Photos by Chris MacDonald,
Story by Lee Lovee
It was clear & sunny on New Year's Day in Huntington Beach as
hundreds of locals and visitors ROARED into 2009 with a huge
SPLASH to kick off the Surf City Centennial. Huntington Beach
Host Lions Club is celebrating 70 years of Service, and raised
over $1,500.00 at this event (over twice the funds raised ever
Pre-Splash Ceremonies were conducted by Lion-Costumed Lee Love.
Members of Miss Huntington Beach Queen's Court graced our event,
as well as HB City Council Member Gil Coerper. The award for the
"Youngest Splasher" went to 5-month-old Luke Levassar of
Huntington Beach. His dad, Local Scott Levassar, says the Splash
is a family tradition. Local Kathleen Ellis is registered as the
"Oldest Splasher" (let's just say she's over 60), and the
"Largest Organized Group" was awarded to the HB Lions. We had
two winners for the "Greatest distance Travelled to
Participate": Roland Wimmer from Asselfingen, Germany, and
10-year-old Kyle Yule from Glasgow, Scotland. Local 4-year-old
Zack Vuncanon won the "Most Creative Costume" award by dressing
as a New Year's Surfer "Baby". Our Lifeguard John Bebe & Chris
"Mr. Huntington Beach" MacDonald performed the final countdown
after a very long line was drawn in the sand. Text Written
From Lioness Lee Love.
1. Huntington Beach Host Lions Club President Hank Lopez With
Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person.
2. The Crowd That Ran In The Water At High Noon At The Event.
3. Nicole Vuncanon With Laura Cunningham Who Is One Of The
Huntington Beach Princesses.
4. Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District
Ambassador Chris MacDonald With Huntington Beach City Council
Member Gil Coerper And Huntington Beach Resident Dale Stinson.
5. Surf City Splash Event Coordinator Lioness Lee Love With
Huntington Beach City Council Member Gil Coerper.
6. Huntington Beach Princesses, Samantha Gallo, Laura Cunningham
And Arroya Karian.
7. The Guest Of Honor The Event's New Year's Kid Zack Vuncanon.
8. Huntington Beach City CouncIl Member Gil Coerper With The
Huntington Beach Lions Club Mascot.
9. Native Huntington Beach Resident Stacha Khatib With
Huntington Beach Host Lions Club Member Lioness Lee Love
10. Huntington Beach Lions Member Scott Quinlan.