7th Annual Toluca Lake Turkey Trot raises $10,000 for LAPD PALS and Toluca Lake Beautification!

On your mark, get set….. go!

Written by Stephen Hampar

The 7th Annual Turkey Trot returned with a roar, (Or should I say Gobble!) attracting runners and local families to partake in the festivities.  Hosted by the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, 100% of the proceeds go towards the East Valley PALS program and Toluca Lake Beautification Partners. 

We were fortunate to have with us David Ono, Multi-Emmy winning News Anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News as our Master of Ceremonies.  Festivities kicked off (Literally) with a choreographed demonstration by KMA Martial Art kids.  Next, trainers from the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club led the runners to an arsenal of stretches to prep them for the run.

A special sentiment of gratitude goes out to the Turkey Trot Committee, co-chaired by Ryan Kugler and Dana Boyd, including Beth Eras, Susanne Hayes, Kari Negri, Leah Mangum, Steve Hampar and Mary Vossler who rounded off the committee.  Of course there was Board Member Bob Wexler, our illustrious Turkey Mascot, who seemed to be everywhere during the event. 

TLHOA Turkey Trot Committee (L to R) Mary Vossler, Ryan Kugler (Co-Chair), Leah Mangum, Dan Boyd (Co-Chair), Bob “Turkey” Wexler, Councilmember David Ryu, Beth Eras, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Kari Negri, Steve Hampar.

The event could not have been possible without our generous Sponsors: NBCUniversal, Craig Strong, Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club, Malbec Restaurant, A5 Events and Hampar Properties, Cindy Wexler Real Estate, KMA Black Belt Champions, Davis Education Services, Generales and Generales, Forget Me Not Florist, The Counter, A La Mutt, Sky Properties, Strength Code, Amarano, Trader Joes, Honey Baked Ham, Coffee Bean, Bob’s Big Boy, Romano’s Pizza and Veggie Grill. Thank you Councilmember David Ryu and Alice Roth, and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for your support and helping to coordinate with the City.  Thank you to Chase Bank for hosting the event.  Thanks to Officer Kurtis Delbar, and the LAPD for monitoring the race route.  You are all appreciated!

The Toluca Lake Turkey Trot was originally conceived by Toluca Lake resident Piper Welch in 2011, and ran and promoted through the TLHOA.  We hope to see you next year as the tradition continues!


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