Hospital guild hosts 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

La Providencia Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles conducted its annual meeting and breakfast at Burbank's Castaway banquet center on March 10. Chairwoman Sue Ann Gordon and her committee decorated the room with Audrey Hepburn's movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Guild members also dressed to the theme and were greeted by committee members Pat Maskell, Kris Veatch, and Chris Welker.

Following officers' annual reports, Judy Gragg, outgoing president, passed the gavel to new president, Nancy Johnson. Veronica Chavoor installed the 2012-13 officers: First Vice President Rosemarie Witten, Second Vice President Deborah Spang, Secretary Lynn White-Shelby, Treasurer Pat Maskell, Public Relations Chair Glenda Jones and Parliamentarian Judy Gragg.

Chairman Bonnie McClure and Director Suzanne Lapis of the Associates & Affiliate Office of Children's Hospital were honored guests who expounded in the extraordinary efforts of Burbank's La Providencia Guild in their support of the hospital with fashion shows, spring cotillions and especially their Thrift Shop located at 3310 N. Burbank Blvd.

Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health.

Children’s Hospital is one of only eight in the nation — and the only one in the western United States — named to the national “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for clinical excellence. The hospital has opened a new 317-bed facility that further expands services and capabilities at its main campus, as well as increases the ability to provide family-centered care to residents throughout the region.

The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine at USC since 1932.

Ceramics students make, donate bowls

Students from Hoover High School’s advanced ceramics class in Glendale made more than 40 bowls and donated them to the Empty Bowl fundraiser benefiting Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley.

A presentation ceremony was held at Hoover High, where students gave the bowls to Family Promise.

Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley was established in March 2008 and opened doors to families in July 2010. It is one of more than 160 networks across the country affiliated with Family Promise, a nonprofit committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve independence. Family Promise helps mobilize communities to provide shelter, meals and support services for homeless families.

The Empty Bowl Fundraiser has community members create handcrafted ceramic bowls. Participants buy tickets for a simple meal of soup, bread and dessert donated by area restaurants and then take their selected bowl home as a symbol of the hunger and uncertainty homeless families face daily.

This year’s Empty Bowl fundraiser will also feature art for sale by local artists. Proceeds will support the mission of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley to assist homeless families.

The Empty Bowl fundraiser takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 25 at the Community Center of St. Finbar, 2110 W. Olive Ave., Burbank.

For more information, contact EmptyBowl@FamilyPromiseESFV.org or call (747) 333-6081.

-- Compiled by Kelly Corrigan

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