KATHLEEN HANNON AIKENHEAD, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation, will be honored as a 2013 Community Builder by the Airport Marina Counseling Service.

The Airport Marina Counseling Service will honor its 2013 Community Builders – Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and the William H. Hannon Foundation – at its annual spring fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday March 9 at Loyola Marymount University.
The event will also feature comedian and meteorologist Fritz Coleman of KNBC-TV.
Based in Santa Monica, the William H. Hannon Foundation was founded in 1983 by the late Catholic philanthropist and real estate developer William H. Hannon. Following his service in World War II, Hannon returned to Los Angeles to develop residential communities and commercial shopping centers across Southern California. Today, the foundation carries on Hannon’s goals of supporting Catholic churches and schools, as well as hospitals and social service organizations that are focused on improving the lives of people in communities Hannon helped build.
As president of the William H. Hannon Foundation since 1996, Aikenhead has overseen the philanthropic endeavors of the organization, and countless schools, nonprofit organizations and churches have benefited from its generosity.
Aikenhead was unanimously elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University in 2011 and was the first woman to hold that position. A graduate of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, she was named a dame commander in the Order of St. Gregory, which is the highest honor a layperson can receive in the Catholic Church.
Aikenhead is a trustee of the Catholic Education Foundation, president of the Los Angeles Travel and Tourism Education Foundation and is the former chair of the Marymount College Capital Campaign. She was honored by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony with the 2009 Cardinal’s Award and was selected as Marymount High School’s Alumna of the Year for academic year 1993-94.
“Kathleen is the embodiment of the foundation’s spirit of giving,” said Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman, executive director of Airport Marina Counseling Service. “Please join us to celebrate her many accomplishments and those of the William H. Hannon Foundation as we recognize them as the Airport Marina Counseling Service Community Builders for 2013.”
Tickets for the dinner are $135 per person, and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the counseling service, a nonprofit, community based mental health clinic that serves the South Bay and Westside areas of Los Angeles. The clinic works to provide affordable, community based mental health services, and to train mental health therapists.
Creators of the hit Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will present a live spelling bee on March 1 as part of a fundraiser for a Westchester charter school.
The “WISH I Could Spell…Adult Spelling Bee for Cheaters”– based on the same premise as the Tony Award-winning musical – will have a one-night run at the Hermosa Beach Theater on Friday, March 1. The entertaining competition show is open to the public.
The event will bring the thrill of a real spelling bee to a live audience. Three professional performers will host the bee as they test the spelling skills of community members. The audience will watch these contestants compete on stage while judges humorously offer outlandish commentary and ridiculous vocabulary.
WISH (Westside Innovative School House) Charter Elementary School will produce the event, which is being held to raise funds for the school, and the school has formed teams that have elected spellers to compete on stage. Surprise celebrity guest spellers also are slated to join the teams on stage during the event.
Tickets are available online for the public. Ticket prices are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326109.
The Venice-Marina-LAX Lions Club will hold its Eighth Annual Charity Bingo Night and BBQ at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey.
Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of local Lions Club charities.
The event is sponsored by L.A. Carpet Warehouse, Playa Vista and Z-Tronix, Inc., and sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,500 are still available.
Tickets are $50 per person and include 10 games of bingo – each with a $100 prize – and a barbecue dinner provided by Outdoor Grill. The event will also feature a no host bar, silent auction and door prizes.
For tickets and sponsorship information, Jann Brauer at (310) 823-7449, Angelica Mahboob at (818) 339-7021 or Sue Levitt at (310) 717-6114.