Hospital guild sets sail for summer

Glendale News Press

"Cruising into Summer" was the theme of the Women's Council of Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation Luncheon and Fashion Show on Thursday. The nautical theme was represented by the decor — ships, portholes, sand and surf — painted on the walls of the hospital's council room.

"We changed the council room to a cruise ship," event Chairwoman Sue Wilder said.

The imaginative decor was created by Judy Hurst, hospital director of volunteer services. Even the fashion show focused on casual, cruise-wear ensembles and gowns fit for the captain's table.

Show commentator was Women's Council member and glamorous great-grandmother Lynne Raggio. Fashion show models, all members of the Women's Council, sashayed around the tables, seating some 100 members and guests. Glam grandma Chris Mason, one of the first to strut her stuff, welcomed her first grandson earlier this year.

Opportunity drawing prizes, including travel accessories, were organized by Randy Alejo-Medina and Chris Watson-Rothrock.

In this month of graduation and scholarship ceremonies, nothing surpassed the Associated Students of Glendale Community College Spring 2010 Honors and Awards Banquet. On Thursday evening, Burbank's Castaway Restaurant was the sparkling setting as some 250 students and supporters honored the 600 scholarship winners, who received more than $300,000.

GCC Student Body President Lilya Avagyan welcomed some 250 students, college staff members and supporters. Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman presented two inaugural scholarships — the Michael F. Color Memorial Scholarship won by Pilar Fontana and the Luis Herrera Engineering Scholarship won by engineering student Varand Abrahamian.

Out of the 15 Re-Entry Program Award recipients, Janice Robinson won the Geraldine Manus Anson Memorial Scholarship. Robinson, a youthful grandmother of a 1-year-old girl, plans to transfer to a California State University campus and major in creative writing.

Omar Moreno won the J. Walter Smith Man of the Year Award, and Sally Morgan won the Elsie Bishop Woman of the Year Award. Earlier in the evening, Moreno had also won a Man of Distinction Award.

"Art and Wine in the Garden" took place in the Neighborhood Pride Award-winning Glendale garden of Nancy Grubb. Grubb's home is an English cottage built in 1941.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, two local artists showed their works, including Grubb's watercolors. Landscape oil artist Valery Moorhead also showed several examples of her best work.

Grubb's daughter Lori Ekdahl did the catering. But it was the art that took center stage. Grubb posed for a photo in front of her garden fountain. She held her "Happy Faces," a watercolor selling for $225.

Moorhead showed off her original oil, "French Countryside," painted on one of her many travels with husband, former U.S. Rep. Carlos Moorhead. Valery Moorhead began painting in 1983 with a group of congressional wives in Washington, D.C.

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