City of Angels Awards for Otis College president, Getty Foundation director


Fritz Coleman, the award-winning meteorologist for NBC Channel 4 News who is also a renowned stand-up comedian, Emmy Award-winning writer and honored humanitarian, will be the master of ceremonies for Airport Marina Counseling Service’s (AMCS) spring “fun-raiser.”

Coleman will also be bringing several funny guests with him to perform at the event. Proceeds will benefit AMCS, a nonprofit, community-based clinic that has provided affordable mental health services and training for pre-licensed therapists in Westchester since 1961.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Loyola Marymount University’s University Hall and will include a silent auction, dinner and an evening of entertainment compliments of Fritz and his friends.

Tickets are $125 per person. Parking is free on the LMU campus. For more information, to reserve seats, or to inquire about a sponsorship or silent auction donation, please contact Jill Marcellus at AMCS at (310) 670-1410.


The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor four distinguished individuals from the Los Angeles business community at its annual City of Angels Awards at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

The theme for this year’s ceremony is the “Creative Economy” and confirmed honorees include Samuel “Sammy” Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester, and Dr. Joan Weinstein, director of The Getty Foundation.

Hoi has been president of Otis College of Art and Design since July 2000. After Hoi was born and raised in Hong Kong, his family came to the United States where he attended Columbia University in New York City and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor’s degree in French and psychology.

Prior to joining Otis, Hoi served as director of the Paris campus of Parsons School of Design, and then became dean of Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. While at Corcoran, Hoi created the Visual Arts Community Outreach Program, serving the inner-city youth of Washington, D.C. The program received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.

Hoi has juried numerous exhibitions and served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Commission on Art and Humanities, and the California Community Foundation.

Weinstein joined The Getty Foundation in 1994, where she has served as program officer, senior program officer, and most recently deputy director. She has been active in professional organizations in the field of art history and philanthropy, and has served on several non-profit boards.

Weinstein studied at the Phillips-Universität Marburg, and received her Ph.D. in art history in 1986 from UCLA. She began her career teaching art history at the University of Pittsburgh, and has written extensively on 20th century German art.

Tickets for the City of Angels Awards event are $125 per person. To make reservations or for more information, please contact the chamber at (310) 645-5151.