The William H. Hannon Foundation — founded by the late Catholic philanthropist and real estate developer William H. Hannon — has provided a $30,000 matching grant to St. Jerome School in Westchester for an integrated telecommunications system.

The SBC-installed system will provide a telephone in each classroom, with voicemail and announcement capabilities.

For the first time, the telephone system will link the school building with six other buildings on the property.

Prior to the installation of the phone system, St. Jerome School relied on a few incoming phone lines, did not have telephone access in each classroom and used a walkie-talkie system for communication across the property.

“Without the help of the William H. Hannon Foundation this phone system would not have been possible,” said St. Jerome School principal Sr. Donna Anne Bachman.

“Our school is now a safer place with phones in every classroom and our new outdoor public address system as well as our ability to connect with the church, gym and other buildings on our property with just the push of a button,” she said.

“This was a special donation. My late uncle and our foundation have supported St. Jerome School for the last 14 years,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, William H. Hannon Foundation president.

“And today, one of our director’s children, Katherine Herbst, attends first grade at St. Jerome.

“We enjoy our special connection to this school,” she said.

YMCA GOLF EVENT — Growing concerns about youths, especially young teens and pre-teens, have created a call to action for the Westchester Family YMCA.

Through a framework called “40 Developmental Assets,” the YMCA is initiating a new approach to interacting with youths and is piloting a new program called “YArts.”

The program will use various art media to focus on internal assets, such as commitment to learning, positive values and social competencies, and external assets such as empowerment, support, and constructive use of time.

The Westchester Family YMCA will host its 21st Annual Golf Classic Monday, October 11th, at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, to benefit the YArts youth program.

Playa Vista will be this year’s tournament sponsor.

Information about the tournament, Christina Davis, (310) 670-4316.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY —The West Bluffs Conservancy will hold a Halloween costume party and fundraiser to help save the last Ballona Bluff. The event will be at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey, at 7 p.m. Friday, October 29th.

Music, dancing, food, prizes and special guest appearances will be part of the event.

The party will feature environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill, “eco-musician Jon Sherman” and country music by The Terry Hanson Band.

Tickets are $50. Information, Jina Jani, (310) 301-6663, or

KXLU FUNDRAISER — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) radio station KXLU 88.9 FM is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive, which began Friday, October 1st, and continues to Friday, October 8th.

KXLU has been the flagship station of LMU athletics for more than 45 years and began broadcasting LMU men’s basketball games in the late 1950s.

What started with several men’s basketball games has grown into the Lions Audio Network, airing more than 150 games a year.

KXLU added a monthly coaches’ show a year ago, bringing the LMU community the best broadcast coverage of LMU sports ever.

The fundraiser will continue through Friday and will include several live in-studio performances by indie rock bands Nantucket Suicide and This Song Is A Mess, But So Am I.

Those interested in pledging their support should call the station pledge line, (310) 338-KXLU (5958) through 6 p.m. Friday.

A variety of KXLU premiums will be offered to those making pledges, including KXLU T-shirts, sweatshirts, leisure and work shirts, lunch boxes, beach balls, record bags, and an extensive range of CD compilation packs.

KXLU offers a diverse and eclectic programming schedule, which includes genres such as progressive and independent rock, classical, opera, world, dance, country, hip-hop, metal, lounge, salsa, jazz and blues, as well as other specialty programs and live broadcasting of LMU sporting events.

The station is a free-form, student-run radio station that is listener-supported and commercial-free. The station raises the majority of its operating budget through the annual fundraising drive.