More than 250 people filled the Marina del Rey Marriott ballroom for the annual LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce installation dinner.
Featuring an Asian theme, the event saluted outgoing chairman of the board Steve Donell and welcomed new chairman of the board John Theuer, the chief financial officer of Panda Restaurant Group.
The event also included the naming of this year’s Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award winners, Seymour and Monica Kahn. The Fritz B. Burns Foundation honored the Kahns for their service to the community over the past 25 years.
Monica Kahn was the founder of Helen’s Room at Centinela Freeman Hospital, which provides free services (counseling, wigs, prosthetics, scarves, transportation, etc.) to people suffering with cancer. More than 2,000 individuals have received the support and nurturing provided by Monica and a staff of dedicated volunteers.
In 2005, she was one of only 14 people to receive the National Lane Adams Quality of Life Award presented by the American Cancer Society.
Seymour Kahn has played a key role in mobilizing local USO supporters and in helping to change the dilapidated USO center at LAX into a comfortable center that provides for thousands of military personnel who pass through the airport each year. The group has also created a USO facility at the Ontario Airport.
The Kahns are also currently involved in a program to open the first Hope Lodge in Los Angeles. The Hope Lodge is similar to the Ronald McDonald House, providing a “home away from home” for cancer patients and their families.
Also at the dinner, Theuer formally announced longtime Westchester resident Larry Plotkin as the community’s honorary mayor. Theuer said he chose Plotkin for his longtime involvement and dedication to the community.
Plotkin is the immediate past president of the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club, a longtime Rotarian and a graduate of Westchester High School.
He is an active supporter of the Westchester Family YMCA, the Airport Marina Counseling Center and the Computer Access Center.
He shares this honor with his father, Morris Plotkin, who was the chamber’s honorary mayor in 1994-1995. They are the only father and son to be named honorary mayor since the practice began more than 50 years ago.
FUNDRAISER FOR DETECTIVE MORO — Supporters of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Station will hold a fundraising dinner to support LAPD Detective Melissa Moro, a 20-plus-year veteran of the force who is battling an aggressive form of cancer. She cannot work and needs help with her medical bills.
To help, Pacific Division will hold a Mexican food luncheon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th, in the station’s back parking lot at 12312 Culver Blvd.
The group hopes to raise funds from a silent auction and donations of $10 for a menu consisting of three tacos, rice and beans, dessert and soda. The group is also soliciting silent auction items from members of the community.
If you have any questions or items such as gift certificates, tickets to sporting events or other items to donate, contact Lt. Dick Mossler, (310) 482-6344, or Officer Heather Erhardt, (310) 482-6402.
THE PRICE WAS RIGHT —The son of airport commissioner and Westchester Rotary president Valeria Velasco is now the proud owner of a brand-new speedboat, thanks to his performance on the television show The Price is Right.
Frank Velasco, Jr. appeared on host Bob Barker’s final show, which aired on CBS Friday, June 15th.