Helping hands

Pictured, from left: Dennis Passagio, Larry E. Grant, Mel Gibson and Bara Byrnes.

Aprivate event was held Friday at Malibu United Methodist Church to raise funds for Larry E. Grant, founder of the Kingdom Day Parade, the largest celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Southern California.

Local actor Mel Gibson was among the 20 attendees at the fundraiser, intended to help Grant through tough economic times, event coordinator Bara Byrnes said Monday.