The Boys & Girls Club of Venice will hand out Champion of Youth awards Thursday, October 19th, at the 2006 Westside Champion of Youth Dinner and Silent Auction, to be held at Casa del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.

The benefit evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, and is followed by dinner and the program at 7:30 p.m.

Past honorees include Ruth Galanter, Steve Soboroff, Jerry H. Snyder and Steve Aguilar.

Proceeds from the event go to support the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Among items to be auctioned are a five-night all-inclusive getaway, with airfare courtesy of American Airlines, to Paradisus Riviera Resort in Canc™n.

All guests in attendance will receive a gift bag filled with DVDs and other items.

A limited number of tickets ($250) and sponsor tables ($2,500) are available.

Information, Erikk Aldridge, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Venice, (310) 390-4477 ext. 225 or erikk@bgcv.org

HONOREES — Honorees this year are:

n Milton I. Swimmer, senior partner, J.H. Snyder Company.

Swimmer has worked for J.H. Snyder for nearly 18 years and is the company’s expert in design and construction.

His work in community relations and with government officials has enhanced the reputation of the firm in both the public and private sectors, according to club director Aldridge.

In his efforts in entitlements and government relations, Swimmer plays a role in strengthening relationships with local government, city planners, preservationists and local businesses.

Prior to joining the J.H. Snyder Company, he was the founder and former president of one of the nation’s top commercial interior design firms.

A community activist, Swimmer has served as a commissioner on the Convention Center Authority during the design and construction of the new Los Angeles Convention Center.

He has served as president of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and was instrumental in the development of a new facility for the organization.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City, Swimmer is also a former faculty member of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

n Michael E. Wise, senior partner, J.H. Snyder Company.

Wise is responsible for administration, legal, property management and capitalization of both debt and equity.

He first began his career in real estate with J.H. Snyder Company 28 years ago.

Several years later, he left J.H. Snyder to form his own real estate company to develop and manage commercial and residential projects.

As principal and founder of L&S Property Management and The Regency Group, the management and development arms of L&S, Wise directed the financing, development and management of more than 12,000 apartment units, retail centers, office buildings and industrial properties in Southern California.

In 1988, Wise rejoined J.H. Snyder and has used his entrepreneurial experience to build a management team that has guided the company through its growth in real estate development.

Wise’s projects have included the structuring and capitalizing of more than $700 million of debt and equity for J.H. Snyder projects, including the $115 million dollar construction loan for Water Garden II.

He has further enhanced J.H. Snyder growth with creative acquisition structures designed to minimize land cost and maximize profits.

Wise is an advisory board member and former president of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

He also serves on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice and the Midnight Mission.

He graduated from the John Carroll University in Ohio in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.

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