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Community: Burbank brewery puts fundraiser on tap

July 17, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Boys & Girls Club supporters, from left, Sandi Sutter, Leslie Melchor and Sonia Arce toast during the fundraiser Tuesday night at Gordon Biersch in Burbank.
Boys & Girls Club supporters, from left, Sandi Sutter,… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

More youngsters will get the chance to join in educational — and fun — activities at the Boys & Girls Club, thanks to a tapping party at Gordon Biersch.

The club provides after-school and summer programs for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 in Burbank and the East Valley. Youngsters are offered opportunities in leadership training, health and life skills, education and career development and the arts as well as sports and fitness.

The fundraiser honored the brewery restaurant's 25th anniversary on July 9. Proceeds will go to the club's scholarship fund, allowing more youngsters to attend the summer and school-year programs, said Chief Executive Officer Shanna Warren.

This was the second time Gordon Biersch coordinated a fundraiser for the club and it drew more people than the first event, Warren said. Half of those attending are special patrons of the restaurant who come to support the tapping nights.

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Kelley Vassar, assistant general manager of Gordon Biersch restaurant, worked with the club to organize the fundraiser.

Warren said she appreciates that the restaurant coordinated the event.

"[Gordon Biersch does] it for Burbank Temporary Aid Center and I believe that BTAC Chief Executive Officer Barbara Howell recommended the Boys & Girls Club to Gordon Biersch, and so I am very grateful that they chose to add us to the list of nonprofits they support in Burbank."

Among the more than 75 guests attending were educators Sandi Sutter, Lesli Melchor and Sonia Arce; actress Bergen Williams from "General Hospital;" Zonta Club President Grace Farenbaugh; and Donna and Scott Hall, coming all the way from Simi Valley.

The Boys & Girls Club is also benefiting this month from a fundraising project implemented by JCPenney. When customers check out, employees at the register ask them if they would like to round up their total to the nearest dollar, which will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club.

"They do that for us every year," Warren said. "All those funds will come to our club to support the Project Learn program, which provides tutoring and homework assistance to club members."

Over the summer, Warren said there are many activities for youngsters from academic programs to recreational activities. There are educational projects geared to "summer learning loss" to keep kids up to speed as they prepare to start the next grade level, such as spelling bees, math and science projects and academic decathlons.

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