Happy Birthday, Westchester!
Have some cake and raise a glass to local pioneers at a cocktail party for the ages
It’s a big year for Westchester, and so local groups like the Westchester Elks, YMCA, Rotary Club and LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to celebrate the community’s 75th birthday in style.
Next Thursday (Oct. 27), they’re hosting a cocktail reception at Loyola Marymount University’s Roski Dining Hall to honor Westchester’s pioneers.
Many of Westchester’s founding fathers are no longer with us, says LAX Coastal Chamber CEO and President Christina Davis, but two important female figures from Westchester’s history will be present: Airport Marina Counseling Service founder Mary Ellen Cassman and Rowena Aike, the first female member of the Westchester Rotary Club and the first female president of the former Westchester Chamber of Commerce.
“She’s pretty much the first female-everything in Westchester,” Davis says of Aike, adding that Cassman was also instrumental in the development of Westchester’s YMCA.
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin is also expected to attend, and so is Karen Dial, president of Drollinger Properties.
Guests can also expect a live band playing music from the 1940s to today, a red carpet entrance, a photo booth, appetizers, complimentary drinks, and historic photos showing the history of Westchester. Last but not least, there will be a ceremonial cutting of a giant birthday cake.
— Christina Campodonico
Westchester’s 75th Anniversary Celebration happens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Loyola Marymount University, University Hall, Roski Dining Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $10/person + $10 parking fee. To RSVP, call (310) 645-5151 or visit laxcoastal.com.