5/19/11

Charlie Buttons to Join the L.A. Lag B'Omer Parade

The Lag B'Omer Parade in L.A. is excited to announce that we have secured the services of "Charlie Buttons".

Loved by one and all, Charlie is a endeared icon in Chabad's modern-day "Who's Who". Most notably is the special 'Yachas' the Rebbe showed, meriting on many occasions to bring much joy to the Rebbe. This is self evident from the hours of video footage taken at the Rebbe's Farbrengens, Kos Shel Brachos, Dollars & Tefilos and Lag B'Omer parades.

Recently JEM released footage of the Lag B'Omer Parade by the Rebbe in the year 5744. A clip in the promotional release highlights Charlie passing before the Rebbe.

A regular by Sholom Zachos & Simchos around Crown Heights, Charlie is one who brings much joy and laughter to everyone, especially the youth. He was thus a natural choice to include as a part of the parade.

Tracking Charlie down, however, proved to be an entirely different story; Charlie, after all, does not own a cell phone. After many phone calls, a flight to Crown Heights by Rabbi Mendel Duchman, pulling strings and connections,Charlie was finally tracked down.

After much persuasion, Charlie has agreed to travel the close to 2,500 miles, to bring much of the Crown Heights Lag B'Omer spirit to the West Coast, sharing it with all of us here. Charlie will be on hand throughout the day doing what he does best: making people happy, blowing balloons for children of all ages & backgrounds, awarding toddlers special "Charlie Buttons Pins", and of course: sharing his now-legendary 'Divrei Bracha' to everyone!

A special thank you goes to Boruch Ezagui and Mendel Tevel for their assistance.

Keep checking back for more news on this exiting, developing story - as well as the Lag B'Omer promo video, marching bands and all other news - at www.lagbomerla.blogspot.com

Rabbi Mendel Duchman, Director of Kol Yaakov Yehuda in his successful effort in enlisting Charlie's services,
this past Tuesday evening in 770



A replica of 770 on Pico Blvd., the location of the Parade

The crowd by the Lag B'Omer Parade in 5767

Partial View of the Crowd Lag B'Omer 5770

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