Charitable Efforts

Thursday Club plans ‘Passport to Paris’

The La Cañada Thursday Club will host “Passport to Paris,” a luncheon, fashion show and silent auction, on Thursday, March 19, it was announced by Mary Hennessy, president of the club, and Judy Cooper and Brenda Brisbois, co-chairpersons of the event.

“Passport to Paris,” will be held at Oakmont Country Club. The event begins at 10:45 a.m. with the opening of the silent auction, which is chaired by Jeanie Kay. The luncheon, which features a French-themed menu, will be served at noon with the fashion show immediately following.

“Passport to Paris” will feature an afternoon of exciting spring and summer fashions from W by Worth — a contemporary fashion line designed in New York sold exclusively through trunk shows by invitation only. Sharon Mintie-Miller is coordinating the presentation of fashions.

The event’s silent auction and opportunity drawings will include a selection of merchandise and gift certificates from local restaurants and retailers as well as beautifully themed baskets.

In addition to Brisbois, Cooper, Kay and Mintie-Miller, the “Passport to Paris” committee includes Dotty Greenawalt. Thursday Club members will serve as models.

Tickets for “Passport to Paris” are $70 each and reservations may be made by calling (626) 793-5491.

‘Heart and Soul’ raises $19,000

National Charity League Juniors of Glendale hosted their annual fundraiser “Heart and Soul” on Feb. 7 . Despite the rainy weather, guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening and helped raise $19,000 for two worthy causes. The event was held at the lovely home and garden of Jim and Karen Pagliuso in Glendale. Some 200 guests were greeted with a champagne welcome and enjoyed a vintage car display, casino tables and live music throughout the evening.

There was also vendor shopping with 12 different vendors, a silent auction and a live auction featuring a Maui Dream Vacation with airfare, a Mazatlan Getaway and Dancing with the Stars Tickets. A delicious dinner buffet was served by Gourmet A-go-go in Montrose. All proceeds from Heart and Soul will benefit the YWCA in Glendale and the Glendale Association for the Retarded.

NCL Juniors of Glendale is comprised of 14 members. For more information about National Charity League Juniors, contact Mona Massabki, first vice president of membership at or (818) 390-2226.

Benefit concert a Diamond tribute

“Hot August Night – A tribute to Neil Diamond” stars Dean Colley at the 41st season of the San Marino Celebrity Series on Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m.

The event will be held at the Chapel of Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena. Parking is free and there is underground parking for the handicapped. For tickets and more information, call (626)441-1465 or (626)405-0497.

Colley as Neil Diamond is a dynamic impressionist and look-a-like. He has sung and played guitar with rock and roll bands for more than 25 years. In the 1970s while a pre-med student at USC, he was working as an ER technician. However, his true passion was singing, performing, and writing. Today, with Colley’s strong baritone voice, his moves and look, everyone would assume he is the original Neil Diamond.

Colley will perform some of Diamond’s favorites, including “Cherry, Cherry,” “Cracklin Rosie,” “Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon,” “I’m a Believer,” “Kentucky Woman,” and “Sweet Caroline.” He works with five Los Angeles based musicians and two back-up singers. The Hot August Night Tribute has been a popular show for more than 10 years.

The Celebrity Series, sponsored by the San Marino Guild of the Huntington Hospital, will raise funds this year to assist the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

In April, the final Celebrity Series event will feature Dr. Elliot Engel, who returns for his 16th season. Engel will discuss the turbulent life and brilliant novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald as they capture the splendor and sadness of the Jazz Age. Single tickets are $30.

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