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On the Town: Pink Panther drops by Ark fundraiser

July 14, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

The Pink Panther was found up Chevy Chase Canyon, courtesy of the Ark Family Center and its "First Summer Extravaganza." Joan and Warren Binzley opened their Glendale home and gardens on Saturday to more than 100 members and guests willing to part with their dollars to benefit the Ark Leadership Academy and Youth Mentorship Programs.

The Pink Panther theme was carried out with a giant statue, bearing a strong resemblance to actor Peter Sellers who played Chief Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. "Peter Sellers" overlooked guests enjoying appetizers at white linen-covered tables. Silent auction tables laden with baskets of goodies were sprinkled throughout the Binzley's garden.

Guests included Glendale attorney Allen Sarkisian and wife Robina Sarkisian; Paula Devine, pretty in pink with her signature gold hoop earrings, and husband Art Devine. Burbank neighbors Maryam Abrahamian and Nora Shirinian were also a part of the festivities. Shirinian is the mother of Ark member Karen Shirinian and the aunt of Ark member Helen Kalognomos from Sunland.

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Ark Educational Director Melina Sardar made sure guests had their every need filled. Sardar is soon to leave for Armenia to teach self-empowerment seminars at the Armenian Women's Center, a partner of the Ark Family Center. Along for the trip will be five Glendale students who regularly attend Ark seminars.

Sardar estimated that "hopefully" the evening's proceeds will total $5,000 to $8,000.

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops and its "Musical Circus" graced the Americana at Brand's central green on Sunday. The orchestra's program opened with an instrument "petting zoo," manned by members of the Pasadena chapter of the National Charity League. Two-year-old Carmine Cordes tried out a violin, but the budding musician seemed more at one with a trombone. Parents Wendy and Darrin Cordes agreed. Four-year-old Glendale resident Arineh Shahbazi was partial toward a trumpet. Helpers were mom Anoosh Shahbazi and Charity League Ticktocker Kendall Khonsari. Four-year-old Jonathan Collier preferred the baritone horn, guided by dad Reggie Collier.

The concert, "New York, New York," followed with popular favorites from the Big Apple. The next Pasadena Pops performance will be on July 17 at the Rose Bowl Adjacent Lawn.

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