From the Cabana King to Two Bananas a Day
Hi, I'm friends with Svend Petersen, the long-time Pool Manager of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
He used to own the house I lived in Hollywood and was my landlord. I received a call from one of the few friends Svend has left to inform me that he is homeless and has been taken advantage of by realtors who sold his house.
The Realtors that swindled him into selling his house quickly also caused the IRS to come after him. The IRS substracts money from his Social Security every month. He owes $71,000 in taxes just from the selling of his house. Credit Cards Companies canceled his cards and the Checking Account is in minus. His life went in a downhill spiral resulting in homelessness.
Svend is now 86 years old. As you may have seen him on the television or watched some of his interviews, he had been with Beverly Hills Hotel for over 40 years. He's been at the hotel with all the stars like Marilyln Monroe, Cary Grant, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, just to name a few. Back in the day, Katherine Hepburn used to ask Svend if she could come earlier to swim in the Pool. Svend always told me these amazing stories of the Beverly Hills Hotel and what happen behind the scenes.
During the good times, Svend had many famous people around him. How can someone who gave 40 dedicated years to serving the Beverly Hills Hotel, elites, and celebrities end up on the street?
Most of his life he served and helped people and now in his older years he's forgotten about. People that once called themselves "friends" don't want to know about his situation. It's a sad world we live in if elderly are starving and are just a burdon to our society.
This is why we are asking for your attention. Svend needs help. Right now Svend's few belongings are in storage and we are giving Svend money to stay alive but cannot continue to fund this project alone. We your need help.
To give you an example, Svend had two bananas today because all the money is used for paying for the motel, P.O. Box, storage, and IRS. A few weeks back he had to sleep in a car under a freeway bridge. At 86 years old, his life consists of going from motel to motel and when the money runs out, he sleeps in a car. Cheapest motel we found is $89 a day. He was recently hospitalized for an infection. They drained spinal fluid and now he is slowly recovering. All of this stress and instability is taking a toll on his health.
Our goal and solution is to find him a Studio or 1 Bedroom in the Los Angeles area. We would use the $5900 for downpayment and first 3 Months rent along with Food so he can get back on his feet.
UPDATE: We have raised the bar to $100,000 to help secure Svend's future.
Any donations are helpful.
Lets help Svend and get him back on his feet.
Mercedes Kennedy , Thomas Marinello , and Art on behalf of Svend Petersen .
The extended Interview of CBS 2 Coverage from 04/12/17
Very busy day today, we started out with a Inside Edition Interview. Please have a look.
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