Charitable Efforts

Chamber concert to benefit center

The Circle of Huntington Hospital is hosting a fund raiser on Sunday, Aug. 24 featuring pianists Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Bernadine Blaha, cellist Daniel Rothmuller and violinist Aroussiak Baltaian to raise funds for Huntington’s Constance G. Zahorik Breast Center.

“This show is part of our ‘Let Us Entertain You’ series of events this year,” said Dr. Tara Burnett-Doering, president of The Circle. “Kevin and Bernadine are accomplished pianists who teach at the USC Thornton School of Music. Daniel, who also teaches at Thornton, and Aroussiak perform with the L.A. Philharmonic. We are delighted that these talented musicians are helping the Circle raise funds for the detection and treatment of breast cancer,” Burnett-Doering added.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. at a private home in Altadena. The price per ticket is $50. Wine, appetizers and other refreshments will follow the program.

To purchase tickets, make check payable to The Circle and send to Stanislava Zupan-Overholt at 1311 Avocado Terrace, Pasadena 91104. For more information call (626) 794-1244.

VHH pledged money by bistro

Oceanview Contemporary Bistro in Montrose, celebrated its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 13, donating 10% of its opening night proceeds to the Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) and Foundation Women’s Council. The festive evening helped raise close to $500 for VHH. During the entire month of August, 10% of all lunch revenues (including take-out orders) from Oceanview Contemporary Bistro will be donated back to VHH.

Women’s Council Chair Chris Mason thanked Alyce Russell and the Russell family, owners of Oceanview, and Tina Marie Ito, Oceanview’s director of special events, for providing an opportunity to help raise funds for the community hospital.

“I was so thrilled and honored when Alyce and Tina told me that they wanted to donate 10 percent of the opening night’s proceeds to VHH and the Women’s Council,” said Mason. “Since both Alyce and Tina are past presidents of the Women’s Council, they know how hard we work to raise funds and friends for VHH. Because of their generous support, Oceanview Contemporary Bistro will have a part in our raising of over $3 million for VHH.”

Attendees from the opening night included: VHH administrative and clinical staff, members of the Women’s Council; Glendale Mayor John Drayman; Corey Calaycay (of Senator Bob Margett’s office); and the following from the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce: Jane Kane, Mike Perry, Lisa Ann Stanners, Heather Rodriguez, Charles Beatty, Bud Yoho, Harriett Hammons and Marian E. Jocz.

The Women’s Council will celebrate its 35th year this year during the hospital’s major annual fund-raising event, The Main Event, on Nov. 1 at the Glendale Hilton. For more information, contact the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation Women’s Council at (818) 952-2228.

Monte Carlo Night for youth center

On Saturday, Sept. 20, a fundraiser is being held to benefit Devonshire PALS new Youth Center for at-risk kids.

The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. for poker players, 6 p.m. for the Monte Carlo Night party, hosted by voiceover icon Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson) at her Northridge home. The poker will be No Limit Texas Hold ’Em with celebrities and poker pros.

Mary Jones, 2006 WSOP Ladies Event Champion, will hold a “poker boot camp” before the tournament, Dorian Harewood will teach and host Black Jack and roulette is added this year. Celebrities expected to attend include Brad Garrett, Kirstie Alley, Camryn Manheim, Nathan Osmond, David Osmond, Kristoff St. John, Sinbad, Mickey Dolenz, Stefanie Schaeffer, Tom Kenny and many more. This event is open to the public. Cost is $500 per player, which includes Texas Hold ‘Em Buy-in and the party. Non-players, $250 per person. The top five players will each receive a seat to a World Series of Poker Tournament.

For tickets and information, (818) 882-7336 or log onto

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