On the Town:

Honorees bask in ballroom's glow

April 21, 2010|By Ruth Sowby

Under a soft blue-lit ballroom in the Hilton Glendale, the 2010 black tie Gala of the Healthcare Foundation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center honored two philanthropic couples and a corporation Sunday.

Seated at tables with centerpieces of white orchids, hydrangeas and gardenias, glowing in white spotlights, 450 supporters were more than ready to part with their money for charity. VIPs included President/Chief Executive Morre Dean and wife Katrina Dean and event Chairs Sandy and Doug Schultz.

Honored with the Erwin J. Rembolt Award for Outstanding Individual Philanthropy were Mina and Hacob “Jake” Shirvanian. The Georgia Abelman Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Community went to Arlene and Dr. Carl Ermshar. Abbot Construction received the Frank F. Dupper Award for Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy.


The award presentations were preceded by a reception, dinner, auction and entertainment. Popular with their audience and hailing from USC, the So Cal VoCals sung in a brisk a cappella featuring music from multiple genres and artists.

The evening ended with an opportunity drawing. One lucky supporter won one week at the Pono Kai Resort in Kauai. Another winner will spend two nights at the Embassy Suites in Boston. Each winner also received $500 toward travel expenses.

Expected proceeds of $250,000 will provide upgraded heart monitor equipment in the medical center’s emergency room.

“Treasuring our World, Treasuring Our Daughters” was the theme of the Assisteens luncheon and fashion show Saturday at the Castaway. The Assisteens is an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Glendale. The Verdugo Room was filled with some 250 teenage girls, their mothers — members of the Assistance League and a smattering of grandmothers, also members of the Assistance League.

After a social hour and lunch of citrus chicken salad, the fashion show of Assisteen models began. Fast-paced music accompanied each model and set of models as they paraded down the runway.

Assisteen Chairwoman Amy Draney, 17, was all girl, as she giggled with her friends after modeling a two-piece, casual ensemble.

Three eighth-graders from Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta were the standouts of the show, as they pranced up and down the runway in school-appropriate wardrobe. The three, Chelsea Davis, Mia Tralongo and Madison Kilgore, sashayed with style.

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