ON THE TOWN:

What goes around comes around. Sandy Schultz, Sandy Schultz, who doubles as Soroptimist president and chairwoman of the Glendale Adventist Foundation, is always generous with the condo vacations she and husband Doug Schultz donate to charity auctions.

Last week, the couple donated a week’s ski vacation at their Mammoth Mountain condo to “Bras for a Cause.” The couple donated the same live-auction item to the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Gala 2009 held Sunday at the new Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom.

Their two bedrooms and a loft, large enough to sleep eight, went for $1,600. Minutes later, the Schultzes won a weekend getaway at the Glendale Hilton, a picnic dinner and box seats for four at the Hollywood Bowl. That win resulted from a $25 opportunity drawing ticket picked from 450 tickets sold.

Of course, everybody won by attending the gala with the theme — “Making a Difference Together.” Close to 400 supporters enjoyed a luscious chicken Wellington dinner, auction, drawings and entertainment by twin singers Ryan and Dan Kowarsky.

Glendale resident and President of the Healthcare Foundation David Burghart played the perfect host, going to each table in the ballroom and shaking hands.

“We want to bring in funds and make friends,” he said.

More Glendale VIPs included first-time auctioneer Morre Dean, president and chief executive of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center; and foundation board members dentist Cal Devnich and Johnny Pecayo, chief executive, publisher and editor in chief of the Manila U.S. Times.

Gala Awardees were Orfi and Hernan Barros, Stanley Zerne and family, the Georgina Fredrick Foundation and community volunteer Nicklotte Way, who received the Georgia Abelmann Award. (Recently deceased Abelmann was a prominent Glendale resident.)

Expected net proceeds of $100,000 to $150,000 from Gala 2009 will go toward a new multi-slice CT scanner for the new West Tower.

Glendale Community College staffers, faculty and students had a chance to recognize Ann Ransford on her election to the college board of trustees at a reception right before the board meeting on April 20.

Supt./President Audre Levy offered her congratulations, as did re-elected trustees Anita Gabrielian and Armine Hacopian. Trustee Vahe Peroomian also put in a welcome appearance. Trustee Tony Tartaglia made the tail end of the reception.

The Kreider Hall Lobby was standing-room only as guests jostled for position for the chance to wish Ransford well. Glendale College Foundation board members on hand included President Harry Hull, Larry Hanson, Jack Quinn, Tye Vedem, Shirley Trissler and Carol Jouroyan.

Those busy gals who make up the Assistance League of Glendale put on another fashion show April 21. This one, part of their Annual Tea, was called “A Shabby Chic Tea” — a nod to the poor state of the economy. But the fashions, all from their Thrift Alley, were anything but shabby.

President Lina Harper, due to end her presidency in two weeks, welcomed all and introduced hospitality committee chairwoman Beverly Lloyd, tea coordinator Roseann Case, fashion show coordinator-model Karen Millman and public relations whiz Mary Krempl.

After a luncheon of savories and sweets, the fashion show was on. All models were Assistance League members. All fashions were priced for “economical amazement.” Model Bea Wojtyla wore a $25 snazzy number with red accessories.

Betty Musacco modeled two ensembles; one was a $25 long, black dress highlighted in sequins that cried out to be worn at the Captain’s Table on a cruise. Karen Millman showed off a knockout silver-sequined jacket. Mary Arevelo, guest of Glady Kabateck, snapped it up for $15 at Thrift Alley after the show.

“Miss Texas” Deb Ann Orfaleo modeled her own pink ensemble. (Orfaleo was first runner-up to 1971 “Miss America,” Phyllis George, and remains blond and beautiful.) More models were Rita Burns, Herta Collins and Merry Franzen. Marcie Haug narrated the show, just like a pro.

At the end of the tea, several ladies trooped into Thrift Alley — opened on a Tuesday just for them — and enjoyed perusing more great bargains. Thrift Alley, at 314 E. Harvard St., Glendale, is open Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Donations welcome.

Bookies had their fill this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA. On Saturday, some Glendale residents were there for the first time. Glendale Community College students Anita Abkarian and Dro Ayhazarian were at the fest to fulfill a class assignment.

Pam Elyea and husband Jim Elyea, owners of History for Hire prop rental house, manned their first booth. They were displaying a book Jim wrote on Vox amplifiers, including the Beatles’ Vox amps. Their stall had blow-ups of Beatles photos and drew Beatles fans, the curious and the technical.

Even the Very Hungry Caterpillar was there. L.A. resident Taylor Kibby was inside the caterpillar suit, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the book’s publication.

Author-illustrator Eric Carle was on hand to sign autographs.


 RUTH SOWBY may be reached at ruthsowby@msn.com.

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