La Providencia Guild of CHLA Hosts Charity Fashion Show

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Members of the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently gathered for its fall fashion show and luncheon at Chevy Chase Country Club this past week.
The Guild’s President Judy Pierce, the event’s chairwomen DeeDee Rowlands and Donna Salant along with family and friends were updated on the organization’s new funding projects and upcoming events.
Presented under the theme “Fall in Love,” this year’s event included a pre-luncheon boutique that showcased fashions by Diana’s Boutique of Studio City modeled by guild and family members. Working the catwalk under the commentary of Ann O’Donnell-Gardner was Michelle Chavoor-Castro, Diana Irell, Rosemarie Witten, Emily Silah, Lauren Rowlands-Fisher, Leah Warner, Sandra Kelley and Sue Meckley, who serves as the guild’s 2nd vice president.
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Burbank Coordinating Council’s Annual Gala Is a Success

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Coordinating Council’s annual gala, hosted by UMe Credit Union, kicked off its Holiday Basket Program with a two-hour outdoor event at UMe’s Burbank branch.
The event opened with food and beverage service at 7 p.m., shortly followed by opening announcements at 7:30 p.m.
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Coordinating Council Honors Members at Gala Fundraiser

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

We have now entered into the season in which the spirit of giving, gratitude and thankfulness is, perhaps, stronger than it is at any other time of the year.
In honor of this special time, the Burbank Coordinating Council recently recognized two women — Janet Diel and Doris Palmer — for their longtime commitment to caring for others at a gala fundraiser held this Saturday evening at the UMe Federal Credit Union.
Diel, who has been a member of the organization for nearly three decades, served as the group’s president longer than anyone in its 88-year history and headed-up the Holiday Basket program, and stepped down from her presidential role this past year. She turned the reins over to Mary Anne Been, who chaired and hosted last week’s event. Diel was lauded by both Been and local dignitaries for her years of service to the all-volunteer organization.
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Family Promise Supports the Homeless With Fundraiser

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Family Promise of the Verdugos, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance, shelter and meals to homeless families with children, staged their annual Empty Bowl fundraiser this past week.
Welcomed by the organization’s board President Jessa Freemyer, event chairman Steven Mozo, and Executive Director Albert Hernandez, more than 250 supporters gathered in the community room of Burbank’s St. Francis Xavier Church for a lunch of various soups donated by local eateries.
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Burroughs on Broadway Returns for 16th Season

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As a foreshadowing of Halloween, this past week saw the quad of John Burroughs High School canopied with moonlit clouds, chilled with the harbinger of rain and transformed into the city’s largest outdoor cabaret as the school’s Vocal Music Association presented its 16th season of Burroughs On Broadway, or “BOB” as it is colloquially known.
Surrounded by blood-red draped tables on which supporters enjoyed dinner provided by VIP Catering, the spirit of Halloween was alive and well during the VMA’s three performances of the show emceed by actor Mick Torres. Along with numbers from a wide array of Broadway musicals were spooky selections from “The Addams Family,” a time-warping tune from “The Rocky Horror Show” and well-known hits from the hedonistic nightlife of the seedy Kit Kat Klub of “Cabaret.”
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After Virtual Year, Local Fundraiser Delight Supporters

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

After far too many months of local fundraising events being canceled, put on hold or presented virtually, the good times are back — so much so, that many had to decide which event to attend this week.
Some supporters even made it a “twofer,” attending both benefits held by the Burbank Arts & Education Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, with fun and fundraising for the good causes going all night long.
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Smoke House Celebrates 75 Years With Hollywood Stars

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It was an emotional evening for Smoke House owner Marti Spencer as the venerable restaurant celebrated its 75th anniversary by throwing a gala party last Tuesday night.
Hosted by former KNBC-4 weatherman Fritz Coleman, the evening saw the legendary eatery packed with longtime regulars, notables from the entertainment world and local political dignitaries who came out to celebrate the three-quarters-of-a-century milestone with Spencer and her staff.
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Burbank Actress Makes Her Mark With ‘La Brea’

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As a young girl, in the bedroom of her parent’s home in the Magnolia Park section of Burbank, Veronica St. Clair would lay on her bed and dream of becoming an actress.
That dream became stronger as each year passed, and during her time at Roosevelt Elementary School, Jordan Middle School (now Huerta Middle School) and John Burroughs High School, she began honing her dramatic skills in variety shows, talent shows and show choir.
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Local Kiwanis Club, With New President, Celebrates 100 Years

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Let’s step back in time about 100 years to when President Warren G. Harding made the first presidential radio address, ribbons were cut for the opening seasons of the Rose Bowl and the Hollywood Bowl, and actress and television personality Betty White was born.
In Burbank, a transport from Graysville, Ohio, named James Crawford as the city’s fifth mayor, and a charter was issued for Burbank’s first service club: The Kiwanis Club of Burbank.
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Campaign Raises Funds for Saint Joseph’s New Facility

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Photos by David Laurell/Burbank Leader Enjoying a beautiful evening of fundraising are Dr. Celina Barba-Simic (from left), Dr. David Sato, and Walter and Bonnie Hill.

Icon Blue Founder Walter Hill and his wife Bonnie, who serves as the president of B. Hill Enterprises, stepped into the spotlight for the Minutes Matter More Than Ever campaign event last week.
Surrounded by more than 100 supporters of the campaign to raise funds to construct Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s new state-of-the-art emergency department and urgent care facility, the couple looked out at those who had gathered at the home of Donald and Elizabeth Savant.
“I’m pleased to be here this evening,” Walter said. “I’m actually pleased to be anywhere.” Continue reading “Campaign Raises Funds for Saint Joseph’s New Facility”