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Local organizations stage annual galas

May 21, 2008|By DAVID LAURELL

Members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles donned festive attire for the Asian-inspired 59th annual Cotillion on Sunday evening at the Hilton Glendale.

Presented as a 1930s Shanghai Supper Club and Red Dragon Casino, guests arrived carrying fans and wearing tuxedos, Chinese hats, silk dresses, kimonos, yukatas and jackets embroidered with dragons and cherry blossoms.

Among those who also dined on orange miso chicken and jasmine rice to raise funds for Childrens Hospital were Brooks Gardner, Chuck and Nancy Johnson, Joe and Sharon Terranova, Bob and Marj Overstreet, Walt and Lynne Meares, Mary Christensen, Jim Casey, Chris Gargaro and Joan Chandler, Dean and Lynn White Shelby, former Burbank Mayor Bob Bowne and his wife, Dianne, Janet Puchlik, Mary Lou Wagner, Shanna Warren of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, Barbara Howell of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Ken and Bea Wainwright, Lynda and Richard Willner, Harry and Diane Campbell, Pete McGrath, Glen Forsch, Dick and Rosemarie Witten and Connie Wilson.

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Burbank Police Lt. John Dilbert served as the master of ceremonies for the evening that included music by R.J. Singer and performances by the Hope Dance Studio of Chinatown and Teri the Magician from the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Included in the long list of those whose hard work and dedication made the evening a success were the guild’s president, Marilyn Teasley, event chairwomen Chris Welker and Sue Ann Gordon, Judy Gragg, Tish Sellers, Sandi Tomer, Beverly Jean Davies and Katherine Richards. The event’s casino operations were handled by Alicia Metzger of Universal Studios who also secured many of the prizes and gifts that were offered throughout the evening.

More than 300 members and supporters of the Armenian National Committee of Burbank attended the third annual banquet that was also held on Sunday.

This yearly event celebrates the accomplishments of the organization and honors those who have made a significant contribution to the local Armenian community. Staged at the Arbat Banquet Hall on South San Fernando Boulevard, the event was chaired by Arbi Ohanian, who serves as the organization’s president with Assemblyman Paul Krekorian serving as the honorary chair and Rep. Adam Schiff as the evening’s keynote speaker.

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