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On the Town: Leadership Burbank hosts annual Halloween bash to raise funds

Bringing the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams family to life at a Leadership Burbank Halloween party fundraiser were Monica Castillo, from left, Kildare Riordan, Aaron Sims, Gerrard Panahon, Poppy Fields, Dean Harrison and Jason Layden.
(David Laurell/Burbank Leader)

Icons of both popular and creepy culture were brought to life by close to 300 alumni and supporters of Leadership Burbank who gathered at Nickelodeon Studios for the organization’s annual Halloween party fundraiser this past Saturday evening.

This over-the-top masquerade party gives one the feeling of being in the bar scene from the original “Star Wars” film and has become one of the most popular fundraising events in Burbank. It was chaired by Vicki Fenton, who serves as the board chair of the community-based organization.

The evening, which included a buffet, music, dancing and tarot-card readings, was emceed by voice actor and comedian Eric Bauza, who gives current voice to legendary animation characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Tweety and Woody Woodpecker.

Notables who enjoyed the ghoulish gathering included school board members Armond Aghakhanian and Steve Frinter, and members of the Burbank Leadership board including Albert Hernandez, Susan Sebastian, Cristina Spratt, Judie Wilke, Nerissa Sugar, Terry Walker, Matt Hill and Gerrard Panahon.


The mission of Leadership Burbank is to identify, educate and motivate current and emerging leaders in Burbank to develop ideas and solutions that make Burbank a strong, sustainable and vibrant community.

Through a hands-on curriculum facilitated by Mary Alvord, a former Burbank city manager, and Sue Georgino, a former community development director for the city, leaders and emerging leaders have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics and build a network of colleagues and associates within Burbank’s civic, government, business, faith-based and nonprofit groups.

For more information about Leadership Burbank, visit

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