While supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley did their best to conceal the fates and fortunes they had been dealt, they did nothing to hide their enthusiasm for the youth organization that staged their annual Texas Hold'em and Bingo Tournament on the campus of Woodbury University this past Friday evening.
Following a buffet dinner in the university's New Woody's Cafe, the poker-faced assemblage was welcomed by the club's chief executive, Shanna Warren, for their participation and support. “We are very grateful for your continued support to this event, and everything we do to serve the youth of our community and region,” Warren said.
Always garnering a robust turnout, this annual fundraiser has joined ranks with the club's yearly gala as a vital component to their revenue-building strategy. Among the more notable card-holding expressionless faces in attendance on Friday were Parks, Recreation and Community Services Board member Barry Gussow, Burbank Police Commissioner Nat Rubinfeld and his wife, Alma, former City Treasurer Donna Anderson, Burbank Temporary Aid Center Executive Director Barbara Howell and Keller Williams Realtor Karen Volpei. Others who spent the evening tangling with lady luck for the cause included Michael Forbes, Dean Shelby, Pat Augustine, Jack Reardon, Cheryl Davis, Claudia Bonis and Linda Riha.