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On The Town: Symphony committee stampedes for funds

September 01, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
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The Women's Committee of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Assn. will not go down without a fight in the face of more local symphonies popping up — all wanting a chunk of their patrons' time and money.

On Aug. 28, these intrepid, women volunteers staged their annual "Stampede" fundraiser at the Jeffers' estate in La Cañada Flintridge. Eva Jeffers was a gracious hostess of some 70 members and guests, most in Western attire. There was a fun "three-ring circus" atmosphere among boutiques with jewelry, clothing and paintings for the women and a boutique for the men, featuring men's furs from Dicker and Dicker in Beverly Hills — always a favorite of the late Mr. Blackwell.

A social and a several course buffet of salmon and tri tip were tossed in for good measure.

Martha Feutz donated what looked like a miniature "wedding" cake. But right before dessert, Annie's Scandal! reps showed up toting their own rack of women's clothes for sale. Trying on some pretty pieces were Mary Margaret Smith, Loys Bonner and Kathy Dupree.

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More Glendale residents who enjoyed the cool evening included Women's Committee President Jennifer Horine, Jeraldine Saunders and her friend Guatemalan club owner Donaldo Monroy. Doyle Kutch looked over the men's furs, but he said he already has a full-length mink coat at home.

The evening's proceeds of close to $3,000 will benefit the Ensembles in the Schools Program.

More women-in-charge included members of Soroptimist International of the Verdugos. They put on a three-in-one event on Aug. 25, which included the induction of new members, the installation of new club officers and the giving of Breast Cancer Grant Awards.

The Middle Eastern setting was the Karoun Restaurant on South Glendale Avenue. Close to 50 members and guests were on hand to enjoy the exotic fare, including Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero, who gave "Greetings from the City."

Visitors from Soroptimist in Glendale included Past President Sandy Schultz and Margo Bottcher, active on the national level, who installed the following officers: President Michelle Lathe, Vice President Geraldine F. Yumping, Secretary Stephanie Mines, Treasurer Aida Rasper and Immediate Past President Edith Fuentes.

Fuentes has served for 18 years as a Glendale planning administrator and knows how to plan a good party. At the end of the evening she introduced the cancer survivor honorees, Mme Gojit and Helen M. Ligot.

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