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Leadership Hermosa Beach hosts its biggest fundraiser Beach B.A.L.L., Saturday, April 27, at The Standing Room, located at 1320 Hermosa Ave., to support the group's non-profit efforts.

With a mission to “educate, train and connect leaders for the betterment of our community,” the acronym 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.

Jack Levy, who has lived in Hermosa Beach for 20 years, joined Leadership Hermosa Beach in 2015 and this year is the Beach B.A.L.L. director.

“I've made so many friends that I otherwise probably would have never met,” said Levy about Leadership Hermosa Beach.

This year's service project is an app that helps users explore the community of Hermosa Beach.

“It's a big undertaking, big challenge for a class project,” said Levy. “I really admire that they are working at it.”

The event on April 27 is also a showcase for the group's Emerging Leader recipients, which are unveiled that evening. The Emerging Leader awards are given to an adult, business/nonprofit and a youth 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.

Beach B.A.L.L. takes place at The Standing Room from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be live music and appetizers and drink specials provided. Tickets are $45 to $55.

For more information, visit leadershiphermosa.org.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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