Locals presented at guild ball in Pasadena

Seven young women from La Cañada Flintridge were among 34 who took their bows to society last month when the Pasadena Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles held its 49th June Debutante Ball in the ballroom of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Richard Dalbeck, also of this city, presented each debutante to the more than 600 guests who attended the event.

The local debutantes are Roxanne Debra Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Webster Cook (Bonnie); Patricia Marcella Dobson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas William Dobson (Patti); Teny Rose Geragos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark John Geragos (Paulette); Allison Marie Guthrie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Scott Guthrie (Elizabeth); Jennifer Laurel Love (in absentia), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barry Love (Stephanie); Abigail Elizabeth Ulf and Amanda Jane Ulf, daughters of Mr. Brian David Ulf and Ms. Susan Ulf.

Established in 1947, the guild has since raised almost $25 million in support of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

For the ball, the hotel's ballroom was transformed into a floral arena of roses, hydrangeas, peonies and cymbidium and dendrobium orchids in sherbet tones by Jacob Maarse Florists. After each young lady was presented and escorted on the arm of her father or presenter, she returned to the center of the ballroom with all the other debutantes to curtsy in unison to the applause and acceptance of guild members and guests. Their fathers or presenters then joined the debutantes for the first waltz to the music of Rembrandt.


Caduceus Club members, guests tour studios

Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation's Caduceus Club members and their guests attended a special tour of Disney's the Prospect Studios where television shows are filmed for a behind-the-scenes tour.

"It was all quite entertaining, seeing where the TV doctors work as compared with our reality," said Dr. Leo Berkenbile, director of medical staff and at the local hospital Caduceus Club member.

Founded in 1982 by the foundation, the club, currently led by Dr. Steven Hartford, comprises 64 members of philanthropic medical staff that provide financial support to the hospital. So far in 2010, the club has given more than $75,000 toward medical equipment, including two infant warmers, partial funding of an operating room bed and $20,000 to the Medical Staff Endowment Fund.

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