Local Foundation Keeps Larry Himmel’s Legacy Alive
The Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation continues to honor the memory of the late Larry Himmel, longtime KFMB/Channel 8 reporter, television broadcaster, San Diego personality, and 92127 resident, who passed away in 2014 after battling cancer. Larry believed that his purpose in life was to “make people feel better about the place they call home,” by connecting with people in the community and sharing their stories through the news. “My dad went all over San Diego and it felt like he was everyone’s neighbor,” said Larry’s son Miles Himmel. “We are just trying to continue that.”
The foundation works to provide support and resources to deserving organizations and individuals in the spirit of Larry’s connection with the communities and people of San Diego County. Past projects include bringing Christmas gifts to homeless children at Interfaith Community Services, building a sandbox for children at Highland Ranch Elementary School in Poway, handing out free roses to friends and strangers on Valentine’s Day, and sponsoring a trip to SeaWorld for local kids, among others. “It’s awesome because we are a hands-on organization and we encourage everyone to be part of Larry’s Neighborhood!” Miles said. Through each of these community efforts, Miles meets people whose lives were influenced by his father. “They have these vivid memories of my dad on TV or coming to an event they were at,” he said. “I don’t think I realized the impact he made until we started the foundation.”
In September the foundation will host its first big fundraising event, a concert with local bands at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. One hundred percent of all donations the foundation receives goes back into the community. “We want to continue to help people all around the community,” Miles affirmed. For more information about the foundation or to learn about how to get involved visit www.larryhimmelfoundation.org.