Celebrating classic cars, classroom care

Along with the recent observances of Passover and Easter, one sure sign that spring has sprung in Burbank is the staging of the Burbank Kiwanis For Fun Foundation spring car show and the Burbank Council Parent Teachers Assn.’s annual service awards.

Local Kiwanians and more than 200 classic car owners rolled into Johnny Carson Park on April 17 for the organization’s 12th annual car show fundraiser. Along with a pancake breakfast and barbeque lunch, the daylong event gave hundreds of attendees the opportunity to peruse an eclectic mix of vehicles.

From a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Spur with a jar of Gray Poupon Mustard displayed on the dash, to a 1932 Ford Hi Boy Roadster adorned with a pair of fuzzy dice, auto aficionados got their fill of the classics while helping to fill the coffers of the Burbank Kiwanis for Fun Club Foundation that supports numerous local charitable organizations and grants student scholarships.

Among the dedicated Kiwanians and Aktion Club members who made the day possible were Stephanie Franklin, Tony and Donna Wade, Les Halpert, Isabel Adams, Jan Loporchio, Steve, Joe and Danny Harris and Karen Young. Others whose involvement added to the day’s success were Victor Nasol, Kurtis King, Steve Kirkland, Kyle Roberts, Gregg Simas, Robert Earl, Billy Abel, Greg Newton, Chris Conklin, Teddy Stevens, Alan Donath, Don Hover, John Hillner, Robert and Carole Bennett and Chuck Gage.

While hundreds marveled at the care shown to classic vehicles, four days later, others gathered at the Castaway to tip their hats to those who care for the charges of Burbank school classrooms. For the 61st year, the Burbank Council Parent Teacher Assn. presented its annual Honorary Service Awards that are given to recognize deserving parents, teachers, school and community volunteers for outstanding service to educational, cultural, spiritual, recreational and service-oriented activities for the growth of Burbank students and the betterment of local schools.

Hosted by council service awards chairwoman Tammy Sparks and Council PTA President Michelle Hurst, the evening saw awards bestowed upon recipients representing Burbank’s 16 PTA units. This year’s honorees included Dawn Beno, Craig Bugbee, Regina McGinley, Michelle Jones, Richard Myers, Michele Zepeda, Maureen Baer, Daniel Karris, Chris Molaro, Julie Tebbe, Alicia Boote, Jose Perez, Alicia Ritchie, Sid Sosa, Cynthia Faust, Kathy Volpi, Teri Yee, Esmeralda Cruz, Monica Hall-Gressler, Denise Renman, Sean Cyphers, Jason Ragle, Debbie Winstein, Maria Barba, Rebecca Ramirez, Marilyn Whitney, Sharry McArdle, Lisa Zedlar, Chez Mohler, Felicia and Tom Cain, De Eldridge, Jennifer Jesperson, Shila Oasay, Patty Dagata, Aida Mousesyan, Shaya Akobian, Gina Garcia, Joe Reed, Amy Navarette, Donald Tyndall, Suzanne Weerts, Don and Tiffany DeSimone, Fred Gaspar, Margo Martin, Cynthia Crane, Tracy Goldman, Deborah Olivas, Art Yanez, Michelle Hurst, Peggy Flynn, and posthumously, Nancy Lamb and Annita Miller.

Among the attendees and those whose work made the evening a success were numerous representatives of the Burbank Unified School District and unit chairs Brenda Burroughs, Michelle Harris, Gabriella Platten, Corielle Lopez, Stephanie McCorkle, Stephanie Cyphers, Lori Little, Jane LeGate, Gina Boulais, Greg Bragg, Donna Cunningham, Sheyanne Palmer, Sandra McCord, Michele Higginbotham and Laurie Gori.

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