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Community: Arts foundation gears up for fundraiser

April 17, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph

The Burbank Arts for All Foundation kicks off its inaugural gala, titled “Party on the Plaza,” by honoring a local company and two individuals — Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Burbank teacher Beth Morrison and Burbank PTA Council President Barbara Miller.

The event will take place on April 27 at the Networks Garden Café Plaza at the Media Studios North campus, 3355 W. Empire Ave., Burbank. The co-chairmen are Craig Murray and Alexandra Helfrich.

NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman is the host. Proceeds will benefit the arts foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that every student in Burbank public schools has access to a quality visual and performing arts education as part of their core curriculum.

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The inaugural dinner's honorary chairs are filmmakers Tim Burton, Garry Marshall and Don Hahn, as well as former Walt Disney Studios chairman and motion picture producer Dick Cook.

Event co-chairs are the Walt Disney Company's Joan McCarthy and Hollywood Schoolhouse's Lili Rossi. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with hosted cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, awards presentation and dancing.

Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorship packages begin at $1,000. For information, visit www.burbankartsforall.org, email Trena Pitchford at trena@burbankartsforall.org, or call (818) 736-5269.

Funds raised will go to the foundation to provide future grants, Pitchford said. The foundation accepts applications for arts education funding in September and March from teachers, teaching artists, principals, district representatives, PTAs and booster clubs.

The grants are based on merit, and applications are reviewed by a grant review panel. The foundation also seeks to partner with community organizations and corporate businesses to provide matching grants for an arts program or project.

Kiwanians team up on food drive

A food drive is being organized by the Burbank Kiwanis clubs to benefit the Burbank Temporary Aid Center on Saturday.

Burbank Kiwanians will be outside local stores distributing fliers and requesting donations from the community. They will be at Albertsons, 3830 W. Verdugo Ave., Pavilions, 1110 W. Alameda Ave., and Sprouts, 1011 N. San Fernando Blvd.

CareWalk provides student counseling

The fifth annual CareWalk of Burbank is planned for April 28 at Johnny Carson Park. Funds raised will support the Family Service Agency's no-cost counseling program for the Burbank Unified School District.

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