Kiwanis Club’s Incredible Duck Splash Going Virtual

By Cathy Keen
Special to the News-Press

Photo courtesy Glendale Kiwanis
Glendale Kiwanis past Presidents (from left) Stacey Nishi, Patricia Larrigan and Cathy Keen, Vice President Kim Guard, and incoming President Monica Sierra attended a previous year’s Kiwanis Duck Splash. This year’s virtual fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.

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.

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Performer’s Generosity to Ascencia

Liz Fohl

Los Angeles songwriter-producer-performer Liz Fohl recently donated 40 homemade 3-D printed face shields to Ascencia clients for use as protective gear during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a homeless service nonprofit, Ascencia considers access to personal protective equipment one of its top priorities, officials for the agency said.

Homeless Count Trending Downward, but May Rise With Pandemic

The city’s recently published homeless count report indicated that, as of January, the city was continuing its generally downward 10-year trend.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down large portions of California’s economy starting in March leaves a large asterisk on this year’s report and may have undone the progress made since last year.
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Dignity Health Awards $125K to Charities

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center recently awarded $125,000 to five community organizations and their accountable care communities. As in past years, GMH awards grants to organizations partnering together to respond to needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.
In order of ranked concern the needs are: mental health; obesity; substance abuse; diabetes; cardiovascular disease; cancer; stroke; infectious disease; and sexual health/sexually transmitted infections.
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