How The Two Met
VIF had just finished a fundraiser in Pasadena at the Rose.
Knowing VIF was based in Washington State and had limited resources
in California. The venue Rep had suggested to Neil that he and
Keith partner to do an event.
After the two talked several times (the dating phase),
a partnership was formed to host a fundraiser for struggling
Veterans. Keith had always wanted to do something to honor our
Veterans and Neil needed someone that could handle an
"Out-of-State" event and be a partner in the venture.
After hashing out several thousand ideas (okay, maybe 5 ideas).
Everything from where to host it to the type of fundraiser. They
decided that given Keith's music background, he would handle
the music end and since Neil is a Stand-Up comedian, he
would handle the comedy end. They both would handle the rest.
The first real contender for a site was on the island of Catalina
in California. But that's a whole different story and logistics
would have been a nightmare.
Keith suggested to Neil that he take a look at Ojai, CA.
After looking into Ojai, Neil agreed with Keith that Ojai was the
place and Ojai was chosen. Well, they chose Ojai but still needed
Ojai to agree.
When the team approached the city, it was fantastic. The city is
on board full throttle.
They are excited about having a Veterans event in their city.
Now the real work begins.