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On the Town: Friends, fans give departing exec a sendoff

May 22, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Camille Levee fans are, from left, Scott Pafford, Pam Ropfogel, a shy Talin Mangioglu, Steve Ropfogel, Drew Frohlich, Camille Levee, Jewel Price, Bobbi Parker, Rahla Lindsey and Donna Hekler.
Camille Levee fans are, from left, Scott Pafford, Pam…

Glendale Health Kids Executive Director Camille Levee had her first send-off party with some of her Glendale fans on Sunday. Levee is departing her post for another executive director job in Payson, Arizona.

The party took place at the Arcadia home of Jewel Price, Dean of Student Services at Glendale Community College.

Guests signed a card for Levee and had the opportunity to write “best advice” for making new friends — as if Levee needs any advice in that area.

Among those in attendance were good friends from WOW, the group Levee began last year after recently being widowed. The acronym stands for Widows on Wine (or Water).

WOW members present were Price, Rahla Lindsey, Talin Mangioglu, Margaret Kaufman, Donna Hekler and yours truly.

Levee's next send-off will be tomorrow (May 24) at the Wine Cave in Montrose.

Who wouldn't want a shot at a million dollars? At the Hathaway-Sycamores “Shot-at-a-Million” Golf Classic on Friday, 10 lucky golfers were finalists eligible for the big money. All you had to do, once qualified, was make a hole-in-one. At the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, 130 golfers teed-up to try. Co-chairmen of the tournament were Mark Jewell and Brad Freer (he played 30 holes in “The Longest Day of Golf” category).


Instead of hitting the links, others were more interested in partying at the clubhouse. There were more than 200 guests at the 19th Hole Party held on the patio overlooking the course. The late afternoon party was full of five-star food and drink, entertainment and silent-auction items. The favorite raffle prizes were trips for two to New York and Maui. Bill Wegner won the New York prize, while Bob Lang won Maui.

Guests had a bird's-eye view of those golfers trying to sink a hole in one and become an instant millionaire. Before a chance at the big money, a single qualifying shot at 165 yards took place. Gary Koshak from Castaic teed-off on the patio tee. The shot, according to Koshak, “was horrible. I didn't put it on the green. I overshot it.” That meant Koshak was out of the money.

In the money, in terms of event proceeds, was Hathaway-Sycamores. President and CEO Bill Martone estimated that the day would bring in $140,000. Martone said that a golf event-fundraiser for Hathaway-Sycamores has been held for 16 years.

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