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A day away from homelessness


Posted: December 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Master Anthony Le in his 'working/operational 'Ironman suit' with War Machine, from "Ironman" and the Jango Fett character from "Star Wars." Tanya Cecil Photography/courtesy photo

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Combat Radio’s third annual Christmas breakfast for homeless children and Domestic Violence Center shelter was held Dec. 7 at Salt Creek Grille.

Working with Lutheran Social Services to ensure a meal and gifts were granted to those in need - screenwriter, online radio producer and Santa Clarita resident - Ethan Dettenmaier, worked with family and friends in response to a 7-year old girl’s wish that everyone have a home – after her family became a victim of foreclosure itself. Some 300 people overall were treated to breakfast and 100 children also received gifts.

“These children don’t have medical care, or some are handicapped,” Dettenmaier said. “At the breakfast they get to be treated like a guest instead of a hostile combatant.”

Joking that he drives himself into near bankruptcy every year to sponsor the event, Dettenmaier said he holds the event “because he lives here,” and because “kindness is contagious.”

“It’s the satisfaction of making the world around you a better place,” he said. “There’s an emotional reward for picking a person up that most people push away."

Stage rigging crews on loan from Universal Studios worked until 1 a.m. to stage the event, celebrities and friends from the National Football League autographed auction items, and over 60 film entertainers, he said. Grammy nominated artists and radio hosts showed up to give the kids a chance to meet with movie character heros. Profits went to the Lutheran Social Services.

Dettenmaier said he’s especially grateful to Greg Amsler, owner of Salt Creek Grille, and his staff for hosting the event every year.

“What Greg did is in the true whole spirit of what the holiday actually is,” he said. “Greg’s staff volunteers and donates their time and tips.”



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