Golf tourney raises funds and spirits



Sunshine and a clear sky ideal for golfing marked the start of the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club 10th annual Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament on April 27 at De Bell Municipal Golf Course.

Established in 1997, the tournament brings golfers and spectators alike together in a day of fun and fundraising with 100% of the proceeds benefiting youth programs and organizations in Burbank.

The final tally is not in, but funds raised from this year's event could reach $30,000, club officials said.

"There is a saying, 'what goes around, comes around,' " said Michael Caggiano, chairman of the tournament, which has now become a Burbank tradition.


The club believes that the tournament does three things to exemplify that saying, Caggiano said. First, it honors the leaders of the community; second, it gives the golf participants a huge load of fun and prizes; and finally, it brings the business community into a fundraising partnership effort that supports early childhood and youth programs in Burbank and the surrounding communities.

"As a result, our community is the ultimate winner," Caggiano said.

As part of the program, the club honored the very popular Blackie Winter, a longtime De Bell marshal who passed away last year. The club also honored the past mayors of Burbank in commemoration of Official Mayors Day in Burbank.

Former mayors in attendance included Todd Campbell, Jef Vander Borght, Marsha Ramos (the present mayor), David Golonski, Dan Remy, Mary Lou Howard, Bill Rudell, Vince Stefano, Larry Stamper, Lee Ayers, Tom Flavin, Bill Wiggins and David Laurell.

Congratulations to top prize-winning golfers from the Premiere Financial and The Walt Disney Co./ABC teams. Major car prizes and others were provided by Community Chevrolet, Toyota of North Hollywood, Galpin Ford, Mayberry Lincoln-Mercury and Billiards & Barstools.

Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis meet at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays at De Bell Golf Course clubhouse, 1500 E. Walnut Ave. For more information, call Chuck Herron at (818) 771-7825.


All of us can do our part in making our community the best it can be and the Aktion club exemplified that attitude recently at its meeting where club president, Helen Lopez, presented Fashion in Aktion honoree Steve Veres with a check for $10,000, representing funds raised from the recent Aktion Club Fashion Show and Luncheon at the beautiful La Bella Banquet Hall.

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