Keyes Automotive Group marked another great event on the greens, hosting the 21stAnnual Keyes for Kids Teddy Bear Golf Classic on September 24, 2012 at the Valencia Country Club.

At the Lockton Insurance Brokers Awards Dinner, The Help Group presented its Help Fore Children Humanitarian Award to Michael Meldman and Joey Arenson in recognition of their outstanding spirit of philanthropy and commitment to children.

Michael, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Land Company (DLC), and Joey, an original Partner of DLC, are developers of luxury private club communities around the world. DLC has set new standards within the industry and created an unrivaled track record and reputation in the luxury golf community and land development business. With a commitment to giving back, the DLC Foundation was established to enrich the communities that surround their developments by providing generous support to programs that serve children and families in need.

In his acceptance remarks Michael thanked the business community for its strong support of The Help Group and said, “Partnering with organizations like The Help Group makes communities stronger and creates so many opportunities for the kids. I admire The Help Group for all of its outstanding work on behalf of kids with autism”. Echoing those remarks, Joey added, “Having the chance to meet some of the children served by The Help Group was an unforgettable experience that left a lasting impression. It is truly a special place and I’m happy to do all that I can”.

Board Chair Gary H. Carmona and Dr. Barbara Firestone thanked all event sponsors and donors for making the Golf Classic such a remarkable success. “Today’s Golf Classic supports our mission and brings together old friends and new for the benefit of the children. Today you have scored a ‘hole in one’ for these great kids. On behalf of the entire Help Group family, thank you so much.”

Special Thanks to Michael Hackman, Founder and CEO of Hackman Capital who graciously served as auctioneer extraordinaire for our post-game dinner.

Co-Chairs included Victor Coleman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Pacific Properties; Jesse Sharf, partner & co-chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Century City Real Estate Department and 2009 Golf Classic honoree; Judd Swarzman, Judd Swarzman & Associates and Help Group Board member; Howard Tenenbaum, Vice President of Keyes Automotive Group & Help Group Board Executive Vice Chair; and Michael Van Konyenburg, President, Eastdil Secured.

Committee members included Gary H. Carmona, Help Group Board Chair; Gary Cole, Help Group parent, Celebrity Spokesperson & actor; Jonathan Firestone, Managing Director, Eastdil Secured; Jonathan Klein, Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group; Joe Mantegna, Help Group Celebrity Spokesperson & actor; Michael May, Senior Managing Director, Cantor Commercial Real Estate; Troy Miller, Principal, Ocean West Capital Partners; Tim Noonan, President & CEO, Lockton Insurance Brokers; and Ken Solomon, President, Tennis Channel & Help Group Board member.

Thanks to all our friends who so generously sponsored this event and made it an incredible success!

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