Pre-registration is now open for participants in Walk & Roll 2004, a fundraising walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 7th, at 5959 Century Blvd., Westchester.

The event benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Celebrities and supporters are scheduled to take a symbolic walk through the Gateway to L.A. airport business district in and around Century Boulevard, followed by hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by chefs at area hotels and restaurants.

Live band music is planned throughout the evening.

Participating walkers are asked to collect donations from family, friends and business associates, then turn the donations in at the event. Walkers may pre-register and obtain a collection form online at www.gatewaytola.org or by telephone at (310) 412-6618.

“We are delighted that so many people have lent their support to our fundraiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation,” said Laurie Hughes, event chair and Gateway to L.A. executive director.

“We have mobilized the entire community — from local residents to Rotarians from throughout Los Angeles — to bring hope to children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.”

Food will be provided by the Crowne Plaza, Four Points, Hilton, Marriott, Radisson, Renaissance, Sheraton Gateway and Westin hotels near LAX.

Free parking will be donated by Arden Realty.

Other sponsors include Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites LAXñNorth, PM Realty, Jupiter Realty/GE Capital, DMJM, HNTB, JGM , Lee & Elliott, Ricondo & Associates, Hollywood Park Casino, Gerber Ambulance, Beyond Design, Printco, Travelodge and the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

“By lending us their services and creativity, these sponsors will help make this a truly memorable event,” added Hughes, who promises the event will be “festive, delicious and benefits a very worthy cause.”

Walk & Roll will be hosted by Gateway to L.A., Los Angeles World Airports, the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International District 5280.

Registration and refreshments begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 7th, with the walk planned between 7 and 8 p.m. Dessert will be served during a raffle between 8 and 9 p.m.

Walkers who raise $25 or more will be eligible for a drawing for a trip for two to Hawaii. The more money they raise, the more raffle tickets they receive. Walkers must be present to win the raffle.

LIONS CLEAN UP — The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) women’s tennis team kicked off the 2004 campaign a little differently this season.

The Lions headed to the beach Saturday, September 18th, to volunteer for the 20th annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

The team joined more than 9,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County who came together to pick up more than 63,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from area beaches and waterways.

The team chose to be a part of the Coastal Cleanup Day after participating closely with the local community this summer during the LMU tennis summer camps.

“We are coming off a summer of great involvement with the children of the community through our summer camp,” head coach Jamie Sanchez said.

“We were looking for a way to continue to connect with the local community and with other LMU groups as well.

“Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day in local Playa del Rey was the perfect opportunity for us.”

The Coastal Cleanup Day began in 1985 and has grown into a large annual event. Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors serve as the Los Angeles County coordinators for the day, recruiting volunteers to cleanup more than 50 sites along the Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — On Saturday, October 9th, the Y’s Men, a service club for the Westchester Family YMCA, will be flipping pancakes to raise funds for YMCA youths, camp, building and outreach programs.

Starting at 8 a.m. in the Y’s back lot, a full and yummy breakfast of pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee will be served until 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $4.

Information, Julie Judge, (310) 670-6589.

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