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Success sweetens lemonade fundraiser

July 24, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • La Crescenta students coordinating the July 15 Lemonade Stand benefit for breast cancer are, from left Leah Gharibian, 12, Deena Gharibian, 13, Lara Rostomian, 14, and Nairi Rostomian, 16.
La Crescenta students coordinating the July 15 Lemonade… (Photo courtesy…)

Students from Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School coordinated their second annual Lemonade Stand benefiting breast cancer awareness on July 15.

The four girls — Leah Gharibian, 12, Deena Gharibian, 13, Lara Rostomian, 14, and Nairi Rostomian, 16 — put in many hours making posters and painting T-shirts to wear, said Talin Gharibian. The day before the event, they spent 13 hours baking goodies to accompany the ice-cold pink lemonade. They added breast cancer ribbons in a creative fashion to every treat — in swirls of sprinkles or pink frosting, ribbon stickers on the individually wrapped baked goods, and pink ribbon chocolate molds. They also handed out cancer awareness bracelets. They covered all their own expenses, and 100% of the donations went to the Pink Ribbon Facility at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

They raised $2,100 in seven hours while spreading awareness of breast cancer. Local businesses contributed $600. They are Sake Sushi in Montrose, Cañada Dental, Raffi's Place, Carousel Restaurant, Montrose Quiznos, Polkatots, Montrose Jewelers, Thompson Bros. Cleaners, Lara’s Gifts, Foxy’s Restaurant in Glendale, Critters, Rocky Cola Cafe, Lucile Cowle Swim School in Burbank and Shahen Sarkissian.

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Altrusa honors middle school youth

Altrusa International Inc. of Glendale honored Glendale middle school students at a luncheon at Marie Callender’s Restaurant in June. The honorees were Stephanie Rodriguez, from Roosevelt Middle School; Alissa Fernandez, from Rosemont Middle School; Mateen Hassan, from Toll Middle School; and Danielle Udarbe, from Wilson Middle School.

These young people have distinguished themselves by leadership and service within their schools and in the community. Their service efforts include tutoring, feeding the homeless and church-affiliated service that includes mission trips to other states and countries.

Pat Zayas, committee chairwoman, presented each student with a $200 cash award, a plaque from Altrusa and a certificate of merit from the office of Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Glendale Altrusa has been celebrating middle school students for more than 30 years.

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