On The Town:

A weekend of food, fun and fashion

May 07, 2008|By DAVID LAURELL

Members of the American Business Women’s Assn. staged their annual fashion show and luncheon on Saturday under the theme “Glitz and Glamour” in the Starlight Room of The Castaway.

Among those whose work and dedication attributed to the event’s success were the afternoon’s mistress of ceremonies, Nicola Keller, the organization’s president, Donna Hempel, association officers Corinna Brown, Elysa Rosenfield- Ortiz, Lynn White- Shelby and Maria Tapang, and production staff Andrea Manning, Marty Preciado, Natalie Froidevaux, Grace Walker, Cristy Jennings, Marcia Mullins, Myrna Bunzey, Tricia Rumery, Brandi Hackitt, Kathy Dupree, Nancy Johnson and Karen Moran.

Others whose commitment and attendance contributed to the event were Melanie Avanessian, Brianna Bell, Valerie Dennison, Nicole Froidevaux, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Vivienne Keller, Alicia Mauricio, Kristina Ortiz and Jayne Reimel.



Saturday also saw the Burbank Community Development Department host its inaugural Neighborhood Family Barbecue and Safety Day at Lundigan Park.

The event was presented in conjunction with the department’s “Connect With Your Community” program whose goal is to transform neighborhoods by creating partnerships with businesses, service clubs, nonprofits, volunteers and residents.

The event was sponsored by numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, the city of Burbank, Leadership Burbank Alumni, Burbank Sunrise Rotary and the Burbank Housing Corp.

“This is partnership in action,” said Gabby Flores, the community resources coordinator who took the lead in staging the event.

“(It’s) Burbank in action — connecting the dots to best serve the community.”

Among those who enjoyed the arts, crafts, games and entertainment provided by the Salsa band Orquesta Ricoson and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, were Mayor Dave Golonski, his wife, Barbara Sykes, and their son, John, Vice Mayor Gary Bric, Community Development Director Sue Georgino, Senior Redevelopment Project Manager Maribel Leyland, Police Chief Tim Stehr, Fire Chief Tracy Pansini and Police Captain Janice Lowers. Others on hand included Lucy Burgdorf of the Bob Hope Airport, Julie Flad, Briana Medina, Mini Larios, Jaylin Castro, Karen Doyle, Camille Garcia and Lorenzo Taylor.


The Burbank Temple Emanu El Sisterhood presented a Champagne brunch and fashion show on Sunday to pay tribute to Elaine Betnum, a member of the sisterhood who lost her brave fight against breast cancer.

The event also raised funds for the Revlon Women’s Cancer Walk on May 10. Following welcoming remarks by the sisterhood’s president, Laura Snow, and event chairwoman, Joan Kagan, guests were treated to the fashion show under the direction of Tobi Lippman and Philleen Meskin.

Among the women who served as models were Ruth Bader, Larisa Beletsky, Roz Feldman, Susan Grodsky, Jean Kay, Laurel Pulvers, Beth Marcus, Erica Beletsky, Rachel Lampert, Gina Levitt and Wendy Hauptman, who at age 37 underwent a bilateral mastectomy to recover from breast cancer and will participate in this Saturday’s Revlon Walk with her family team – The Healthy Hauptmans.

Others who assisted in making the day a success were Evie Cowan, Arline Hammer, Phyllis Grosmark, Betty Kalkin, Robin Schwartz-Kapper, Ira, Harrison and Max Lippman, Eric Shalem, Joseph Latzer, Casey Sandino, Matt Benson and Scott Beck.

?DAVID LAURELL can be contacted at or (818) 563-1007.

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