If you have lived in Glendale any length of time, you are probably familiar with the family event held each fall at Verdugo Park, the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash. Sponsored banners promoting the fundraiser will line the streets of Glendale and Montrose for 30 days before the splashdown of about 20,000 rubber ducks. Along with the ducks, racing the Kiwanians provides fun, games and food for the hundreds of people who attend. It’s been happening for 15 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds have been directed to stocking food pantries, serving meals to the clients at Ascencia, Glendale Arts, the Glendale Police Foundation, Bringing Up Grades program in elementary schools, scholarships to graduating seniors, CV’s Prom Plus, Book Boxes around the city, the YWCA domestic violence shelters, the YWCA’s Camp Rosie, Glendale Parks and Recreation, and more.
Maria Carmen Kenney, aka Maricarmen Kenney, passed away in Spring Hill, Tennessee August 22, 2020. She was born in Panama June 21, 1925, Maria del Carmen Conte Porras, granddaughter of 3 times president of Panama Dr. Belisario Porras; one of 9 children. Her family in Panama called her “Cunga” or “Tia Cunga”; she was “Abuelita” and “Tita” to her grandchildren. She married Mario de Obaldia and had 6 children with him. She later married Joseph Patrick Kenney and moved to Glendale California where she lived for over 30 years and where she dedicated much of her time performing community services and volunteer work for the Red Cross, CYO and YWCA & was awarded Glendale volunteer of the year. She was described as a “Dynamo” in one of the articles of the Glendale News-Press. She was a poet, novelist, painter, singer, gardener (twice won “Best Garden of Glendale”) & a wonderful cook. She truly was a renaissance woman. She was a mother of 6: Marianela Alonso, Amalia Scontas, Mario de Obaldia Jr., Gustavo de Obaldia, David Kenney & Clara Rosa Maranville. She was the grandmother & great grandmother of over 40. She loved them all and they all loved her and will miss her. She will be interned in Forest Lawn at Glendale California.