Patrons give $28,000 in scholarships

In spite of its old age — 64 years since its founding, the Patrons Club of Glendale Community College keeps right on giving. Members raised $28,000 in the past year to give 36 scholarships and 30 grants-in-aid to deserving students. Those were awarded May 19 at the club’s annual Scholarship Luncheon on campus.

Club President Betty Musacco welcomed her audience and announced that every student interviewed by members of the scholarship committee received a scholarship. Those scholarships ranged between $400 to $1,000. Also giving a quick welcome were co-scholarship chairwomen Judy Gorham and Karen Wharton. College Supt./President Dawn Lindsay introduced club advisor and Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman, who said the college gives an additional 500 to 600 scholarships annually.

The scholarships were awarded during a fast-paced one hour. Former college Supt./President John Davitt awarded the most scholarships. His four scholarship recipients were Anna Engstrom, Aram Gambourian, Jhonna Lamur and Gina Song. Gayle Davitt applauded her husband’s honorees.

A scholarship was awarded in memory of another former college superintendent/president. The H. Rex Craig Memorial Scholarship was presented to Haig Aintablian by Craig’s wife, Jan Craig. Aintablian is a biological science major at the college. He will transfer to USC in the fall and major in molecular biology and genetics.

A sumptuous chicken lunch was prepared and served by students and staff of the Culinary Arts Department. Executive Chef Andrew Feldman and Chef Nancy Jordan supervised. Two Culinary Arts students, Bertha Perez and Erika Saldana, were also awarded scholarships. All that was missing were their chef’s hats.


Members of the Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Guild always tell it like it is. But instead of using the politically correct word, “opportunity drawing,” these ladies announce they’re selling raffle tickets. They don’t mind the whiff of gambling the term denotes. On May 20, some 75 women gathered to celebrate their “Luncheon and Fashion Show on the Red Carpet” in the Council Room of the hospital. And sell raffle tickets they did — one ticket for $1 on up to 25 tickets for $20.

After a luncheon of chicken salad and the most in-fashion of cupcakes, the show featured fashions by Holiday Hats and Gowns of Montrose. Council member/models strutted between tables in their spring finery. Council Chairwoman Sue Wilder was especially fetching in an elegant, black strapless gown. Other models included Suzonne Slaughter, Ruth Nevins and Jill Hines, who was also fashion show chairwoman.

The stylish emcee was council member Lynne Raggio. She kept a running commentary on the models and their fashions and tied them into the “Red Carpet” theme, extended by the red daisy table centerpieces mounted on film cans and surrounded by curling filmstrips. Table favors were donated by Merle Norman of Montrose.

Making a quick appearance was hospital President and Chief Executive Len La Bella. He was joined by Foundation President Yulanda Davis-Quarrie.

Event net profits are expected to be $2,000. All proceeds will support the hospital.


Massage Envy Spa teamed up with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce to host a networking event par excellence. On May 18, the spa was the setting for refreshments, prizes and free neck, shoulder and back massages.

Spa owner Helen McDonagh made sure everyone took advantage of the spa’s relaxing services, aided by office manager Dialle Co. McDonagh is also president of the Downtown Merchants’ Assn. Chamber Executive Vice President Judee Kendall helped supervise the event.

On hand and ready to network were Glendale residents Miriam McDonnell and Marko Swan, who each handed out their business cards and took those of others. Chamber members Mercy Velazquez and Annet Peairs also had their business cards at the ready.

The $10 entrance fee for members ($15 for nonmembers) was money well spent.

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