Foundation dinner in honor of city's gems

February 18, 2011

The Glendale Educational Foundation’s “Dancing with Diamonds” 2011 hit every goal it set out for itself in the face of declining state revenues for education. With a glittering Hilton Glendale Hotel as its setting, 350 supporters attended the gala dinner and dance on Feb. 11. Each paid $100 to support Glendale schools. Of those, another generous 100 paid $50 for an empty champagne flute for two chances to win a one-half--karot diamond. (Rumor has it Kim Sheehan won one of the diamonds.)

Glendale School’s Deputy Superintendent and emcee John Garcia started the evening with a welcome and VIP introductions, including Superintendent Richard Sheehan.

Diamond Award Presentations were made by Foundation Board Member Lynn Miyamoto. A crowd favorite was Deb Rinder who was recognized for “Distinguished Achievement in Health & Fitness.” Rinder, Glendale High School Principal, started the Glendale area Challenger Baseball League for physically and developmentally challenged children 17 years ago. In Rinder’s world, “There are no umpires, no one is out and everyone hits home runs.” Accompanying Rinder were proud parents from Glendale, Kay and Jim Rinder.


Spotted at dinner were Board of Education President Greg Krikorian, Vice President Joylene Wagner, Clerk Christine Walters and members Nayiri Nahabedian and Mary Boger. Foundation board members included President Mia Lee, Susan Hunt, Laurel Patric, Stephen Ropfogel with wife Pam Ropfogel.

The event’s expected proceeds of $30,000 goes entirely to Glendale schoolchildren.


Members of the city’s Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale went all out for its Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Feb. 10. Glendale Adventist Medical Center was sponsor and host to volunteers and their guests who filled the hospital’s main auditorium.

A hearty welcome was given by Committee Chairman Jim Reichgelt only to be eclipsed by State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who said he got his start picking up litter in Glendale.

Glendale City Councilman Dave Weaver offered greetings from the city and introduced President/CEO Morre Dean who reminded his audience that Glendale Adventist is 106 years old with the old Glendale Hotel on Broadway as its original location.

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