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David Laurell | May 26, 2010
I n 1930, Cuba's capital city of Havana celebrated the grand opening of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba — a luxury hotel and casino located on the Malecón that stretches over four miles along Havana's sea wall. Over the next two decades, the hotel became a hot destination for the jet set of the era, and a favorite getaway for many American actors, athletes and writers such as Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Mickey Mantle and Ernest Hemingway. In a tip of the hat to this nostalgic time and place, members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles gathered at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, which had been transformed into a re-creation of the legendary Cuban hotel, for the organization's 61st annual spring cotillion.
NEWS
November 17, 2004
Jacqui Brown The fourth annual International Festival of Trees gala will bring together a host of celebrities and others who are interested in supporting cancer services at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. The gala's theme this year is a Victorian Christmas Party, which will have both silent and live auctions for extraordinary trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and donated valuables. The cocktail party and silent auction will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the Victorian dinner party from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Proceeds from this year's gala will benefit Providence cancer services, which is the largest provider of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
November 11, 2000
The "Golden Age of Hollywood" was the theme for a gala celebrating the success of a campaign that raised more than $23 million to build a new patient care building at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. More than 300 people attended the black-tie event at Universal Studios Globe Theatre, where KNBC News weathercaster Fritz Coleman was master of ceremonies. The gala was held to thank the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations that donated to the medical center foundation's "Building Your Care, Partners for Life" campaign.
FEATURES
By JOYCE RUDOLPH | May 3, 2006
Woodbury University's Department of Fashion Design threw a gala Sunday night that was so spectacular, it could have rivaled a film awards show. Set against the flashy backdrop of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the 42nd annual student fashion show drew nearly 600 guests. The Burbank university's administrators, instructors, students and their families and friends were all dressed to the hilt. Funds raised from the $250 per-person ticket will go to student scholarships.
NEWS
August 12, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA CITY CENTER -- The Colony Theatre Company, in residence at the new Burbank Center Stage, will hold its grand opening gala with a special tribute to science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Bradbury will speak at the Aug. 19 event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The science-fiction writer's best-known works include the novels, "The Martian Chronicles," and "Fahrenheit 451" and the play "Dandelion Wine." Tickets are $50 and $100 and include a reception and a brief performance of Bradbury's works.
FEATURES
August 19, 2006
The Kiwanis Club of Burbank celebrated 83 years of community service at its ninth annual gala on July 15 at the Lakeside Golf Club. Familiar face and news anchor Paul Moyer of NBC News was an outstanding master of ceremonies and guided some 280 members, friends and grateful patients through the evening's program. Raul Mena and Christopher Rose , doctors at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, were the evening's honorees. The doctors have set the standard for cancer-patient treatment and community leadership for many years and they were driving forces behind bringing the new Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center to fruition.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | April 9, 2008
Burbank City Manager Mary Alvord, who is affectionately known by colleagues as the “queen” of Burbank, was given the royal treatment Saturday night at a gala hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Alvord, who is retiring later this year after nearly four decades with the city, was the guest of honor at the chamber’s annual gala. This year’s gala was called “An Evening at the Coconut Grove,” and was meant to evoke the glamour of the Wilshire Boulevard lounge the Coconut Grove during the 1930s, event organizers said.
NEWS
April 24, 2004
Mervyn's rewards student readers BURBANK -- Kindergartners through fifth-graders can collect rewards at any Mervyn's store in a reading program sponsored by the store. Children can participate in "Go Places. Read." by picking up a reading passport at the three branches of the Burbank Public Library or any Mervyn's store. Children should read six books a month and after completing each one, the passport should be brought to a library to be stamped by a librarian.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2008
Firm’s headquarters now in Burbank A nationally renowned criminal defense law firm has established its headquarters in downtown Burbank. LibertyBell Law Group — comprised of managing partners Angelyn Gates, Michael Bialys and Gina Tennen — has a vast network of resources, knowledge and strategies to benefit their clients, Bailys said. In addition, the firm is driven by an aggressive team of professionals equipped to take a case through to trial, Gates said.
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COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | October 9, 2013
For 60 years, the Family Service Agency of Burbank has forged, cultivated and celebrated relationships with the community as well as with those who have been in need of its vital services. Dedicated to its mission of offering quality counseling, care, education and advocacy at low or no cost, the agency has dramatically changed and saved the lives of local individuals, couples, families and active and veteran members of the armed forces. Providing housing, crisis intervention, legal guidance, safety in the face of domestic violence and hope for those in the grips of mental illness and substance addiction, the agency has been embraced and supported by Burbank's governmental, corporate, business, residential and faith-based community.
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COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | March 26, 2013
While folks are accustomed to turning west off Hollywood Way into Bob Hope Airport to travel, this past Friday evening saw more than 250 members and supporters of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce make an easterly turn to the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for a traveling experience not usually associated with Burbank - cruising. Setting sail for adventure, the organization presented its annual fundraiser gala as “Anchors Aweigh,” a cruise-themed evening of casino gaming, cabaret shows and lounge entertainment.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | March 6, 2013
On the threshold of its 40th year of service to the community, the Burbank Temporary Aid Center staged its 10th annual Burbank Top Award for Citizenship gala at the Castaway this past Friday. Honoring recently retired Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski and Logix Federal Credit Union, more than 250 supporters, including Mayor Dave Golonski, Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmembers David Gordon, Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes, Councilman-Elect Bob Frutos, City Clerk Zizette Mullins, City Treasurer Debbie Kukta and School Board member Larry Applebaum enjoyed the evening hosted by BTAC Chairman of the Board Susan Borders and Executive Director Barbara Howell, and emceed by Chamber of Commerce President Gary Olson.
NEWS
David Laurell | May 26, 2010
I n 1930, Cuba's capital city of Havana celebrated the grand opening of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba — a luxury hotel and casino located on the Malecón that stretches over four miles along Havana's sea wall. Over the next two decades, the hotel became a hot destination for the jet set of the era, and a favorite getaway for many American actors, athletes and writers such as Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Mickey Mantle and Ernest Hemingway. In a tip of the hat to this nostalgic time and place, members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles gathered at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, which had been transformed into a re-creation of the legendary Cuban hotel, for the organization's 61st annual spring cotillion.
NEWS
By Silva Sevlian | September 27, 2008
New Horizons Family Center will honor its donors Saturday with a gourmet dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck Restaurant and a nine-piece orchestra at the Globe Theatre. The 14th annual gala will have an ?I Love Lucy? theme with a Lucille Ball impersonator. The Babalu Nights .?.?. We Love New Horizons event will raise funds for the center, which helps low-income residents of south Glendale and northwest Los Angeles by providing after-school programs and counseling. The gala will honor the donors by giving them an elegant night out with red-carpet treatment, said Maria Rochart, New Horizons?
NEWS
By DAVID LAURELL | July 23, 2008
Members and supporters of the Kiwanis Club of Burbank gathered at Lakeside Country Club for their 11th annual Gala on Saturday. The 1950s-themed evening showcased cars of the era provided by the Road Kings of Burbank and honored retiring City Manager Mary Alvord and two outstanding Burbank Kiwanians who passed away this past year, Sue Stamper and Bob Dickinson . Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski lauded Alvord for paving roads...
BUSINESS
By Chris Wiebe | April 30, 2008
Burbank resident Angela Avanesyan’s interest in fashion design manifested early in the one-of-a-kind outfits she made for her Barbie dolls. “My Barbies weren’t wearing the clothes they came with,” Avanesyan said. “You’d see this cute outfit on the front, and then you turn it around and there would be pins and tape on the back. . . . My Barbies would be wearing something that no other Barbie would have. And as I got older, I realized that that translated into fashion and design — and that was really an art form.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | April 9, 2008
Burbank City Manager Mary Alvord, who is affectionately known by colleagues as the “queen” of Burbank, was given the royal treatment Saturday night at a gala hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Alvord, who is retiring later this year after nearly four decades with the city, was the guest of honor at the chamber’s annual gala. This year’s gala was called “An Evening at the Coconut Grove,” and was meant to evoke the glamour of the Wilshire Boulevard lounge the Coconut Grove during the 1930s, event organizers said.
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