long Beach. Grace Casian and Sandra Gillard (of the Council's fund development department), with the assistance of (Store Director) Tony Terrazas, are to be commended for their efforts in organizing this event."

Revenue from the new Long Beach store not only will help shoppers purchase everyday household items at low prices, but it will support the Council’s various outreach programs, including St. Vincent de Paul's free-distribution where donated usable items are given free to local families in extreme-need.

For more information on the Society's new thrift store in Long Beach, please call 323-224-6287.

Photos (l-r): Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell (r) presents SVdP's Deputy Executive Director David Fields with a special proclamation; The James Gentry Quintet provide Jazz entertainment.

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