Councilmember Bill Rosendahl took the stage with student bell ringers from Mark Twain Middle School to congratulate the Venice community on its fundraising efforts to send the young musicians to the Summer Olympics in London.
“I was so proud when I heard the bell ringers perform,” said Rosendahl. “These kids are ambassadors to the Olympics!”
The group of 20 student musicians were invited to perform at four venues at the 2012 Olympic games in August. The school needed to raise more than $100,000 for the trip and accomplished this goal through a donation drive.
The school’s principal credited Rosendahl for his role in making the student’s Olympic dreams a reality.
“He called a few friends, sent out a few emails, got a few people involved and helped pushed us over the finish line,” said Dr. Rex Patton, the principal at Mark Twain. “He worked hard to put us over the top and I want to thank him publicly.”
Rosendahl called on friend and recording artist Johnny Irion who helped create an online campaign to raise funds for the student’s trip.
During a concert last night for Mark Twain parents and faculty, Rosendahl presented Patton and the bell ringers with certificates and proclaimed them ambassadors to London from the City of Angels.
Rosendahl also plans to ask Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to proclaim the students the official bell ringers of the City.