The Valley Line: Fun night for Junior Women’s Club


As Joe Puglia mentioned in one of his recent Valley Sun columns, the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club in February held its annual fundraising party at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club that brought out about 100 party-goers. The clubhouse was transformed into a colorful Mardi Gras-themed party and guests let the good times roll.

Kelly Green was chair of the event and Trish McRae was the silent auction chair.

The club’s members, spouses and guests enjoyed a New Orleans style dinner that included Cajun-style chicken and salmon, gumbo and corn bread, with beignets for dessert. An evening of dancing followed as the deejay spun some classic hits.

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While sipping on cocktails, guests bid on fabulous silent-auction items and tried their luck to win at the “wine toss” and “wheel of fortune.” They then popped into the glittering photo booth to snap some keepsakes of the evening.

It was a fun and memorable night with monies raised going toward the club’s philanthropies, Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and Five Acres of Altadena.

Juniors attending with spouses and guests included Analily Park, Carmela de Brouwer, Carole Swemline, Caroline Craven, Caylin DeLacy, Cheryl Trowbridge, Christy Ferguson, Debra Jeandron, Elizabeth Landswick, Gayle Hagegard, Gloria Rodriguez, Jane Owen, Jennifer Hronek, Jenny Boulanger, Jenny Pass, Jill Chapman, Jill Weinlein, Joanna Banks, Kaitzer Puglia and Julie Del Rivo.

More revelers were Karen Germaine, Karen King, Katie Shipsides, Kellie Green, Kelly Chamberlain, Kimberly Turner, Kyle Grimes, Linda Koss Kelly, Linnea Lorenco, Marikay Cuthill, Marion Kuszyk, Mia Husfeld, Michelle Sabourin, Michelle and Kelly Holward, Mike Fortanasc, Nichole Bednar, Rayni Peavy, Sandra Rabin, Sasmita Misra, Stephanie Ryan, Tamar Tuijan, Tanya Pereira, Tanne Picha, Toni LeBel, Tracey Nelson, Trish McRae and Vanesa Wittenberg.

Gloria De Olarte and Art Rothberg were dance chairs when members and guests of the Stardusters/Alaroma Dance Club gathered in a private and historical downtown private club for a recent dinner dance. The Murray Middleman band provided the danceable tunes.

Guests in attendance included Polly and Brent Allen, Michael and Malea Bell, Terry and Fran Buchanan, Dan and Maria Carmean, Liz and Bob Craven, Francie and Jerry Crichton, Rick and Sharon Deherder, Bob and Ginny Doyle, Bob and Marlene Evans, Sue Franzen and Jim Nigra, Janis and Riccardo Gallo, Melvyn and Deena Gerstner, Marion and Paul Greene, Jim and Barbara Hester, Susan and Jim Holland, Jeanne and Bob Jenkins, Virginia and Michael Karsch, Rocco and Kathie Liberio, Henry and Janet Minimi.

More guests were Jim Mramor and Edie Askew, Ed and Etta Ovsenny, Cathy and Pete Palermo, Willis and Marilyn Petschow, Barbara and Tony Phillips, Rosemary and Bob Risley, Donald and Carol Roback, Jeraldine Saunders and Colonel Stuart Bird-Wilson, Gigi and Jim Schlueter, John and Margaret Schock, Margot and Ed Simpson, Judy and Robert Snyder, Lynne and Joe Thompson, Clayton and Mihaela Varga, Keith and Michelle Wien, Jim and Ruth Wong, Maren and John Wynton.

If you’ve been reading this column for years, you may have gleaned that I am a theater, art and music lover.

I just have to tell you about one of the most delightful musical theater adventures I attended that is tailored made for the entire family. Now, for just a short time (closing on March 12) at Hollywood’s iconic Pantages Theatre is “Finding Neverland.” The story, which explores the inspiration for the well-loved story of Peter Pan and playwright J.M. Barrie is fast paced and filled with some of the most adorable and talented kids.

I wish that my grandchildren lived close by because I would have loved to have experienced this musical with them.


JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at with news of your special event.