Rotary District Governor Joe Vaquez presents a check for $15,000 to Kasey Ernest, Executive Directory of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu in front of the Malibu Playhouse on March 25.  Kasey is the administrator of the Boys & Girls Club Malibu-Disaster Relief Fund, and a group that decided the immediate needs of the youth of Malibu following the Woolsey Fire that destroyed the homes of many local students. Members of the Malibu Rotary Club coordinated this effort.  Standing behind DG Vasques and Ernest are L to R Teresa LeGrove Cherkas, president-elect of the Malibu Rotary; Bianca Torrence, President of the Malibu Rotary Club; Marianne Bema, Carlye Rudkin, Nagy Henein, Wilson Benitez, Kathy Henein, and Bill Wishard.  All in the back row are members of the Malibu Rotary Club, except for Benitez who is a member of the Torrance-Del Amo Rotary Club and District Senior Assistant District Govenor and District Chair for International Service. 

In accepting the $15,000 check from Rotary Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Kasey Earnest said that $7,000 would go to the nonprofit Young Actors Project in support of the arts, after-school programs, and chldren affected by the Woolsey Fire who were not able to pay for the program. Some of the money will also go to the non-profit LA County Disaster Communications Service ((DCS), which lost equment in the Woolsey fire. 

The reason the presentation of the Rotary check was done at the Malibu Playhouse is because that is where children involved with the Young Actors Project were rehearsing for their production of “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.”