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Breast cancer services get Soroptomists' aid

June 26, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Paula and Art Devine enjoy the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Red Cross fundraiser at Forest Lawn and its picturesque statues.
Paula and Art Devine enjoy the Glendale-Crescenta Valley…

More than 750 women and girls in our community are the recipients of tens of thousands of dollars from Soroptimist International of Glendale. Every year, the mighty Soroptimists give to local charities and hospitals. On Thursday (June 21) funds were ceremoniously donated to Glendale’s three hospitals for breast cancer services.

The Glendale Hilton was the setting for the Soroptimist’s largesse, most of which has come from the club’s popular Bras for a Cause. Raised from last year’s ninth annual event was $31,000. Earmarked for the hospitals was a total of $15,000 in grant awards. (Each hospital received $5,000.)

Three hospital representatives were present to accept their awards from outgoing two-term Soroptimist President Liz Mirzaian. New Chief Executive Kevin Roberts accepted his check on behalf of the cancer services department at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Accepting the grant award for Glendale Memorial Hospital was Lance Keene, foundation vice president. Yulanda Davis-Quarrie accepted the award for Verdugo Hills Hospital. Davis-Quarrie is president of the hospital foundation.


The installation of the primary Soroptimist officers for 2012-13 then took place, with Sandy Schultz as installing officer. Installed as president was Gayle Craig, president elect is Susan Hunt, first vice president for programs is Liza Boubari, and second vice president for fundraising is Cassandra Kreps, to be assisted by Margo Bottcher.

Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero congratulated outgoing Soroptimist President Mirzaian for her two years of service. “This opportunity has opened my eyes and enhanced by life,” Mirzaian said. Mirzaian is Glendale Adventist’s director of volunteer services and president-elect of the hospital Guild.

This year $52,000 was donated to all Soroptimist charities. They include Camp Rosie, sponsored by the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women; Girls on the Run; the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program; and the Salvation Army’s Nancy Painter Home for homeless mothers and children. Upcoming donations are 430 pajamas for women in local domestic violence programs. These Soroptimist gals mean business.

Guests on the patio outside of Glendale’s Forest Lawn Museum were far from being in a funereal mood. Predictably, enjoying a California wine tasting were outright jolly.

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