Leadership Hermosa Beach honored emerging leaders at its largest fundraiser Beach B.A.L.L. Saturday night at The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach.
The Emerging Leader awards are given to an adult, youth and business/nonprofit who have “provided service and civic leadership in the community, but may not have the body of work to be considered for Man or Woman of the Year,” according to its website.
This year's winners included Ryan and Karen Nowicki for their creation of the Hermosa Friends Foundation in May 2016 to “encourage philanthropy and support charitable causes.” Also nominated were the Women's Club of Hermosa Beach and Brownie Troop 6025.
Lucas Commiso took home the adult leader award. Also nominated were Brian Demarco Williams and Andrea Giancoli.
Commiso, a 24-year-old real estate agent, said he was honored to be even nominated by the Kiwanis Club, especially after being involved for only a year. He was born in Torrance, but raised in Hermosa Beach and graduated from Mira Costa High School. When he graduated from Mira Costa, he earned a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club.
“They believe in me, they trusted me, they want me to succeed and do well on my behalf as well as the benefit of the club... I'm looking forward to having this being one of many more contributions … to Hermosa Beach,” said Commiso after winning the award.
Mira Costa's Brenly Parker took home the youth leadership award Saturday. Also nominated were Braden Sell and Brady Stephens.
With a mission to “educate, train and connect leaders for the betterment of our community,” the acronym B.A.L.L. stands for Bringing All Local Leaders Together. The 10-month long training program gives community members an opportunity to discover how city government works and at the same time give back to the community with a service project. Past projects range from new mile markers on The Strand to utility box art.
For more information, visit leadershiphermosa.org.