The Fritz B. Burns Foundation has announced that it has selected Lance Lipscomb, owner of the LAX Travelodge Hotel, as the 2004 Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service and Leadership Award.

Lipscomb will be presented with the award at the Westchester/LAXnMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner Friday, June 18th, at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for the black-tie optional event are $75 per person and are available by calling (310) 645-5151.

The event will celebrate more than 50 years of accomplishments for the chamber and will include president David Voss’s presentation of a variety of awards to Chamber members commemorating their service to the Chamber during the 2003-2004 year.

In addition, incoming president Diane Barretti and her new board of directors will be installed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, and the new Honorary Mayor will be announced.

Lipscomb has a unique history with the Burns award. In June 2000, he accepted the same award for his partner, Jim Bunch, a past chamber president who passed away that same year.

Lipscomb had always worked behind the scenes until Bunch’s passing, but in the wake of Bunch’s death, Lipscomb emerged with a renewed commitment to community service.

Since then, he has championed a variety of causes and been an active community volunteer.

As a tribute to Bunch, Lipscomb founded and has administered the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund. This fund has helped support many charities, including the Westchester Rotary Teacher Mini-Grant program, Airport Marina Counseling Service and the Westchester Family YMCA.

Lipscomb has also been very active in serving food and making sure the Travelodge mascot, “Sleepy Bear,” gets to Ronald McDonald House frequently to visit sick children and cheer them up.

He recently spearheaded the drive that put electronic locks and televisions in every room in the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.

Though it is closing this summer, Lipscomb for many years has adopted 98th Street School in Westchester, holding a family fun day and working closely with teachers, parents and students to fill their wish lists. In 2000, he spearheaded the dedication of the school’s library in Bunch’s name, making sure that the children of the school had a suitable place to learn and new books to read.

Active in both Rotary and Kiwanis, he has left his stamp on both clubs. Lipscomb has been active in raising money for the Westchester Rotary Teacher Mini-Grant Program, which this year provided more than $12,000 to teachers at 14 local schools to fund classroom projects that they could otherwise not afford.

A former teacher, he has also made an annual contribution of $1,000 to the most outstanding Teacher of the Year at the chamber’s annual teacher Eddy Awards dinner.

Lipscomb serves on the board of directors for the chamber and has been recognized as a Friend of Education and a Member of the Year by that organization.

He is also a supporter of Rose Vista, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division Boosters and the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, and is president of the Airport Marina Counseling Service Board.

“Lance possesses one of the largest and most caring hearts of anyone in town,” said Chamber executive director Tony Ciancimino.

“He is not shy about rolling up his sleeves and diving in, whether the work is physical or mental. His motivation is in getting the job done, not personal gain or acclaim.”

The Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service and Leadership Award comes with a $5,000 donation to the charity or charities of Lipscomb’s choosing.

Considering all the organizations with which he works, however, that money will be split quite a bit!

LMU PITCHER TURNS PRO — After being drafted in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft early last week, Loyola Marymount University’s Kevin Jenson signed to play with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, June 11th.

The right-handed pitcher becomes the third Lion to sign following the 2004 season.

Jenson, who spent three seasons with the Lions after transferring from Yuba City Community College, began his minor league career this weekend at the Giants’ mini-camp in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The recent LMU alum will depart later this week to join the Giants’ Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a member of the Northwest League.

Jenson was instrumental in the Lions’ West Coast Conference series win over Santa Clara, when he entered the game after a 22-minute rain delay in the fifth inning with LMU trailing 7-1. Jenson was strong through his 4.1 innings of work, holding Santa Clara scoreless without issuing a walk. With Jenson on the mound, the Lions put together a 12-7 come-from-behind win in the series’ deciding game to give the Yuba City native his first victory of the season.

The six-foot-four Jenson completed his senior season with a 2-1 record. He graduated from LMU in May with a degree in business administration.

Jenson and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will open their season on Friday June 18th, as part of the same short-season league that fellow Lion Billy Lockin just joined. Jenson’s Volcanoes are first taking on Lockin’s Yakima Bears (Arizona Diamondbacks) that started Wednesday, June 16th, and continues through Wednesday, June 30th, in a five-game series in Keizer.

In addition to Jenson and Lockin, fellow senior Will Quaglieri signed with the New York Mets in May. Quaglieri will begin his career with the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York-Penn League.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL — At a special meeting Thursday, June 10th, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey approved spending more than $1,300 to purchase and install 50 Neighborhood Watch signs throughout the community.

The signs, which law enforcement officials say can help make a significant reduction in crime, will be installed in the coming weeks.

Traditionally, the city’s Department of Transportation provides and installs the signs, but budget cuts within the department meant that the signs would have taken over a year to get installed. Unlike traffic signs, Neighborhood Watch signs are among the department’s lowest priorities.

The council also doled out nearly $14,000 to community groups including the CowaNature Center effort to construct an outdoor classroom at Cowan Avenue Elementary School, the We CAHRE effort to save the Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital and two nature conservancies focusing on the Westchester Bluffs and the Ballona Wetlands.

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