Cathy Zermeno, the first president of the Culver City Historical Society and former Fiesta La Ballona chairperson, will receive a perpetual trophy as historical society honoree at the opening ceremonies of Fiesta La Ballona, Aug. 25, 11:45 a.m. on the main stage.
Zermeno, 85, was elected the society’s first President in 1980, and was named chair of Fiesta La Ballona in 1987. She returned as the Historical Society President in 2006. She is among the founders of the Culver City Sister City Association.
“This makes me feel special, but I know that I did not alone accomplish all we have done for this community,” said Zermeno.
The trophy will be housed in the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center located in the rear of Veterans Auditorium. The center will showcase Fiesta La Ballona and Olympic Games memorabilia during the Fiesta, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“The Museum has an amazing collection of photos, costumes, and memorabilia from past Fiestas. The Docents are knowledgeable and will give you a personal tour,” said Culver City Historical Society President Louise Coffee-Webb.
“Over the years, not only have we preserved wonderful memories of cinema history, but now, with the ARC’s presentation area, they can again be seen and enjoyed by new generations,” said Zermeno.
The longtime Culver Crest home owner describes the Culver City community as “one big, happy family.”
“Culver City needs to celebrate and collect its rich and varied history in an organized form for present and future generations. People have to have roots and learn how we got here,” said Zermeno.
She will be presented commendations next to Fiesta La Ballona Grand Marshall Dave Sanchez.
“God Bless Dave Sanchez. What a wonderful man,” Zermeno said.
Cathy and husband George share 68 years of marriage.
Fiesta La Ballona (www.FiestaLaBallona.org) is held August 24-26 at Veterans Park, (HEY THAT’S THIS WEEKEND) 4117 Overland Ave. Culver City.