Rotary Honors Jerry Chabola and Santa Maria BBQ as Local Heroes

Janet and Jerry Chabola at "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"

“Where did all this white hair come from anyway ?” Janet Chabola laughingly wondered after a presentation of memories and accolades that answered her question.  On March 15 at the Culver City Senior Center, there were more than a few local heroes seated at the tables for the “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” event hosted by the Culver City Rotary Club. Both Jerry Chabola, the Athletic Director of CCHS, and Jim Rodrigues of Santa Maria BBQ were surrounded by Tin Men, Witches and more than a few Dorothys as the “Yellow Brick Road” theme gave the evening a truly Culver City flavor.

Janet and Jerry Chabola at "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"

With Andy Weissman as the Master of Ceremonies, both Rodrigues and Chabola were presented with applause for their efforts in community building. “If you know Jim Rodrigues,” Weissman offered “you know he’s the kind of guy you can always ask. He’s one of those relentlessly generous folks thats there for everyone who needs a hand.”

Chabola was treated to a power point style slide show of his travels with his family over the years, and thanked the crowd in attendance for their enthusiasm and support. “It’s just been so amazing,” Chabola noted “I can’t even believe where the  years have gone.”

With Steven Fry and fellow musicians playing, the silent auction raised money for Homeboy Industries. Father Gregory Boyle had been featured to speak at the event, but could not attend.

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