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John Bohn Awarded with Community Leader Award

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By Daniel Larios
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April 29, 2014 -- Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) will present former Santa Monica city councilmember and businessman John Bohn with its first-ever Virtuoso Community Leader Award to commemorate his more than 60 years of community service to the city, according to officials.

The 93 year old Bohn will be honored at a Spring Benefit held on May 22 at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.  The event will be held in the front drive under the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, said officials.  Tickets are $150 per person.

“This is wonderful opportunity to honor one of the great stalwarts of the Santa Monica community,” says OSM Board member Barbara Bishop. “John’s service and generosity to this city are unparalleled. OSM is thrilled to honor John with our first Virtuoso Community Leader Award.”

Orchestra Santa Monica will perform at the gala and Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President Laurel Rosen will be Master of Ceremonies of the event, according to officials.

"Community Leader and Philanthropist John Bohn is beloved and respected for his many years of service to the Santa Monica community," said officials in a press release for the event.

Mr. Bohn is originally from Centralia, Illinois, is a UCLA graduate and has continuously resided in Santa Monica since 1936. Mr. Bohn and his wife June Bohn have four sons and six grandchildren. 

Bohn is a former Santa Monica City Councilman, having served in the council in the 1960's.  In the past, he has also been a member of the Santa Monica Planning Commission, the Santa Monica Personnel Board, and the Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency. He has served as President of the Santa Monica Rotary Club and as Chairman of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and is still active in both organizations.

He is also a past President of the Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Additionally, Mr. Bohn also serves as a board member of the Santa Monica Historical Society. 

In 1949, Mr. Bohn formed Tavco, Inc. the first in a series of companies that would later make up The Bradmore Group. Over time, Mr. Bohn established several companies which own and manage industrial and commercial property.

“We are extremely grateful to John Bohn and his family for their contributions to Santa Monica,” says Maestro Allen Robert Gross. “OSM is also grateful to our event sponsors White & Co. Insurance, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, and Bulgarini Gelato.”

Event sponsorships, tickets, and more information can be found at or by calling 310-525-7618.

Now in its second season, OSM provides concerts to Santa Monica and the West Side, and through its programming and educational outreach "cultivates a life-long interest in symphonic music," said officials.

A fairly new organization, OSM has already received significant support from the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and other supporters such as SONY, Agensys, Pacific West Bank, and the Leo Buscaglia Foundation.

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