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Jewels glimmer at awards luncheon

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our courageous women were crowned as "Jewels," smack dab in the middle of our Jewel City.

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More than 250 supporters gathered to honor

Liza Boubari, Debra Collins, Camille Levee

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and

Melina Thorpe

with Women of Courage Awards Thursday at the Embassy Suites. All four have a history of overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their chosen fields.

The sixth annual "Jewels of Glendale" Awards Luncheon presented by the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women was the setting in which these sparkling jewels shown. Commission Chairman

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Paula Devine

introduced the women to the receptive audience. Glendale Mayor

Ara Najarian

extended congratulations to the "Jewels" and the commission. Program emcee was broadcaster

Suzanne Whatley

.

Also honored was

Lyolya Hovhannisyan

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, 17, with the first Gem Scholarship Award. Hovhannisyan is a senior at Glendale High School. Her Gem $1,000 scholarship will come in handy when she attends

UCLA

next year as a biology major.

Also for the first time, the commission gave a Special Chair's Recognition to 99-year-old

Genevieve Sultenfuss

, soon to celebrate her 100th birthday. Among other honors, Sultenfuss was the first women's president of the Glendale Board of Realtors in 1968. Daughter

Julie Shermer

was by her side as Sultenfuss was presented with an early birthday cake by commission Vice Chairwoman

Linda Goodman Pillsbury

.

More commissioners present were

Grace Walker, Karine Garsevanyan

and

Vatche Tasjian

. The commission's mission is to advance social justice and equity of rights and opportunities for all women and girls in Glendale.

"Art Noir

Sweet 16

" showcased the pop art work of 17-year-old

Kinley Winnaman

during a benefit auction Saturday at the Willardson Gallery in Glendale. Beneficiary of the expected evening proceeds of $15,000 is the Dream Foundation that grants wishes to terminally ill adults.

Marilyn Shatz

, the mother of deceased

Allison Cole

, described Cole's wish to see

Johnny Depp

in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Representatives from Disney studios delivered and operated a projection system and screen to show the movie in Cole's home — all courtesy of the Dream Foundation, represented at the auction by foundation founder

Thomas Rollerson

.

Kinley, a senior at La Cañada High School, began painting two years ago when she asked her grandfather, gallery owner and artist

David Willardson

, for some drawing tips. Proud grandmom

Sandy Willardson

commented that the family's artistic talent "skipped a generation." Winnaman's works, many of which she painted when she was 16, sell from $900 to $1,500.

Celebrity auctioneer

Brad Garrett

deftly auctioned off Kinley's series of portraits of Madonna and

Princess Diana

, among others.

The evening of art and chat also included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music by Twin, featuring

Jesse

and

Ryan Collins

.

The Women

's Committee of the Glendale Symphony installed their officers at the Glendale home of doyenne

Martha Feutz

Sunday afternoon. "Salute to Summer" was the theme of the casual, but musical event attended by about 30 supporters.

Installation Officer

Jean Cassidy

gave long-stemmed roses to the officers present. They were President

Jennifer Horine

; Recording Secretary, and Horine's mother,

Cindy Dailey

; Corresponding Secretary

Lucille Mellon

; and Parliamentarian

Mary Margaret Smith

.

The Women's Committee brings music to Glendale elementary schools through 10 visiting instrumentalists each year.

Taste of Glendale on May 12 featuring samples from 20 of downtown's most popular restaurants brought out more than a thousand hungry folks. Porto's was a popular choice.

There, Glendale residents

April Bernas

and

Timothy Lee

were joined by Bernas' sister

Thea Bernas

, visiting from Boston. Porto's meat pies were their favorite freebies.

Proceeds from Taste of Glendale will benefit Glendale Healthy Kids and the Glendale Assn. of the Retarded.

The Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. celebrated its Centennial with a Gala Banquet on Sunday at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. Honored were the accomplishments of generations of women who gave service through the Relief Society. A special memory book dedicated to countless women was published for the occasion.

Just outside the perimeters of the happy return of the Farmers' Market, taking over several blocks of West Kenneth on Saturday, was another entrepreneurial operation. Six-year-old Glendale resident

Desiree Cooper

set up her lemonade stand with the help of mom

Kellie Cooper

. The five-hour sale went through gallons of homemade lemonade and vanilla bean cookies, custom-made by grandma.

Desiree is a student in a combined first- and second-grade class at the Montessori School in Glendale. The school had challenged its students to engage in fundraisers to help engendered animals in rain forests. Desiree's contribution will be sales from the lemonade stand. Her concern is that animals "might be losing their homes."

By the fourth hour of the sale, Desiree said gross proceeds were "53 bucks."

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