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Mixing fun with fundraising for students

January 30, 2011

Members of the Glendale Latino Assn. surprised their guests at a mixer on Wednesday at Massage Envy Spa by announcing the honorees of their upcoming Community Awards Luncheon.

"Woman of the Year" will be Susan Hunt, Glendale Educational Foundation executive; "Man of the Year"— Al Garcilazo, Glendale Adventist Medical Center chaplain; and "Business of the Year"— Massage Envy Spa owned by Helen McDonagh.

McDonagh, who is also the president of the Glendale Downtown Merchants' Assn., basked in the glow of her honor and touted the importance of mixers to the association.

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"These mixers are an investment in your business," said McDonagh, who also stressed the importance of the mixer's Brand Boulevard location that can be easily seen by passing drivers.

Playing hostesses at the reservation desk were association President Amy Navarette, Immediate Past President Mercy Velazquez and Secretary Nancy Guillen. Another past president, Martha Rivera, was enjoying a five-minute shoulder massage, courtesy of massage therapist Elliot Book. Caterer Michael Lingan from Dock Side Grill in West Covina laid out a beauteous buffet of finger food. Lingan also runs the food concession at the Alex Theatre.

The mixer's $10 admission fee goes directly to the association's GLA's scholarship fund. The group raised $18,000 last year and gave scholarships to 24 Glendale students, several of which will be present at the association's Community Awards Luncheon on Feb. 24.

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For 64 years, members of the Patrons Club of Glendale Community College have been raising money for student scholarships. The club has just concluded its "banner year," according to Supt./President Dawn Lindsay, having raised $24,000.

That accomplishment was celebrated as was the installation of officers at Burbank's Castaway Restaurant on Jan. 20. The ever-genial Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman installed club officers. Schlossman is a triple threat. He holds down a demanding job at the college, is the Patrons advisor/installing officer and last November was one of the handsome "hunks" in tuxedo at the annual Patrons Club fashion show.

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