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On The Town: Davitt Group has annual reunion

December 22, 2010
(Ruth Sowby )

The Oakmont County Club, decked out in all its holiday finery, is a sight to behold. Those who had the privilege were members and guests of the Davitt Group on Dec. 14. The 75 who filled the Garden Room were well-rewarded with the club's signature brunch and entertainment by Glendale Community College's Madrigal Singers under the able baton of Peter Green. Green is the division chairman of the music division on campus.

The Davitt Group was formed three years ago, at about the time Supt./President Emeritus John Davitt retired after 21 years at the helm of the college. A number of staff members retired with him but didn't want to lose their ties to the college — hence the Davitt Group, currently meeting once a year at holiday time.

Brunch organizers Jack and Glady Kabateck kept the action moving with a combination of good eats, entertainment and presentations. Glady Kabateck was employed at the college for 23 years as coordinator of the adult re-entry program. She worked closely with tablemate Angela Battaglia, a 25-year veteran of the college administration, working as scholarship coordinator.

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Another table mate was Florence Hammer. She worked on campus for a mere 22 years as foundation administrative assistant. Hammer came from Cambria for the brunch. All fondly remember their years at the college as being part of a large family with Davitt as the friendly but down-to-business father figure.

The Patrons Club, a college financial support organization, was well represented at their own table. Outgoing President Judy Gorham presented Davitt with a plaque for his support of the club and retired his Patrons Club hat he would wear at the annual fashion show to sell opportunity prize tickets.

Brand new Glendale College Foundation President Ellyn Semler announced that $330,000 had been raised by the foundation in the past year. The funds will go to academic support and student scholarships. Semler also described the newly established 33-member President's Circle, made up of foundation members who donate $1,000 annually to the foundation. College Vice President of Administrative Services Ron Nakasone was recognized as being a generous member of the elite President's Circle.

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