GLA celebrates new year with installation, luncheon

Last Friday, the Glendale Latino Association held its annual awards and installation luncheon at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Members from many of the community’s civic organizations were represented including Assemblymember Paul Krekorian.

Krekorian commented on the cultural diversity of Glendale and surrounding areas, recognizing the many leaders who work hard to “unify the Glendale community so it will live up to its name ‘Jewel City.’”

Incoming president Mercy Velazuez, with her enthusiastic spirit, kept the afternoon event moving at a brisk pace. She welcomed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gus Gomez who installed the 2008 GLA officers President Velazquez, Vice-President Amy Navarrete, Secretary Nancy Guillen, Treasurer Dr. Maria Rochart and Past President Martha Rivera.

The 2008 directors are Mae Abou-Chakra, Carlos Carrillo, Julio Gonzalez, Luis Pezzini, Anita Quiñonez-Gabrielian and Alicia Widmaier.

Those receiving special awards included Betty Porto-Kawabata, co-owner of Porto’s Bakery, who was honored as Woman of the Year; Dr. Michael F. Escalante, superintendent of the Glendale Unified School Disrict, received the Man of the Year; and Americas United Bank was recognized as the 2008 Business of the Year.

A special presentation of $2500 from the Americas United Bank was given to the association for its annual scholarship fund. Gil Dalmau, bank president and CEO, made the presentation.

Entertainment throughout the afternoon was provided by Hoover High School’s Jazz Band.

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