Pacific Palisades Community Council Holiday Party To Honor Activists

The Pacific Palisades Community Council will hold its annual holiday party and awards gala 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 8 at Gladstone’s restaurant on PCH. The cost is $85. Reservations are limited because of the size of the room, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit:

Honored as Citizen of the Year will be Daphne Gronich, who has served as president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) for three years, while also serving as a leader of the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation.

Also honored with Golden Sparkplug awards will be five deserving activists: Sylvia Boyd, who started Food for Thought; Patrick Hart, who devised a mapping system to help track local homeless to ensure they receive help; Amy Lundberg, who led a community effort to “Save the Bluffs”; Karen Stigler, who helped create the Palisades Alliance for Seniors; and Veslemoey Zwart for her efforts to raise funding for the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center.

In addition, Bob Benton will be given the Pride of the Palisades Award. He is a prominent local businessman and the volunteer commissioner of the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association.

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