On The Town:

Burbank is scandalized and rocked

May 13, 2009|By DAVID LAURELL

Burbank was hit with a scandalous affair, a rocking jolt and an epidemic of fever this past Saturday. Got your attention? Good. Then let me drop the sensationalism and state that while there was no revelation of a clandestine romance within City Hall, damaging seismic activity or reported cases of swine flu, scandal, rock and fever were the themes of three local fundraisers.

The Foothill Civitan Club of Burbank hosted its annual luncheon and fashion show, “A Scandalous Affair,” at The Castaway. Presided over by Sandie Shapiro, who serves as the organization’s president, and event Chairwoman Beverlee Broggie, the highlight of Saturday’s fundraiser was a fashion show that featured club members modeling designs provided by Annie’s Scandal of Montrose.

Among those who took to the catwalk were Debra Taylor, Jenice McGlynn, Briana Ahern, Donna Izzo, Michael Rodriguez, Millie Montanate, Kathie Kenney, Janet Jordan and Elizabeth Kenney.


Funds raised at this annual event help to support the work of the club’s numerous charitable beneficiaries including Hands Across the Battlefield, the Burbank Coordinating Council and the Burbank Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

Fundraising continued Saturday as the ribbon was cut on the new Glenoaks Boulevard home of the Neighborhood Rock School. Staged at the neighboring La Bamba Restaurant, supporters were rocked by performances of numerous local bands while raising funds to support the school’s Rock the Kids Music Scholarship Fund.

Among those who participated in the rockin’ good time were Don and Tiffany DeSimone, Bob Pottorff, Dyann Hawkins, Laura, Samantha, Brianna, Josh and Lila Strobl, Nicole Carson, Savannah Mersola, Danny Kaidby, David Corral, Luke DeSimone, Ryan Veres, Josh Wright and Matt Hiett.

As Saturday’s sun began to dip, the feverish excitement of the 1970s disco days were rekindled as the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley staged its annual dinner and auction under the theme of “Saturday Night Fever” at the Burbank Airport Marriott.

Always well attended by local elected officials, city staffers and the Burbank business community, this year’s fundraiser saw folks decked out in a plethora of polyester and plat-formed shoes pulled from the deep recesses of their closets.

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