The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation recently announced a $1 million gift to the Westchester Family YMCA.

The donation, which will be made over the course of several years, supplements an earlier contribution of $380,000 made by the foundation last year.

The funds will allow the YMCA to complete the acquisition of the former Westchester Woman’s Club property at 8020 Alverstone Ave. in Westchester, adjacent to the current YMCA facility, which the Y agreed to purchase for $2.2 million in 2005.

In addition, the YMCA has announced that it will rename its buildings the “Westchester Family YMCA at H.B. Drollinger Park” to recognize longtime Westchester developer and philanthropist Howard B. Drollinger, who passed away in 2006.

The YMCA hopes to use the 1.42-acre site as part of a new YMCA complex to address the recreational needs of the community.

“With the completion of this project we can now take the next steps toward developing the property,” said Westchester Family YMCA executive director Lisa D’Angelo, “the first of which is to build our board and complete a needs assessment.

“The Westchester YMCA has been an integral part of this community since 1952 and with more than 8,100 members; there is definitely a need for the programs and services we offer.

“Not only do we serve the 8,100 in our facility, but we also provide physical activity programming to the family of schools in Westchester and Playa del Rey and to Peter Burnett in the Wiseburn School District, along with providing childcare in Venice.”

D’Angelo did not offer a time line for the development of the new YMCA facility, but said she hopes the community will support an upgrade to the existing facilities, which are nearly 50 years old.

“Our hope is to someday complete a capital campaign to build a new facility,” she said. “But, this takes time and help from our entire community. We not only need financial support, but also volunteer support to make this happen.

“Our facility was built in 1959, and it is time to retire either part or all of it. We hope we can count on this community to support us as we are preparing for and as we embark on our capital campaign.”

HALLOWEEN WINDOW WINNERS — The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, Otis College of Art & Design and the Westchester Business Improvement District teamed up over the Halloween season to bring some scary windows to the Westchester Business District.

Throughout October, Otis students and artists from other local schools competed as they decorated storefront windows on Sepulveda Boulevard throughout the Westchester Business District with Halloween themes. The chamber recently announced the winners of the competition:

The Grand Prize of $300 went to Rebecca Gottesman of Otis College of Art & Design for the “Happy Glamoween” theme she painted on the UPS Store window.

First place and $200 in the college category went to Moni Harrion of Otis for the window at Best Tires, while Emi Tamaru of Otis took home second place and $100 for the artwork in the L.A. International Florist window.

In the elementary category, a team of artists from Kentwood Elementary School took the $200 first-place prize for their artwork at Chalet Edelweiss restaurant; and Annika Pearson and Sara McMorkav of St. Anastasia School took home $100 for their artwork on the window at FastFrame.

The judging was done by faculty members from Otis, along with representatives from the sponsoring organizations — the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Business Improvement District and the Rotary Club of Westchester.

ELKS START ANNUAL CLOTHING DRIVE — The Westchester and Santa Monica Elks Clubs have begun their annual clothing drive for the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration (VA) hospital. With the colder nights, there is a demand for more clothing, and many times the homeless living on the streets decide that the winters are warmer at the hospital. Their clothing is immediately incinerated when they arrive.

Thanks to Mina Bharadwa, Helen Peterson, and the members of the Congregational Church of the Messiah, the Westchester Elks Club was able to deliver a full pickup truck load of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, games, hats, caps, socks and more to the VA recently.

The Elks continue to seek donations of various kinds of clean clothes in good condition. Donations may be delivered to the Westchester Elks Lodge at 8025 Manchester Ave. in the afternoon on Monday through Thursday. Information, Curt Curtiss at (310) 645-8989.

NOVEMBER NIGHT SKY — On Thursday evening, November 6th, author, poet and amateur astronomer Robert Eklund and his friends invite young and old to view the November night sky through their telescopes. Jupiter, Venus, the moon with its many craters, and a nebula or two should be on view.

The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks and readings from Eklund’s book, First Star I See Tonight, in the Mary Lou Crockett Room of the Westchester-Loyola Village Library, 7114 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

In case of clouds or rain, Eklund will give an indoor program,

The event is free and open to the public.

Information, (310) 348-1096.

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