The Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) presented its 2012 Top Award for Citizenship to Mayor Jess Talamantes and Entertainment Partners, represented by the company's President and CEO Mark Goldstein, at its ninth annual awards gala at the Castaway this past Friday evening.
Staged as the organization's primary fundraising event and emceed by Burbank Chamber of Commerce President Gary Olson, BTAC Board Chairwoman Susan Borders said funds raised at this year's gala will touch the lives of more than 5,000 members of the community by making sack lunches available for the homeless, and providing groceries and utility payments to individuals and families in need.
"This annual dinner has a dramatic impact on the numbers of needy, sometimes desperate neighbors and fellow citizens BTAC is able to serve," said Borders.
Dedicated to providing the poor, working poor and homeless with basic services in times of need, emergency or disaster, BTAC serves as a conduit between their benefactors, foundations and government resources to provide clients with food, transportation, emergency shelter, medical assistance and resource referrals to help them move from poverty to self-sufficiency.
Along with Borders, Friday's fundraiser was made possible by BTAC Executive Director Barbara Howell, the event's Co-Chairwoman Vicki Williams and Maddy Horne, and their committee members Priscilla Davis, Daryl Forbes, Nancy Gams Korb, Jocelyn Paris,