Local food drives; Legacy concert for LAX Food Pantry


The Rotary Club of Playa Venice will honor Karen Dial, president of the H.B. Drollinger Company, with the “Sunrise Community Service Award” at the club’s South of the Border Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 7.

“Karen is a hardworking, caring and thoughtful person who took over the leadership of the H.B. Drollinger Company when her father, Howard, passed away several years ago,” said Gwen Vuchsas of the Rotary Club. “Howard was a 50-plus-year Rotarian with the Westchester club, and Karen has continued to live the motto ‘Service Above Self’ that she learned from her father. She leads by example and is willing to participate in all levels of service, from trash clean-ups to raising money for a local family who lost their little boy in a tragic accident.”

Dial is a longtime supporter of Airport Marina Counseling Service, the Westchester Family YMCA, Loyola Marymount University, the Union Rescue Mission, Rotary Club of Westchester and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista and will include a Mexican-themed menu, tequila station, and entertainment with mariachis, singers and dancers. The cost of the dinner is $65 per person.

The club is currently seeking sponsorships as well as accepting reservations. For more information or to save a seat, (310) 306-8525.


Playa Vista residents have organized a canned food drive to benefit Upward Bound House, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless children and their families in finding permanent housing.

People are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items through Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the bins located at the Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive.

The merchants in the Westchester Triangle are also conducting a canned food drive to benefit needy families.

Community members are encouraged to drop off canned foods in the boxes provided by merchants along 87th Street through Friday, Nov. 19. Some merchants will also be offering special deals to those who make a donation.

The collected food will be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank, a major distributor of food to hundreds of local agencies, including the LAX Food Pantry.

The public is asked to take the time to donate to this worthy cause and assist needy families in time for the holidays.


The Legacy Vocal Ensemble will present “The Christmas Story” – a concert to benefit LAX Food Pantry – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 5550 Thornburn St., Westchester.

The local ensemble, under the direction of James Drollinger, will sing songs of the season as well as perform a “Christmas Story” sing-along. The special guest narrator will be Alan Roberts, pastor of St. Bernadette’s Church.

This event provides a significant collection for the LAX Food Pantry, organizers say.

Admission is one grocery bag of non-perishable food per adult. Children are invited to participate.