Organizations: Parades, choirs, women who dream big and Bras for a cause

Roses group has float in Burbank on Parade

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. has created a smaller version of the 2011 Founders Award-winning “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories” as an entry in this year’s Burbank on Parade. A few of Burbank’s world-famous icons are getting reworked to make their way along Olive Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Peruvian Paso horses are another featured entry in this year’s event.

Premier rock ‘n’ rollers Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries will be rockin’ birthday tunes down the parade route, along with marching bands, celebrities, floats and local dignitaries.

Parade entries are still being accepted and applications can be found at

Burbank on Parade is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers. For more information, call the BOP Hotline at (818) 736-7972.

Soroptimists honor women who dream big

Soroptimist International of The Verdugos presented its annual Program Awards and Live Your Dream Campaign event March 23 at Overtime Bar and Grill in Glendale.

Those honored were Ruby Award winner Dr. Frieda Jordan, president, Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry; Women’s Opportunity Award, winner Roxanne Perez and runner-up Ana Ramirez; and recipients of the Violet Richardson Awards winner Melissa Hu of Good Dog-Dog Talk Adoption Program; runner-up Emily Cardinas, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Girl Scout Troop 1511; runner-up Ani Misirian of Roosevelt Middle School. Seven other young women received honorable mentions including Naris Barseghian, Kristen Burroughs, Andrea Castillo, Elia Ganon, Lisa Oglian, Katherine Propper and Marian Sarkissian.

Almost 80 people attended, including Mayor Ara Najarian, who gave greetings from the city; field representatives from the offices of Assemblyman Mike Gatto and L.A. Council member Paul Krekorian; L.A. Commissioner for Disabilities Theresa De Vera; John Krikorian from Business Life Magazine; and many business owners and professionals.

Certificates of recognition and commendations were issued by the mayors of Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, L.A. Supervisor Mike Antonovich and the different legislative offices. Soroptimist International of The Verdugos gave cash awards/donations of almost $4,000 to different organizations of the recipients’ choices.

Entries sought for Bras for a Cause

Soroptmist International of Glendale is having its eighth annual “Bras for a Cause” fundraiser on Saturday at the Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. This year’s theme is “Bras for a Cause Celebrates the Arts.”

Community members decorate bras and submit them. The bras are then displayed and auctioned off the night of the event. Awards in several categories will be given to the most outstanding bras.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction and viewing of decorated bras followed at 7 p.m. by dinner, live auction and awards presentation.

Soroptimist International of Glendale is a volunteer organization composed of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Funds raised will go to charities that improve the lives of women and girls. These include breast cancer services at Glendale’s three hospitals.

The public can go to for information about how to decorate and submit a bra, and how to purchase a ticket to the event or e-mail

Burbank High choirs are champions

Burbank High School choirs received the highest honors in competition in Fairfield, Ohio in March.

In each of their categories, both In Sync and Impressions were named as Grand Champions, the highest award. They brought home trophies and individual medallions for each performer.

In Sync also topped the 10 other show choirs by receiving “Best Choreography,” “Best Vocal Performance,” “Best Costumes,” and “Best Designed Set.” Impressions also received “Best Vocals” and “Best Choreography.

Choir Director is Brett Carroll and Assistant Choir Director is Donna Dandino. The financial support of community businesses and individuals at the November “Night of Magic” dinner fundraiser provided the funds for the choirs to make the trip.

There are more competitions this year, culminating with the “Pop Show” on May 19, 20, and 21, which is open to the public.

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