President Dianne M. Endsley.
"We really wanted to do something unique in our community and combine
it with celebrating the arts," she said.
Endsley said the fund-raiser was not planned as a result of the
announcement earlier this week that the Y has permanently closed its
grant-supported Griffith Manor Child Development Center and shut down its
pool for at least 30 days beginning Sunday.
"We weren't looking for one program to do this fund-raiser for," she
said, adding that this fund-raiser has been planned over the past five or
six months. "We plan a fund-raiser to bring in money for all our programs
in need across the board." Margot Lennartz, gallery curator at Descanso
Gardens, is curator of this show titled "Celebrating the Arts." She is a
nationally known artist trained in Germany, Endsley said.
"She has brought upscale artists, whose works are all harmonious," she
Proceeds go to the sports and fitness programs, after-school programs
for children and teens, the Domestic Violence Project and Encore Plus --
the breast and cervical cancer early detection program.
"The board is looking toward attracting both more men and women to
getting involved in supporting the services the YWCA provides," Endsley
One special art piece has been donated by local artist Valery
Moorhead, wife of former U.S. Congressman Carlos Moorhead. It will be up
for bid at a live auction conducted by former Mayor Sheldon Baker,
husband of event Chairwoman Marilyn Baker. Ellyn Norwood is assistant
Space for the art show, at 801 N. Brand Blvd., has been donated by
Grubb and Ellis Property Solutions Worldwide. There will be a buffet
supper and birthday cake. Keyboardist Peter Rozsa will perform.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: "Celebrating the Arts" a gala fund-raiser in honor of the YWCA's
WHEN: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
WHERE: 801 N. Brand Blvd., courtesy of Grubb & Ellis.
TICKETS: $100 per person or $175 per couple, available at the door.
INFO: Tina Samvelian, special events and development coordinator,
242-4155, ext. 19.