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On the Town: Hospital receives $50K donation

Women’s Council

Attending the Women’s Council luncheon are, from left, Terry Walker, La Cañada City Council member; Keith Hobbs, chief executive officer of USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital; and Ruth McNevin, chair of the USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council.

(Courtesy of Cindy Sawyer)

The USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council made a $50,000 donation to the hospital foundation during its recent installation luncheon.

A delighted Keith Hobbs, hospital chief executive, was there to receive the check, which will go to establishing a neonatal intensive-care unit at the Verdugo Hills facility, said Ruth McNevin, chair of the Women’s Council for 2015-16.

The luncheon was attended by Terry Walker, a La Cañada Flintridge City Council member, Women’s Council members, foundation members and hospital management and staff.

The recent financial contribution brings the Women’s Council’s total hospital donations made this year to more than $75,000. Also during the luncheon, the incoming board of directors of the Women’s Council was installed. The chair is Purnima Panchell.


Others serving are Co-Chairs-Elect Tiffany Ajaryan and Toni Williamson, Recording Secretary Tiffany Ajaryan, Treasurer Cindy Sawyer, Fundraising Co-Chairs Angela Mandujano and Gloria Cotton, Membership Co-Chairs Wanda Sellers and Becky Happach, Program Co-Chairs Kate Kaneko and Teri Rice, Corresponding Co-Secretaries Gloria Cotton and Lisa Redmond, Publicity/Historian McNevin and Sawyer, Parliamentarian Pauline Hendricks and Nominating and Resource Chair McNevin.

Kiwanis Club’s guest survived capture by Taliban

A story of extreme bravery and an unfaltering will to survive awaits those who attend the Glendale Kiwanis Club meeting beginning at noon on Friday at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St.

Shahbaz Taseer, son of assassinated Pakistani governor Salman Taseer, will speak to Kiwanis members about his kidnapping by Pakistan’s Taliban and his ordeal of being held captive for 41/2 years.


Taseer was abducted on his way to work on Aug. 26, 2011, in Lahore, Pakistan. On March 9, 2016, Taseer was finally found alive in Kuchlak, Balochistan, Pakistan, after nearly 1,825 days in captivity.

He survived years of torture and uncertainty, but has told reporters in many interviews it did not stand in the way of his belief that one day he would experience the joy of freedom.

“No one can imprison you except yourself,” he has been quoted as saying.

Now outside of his home country for the first time since his kidnapping, Taseer is eager to tell his story.

For reservations to attend, contact Irshad Haque at

Ministry marks 25th year

Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Chaplains Department and the Healthcare Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beyond Loss Bereavement Ministry with a gala fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

Receiving special recognition will be founder the Rev. Alice Zulli and the many volunteer facilitators who have helped the grieving community heal over the years.


The event will feature a gourmet dinner, live auction and a talk by guest speaker La Crescenta chiropractor Mark Karl Anthony, author of “Accelerate Your Life: Get What You Want Faster!”

Proceeds will help expand the ministry, which has helped the grieving community to learn healthy lifestyles and coping strategies, not just to “get over” a loss of a loved one, but to go “beyond” the loss.

Adventist Chaplain Zulli created and started the ministry in 1990. She also created the bereavement facilitator training courses that provide certified education and training to professionals and individuals on sensitive topics, including the complexities of suicide and loss from trauma.

“Rev. Alice Zulli provides compassionate and spiritual care to a multitude of patients and their families while in the hospital,” said Bruce Nelson, director of community services at Glendale Adventist. “She has also trained many chaplain volunteers and interns on the concepts and lessons of bereavement and grief.”

Tickets are $100 each. Sponsorships/program-book advertisements are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (818) 409-8008.

Bingo promises big bucks

American Legion Post 288 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1614 are working together to raise funds for local veterans at the fifth annual Community Bingo Night on Aug. 19.

Each bingo game touts a prize of $100 or more during the evening inside Healy Hall at Holy Redeemer Church, 2361 Del Mar Road, Montrose.


Food service and check-in will begin at 6 p.m., and the first game will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, and there are 20 chances to win $100.


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