No one knows how to throw a party like the girls (and two guys) on the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women. On May 5, the Oakmont Country Club was the sparkling setting for the usual trifecta — social hour, silent auction and luncheon. The Jewels of Glendale represents the commission’s seventh annual fundraiser.
Commission Chairwoman Paula Devine, Vice Chairman Vatche Tashjian, commissioners Chris Garsevanian, Susan Hunt and Grace Walker appropriately took their bows. Devine greeted her audience of some 250 guests.
“We’re out there for every woman in our community,” Devine said.
Mistress of ceremonies and radio personality Susanne Whatley then took over the mic and gave plaudits to her mother in honor of Mother’s Day. A word to the wise from Whatley’s writer mother: “Never write what you wouldn’t want in the Los Angeles Times.”
Seven “Women of Courage” were honored during the afternoon events. “Jewels” were Mona Marcos, Lynne Raggio, Tanis Rhines and Blanca Zavala. Ani Ghazikanian was recognized with the Gem Scholarship Award, and Glendale Water and Power Analyst Lana Haddad was honored with the Special Chair’s Recognition Award.