Representatives from government offices joined those from PTAs, religious organizations, businesses, and local nonprofits to wish happy birthday Monday to the Burbank Coordinating Council, which turns 80.
President Eileen Cobos welcomed the more than 50 members and guests to the event at the Little White Chapel Social Hall, where community leaders thanked the council for creating some of the vital and enduring programs -- Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Holiday Baskets and others -- that make the city such a great place to live.
Mayor Dave Golonski, holding his grandson Grant, congratulated the council on all the programs it started. Golonski and is wife, Barbara Sykes, are volunteers with the coordinating council and give numerous hours to the Holiday Baskets program, so they see the results firsthand.
The council, he said, “has a rich history and it is pretty amazing all of the things that they have kicked off.”
Burbank Coordinating Council began in 1933 through the efforts of the Burbank PTA and Burbank Unified School District administrators. It has been responsible for beginning the Safety Sallies (school crossing guards), Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the Senior and Youth Boards, community forums, Child Guidance and Protection Programs, Books for Korea, Foster Home Studies and other programs.