Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter



Firebrand Media's Scott Sanchez, center, and  Schoolpower's Mike Gilles and Robin Rounaghi during a recent business appreciation party.
Firebrand Media’s Scott Sanchez, center, and Schoolpower’s Mike Gilles and Robin Rounaghi during a recent business appreciation party.

Schoolpower presented its 2014 Hall of Fame award to Firebrand Media for its unwavering support of local public schools.

Firebrand publishes magazines and newspapers including the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper and Laguna Beach Magazine. Its support includes $50,000 of in-kind sponsorship and revenue to the local education foundation whose mission is enriching local public schools.

“Schoolpower has always been close to our hearts,” said Scott Sanchez, Firebrand’s chief technology officer and publisher. “The kids are the foundation of our town, and making sure that we support them feels like the right thing to do.”

The collaboration began five years ago. Currently, Schoolpower and Firebrand are partnering to increase the outreach of Schoolpower’s Laguna Locals Card, which offers discounts by local merchants. Beginning this month, visitors will be able to purchase the Locals Card at Firebrand’s One Laguna, on Forest Avenue, a discovery center equipped to help locals and tourists get the most from the town.

“As a partner, Firebrand is not afraid to try something new and maybe push the envelope a little bit. Firebrand has helped us create new programs and revitalized long-standing ones,” said Robin Rounaghi, SchoolPower’s executive director who presented the award at a June event at The Ranch.

The Hall of Fame (aka “Claes”) Award was established in 2006 in honor of the late Claes Anderson.

To learn more: www.lbschoolpower or call 949-494-6811.

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