Hannon Foundation grants to LMU, Otis College; LMU students go to Harvard

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Fresh off victories in the 2010 Wally Kincaid Fourth of July Wood Bat Series and the 2010 California Connie Mack Tournament, the Playa Vista Orioles 18-and-under baseball team has been invited to participate in the USA Premier World Series.

Competition in the tournament will begin Saturday, Aug. 7 and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 15 at several Orange County locations, including California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton Junior College and Blair Field in Long Beach.

The USA Premier World Series includes 16 club baseball teams from throughout the Pacific Southwest, and Playa Vista Orioles Coach Tim Olivarez said his team comes into the tournament with plenty of talent.

“We’re one of the top teams in Southern California,” he said. “And we have a lot of players moving on to the next level. I have three going to UCLA, one to LMU (Loyola Marymount), one to University of Oregon, one to Arizona, and it goes on and on. We have a lot of kids moving on to collegiate ball.”

The Playa Vista Orioles have already sent many players from the high school ranks to the university level, and have even had several players reach the Major Leagues, including Florida Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson.

“We get a lot of kids who, for their age group, are very good,” Olivarez said.

CHARLES MARCELLUS PASSES AWAY

Charles Edward Marcellus, III, a Playa del Rey resident and father of longtime community activist Terry Marcellus, passed away Saturday, July 31 at the age of 82.

Terry described his father as dearly loving his family, his friends, the UCLA Bruins and all left-handed pitchers and golfers.

Charles Marcellus is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marilyn; his daughter, Janet LeBouf and her husband, Dan; and his son, Terry and his wife, Jill. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Crystal LeBouf, Matthew LeBouf, Katherine Marcellus, Jessica Marcellus and Christina Marcellus.

Services for Charles Marcellus will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at Visitation Catholic Church, 6561 West 88th St. in Westchester.

HANNON FOUNDATION PROVIDES GRANTS

The William H. Hannon Foundation has made $22,000 in scholarship donations to LMU and Otis College of Art and Design, both located less than a mile apart in Westchester. The $7,000 donation to LMU will go toward the Chancellor Scholarships Program to assist students from Jesuit prep schools in attaining an LMU education. The $15,000 donation for student scholarships at Otis mirrors previous donations from the foundation, which have helped freshmen to attend Otis from economically underserved communities in Los Angeles who show exceptional academic and artistic ability as well as a history of community service.

“LMU and Otis add to the vibrancy and uniqueness of Westchester and many of their alums, just like my late uncle having attended then Loyola University, choose to work or live in Westchester after graduating,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation.

“Helping students attend LMU and Otis is good for Westchester today and tomorrow.” Aikenhead is a niece of the late William Hannon and has served on the foundation’s board of directors since its founding in 1983.

LMU STUDENTS HEAD TO HARVARD

Six LMU students were recently selected to participate in the Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The highly competitive summer program, which accepts only 25 students a year, was established to help develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

“The Latino community is growing at such a rapid pace and we need Latino leaders to represent them and be their voice because they truly understand the needs of the Latino community firsthand,” said LMU senior Adrienne Soto.

The weeklong program included classes on decision-making, negotiation, and public narrative. Students were also able to network with respected Latino mentors from the government, nonprofit and business sectors.

The LMU students who joined Soto in participating in the program were Alexandra Escobar of Long Beach, Yuliana Espinoza of Inglewood, Jesse Jovel of Compton, Tania Zaldivar of Claremont and Karina Zamora of La Puente. They joined students from the University of California- Merced, Texas A&M International-Laredo, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston ——all partner universities of the Latino Leadership Initiative.

“I learned that no matter how successful a person becomes, they should always be humble and give back to the community where they came from,” Soto said.

The program was developed with seed money from Walter Ulloa, an LMU trustee, Loyola Law School alumnus, and chairman and CEO of Entravision Communications.

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