Scouts Troop 210 wrapping gifts for holidays
Troop 210 of the Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America, is
wrapping gifts for the community in exchange for donations.
Gift wrapping is being done in front of Sportmart in the Empire
Center. Packages from any store will be wrapped by volunteer Scouts
from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day until Christmas Eve.
Proceeds from this fund-raiser help the boys attend summer camp.
Part of the Scouts motto encourages them to pay their own way.
Donations of any amount will be accepted and there is no limit.
Christmas and Hanukkah wrapping paper are available.
Bill O’Leary is scoutmaster of Troop 210.
Family Service Agency benefits from home tour
A Holiday Home Tour benefiting the Family Service Agency of
Burbank left many guests whistling “White Christmas” on their way
The former Toluca Lake estate of Bing Crosby, now owned by Larry
and Kerry Stickney, was the hit of the tour Dec. 13. Crosby built the
Colonial-style abode in 1934 and he and his wife and four sons lived
there until December 1943 when a Christmas-tree fire destroyed much
of the house. The unavailability of building materials during the war
kept Crosby from rebuilding it and the family moved to Holmby Hills.
Crosby also once owned the second house on the tour, just across
the street. Crosby had it built for his mother in 1932. Mark and
Peggy Celli own it now.
The Victorian-style cottage of former Mayor David Laurell and his
wife, Max Andrews, also charmed visitors. It was built in 1999,
after a fire destroyed the original home a few days before Christmas
Gary and Janitta Keck’s contemporary home built in 1977 was the
fourth home on the tour. Highlights of this home were the remodeled
first-floor living and dining rooms and renovated kitchen with custom
dark cherry cabinets and exquisite granite countertops.
Tour proceeds will go to three youth programs, said Laurie Bleick,
executive director of Family Service Agency.
The Community Day School Project provides on-site counseling to
youths at one school site and is done in collaboration with the
Burbank Unified School District. The CRAFT (Creating Resolutions
Among Families Together) program provides group counseling to
elementary-age youth and their parents, which is a collaborative
project with the school district. The third program is CARE
(Community Awareness and Response through Education), which provides
youth and group counseling for children affected by domestic
The agency’s board of directors’ members Janet Killian and Mary
Alice O’Connor organized the home tour.
Cardiac care benefits from gala
More than 550 people celebrated the third annual International
Festival of Trees gala, raising $200,000 to support heart patients.
The benefit was at the Universal Sheraton Hotel.
Philanthropist Michael Walsh, set dresser for the WB network’s
“7th Heaven,” helped create a winter wonderland where guests placed
their bids on professionally decorated trees, wreaths and other
holiday items. There was also an extensive silent auction featuring
exotic trips, luxurious spa days and jewelry.
Proceeds benefit cardiac services for Providence St. Joseph
Medical Center in Burbank and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in
This year, the foundations of the nonprofit hospitals presented
the Heroes for Hope award to Walsh for his support of their programs.
At the gala, television celebrities, noted physicians and grateful
patients of the hospitals danced to the lively music of Stephen
Collins and the 7th Heaven Band.
For more information on cardiac services, or the supporting
foundations, call 847-4673.