Organizations: Luncheons, columnists, and cash prizes

Perennial Rose Luncheon benefits youth

L’aureole’s Perennial Rose Luncheon and Fashion Show is April 2 at the La Cañada Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.

Jeannine Jones, president, invites guests to come at 11 a.m. for the social hour. Luncheon will be served at noon. Chairwoman is Joan Taylor and co-chairwoman is Kathryn Kashuba.

Fashions will be by Holiday Hats and Gowns. Narrating will be Eunice Wells and models are Susan Skiffington, Laurie Guay, Carol Pickett, B.J. Ottenfeld, Shirley dePerini, Mary Owen, Grace Sheldon-Williams, Georgia McAninch, Jory Potts and Jean Cassidy.

Music accompaniment will be by Mel Dangcil at the piano. Proceeds will benefit the Glendale Salvation Army youth programs.

For reservations, call Taylor at (818) 790-0014 by Wednesday. Cost is $55.

Scouts auction features columnist

Chris Erskine, whose two columns appear in the Los Angeles Times, is the master of ceremonies for the 37th annual Big Strike Auction presented by the Verdugo Hills Council of Boys Scouts of America.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank. Tickets are $100 per person and can be reserved by calling Scout headquarters at (818) 243-6282.

Erskine writes the two columns, “Man of the House” and “Fan of the House” and is graphics editor.

Prizes up for bid during the evening include vacation days at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., with airline tickets for two; New Year’s Day package of Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game tickets plus parking; and a one carat diamond valued at more than $5,000.

The auction fundraiser is the major source for supporting the Verdugo Hills Council’s operating budget, said Chapter Chairwoman Rahla Hall Lindsey. The council provides scouting education and leadership training programs for young men and boys living in Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose, Sunland, Tujunga, Pasadena, Eagle Rock, North Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Special guests attending the auction dinner are Armen Ter Zakarian, the first Armenian Homenetmen Scout to receive Eagle ranking from the local council; and Matthew Diradoorian, the second Homenetmen Scout to receive the Eagle Scout rank. Conducting the opening flag ceremony will be Spencer Ross, a graduate ensign from the Coast Guard and recent Eagle Scout from Troop 210.

Cash prizes won at card party

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild recently held a most successful card party with an attendance of 180 at Lakeside Golf Club.

Bingo and card games of choice were played and lunch was served. Maria Balke was chairwoman of the event and Lori Riela was co-chairwoman.

Two lucky ladies were winners of $100 each and a third won $50. All the winners also won pearl necklaces. Winners were Bernadine Stayer, Nancy Hinderer and Linda Pressman.

The next card party will be held in the fall.

Trivia event supports literacy program

The Trivia Challenge 2011, presented by the Friends of the Burbank Public Library, will be on March 31 at the Castaway Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road, Burbank. Social is at 6:30 p.m. with silent auction and appetizer and dessert buffet, followed by the challenge at 7 p.m.

Master of ceremonies is Jack O’Neill, chief operating officer of the Bob Hope Legacy.

Proceeds go to the Burbank Public Library Literacy Services.

For more information, call (818) 238-5577. Cost is $15 advance and $20 at the door. Make check payable to Friends of the Burbank Public Library and mail to Literacy Office, Burbank Public Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, 91502.

Comedy show benefits Roses group

Flappers Comedy Club Burbank and Legendary Bingo will host a fundraiser to benefit the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. at 8 p.m. March 28.

Internationally known Legendary Bingo, hosted by Jeffery Bowman, was established in 1998. The show and club are at 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., in Downtown Burbank.

The show will feature prize packages, racy call-backs served up by saucy hostess, Bridgette of Madison County, and a celebrity ball-caller. Suggested donation is $20. Reservations are encouraged. Call (818) 845-9721 or visit

For more information on the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., visit

Unified Young Armenians plan telethon

The Unified Young Armenians, Inc. will present its Telethon for the 96th Anniversary March for the Recognition of the Armenian Genocide from noon to 1 a.m. Sunday, at AABC Channel 384 and AMGA Channel 380 + Globecast

In 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government took advantage of the world’s preoccupation with fighting the First World War by carrying out its plan of pan-Turanism to exterminate all non-Turks in the Ottoman Empire. Because Armenians comprised the largest ethnic minority in Turkey, they became the bearers of the Turkish government’s wrath. More than 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government. To this day, the Turkish government denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide.

Each year, on April 24, Armenians throughout the world commemorate the day of the Armenian Genocide by organizing marches and demonstrations to remind the world of the atrocities committed by the Turkish government during World War I.

Donations can be sent to Unified Young Armenians, Inc. (UYA) 1110 Sonora Ave. #106, Glendale, CA 91201.

Soroptimist honors women who give

Soroptimist International of the Verdugos Club will host the annual Program Awards Dinner and Live Your Dream Campaign” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Overtime Bar and Grill Restaurant, 933 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

For reservations, call Geraldine (818) 636-6534 or Aida (818) 572-5473.

Award recipients are Ruby Award — Dr. Frieda Jordan, president, Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry; Women’s Opportunity Award recipients — Roxanne Perez (winner) and Ana Ramirez (runner-up); and Violet Richardson Award recipients— Melissa Hu (winner) Good Dog — Dog Talk Adoption Program; Emily Cardinas (runner-up) Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Girl Scout Troop 1511; and Ani Misirian (runner up) Roosevelt Middle School. Seven other young women will receive Honorable Mentions – Naris Barseghian, Kristen Burroughs, Andrea Castillo, Elia Ganon, Lisa Oglian, Katherine Propper and Marian Sarkissian.

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