The party invitation came from an organization that doesn’t usually toot its own horn — the Los Angeles County Medical Association Alliance. The local connection to the organization is longtime Glendale volunteer and activist Marilyn Gunnell. As President of the Alliance’s District 4, she helped oversee the group’s “Spirit of Giving” Annual Holiday Luncheon. This year’s hostess was Margaret Kaufman who opened her Valle Vista Drive home to 25 Alliance members on Monday, Dec. 19.
Alliance members party at the same time as they do good works. The purpose of the luncheon was to celebrate three families in need sponsored by the Alliance. The families live at the Glendale YWCA domestic violence shelter. Luncheon guests came toting children’s toys, stuffed animals, clothing, blankets and gift cards from Vons, Target and Toys R Us. There was even a mini-fridge in a donor’s Santa sack of goodies. This year the gifts will be going to three women and their collective five children.