The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its second annual “Summer Fest” event to raise funds for the chamber’s “Leadership, Exploration and Development” (LEAD) program. This seven-month program provides Torrance area high school sophomores the opportunity to visit local businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits throughout the South Bay to help them explore career options and develop leadership skills.

The evening event was held in the parking lot of The Depot Restaurant in Downtown Torrance. Chef Michael Shafer, owner of The Depot Restaurant, hosted the event, providing a delicious BBQ buffet, live entertainment, and more – all of which he donated to support the chamber. Torrance Refining Company LLC was the event’s presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, and company representatives, including Torrance Refinery Manager Steve Steach, participated in the event.

The Torrance Refinery has been a staunch supporter of the Chamber’s LEAD program since its inception two years ago and hosts the LEAD “Science Day” program, during which LEAD students meet Refinery employees who share career and leadership advice with the students, focusing on science professions and career pathways. In addition, the students learn about petroleum refining and take a tour of the plant.

We extend appreciation to Chef Shafer and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation for their continuing support of our Torrance community and its youth. To learn more about the LEAD program, visit the chamber’s website by clicking here.