June 06, 2009


Las Floristas celebrated its 71st Floral Headdress Ball on May 1 in the Crystal Ballroom of the renowned Beverly Hills Hotel.

Eight mannequins bedecked with flowers from the top of their headdresses to the hemlines of their costumes portrayed well-known affairs of our time in keeping with the theme, “An Affair to Remember.”


Tony Potts of Access Hollywood was master of ceremonies.

“A Night at Carnivale,” designed by Vynss and Lisa Gonzalez of Burbank and worn by Maggie Simms of Toluca Lake, took the Sweepstakes Award.

“Singing in te Rain,” presented by mannequin Dale Harbour-Day and designed by Andres Melendez, was first runner-up, while “Moon Festival,” with mannequin Candice Nantais and Modesto Busto, took second runner-up.

More than 25 guests participated in the Guest Headdress competition. The winners were Rhona Gewelber, who took first place, Simms in second place and Civon Gewelber in third place.

Ball Chairwoman Barbara Gaylord announced that this year’s event raised more than $350,000 for the children of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.



The Thrift Shop operated by La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles offers a special shopping day for seniors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday of each month at the Childrens Hospital Thrift Shop, 3301 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank.

All merchandise, including gently worn clothing, collectibles, household items and books will be discounted 10% for seniors.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All items have been donated, and sales benefit the hospital. For more information, call (818) 845-6606.



The Burbank Community YMCA’s after-school program has received a more than $5,000 donation following the recent “Day of Giving Back” and “Round-Up” events at the JCPenney at the Glendale Galleria.

The Burbank Community YMCA is a charitable partner of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.

“The generous support of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and JCPenney enhances our efforts to serve as many children as possible with meaningful, high-quality after-school programming,” said Chief Executive JC Holt Jr. “They know, as we do, that children are our most valuable resource.”

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