The Glendale Memorial Health Foundation sponsored its 22nd annual Evening of Wine & Roses, presented by Woodbury University on Sunday at the hospital. Chairman Larry Cimmarusti Larry Cimmarusti and wife Amalia were gracious hosts at this “An International Soiree” as they welcomed more than 700 supporters, a record high, in the lighted patio in front of the hospital entrance.

Guests were encouraged to mingle at the silent-auction tables, indulge in restaurant, bistro and coffee stations and dance to the sounds of Splash. Hospital VIPs doing just that included President Mark Meyers, board Chairman Kalust Ucar, Chief of Staff Petar Vukasin, and Vice President of Business Development David Mauss.

Novelty silent-auction items included four VIP tickets to a “Dr. Phil Show” with Glendale Memorial doctors and an extra role on “General Hospital.” At the live auction, pledges of $1,000 or more gave “Friends” benefits, which include Medic Alert enrollment, personalized physician referrals, concierge services, free parking and assistance with insurance billing — and all those benefits extend to every member of the family.

More than 15% of the babies born at Glendale Memorial are considered “high risk.” Proceeds, adding to these babies' specialized attention, are expected to top $100,000.


Ten Women in Business were honored with a flourish in front of 350 supporters at the third annual Excellence Luncheon at the Hilton Glendale on Saturday. These women, all successful in business and community service, were recognized by the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles.

Its first female president, Ani Bedrosian Adaimy, announced the following honorees: Woman in Government Jackie Speier, Corporate Woman Nectar Kalajian, Woman in Entertainment Annette Sahakian Davis, Woman in Service Diane Cabraloff, Woman in Science Salpy Akaragian, Woman in Education Katherine Fundukian Thorossian and Woman in Small Business Naz Atikian. Also recognized were three Junior Businesswomen: Diana Madison, Nora Gasparian and Ani Esmailian.

VIP guests from Glendale included Mayor Pro Tem Ara Najarian, Glendale Community College Interim President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay and Board of Trustees President Vahe Peroomian and member Armine Hacopian. Nayiri Nahabedian represented the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education.

Bedrosian Adaimy discussed how the honorees were chosen.

“We find you, and we recognize you, she said. “We need to encourage our young women to educate themselves, respect themselves, and we will find you.”


Shopping was both elegant and convenient at a private showing of fall trends at Nordstrom in the Glendale Galleria on Thursday. Sponsored by the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, the private benefit featured fashions, entertainment, shopping throughout the store, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages.

Glendale residents in the mood for a splurge in the hats and accessories department included Glendale Adventist Guild Board member Sandy Doughty, Glendale Healthy Kids' Camille Levee and Women Health Center's Liza Boubari. Gal pals Virna Chan and Michelle Younkin took turns getting complimentary make up applications at nearby cosmetic stations. Younkin is an assistant in Glendale Adventist's administration office.

“We are happy to work with the Glendale Galleria to bring a great event to our community,” said Morre Dean, Glendale Adventist president and chief executive.

More than $25,000 in expected proceeds will go toward the hospital's Cancer Services and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Every Wednesday during the academic year, Glendale Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department present the “Wednesday Restaurant,” featuring a menu of international foods.

Argentine cuisine was highlighted Oct. 7. Students created and served a several course lunch of empanadas de picadillo, grilled flank steak, stewed lamb on soft polenta, zucchini and crepes with dulce leche for dessert. And that's available to town and gown for only $8.50 (students pay $6.50) with free parking to boot.

Sampling the cuisine included campus employment specialist Suzanne Leard, her assistant Catie Nordstrom and student Lauren Castillo. Hospitality Management Department Chairman Mike Lao introduced his staff, including chef Andrew Feldman, server Janet Ghooks and culinary arts student Claris Hacobian.

Lao announced that his department will be adding tourism and event planning classes.

Glendale Community College serves 44,000 students a year on their main and Garfield campuses.

?RUTH SOWBY can be reached at ruthsowby@msn.com.

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