On Friday, June 4th, West-chester Family YMCA members and guests gathered at a dinner honoring the spirit of volunteerism to show that volunteers really do “Rock.”

The inaugural Volunteer “Rock”ognition Awards Dinner and Dance spotlighted special individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate the critical role volunteerism plays in building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

Six dedicated volunteers of the Westchester Family YMCA and two outstanding organizations that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism were honored.

Honorees in the category of Outstanding Program Volunteers were Bob Neece, Service; Allan Mylander, Aquatics; Helen Rupp, Healthy Lifestyles and Mario Lafaurie, Camping/Youth & Government.

In addition, Covenant Presbyterian Church was honored as Outstanding Community Partner, and Arden Realty, Inc., was honored as the YMCA’s Outstanding Business Partner.

Honored as this year’s West-chester Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year was Mike Arias of Arias, Ozzello & Gignac LLP. Arias has been an active member and volunteer of the Westchester Family YMCA for over ten years, serving as chairman of the Board of Managers, Golf Tournament chair, Financial Development chair and Major Gifts chair.

Arias also has served as a volunteer coach and mentor and has offered legal counsel to the branch on several occasions. His dedication to the YMCA, his willingness to help others and his generous spirit made him a natural to receive the award.

The highlight of the evening was a lifetime achievement award that was presented to Clyde C. Grant, Jr. in the name of one of the Westchester Family YMCA’s most dedicated volunteers, the late Hugo A. Francis, who passed away in May 2003.

Grant, Jr. received the honor for more than 50 years of dedicated service to the YMCA. He was a founding member of the Westchester Family YMCA, starting the organization in a local barbershop more than five decades ago.

He has served as chairman of the Board of Managers, Financial Development chair, and Campaign general chair.

LMU SCHOLARSHIP — The College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University has named undergraduate student John Lux as this year’s William G. McGowan Scholar, awarding him a scholarship for $18,000, to be used for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The scholarship recognizes students who display leadership, academic excellence, and other exemplary qualities of character, including intellectual curiosity, a spirit of innovation, and entrepreneurial potential.

This is the third year that LMU’s College of Business Administration was selected as one of 35 colleges nationwide to participate in the William G. McGowan Scholars Program. The program is based on the experience of McGowan, founder and former chairman of MCI Communications Corporation, who was able to complete his MBA at Harvard University only with the assistance of a scholarship award.

A grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund provides the scholarship for students entering their senior year of study. Scholarship applicants must meet specific criteria, including a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0, a faculty recommendation, evidence of success in a variety of leadership roles, and the submission of an essay about the contributions of McGowan to the business world or telecommunications field.

Lux ranks academically in the upper seven percent of his class with a 3.71 GPA. He also serves in several campus organizations, including Sigma Chi fraternity, of which he is president; Order of Omega, a Greek honor society; the Business Law Society; the Theology Society; and Crimson Circle, an all-male service organization.

Lux also co-hosts a weekly radio program on campus and holds a part-time job as well as an internship with a local entrepreneur.

ADOBE BARBECUE — The Centinela Adobe will hold it 29th Annual Barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13th, at the Centinela Adobe Complex, 7634 Midfield Ave., in Westchester. A $9 donation for adults or $5 for children under ten includes barbecued steak or chicken, coleslaw, barbecued beans and homemade cake. Proceeds from the event will go to the historic preservation of the Adobe Complex.

Information, (310) 649-6272.

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