Stephen Kramer Honored by Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce

Former Larchmont Chronicle publisher Jane Gilman presents Stephen Kramer with the second annual Trailblazer Award from the Miracle Micle Chamber of Commerce (Gilman was last year’s awardee)

On Thursday, January 10, the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce honored its current president, attorney Stephen W. Kramer, with the organization’s second annual Trailblazer Award, presented annually to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the life and success of the Miracle Mile area.

The award was presented by last year’s winner, former Larchmont Chronicle publisher Jane Gilman, at a luncheon at the Ebell of Los Angeles.  At the event, a long line of local dignitaries lauded Kramer and his efforts to support the Miracle Mile buisiness and cultural community over the last 15 years.  (In addition to being instrumental in the successful revival of the once-moribund Chamber, Kramer has also served on the boards of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, LaunchLA, and the Odyssey Theater, and was a founder of the annual TarFest event at the La Brea Tar Pits.)

First in Fire’s Lyn Cohen, explaining how a teddy bear in a tutu is emblematic of Kramer’s longtime commitment to the Miracle Mile

Besides Gilman, speakers sharing memories of Kramer and kudos for his efforts included City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin, The Grove manager Ryan Hawley, Mark Panatier, vice president of the A.F. Gilmore Company (which owns and operates the Original Farmers’ Market), Miracle Mile Residential Association Vice President Ken Hixon, and a special video message from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

One speaker, the First in Fire Foundation’s Lyn Cohen, even brought props reminiscent of long-ago events Kramer participated in, and pretty much summed up all the speakers’ sentiments in saying that Kramer is very much responsible for putting the “miracle” in today’s Miracle Mile.

 

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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