Holy Family continues fiesta tradition

October 20, 2010|By Ruth Sowby
(Ruth Sowby )

For some three decades Holy Family Grade School has presented its Fiesta Tropicale. In keeping with tradition, more than 1,000 families visited the fiesta between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, in spite of the drizzle.

An early morning breakfast started the festivities, but it was the Scooby-Doo Bouncer and food booths in the school yard that attracted the crowds. Event co-chairwoman Brenda De Borja and her fundraising chairwoman Mary Avila stayed busy making sure that the tamales, tacos, beans, rice, churros and skewered meat were regularly replenished. Parent sponsors of the Mexican food booth were Steve and Celine Benedict.

From Glendale, 9-year-old pompom girls Alethea De Jesus and twins Abigail and Audrey Caringal performed lively cheers. Standing in the wings were proud parents Eileen and Oscar De Jesus and the twins' mom Aimee Tirados and stepfather Jason Monsod. Rumor has it that the pompom girls have been practicing their routines afterschool for a year. The bouncer attracted 8-year-olds Kathleen Gonzalez, Emily Aguilera and Sydney Sayoc. Kathleen's dad, Martin Gonzalez, decided to sit this one out. Parent volunteer Ruben Maldonado boasted the bouncer took him a mere 20 minutes to set up.


Avila estimated that the fiesta, the largest school fundraiser for the year, would bring in proceeds of $50,000 to $60,000. Those funds are earmarked for school operating expenses such as teacher salaries.


Sunday also marked the KRLA-AM (870)-sponsored "Townhall 2010" at the Alex Theatre. Featured was the Glendale-based radio station's line-up of conservative talk-show hosts. At a late afternoon reception in the theater's mezzanine, VIP guests munched and mingled with KRLA stars Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller, Michael Medved, Mike Gallagher and Kevin James.

Glendale residents Cathy and Bill Stilfield were last-minute reception guests. They said they came to the town hall because they are loyal KRLA listeners. Glendale residents (recently relocated to Aliso Viejo) Sharon and John Gramatky said they showed up at the event to stay informed on [political] issues. Also from Glendale were Rosemary Montana and husband Glenn Wiener.

"The panel presents another view not as prevalent in the public arena," Montana said.

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