Mary Lou Crockett meeting room; blankets for pets; WC3 installation of officers; blood drive

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Hundreds of business people and local residents turned up on January 30th as the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual City of Angels Awards to baseball icon Tommy Lasorda; Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and his wife, Bobbie; and Andrew Cherng, founder of Panda Restaurant Group.

The chamber also honored longtime resident and public school activist Terry Marcellus with the Second Annual Howard Drollinger Achievement Award. Marcellus was nominated by chamber members and selected from a field of finalists by the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, which presented him with $5,000 to be given in his name to the charity or charities of his choice.

Marcellus decided to divide the $5,000 contribution among four charities with which he has worked over the years, presenting $1,250 to the Westchester Family YMCA, the Westchester Rotary Foundation, the Westchester/ Playa del Rey Historical Society and the Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation.

MARY LOU CROCKETT MEETING ROOM — The Westchester/Playa del Rey Historical Society celebrated the dedication January 31st of the community room at Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library in honor of longtime Westchester resident and former Board of Library Commissioners member Mary Lou Crockett, who passed away in October 2004.

The society also presented certificates to Westchester and Playa del Rey residents who have been living in the community for 50 or more years.

The new Mary Lou Crockett Meeting Room will be used for community events, meetings and other gatherings, and Patty Crockett, Mary Lou’s daughter, was on hand to thank the crowd that gathered.

“It is truly incredible how many events she did in this community,” said Patty of her mother, who helped start the annual Fourth of July Parade that continues to this day.

Crockett, one of the community’s most active and dedicated citizens, was a past Honorary Mayor of the community and a former member of the Board of Airport Commissioners. She was widely recognized as a font of historic information about the Westchester community and one of the community’s most involved citizens.

As a member of the city’s Board of Airport Commissioners, Crockett was instrumental in establishing noise standards for California airports and played an important role in securing soundproofing for the homes that neighbor Los Angeles International Airport.

In 2003, Crockett was honored with the Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service Award, which commemorated Burns’ own lifelong dedication to community-building and honors individuals who have served as outstanding role models for community leadership.

She was a benevolent financial contributor to many, many non-profit organizations who always donated funds without looking for publicity or fanfare. Over the years, she has made sizable donations to the Westchester YMCA, Westchester Fire Station, Airport Marina Counseling Service, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Historical Society of Centinela Valley, Westchester Sym- phony Society, League of Wom-en Voters Education Fund, Westchester Playa del Rey Historical Society and Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Flight Path Learning Center Scholarship Fund.

BLANKETS FOR PETS — Local humane societies, shelters, and rescue organizations go through hundreds of blankets and towels each week in order to provide care and comfort to stray dogs and cats, especially during the wet and cold times of the year.

Blankets for Buddies is dedicated to helping these animals by collecting new or used blankets and towels from the community and delivering them personally to nearby animal shelters and rescues.

The nonprofit organization plans to hold a blanket drive from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9th, at the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.

The blankets are primarily used to give shelter animals a soft place to lie down and curl up inside their kennels while waiting for their owners to find them or someone to give them a new loving and permanent home.

The towels are often used for the cat crates as bedding and to wipe up messes, dry off animals after a much-needed bath upon arrival, and in the field trucks that pick up stray or lost animals.

WC3 INSTALLATION — The Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce, or WC3, held its annual installation of officers January 31st.

The Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce is an association of nine area chambers of commerce from West Hollywood and Malibu to Century City and Westchester. The business coalition advocates for pro-business legislation and travels to Sacramento each year to push its agenda with legislators.

State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas installed the following officers: president, Steven Rose; past president, Mark Olson; vice presidents, Susan Bursk, Sibyl Buchanan and Sharon Sandow; treasurer, Christina Davis; and secretary, Sharon O’Rourke.

BLOOD DRIVE — The American Red Cross will hold a Westchester Community Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2nd, in the Fellowship Hall at Westchester Lutheran School, 7831 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester.

All donors will receive a gift certificate to Mimi’s CafÈ.

For an appointment or information, enter sponsor code WLCS7831 at www.getlife.org or call (310) 670-5422.

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