Ed McMahon, longtime "Tonight Show" sidekick and host of the syndicated television show "Star Search," got a dose of local fame Tuesday when a veterans assistance group named a new shelter after him.
The American Veterans Assistance Corp., which opened the permanent shelter for homeless veterans on Feb. 10, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon to honor McMahon, who has been an active celebrity spokesman for veterans causes, said Larry N. Silveira, executive director of the Irvine-based veterans group.
Not only is the Red Hill Avenue shelter named after McMahon--a retired Marine Corps colonel--his picture appears on a sign in the front yard.
The three-bedroom Ed McMahon Veterans Shelter provides temporary shelter to veterans with families, usually those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck and lost their jobs and then their homes, Silveira said.
The shelter, purchased by the American Veterans Assistance Corp., replaces a shelter the group was leasing but that was recently sold, he said. The shelter has housed 24 families in the past two years.