Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, an education and treatment
center for youth in the probation system, rings in the holiday season
with its 51st annual Festival of Trees Monday at the Hilton Burbank
Airport and Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $45. This includes
lunch, a fashion show and the opportunity to win one of 50 decorated
and gift-laden holiday trees. Rick Chambers of KCBS-TV Channel 2 will
serve as master of ceremonies. Proceeds benefit Optimist programs and
services. For more information, call Gretchen Mucci at (323) 443-3022
or (661) 252-7313.
“This is a fantastic event,” said Dee Gadbury, the event
chairwoman. “We expect about 800 guests, and hope to raise upwards of
$15,000 to support our youth homes.”
The tree festival is sponsored by local Optimist clubs and the
Opti-Mrs., a women’s auxiliary of the Optimist family created at a
time when only men could become Optimists. This year’s theme is
“Children’s Wishes and Dreams,” and is being dedicated to the
“Opti-Mrs. Past, Present and Future” in recognition of hard work over
the past 50 years. Goodwill Industries is putting on the fashion show
and is calling it “History of Hollywood.”
Committee members are Darlene Caraway; Minu Chagolla; Julie
DeBoever; Pam Duben; Lydia Esponiza; Cathy McCutcheon; Gretchen
Mucci; Pauline Nystrom; Gerrie O’Meara; Iris Paull; Betty Preston;
Sherry Underwood; Jane Wallace; Lenna Welling; and Julie Westcott.
Burbank Noon Optimists meet at noon every Thursday at the Anabelle
Hotel, 2011 W. Olive Ave. For membership information, call Bob
Ventura at 506-8714.
Burbank Magnolia Park Optimists meet at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday
at the DeBell Golf Course Clubhouse, 500 Walnut Ave. For
information, call Gene Gardner at 845-1192.
LOCAL SHRINERS SPREAD
CHEER TO CHILDREN
Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club recently hosted a Halloween Party for
children at Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles.
Joy and Charlie Pruett organized the affair, and those in
attendance included Warnock McBride, Judy and Chris Barnes, Francine
and Sterling Lockett, Sherrell Williams, Yvonne and Tom Brennan,
Elmer Soderstrom and Juanita, and Vern Ross. They joined in the fun
by offering ice cream, punch, cookies, candy and a small gift to all
who were there -- about 38 children and family members.
Burbank-Glendale Shrine Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday
at the Coral Cafe, 3321 W. Burbank Blvd. For membership information,
call Norm Furman at 207-3772.
A SLICE OF TIME AND
MONEY TO HELP OTHERS
Foothill Civitan Club had a fund-raiser at the Burbank Shakey’s
Pizza to raise money for its philanthropic projects. Between 30 and
40 friends and family members converged upon the famous landmark and
raised several hundred dollars.
This year’s totals will likely be earmarked to pay for K-9
companions for the physically challenged.
“Burbank is such a great community but we don’t always have time
to stop and enjoy one another,” said Carol Nicholson, fund-raising
chairwoman. “It’s nice to have these little get-togethers -- usually
about four a year -- and raise money at the same time.”
Foothill Civitan Club meets every second Tuesday at the Tuttle
Senior Center, 1731 Ontario St., and every fourth Tuesday at The
Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road. For membership information, call Shirley
Pratt at 848-4596.
* EDWARD HEADINGTON’s service club column runs the first Wednesday
of the month. Reach him by e-mail at edwardhead email@example.com,
phone at 848-5014, fax at 688-8005, or mail at P.O. Box 10489,
Burbank, CA 91510.