Holiday Party Spreads Festive Cheer!


By Beverly J. Clark, Publicity Director or (800) 678-4145 ext. 716


The RLACEI annual holiday party brought more than 230 Retirees together at the Friendship Auditorium on Dec. 14. What a joyous occasion it was! The festive atmosphere was contagious, with everyone enjoying the holiday spirit and catching up with old friends and coworkers.

Santa Spreads Holiday Cheer

No holiday party is complete without a visit from Santa! RLACEI Retirees were delighted to welcome Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their trusty helper. They brought smiles and laughter as they took photos with Retirees, and Santa ensured everyone was on the “nice” list for the upcoming year.

Delicious Delights from Mr. Ardi’s Catering

Mr. Ardi’s Catering once again provided a delicious, boxed lunch that everyone enjoyed consisting of baked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a delicious vegetable medley. And to top it off, a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert.

Informative and Engaging Guest Speakers

The party wasn’t just about merriment and good food; it also provided valuable insights and updates. In attendance were guest speakers Mike Wilkinson, LACERS Commissioner; Neil Guglielmo, LACERS General Manager: and Stephanie Smith, LACERS Wellness Program Manager, who shared important information about Retiree benefits and resources.

The Employees Club of California CEO Robert Larios provided Club updates. Club representatives in attendance included Summy Lam, Chief Operating Officer; Noelle Kauffman, Director of Sales; Guadalupe Lira, Retail Operations Manager; and Alive! editor John Burnes.

Additionally, Edith Monge, Manager of Employer Sales for SCAN Health Plan, provided updates on their services.

A Celebration of Community and Connection

RLACEI was honored to have in attendance former LACERS General Manager Jerry Bardwell, who always attends RLACEI events, and Retiree Carrie Gabriel, who is looking forward to celebrating her 102nd birthday this month.

The RLACEI holiday party was a chance for Retirees to reconnect with old friends, make new acquaintances, and create lasting memories. The laughter, joy and camaraderie that filled the Friendship Auditorium were a testament to the strong bonds that exist within the Retired Los Angeles City employees’ community.

Here’s to a Happy New Year to all RLACEI Retirees! The RLACEI Board looks forward to a new year of continued advocacy paving the way for a prosperous future for our Retirees.