Los Angeles is a city like no other; from the movie star glamour of Hollywood to the melting pot culture of its people, Los Angeles is a city of innovation, growth, and community. We are a city that works together to change for the better, filled with inspirational leaders who are not afraid to alter the status quo in their journey to making Los Angeles a better place to live, work, and play. Our greatest asset is our people; it is because of the hard work and passionate nature of these Angelenos that we can be proud of what we have accomplished as a community and rejoice in calling Los Angeles our home.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that on Thursday, March 2 we celebrated the achievements of four Los Angeles leaders at the annual City of Angels Awards Gala, hosted at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. This event is hosted each year in the efforts of honoring the men and women who work daily to enhance the business climate of our region through an evening of celebration. And with over 250 professionals in attendance, including a special commemoration from Councilmember Mike Bonin, we can say it was a celebration, indeed.
The 2017 honorees included LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Decron Properties’ David Nagel, St. Joseph Center’s Va Lecia Adams Kellum, and well-known philanthropist, Melanie Lundquist. Each recipient has shown dedication to the city of Los Angeles through their civic engagement and dedication, and the LAX Coastal Chamber was proud for the chance to say, “Thank you!” As each honoree was recognized on stage, the audience was introduced to the contributions these four individuals have made to our region through a video interview, courtesy of the J. Rosen Group. The videos raised responses of laughter, nods of appreciation, and even a few tears as the room learned about the extent of the impacts from this year’s Angels. From Supervisor Hahn proudly following in her father’s political footsteps to Decron Properties raising scholarships for students in need; from Melanie Lundquist establishing the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and St. Joseph Center helping those in need through the Bread and Roses Café, it is obvious that each of these honorees have truly made a difference and are very deserving of this recognition.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce cannot wait until their next chance to celebrate the leaders of our neighborhood, and would like to remind all our local business owners, professionals, and residents that they too can make a difference. In the words of honoree Va Lecia Adams Kellum, “I don’t want you to underestimate the impact you can have on someone’s life. How you can save someone’s life with a kind word, or with your very hands.”