Joan McCarthy of La Canada Flintridge was honored along...

July 23, 2005

Joan McCarthy of La Canada Flintridge was honored along with other

volunteers during the Annual Angel Awards Ceremony of Hillsides, a

residential and community treatment center that creates safe places

for children at risk and their families.

From character guest appearances to numerous in-kind gifts, Easter

baskets and holiday presents, McCarthy has facilitated The Walt

Disney Co.'s commitment to Hillsides. McCarthy represented The Walt


Disney Co. on Hillsides' board of directors for five years and was

also a member of the communications and advocacy board committee.

In her position as the manager of community relations, McCarthy

supports Hillsides' annual gala by providing auction items, props for

the year's theme, and sponsorships. In addition, McCarthy has been

involved with a variety of Disney programs where its VoluntEARS have

supported Hillsides.

Miles Jason Hamilton of Burbank has earned the rank of Eagle

Scout. He is the son of Mark M. Hamilton and Paul and Gena Downey. He

is a member of Troop No. 263 sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints.

For his Eagle project, Miles entertained teens staying at

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. In a partnership with Walt Disney

Pictures and the TV Music Department, he collected games, clothing,

toiletries and electronics and presented them to the patients while

carolers entertained.

Disney's TV Music Department is making this an annual event.

Miles is a graduate of John Burroughs High School. He will leave

on a two-year mission at the end of the year. He plans to attend

college and join the U.S. Marines.

The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra joined three other West

Coast youth orchestras in June at Carnegie Hall's 2005 New York

Orchestra Festival in Isaac Stern Auditorium.

The Pasadena group members are of middle school age and were the

youngest musicians participating, but still earned a coveted gold


Orchestra Manager Jean Severson said watching them win was like

watching a Movie-of-the-Week about the little orchestra that could.

Making the performance even more exciting was that after they

performed "Inchon," by R.W. Smith, there was a silence for 10 to 12

seconds and then the audience gave them a standing ovation.

The weeklong tour included a stop in Boston for some sightseeing,

master classes and a performance at the city's Fanueil Hall.

Glendale and La Canada Flintridge/La Crescenta area students

participating in the retreat are: Clarke Anderson, cello; Anna

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