Bob Hope performs for armed services members stationed in the Solomon Islands in 1944.  U.S. Army photo

Bob Hope performs for armed services members stationed in the Solomon Islands in 1944.
U.S. Army photo

The 4,000-square-foot Bob Hope Hollywood USO Center is a temporary home away from home for some 50,000 active and retired American armed services members who travel through Los Angeles International Airport each year. In addition to a TV lounge, library and computer room, the USO center provides restrooms and showers, a nap room, luggage lockers and free phone calls home.

The West Los Angeles nonprofit Military Women in Need empowers female veterans and veterans’ widows through emergency subsidies, housing assistance and resource referrals.

Help raise money in support of both efforts while having an old-fashioned patriotic good time on Saturday at the Westchester Elks Lodge.

The local Elks’ annual fundraiser features cocktails, dinner and live musical entertainment. Participants are encouraged to wear red, white and blue while dancing the night away.

— Joe Piasecki

The party begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Tickets are $35. RSVP required. Call (310) 821-3005. Donations of water and soda for the USO center are also requested.