Las Candelas plans biennial fashion show
Members of the Glendale-based nonprofit organization Las Candelas celebrated their annual summer gathering at El Portal in Pasadena on Sept. 12 after a three-month break from their programs. Honored that evening was Bobbi Gangi, who will begin her second term as president of Las Candelas in October.
The purpose of the organization is to provide volunteer service for emotionally disturbed children. Funds to support their services are raised through their biennial Fashion Show Luncheon. The event is planned for Feb. 28 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel and the theme chosen by chairwomen Ellyn Semler and Dianne Endsley is "Reach for the Stars."
The summer gathering was organized by social chairwoman Shirley Johnstone and assistant Roberta Raffaelli. A crowd of 50 gathered on the patio of El Portal Restaurant for a "margaritas and taquitos" reception complete with strolling Mexican musicians before sitting down together for a feast of tacos, enchiladas and chile rellenos. The highlight of the evening was introducing the 2010-11 Las Candelas Provisionals Sharon Anderson, Ginny Simpson and Harriet Rector, all Glendale residents.
Others attending the celebration were members Valery Moorhead, Sally Perkins, Karen Whyte, Diane Russell, Marilyn Olson, Mary Lane, Cathy Keen, Debbie Hinckley, Jeannie Flint-Werbelow, Endsley, Liz Reynolds, Ann Jones, Mary Lane, Joan Anderson, Anna Brewer, Fran Buchanan, Marian Corbett and Marilyn Butler, along with Associate Members Mary Barber, Ruth Barrone, Sharon Gregg, Shirley Darling and Ann Ways. Also attending were members' husbands and guests.
Founded in 1953, the mission of Las Candelas is to provide volunteer service to emotionally disturbed children and to promote better understanding of mental health. Las Candelas brings monthly programs to the children at Hathaway-Sycamores in Altadena and Hillsides in Pasadena and also provides support for the Glen Roberts Child Study Center in Glendale.
Army of Pink raises funds for breast cancer
Because National Breast Cancer Awareness month coincides with California elections, Glendale Adventist Medical Center has created a campaign of its own called Army of Pink. It centers on a pink online election featuring seven well-known community men who have agreed to wear pink, campaign and increase awareness on early breast cancer prevention and detection.
The 2010 Army of Pink candidates include: Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Glendale Community College Board President Tony Tartaglia, Healthline Host Gregory Zarian, Former Mayor Larry Zarian and Glendale Adventist Medical Center Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Boris Bagdasarian. Glendale Councilwoman Laura Friedman is the honorary chair (captain) of the Army of Pink Campaign. Friedman is a breast cancer survivor.
Campaign candidates will ask community members to vote at http://www.GlendaleAdventist.com/armyofpink for the candidate they think is best spreading the word about disease awareness and education. For every vote (up to 10,000) Glendale Adventist Medical Center will donate $1 to support the Glendale Relay for Life. Voting will be open until Oct. 12.
The winner of the campaign will be announced on Nov. 1, and a plaque with the winner's name will be on display in the Outpatient Cancer Center lobby for one year.
For more information, contact Alicia Gonzalez at (818) 409-6604 or visit http://www.glendaleadventist.com/armyofpink.
Patrons' Club raising scholarship funds
The Patrons' Club of Glendale Community College is planning its scholarship fashion show with luncheon and silent auction beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank.
The theme is "Autumn Magic." Fashions will be by Holiday Hats and Gowns and Men's Wearhouse.
The cost is $45 and reservations can be made by calling Betty Musacco at (818) 243-0908 by Oct. 23. There will be many prizes including $1,000 cash prize.
Leading the Fashion Show Committee are Chairwoman Marianne Jennings, Financial Secretary Shirley Wright, and Tickets and Reservations, Betty Musacco, Karen Wharton, Shirley Wright and Flora Corsini.
Last year the Patrons' Club awarded 56 scholarships and grants-in-aid to qualified students. Proceeds for the awards were generated through the yearly luncheon.