On the Town: The Cabrini Guild celebrates Fat Tuesday

March 06, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Ready for Mardi Gras at Cabrini are, from left, event Co-Chairman Marie Urrutia, President Mary Andrade and second event Co-Chairperson Marilyn Linder.
Ready for Mardi Gras at Cabrini are, from left, event Co-Chairman…

It was Mardi Gras at Cabrini over the weekend. On Saturday, Cabrini Literary Guild members adorned the Oakmont Country Club with Mardi Gras paraphernalia from feathered eye masks and long beaded necklaces to Harlequin figures. A New Orleans-type jazz band kept the rhythm going. Even lunch fit the theme, beginning with a Creole salad with Cajun vinaigrette dressing. The entry was chicken New Orleans with dirty rice. Father Paul Hruby gave the blessing on the food.

Once sated, Cabrini members and guests wandered among silent-auction items, spied opportunity prize baskets and bought raffle tickets for the chance to win $1,000. Dressed in a fright wig and beads, a distinctly un-sisterly looking Sister Regina Palamara pushed the raffle tickets.

Cabrini's biggest fundraiser, “It's Mardi Gras!” took a lot of Cabrini movers and shakers to pull off. Guild President Mary Andrade cajoled her chairpersons to extra heights. Event Co-Chairpersons Marilyn Linder and Marie Urrutia supervised another 15 Cabrini chairpersons to get the job done. Miryam Finkelberg did triple duty as supervising invitation and program design and printing. She also put together the silent auction and created the table centerpieces of wine, beads, masks and feathers. Patty Szot also put in centerpiece duty, as well as arranging for the entertainment. Jan Kubani was an efficient reservations chairwoman.


The guild was the first organization to “christen” the newly renovated Oakmont. Contributing to the fundraiser in the ballroom was an improved sound system, newly installed carpeting and refinished doors. The bar at the end of the lobby was turned around. Now Oakmont members and guests face the golf course as they sip their beverages.

Enjoying the afternoon “funraiser” was guild member Cecelia Botticella, whose guests were daughter Andrea Botticella and her daughters Marissa Botticella and 7-week-old Gabriella Botticela — future guild member.

Expected gross proceeds, not counting the auction and raffles, will be about $12,000. The funds will go primarily toward the guild's annual creative-writing contest for Archdiocesan high schools.

Glendale's IHOP was the place to go for a free breakfast on Feb. 28. A short stack (three buttermilk pancakes) was offered gratis to celebrate National Pancake Day.

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