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On the Town: Church women's salad days raise green

July 28, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

For 33 years, members of the Church Women United of Glendale have been presenting its Meals on Wheels benefit salad bar luncheon. This year's was July 20 at the United Methodist Church. All 144 seats were filled for a mere $7 a lunch — seconds allowed.

Event co-coordinators Evelyn Horigan and Karil Drake supervised about 20 volunteers from local and Glendale and Burbank churches. Among the volunteers was Judy Gorham, president of the Patrons Club of Glendale Community College. She manned the registration desk.

In fact, a contingent of Patrons Club members was there for salad and support. They included Jan Craig, Betty Musacco and Shirley Wright. A foursome of young girls also helped out. Emily Theiring, 8, Samantha Drake, 12, and Christina Majdan, 12, were in charge of pouring ice tea, water and coffee. Karil Drake's daughter Celeste Drake, 13, was also there to assist mom.

Calling themselves "old timers," Caroljean Felkel from Holy Family and Helen Lucas from First Methodist have been attending the salad bar benefit for all 33 years.

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Volunteers donated salads, deviled eggs and breads. Glendale restaurants including Shakers, Don Cuco and the Toasted Bun kicked in the heavier fare.

Proceeds of about $2,000 will go toward the Salvation Army's "Meals on Wheels" program for homebound seniors.

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More than 150 breast cancer survivors and their guests turned out for a "Mardi Gras Masquerade" on July 20. The upbeat, free, celebratory dinner in their honor was held in Glendale Memorial Hospital's Auditorium. But it was Janet Nelson's night. At 35 years and counting, she was the longest breast cancer survivor in the room. She had discovered a small lump just after her second child was born. Turns out, she had an early stage of breast cancer. A humble Nelson was reticent to accept flowers and have her photo taken.

Also honored was Amy DeBlaise-Kasai. Recipient of the Donald L. Bogdon Cancer Survivor Award, DeBlaise-Kasai leads the Cancer Research program at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.

The hospital's Marcia Ray Breast Center has presented the dinner for 14 years, and its patients, staff and volunteers were out in force. Center Supervisor Maryann Robertson was event coordinator and introduced her staff members present such as Brigitte Williams, Marita David and Bernetta Wilson. Both David and Wilson, mammographers at the center, are breast cancer survivors themselves.

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