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On the Town: Seasonal soirees serve up tradition

December 04, 2012|By David Laurell
  • Enjoying an evening of conversation and confections are, from left, Barbara Lazar, Cotton Thompson and former-Mayor Marsha Ramos.
Enjoying an evening of conversation and confections… (Courtesy photo )

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or “Festivus” (Google it non-”Seinfeld” fans), this time of year is rife with holiday traditions. Two of Burbank’s long-standing yuletide events added to their history as Mayor Dave Golonski and his wife, Barbara Sykes, and Joan “J.P.” O’Connor and her husband, Cotton Thompson, staged their respective annual holiday soirees this past week.

Always a highlight of the season for representatives of the local studios and business community, along with elected and appointed city officials, staff members, family and friends, Mayor Golonski and his wife have opened their Magnolia Park home for a holiday party to benefit numerous charities for close to two decades.

Asking that guests bring an unwrapped gift or make a financial donation, the mayor’s annual get-togethers benefit Kids International Foundation El Faro and Hacienda Orphanages of Tijuana, Mexico, the Burbank Coordinating Council’s Holiday Basket Program, and Five Acres —The Boys and Girls Aid Society of Los Angeles County, a child and family services agency that offers residential care and educational services, mental health services in homes and schools, foster care and adoptions, and domestic violence prevention.

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Always well-attended by the city’s movers and shakers, this year’s party saw Burbank’s first couple serve as host and hostess to over 150 guests including U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, Burbank Council members Jess Talamantes and Emily Gable-Luddy, City Clerk Zizette Mullins, School Board member Larry Applebaum, former-Councilman Tim Murphy, Police Chief Scott LaChasse and Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis.

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