Independence Day may still be weeks away, but the Kiwanis Club of Burbank got a start on celebrating the spirit of America with a patriotic-themed gala on June 4 at Lakeside Golf Club. A well-attended event since its inaugural gathering 14 years ago, this year’s gala honored longtime community activist Sunder Ramani and the Burbank Healthcare Foundation, of which he is a board member.
Since 1998, the local Kiwanians have honored numerous individuals who have demonstrated dedicated commitment, leadership, compassion and generosity to the community. Ramani, a local businessman and post-production media executive, perfectly fits that bill, with a resume that includes more than two decades of service to Burbank in numerous capacities and on dozens of boards and committees.
Emceed by Brooks Gardner, last week’s event saw close to 300 of the city’s movers and shakers welcomed by the event’s chairwoman, Marsha Jackson, vice chair Gary Peterson, and Kiwanis Club of Burbank President Cynthia Faust.