Burbank Civitan Club President Elaine Paonessa was joined by her committee to roll out the green carpet to members, guests and local dignitaries as they presented their annual St. Patrick's Day Champagne Brunch at the Burbank Holiday Inn this past Sunday.
A Civitan tradition, once held at the now-gone Genio's Restaurant, this year's brunch saw members and their guests gather for the 42nd time to honor the patron saint of Ireland while also tipping their hats to the organization's 58th year of service to the community.
“This event subsidizes our two baseball jamborees and also provides us with the funds we make available for BCR ‘a place to grow,' which will be about $1,500 this year,” Paonessa explained as she welcomed the attendees.
The highlight of the brunch, a performance by the O'Connor School of Dance, has become an annual tradition at this event. Established in Waterford on the Emerald Isle, the O'Connor School of Dance came to the United States in 1960 and has been operating in the San Fernando Valley under the direction of Bella O'Connor Yerina since 1978. Performing traditional dances of Feis (pronounced “Fesh”), a part of dance competitions that honor Celtic culture and pride, were local lasses and lad Jenna McRae, Molly and Eryn Waldman, Rory Brennan and Logan Porter.