For all those volunteers who helped keep Glendale clean and beautiful last year, a dinner was held in their honor. The 42nd annual Community Beautification Awards Dinner for the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale took place Thursday at the Glendale Elk Club.
Committee chairwoman Eleanor Wacker and Neighborhood Services staffer Julie Shermer welcomed 160 volunteers and guests. City greetings were given by Mayor John Drayman, who said Glendale has ranked among the top three cities in the United States in the past five years for its beautification programs.
Drayman also said more than 25,000 volunteer hours were donated last year. Some of those volunteers removed graffiti from 9,000 sites. After Drayman’s remarks, 2008 “I Love My Neighborhood” Poster Contest winner Teni Amadian gave the flag salute with aplomb. While dinner was underway, “A Year in Review” video was screened, showing volunteer efforts. The video was introduced by Neighborhood Services Program Coordinator Noreen Benjaminsen.