On the Town:

Aid center supporters honor city manager

March 10, 2010|By David Laurell

Burbank Temporary Aid Center officials staged their seventh annual gala fundraiser at the Castaway honoring City Manager Mike Flad Mike Flad with Burbank’s Top Award for Citizenship Friday evening.

As supporters crossed the threshold of the hillside banquet facility’s Verdugo Room they were thrust into the middle of an “Appetizer Showdown.” Local chefs from McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s — the Steakhouse, and Third and Olive were pitted against one another as they presented their signature hors d’oeuvres for guests to enjoy and then cast votes for their favorite.

As the main event commenced, the assemblage was welcomed by BTAC board Chairman Michael Walbrecht of Warner Bros., who served as the evening’s Platinum Sponsor, and the organization’s Executive Director Barbara Howell.


“We rely on this event as the largest single source of our operating budget each year,” Howell said. “Without it, we could not help the community the way we do.”

Founded in 1974, to provide assistance for the homeless and working poor in Burbank, recent economic woes have placed extremely heavy demands on BTAC for the services it provides.

Last year, after the board of directors appropriated a 25% increase for the utility assistance program, the entire year’s funding was consumed in less than three months.

Friday’s fundraiser, emceed by former Mayor Jef Vander Borght, was coordinated by BTAC Treasurer and Event Chairwoman Vicki Williams and her committee that included Susan Borders, Priscilla Davis, Darryl Forbes, Maddy Horne, Nancy Gams Korb, Jocelyn Paris, Cari Pelayo, Will Rogers, Leslie Smith and Teri Suarez. Others who assisted in the event’s success included Dee Call, Dan Linegar, Jennifer Magerkurth, Ron Sorensen, Edward Stapleton, Stacy Schumacher and Harlan Dahlen.

Among those in attendance were Mayor Gary Bric and his wife, Shelly; Vice Mayor Anja Reinke and her husband, Charlie; City Councilman Dave Golonski, City Treasurer Donna Anderson, deputy city managers Joy Forbes and Justin Hess, City Atty. Dennis Barlow, and executives, managers and employees from every city department.

Others who enjoyed the evening, supported the organization, and voted McCormick & Schmick’s Executive Chef Richard Lia the king of the appetizers, included former Mayors Mary Lou Howard and Bill Wiggins, school board members Dave Kemp, Larry Applebaum and Debbie Kukta, Airport Commissioner Don Brown, Police Commissioner Nat Rubinfeld and his wife, Alma, Chris and Natalie Augustine, Del and Trish Belise, Ernie and Angela Burger, Terre Hirsch, Tom and Linda Jamentz, Rick and Jeanette Meyer, Vic and Sue Georgino, and the evening’s Gold Sponsors, Dave and Pat Augustine.

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