'nutcracker' Is Theme For Charity League Dinner...

December 14, 2002


National Charity League Burbank Chapter celebrated the holiday

season by dedicating its 43rd annual Le Bal de Noel dinner dance to

"The Nutcracker."

The decorations and entertainment reflected the theme. Several

nutcrackers stood in formation along the stage in the Starlight Room

of The Castaway. Member Sue Paul had hand-painted the soldier design


on hurricane lamps gracing each table. The design, also on the

evening's invitation, was created by 15-year-old Notre Dame student

Aldo Puccini.

Guests got a surprise glimpse of excerpts from "The Nutcracker"

ballet by dancers of the new Media City Ballet Company preparing for

their debut performance Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Coordination of the dinner dance was led by President Dana Brooks,

event co-chairwomen Natalia Oliver and Wendy Vecchiarelli and door

prize chairwoman Pat Maskell.

Charity League is a mother-daughter philanthropic and social

organization. The group raises funds for and gives time to several

local charities, including YMCA Day Care Center and Dental Clinic for

Children, Ahead With Horses physical-therapy program for disabled

children, the Burbank Boys & Girls Club, Burbank Temporary Aid Center

and others.

Last year, 9,000 hours were contributed by the members to their

local charities, President Brooks told the 300 attending the dinner


Special guests were Burbank YMCA General Director George Saikali,

and from the Burbank Boys and Girls Club, Alex Fey, executive

director, and Tom Jamentz, president of the board of directors.

Also attending were Charity League past presidents Sally Hooper,

Lynne Meares, Vicki Williams and Natalia Oliver. Former Ticktockers

at the event were Debbie Bodley and Hope (Tanner) Shim.

Mayor David Laurell served as master of ceremonies. He was joined

at the table by his wife, Max, and council members Marsha Ramos and

Jef Vander Borght.

More than 150 prizes donated by local merchants were organized

into 20 beautifully decorated gift baskets. Susan Kalender won two

$100 gift certificates for Southwest Airlines and a $150 gift

certificate to the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Patricia and Darrell Taylor will be taking a trip to Disneyland

and California Adventure, perhaps spending the cash from the $500

money tree. Angelo and Cecilia Puccini took home the DVD player

package. Twelfth-grade Ticktockers winning prizes were Amanda Niss,

who will be relaxing at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, and Jill Hensiek,

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