Community: Sunrise Kiwanis Club earns Red Kettle trophy

Community: Sunrise Kiwanis Club earns Red Kettle trophy
Lt. Brittany Baker of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps, from left, presents Red Kettle trophy to Doug Ridnor, president of the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Foundation, and Bonnie Bryant, foundation treasurer. (Courtesy Joe Marando)

Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club recently received the annual trophy for being the service club that brought in the most donations for the Burbank Salvation Army during the holiday Red Kettle bell-ringing campaign.

The Sunrise service club has its own fundraisers throughout the year and annually contributes about $25,000 to many local charities, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, Burbank Salvation Army, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank Family Service Agency, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and Counseling for Kids, Kids Community Dental Clinic.


They also contribute to the Burbank Unified School District by presenting scholarships to graduating high school seniors, sponsoring the John Burroughs High School Key Club and supplying school folders for all 6,000 elementary school students.


All of these charitable contributions are a result of the Sunrise Kiwanis' annual fundraiser, the Mayors Cup Charity Golf Tournament.

This year, the club is changing the date of its 20th annual Mayors Cup to Nov. 10, so it will coincide with Veterans Day weekend.

The tournament, called "2017 Salute to America's Heroes," will pay tribute to military veterans as well as continue to honor Burbank's past, present and future mayors. The event will be co-sponsored by Burbank Boys & Girls Club.

Anyone interested in joining the Sunrise Kiwanis Club can attend a free breakfast at 7 a.m. any Wednesday at Hill Street Café, 3301 N. Glenoaks Blvd. The meetings last about an hour. For more information, visit burbanksunrisekiwanis.org


Brunch benefits local charities

Even if you are not Irish, you can kick up your heels at the Burbank Civitan Club's 46th annual St. Patrick's Day Champagne Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 12 at the Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

Entertainment will be provided by the Irish dancers from the O'Connor School of Irish Dance. There will be music for dancing a jig, a silent auction and door prizes.

Proceeds support BCR "a place to grow," the annual Baseball Jamboree featuring hundreds of young Hap Minor Baseball players, the Special Olympics, the Civitan International Research Center for Neurological Diseases and other local projects.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children under 12, and they can be purchased by calling Elaine Paonessa at (818) 845-6851 or DeeDee Ruhlow at (818) 843-6950.

Las Candelas fundraiser slated

Las Candelas, a local woman's philanthropic organization, will present its biennial luncheon and fashion show on Monday at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

The group supports Ascencia homeless services in Glendale and Burbank and the Glendale YWCA's domestic violence program.

"Love is a Many Splendored Thing" will be the theme for the event, which will feature elegant fashions by designer Lourdes Chavez.

The reception will offer a boutique of clothing and accessory vendors at 10 a.m., followed by the luncheon and fashion show at 11:45 a.m. Opportunity and special drawing prizes will include a $3,000 South Coast Plaza shopping extravaganza and a three-night getaway at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, valued at $1,500.

A few seats are left. For reservations, call Debbie Hinckley at (818) 244-9183 by Thursday.


JOYCE RUDOLPH can be reached at