Foundation elects new board members

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos announced new members to its Board of Directors and newly elected officers for 2012.

Those newly elected to the board include attorneys Armen Baghdasarian of the Glendale firm Irsfeld, Irsfeld & Younger LLP, and Charles L. LeCroy III with Baker, Olson, LeCroy & Danielian, also located in Glendale. Joining them is Lee Wochner of Counterintuity LLC, a marketing company in Burbank.

Robert Knauf, of Arroyo Insurance, has taken the lead as Board President. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2005 and a Glendale resident, Knauf’s goals are to focus on closer relations with businesses and corporations.

“The foundation's role in our community is to assist individuals and businesses with their philanthropy and we want to get this message to those who may not be aware of the foundation's work,” he said in a statement.

Ernest P. Burger, an attorney and Glendale resident with Burger Law Group in Burbank, serves as Vice President. Serving as CFO and Secretary are Eric Ashton Jr., a Glendale attorney, and Mary Ann Plumley, former Glendale City mayor, respectively. The four lead the activities of 18 fellow directors, who all serve on a volunteer basis.


provides individuals and businesses with options for donating to community causes and also manages donor advised funds. The foundation also oversees endowments for nonprofits through agency funds but is best known for grants that are issued to nonprofits in a competitive application process.


ABWA to fund two scholarships

The Verdugo Glen chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is funding two scholarships through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund. The scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each. No applications will be accepted after March 31.

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, candidates must be women who are citizens of the United States and residents of Los Angeles County; are currently second-year students at Glendale Community College; are majoring in the field of business and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The application needs to be completed online and requires a biographical sketch, three professional letters of reference and an official transcript.

To apply, interested, eligible women should send name and email address to: Lynn White-Shelby at

Trustees of SBMEF serve as the selection board for these scholarships. The first 20 eligible applications will be forwarded to the trustees for review. The winners will be notified in May. The one-time scholarships are not renewable. A check will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipient. Funds are limited to tuition, books and fees.

Verdugo Glen Chapter of ABWA is part of a national network of businesswomen. ABWA has dedicated more than half a century to women’s education and provided workplace skills and career development training for more than 565,000 members.

Panhellenic scholarship luncheon nears

Oakmont Country Club in Glendale will host the annual Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m. on March 10. Cost to attend is $55 per person, and reservations are due March 1. The invitation and reservation form can be found at, or call Harriet Rector at (818) 247-5651 or Georgine Archer, (818) 848-5664.

Guest speaker for the event is journalist and novelist Denise Hamilton.

The Glendale area group includes members from Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Sunland and Tujunga. Last year it provided more than $5,000 in scholarship awards.

-- Compiled by Kelly Corrigan

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