LMU sorority honored; ChamberFest; Clothes for Veterans


The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 27th annual Teacher Eddy Awards Thursday, May 20th to honor the local educators who nurture and encourage the community’s future workforce.

The event is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at University Hall at Loyola Marymount University. The ceremony is “island” themed and will be a fun setting for teachers to relax, eat, mingle and celebrate amongst their peers.

Each of the 17 honorees will receive a crystal Eddy Award and the three most distinguished teachers will receive the “Top Teacher Award,” which will include $1,000 towards the classroom items/programs of their choosing.

The Eddy Awards are sponsored by LMU, the William H. Hannon Foundation, Decron Properties, the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Westchester, Playa Vista, H.B. Drollinger Co., Los Angeles World Airports and Jennifer Kelley Lublin Photography.

“The Eddy Awards are an extremely important event because they honor the men and women who work to develop and enhance the minds of the next generation’s workforce,” said chamber board Chairman Tom Flintoft. “Strong educators encourage and build strong, young people who then grow to become strong business people. We hope that these young people will then put their business sense and sharp minds back into the community, thus bettering our local business climate.”

This year’s Eddy Award winners include:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick — Cowan Avenue Elementary School;

Chase Rosenfield — Kentwood Elementary School;

Heide Jenkins — Loyola Village Elementary and Magnet Center;

Kaj Johnson — Orville Wright Magnet School;

Kimberly Dana — Orville Wright Middle School;

Wendy Wawerchak — Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet;

Kelly Cashman — St. Anastasia School;

Michelle Wechsler — Visitation School;

Fred Page — Westchester High School;

Danielle Paul — Westchester High School;

Teresa Lew — Westchester Lutheran Church and School;

Shellinda Barre —Westside Neighborhood School;

Patricia Hernandez — Venice-Emerson Adult Career;

Jodi Finkle —Loyola Marymount University;

Christine Grams — Westport Heights Elementary School;

Professor Scott Grieger — Otis College of Art and Design; and

Tiffany O’Rourke — St. Bernard High School.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person and can be reserved by calling the chamber at (310) 645-5151.


Members of the Rho Eta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority at Loyola Marymount University attended the 58th Western Regional Conference for Sigma Gamma Rho in Sacramento.

The students returned with four awards in the following categories: Most Outstanding Chapter Programs, Outstanding Community Service, Outstanding Undergraduate Activities and Undergraduate Chapter Advisor of the Year, Adrianne Chivers.

Sigma Gamma Rho was organized at Butler University in 1922 in Indianapolis by seven young educators. The LMU chapter was founded in 2006 under the motto “Greater Service, Greater Progress.”

The women of Sigma Gamma Rho have been involved in Project Reassurance, which provides health education, support and nurturing for expectant teen mothers; and L.A. Food Bank, which acquires food and other products for distribution to needy people through a variety of charitable agencies.


On Thursday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 p.m., the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual ChamberFest at the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club.

ChamberFest offers a blend of business and community, neighborly mingling and promotional advertisement. This indoor/outdoor business expo will include over 50 booths including local restaurant dishes, raffle prizes, a silent auction and will showcase a wide array of local businesses’ services and products.

ChamberFest will also feature entertainment, giveaways, and various chances to win raffle prizes. There will also be a silent auction that will feature hotel stays and more. Admission to this event and parking are free of charge.

For more information on ChamberFest, please contact the chamber at (310) 645-5151.


American—Legion Post 177 and the Westchester Elks recently coordinated another load of clothes to be donated to veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital—in West Los Angeles with a thrift shop in Ridgecrest. Curt Curtiss of Venice American Legion Post 177 and Raedean Kiesz, past exalted ruler of the Westchester Elks Club, drove to Ridgecrest to pick up the donated clothes for the veterans at the V.A. Hospital.

China Lake Naval Air Station is a few blocks outside of Ridgecrest and—service members who are being transferred overseas sometimes donate excess clothes to the thrift shop, which agreed to join in the efforts of the American Legion and the Elks.

Last year, Curtiss and Kiesz made 14 trips to Ridgecrest and delivered 147 large (30-gallon) bags—of clothing to the V.A. Hospital.

For more information about clothing donations to benefit the veterans at the V.A. Hospital, please call Curtiss—at (310) 645- 8989.