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Great afternoon of fashion and fun

March 04, 2011
  • Tempted by boutique fashions at the Las Candelas benefit are Burbank residents, from left, Judy LaVerde and Beverly Jean Davies.
Tempted by boutique fashions at the Las Candelas benefit… ((Tim Berger/Staff…)

It was the event Glendale socialites had been awaiting for two years—the Las Candelas Fashion Show, Boutique and Luncheon, held every other year.

This year’s theme was “Reach for the Stars,” representing the group’s 58th benefit, its only fund-raiser. Approximately 650 supporters filled the ballroom of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport for the four-hour event on Monday. Early birds shopped at a boutique filled with fashions, furs, jewelry and other ladies’ finery. (Boutique vendors will give 25% of purchases to Las Candelas programs.) Others dropped $5 raffle tickets in boxes representing their favorite prizes. A crowd-pleaser was a Kate Spade travel tote, Italian silk scarf and a dining certificate to Palate Food + Wine. All the while, Glady Kabateck tickled the ivories for a musical backdrop. Hubby Jack Kabateck was in genial support.

Once the crowd could be persuaded to leave the goodies behind and sit down for lunch, Las Candelas President Bobbi Gangi welcomed her audience and gave special thanks to event co-chairwomen Ellyn Semler and Dianne Endsley. These two powerhouses made sure each detail was timed to perfection. Those included the invocation given by Glendale Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins, a luncheon first course of Bibb lettuce wedges, a fashion show featuring the Lourdes Chavez Collection, followed by the main course of roast chicken roulade. Opportunity prize drawings were sprinkled throughout the events, so no one had to be in suspense for too long.


Expected gross proceeds of $130,000 will, among other charities, provide services such as life skills classes at Hillsides Education Center and Hathaway-Sycamores.


“We party for our students,” said Mercy Velazquez, immediate past president of the Glendale Latino Assn. And, indeed, GLA’s Community Awards and Installation Luncheon was one big party. On Feb. 24 more than 200 supporters kicked-up their heels at the Embassy Suites Hotel—all in the name of scholarships for Glendale students.

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