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A season of celebrating, giving and receiving

December 27, 2011|By David Laurell
  • Presenting and accepting a generous gift to the YMCA's CDC are, from left, Dan Soderstrom, Marty Del Cid, Chris Habitz, Mary Cutone, Chris Rizzotti, Dana Russo, Philip DiNova and Brian Paul. (David Laurell)
Presenting and accepting a generous gift to the YMCA's…

As this season of year-end celebrations continues, the spirit of giving, community and friendship prove to be in good shape and of good cheer.

An early Christmas gift arrived at the Burbank YMCA’s Child Development Center (CDC) as board members of the Burbank Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation presented the facility with a check for $1,000 on December 22.

Accepted by Mary Cutone, who serves as the CDC’s director, the Realtors’ gift has been earmarked to assist in the completion of the facility’s new outdoor playground classroom that will include special features for children with physical disabilities. Among the Burbank Realtors in attendance were CSF president, Chris Habitz and board members Chris Rizzotti, Dana Russo, Marty Del Cid, Brian Paul and Dan Soderstrom. Representatives of the Y, who joined the Realtors to enjoy the vocal stylings of a chorus of students performing holiday classics, included Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Susan Sebastian and Philip DiNova who serves as the director of financial development.

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Festively dressed, the CDC student chorus, under the direction of Max Reynolds and Rebecca Kelly, included Benjamin Forster, Piper Dugas, Elizabeth Blumberg, Arnav Pallapothu, Alexa Klohn, Emilio Sanchez, Alica Webber, Alexa and Katie Fishman, Pearl Poosong, Kyle Truett, Vivien Chen and Elijah Becker.

As Burbank’s yearlong centennial celebration draws to a close, members and supporters of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Burbank gathered at the Arbat banquet hall to tip their hat to the city’s 100th anniversary.

Among the notables in attendance were ANC Burbank Chairwoman Silva Kechichian, the organization’s former chair, Stepan Boyajian, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies, Mayor Jess Talamantes and Councilmembers David Gordon and Emily Gabel-Luddy, School Board members Roberta Reynolds and Dave Kemp, City Attorney Amy Albano and Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes.

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