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On the Town: Charity care is the goal of hospital 'fundraiser'

October 10, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Enjoying Glendale Memorials "Wine & Roses" are, from left, Interim President Jerry Clute, Linda and husband COO Matt Gerlach, and Abigail and husband Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.
Enjoying Glendale Memorials "Wine & Roses"… (Courtesy photo )

It was a balmy “Evening of Wine and Roses.” Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center celebrated the 25th anniversary of their annual fundraiser. On Oct. 7, more than 600 supporters walked the red carpet toward the hospital’s patio under giant, illuminated prop stars for fun and funds for Glendale Memorial’s Emergency Department. Last year more than $8.5 million in charity care was provided to those with no insurance. So big money from the guests was the order of the evening.

There were plenty of opportunities for supporters to part with their money starting with a $350 per person meal ticket. Then there was the ever-present but looked-forward-to silent auction (the classy term is “cocktail auction”). A busy bar made for generous bidders. A favorite item was a seven-night stay at the St. James Club in Antigua. But for those who wanted to stay at home, Waterford crystal bowls were offered for several hundred dollars going for a steal at about half the valued amount. Sky diving in Santa Barbara was available for the intrepid. Auction tables closed right before dinner.

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Dinner was the best “buffet” in town. Guests brought plates of their restaurant picks to beautifully set tables adorned with white roses and crystal wine glasses that stayed filled thanks to generous wineries offering California and European wines. Those spotted at dinner included dapper Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and his Abigail Scoggins, Glendale Council members Ara Najarian and Dave Weaver, Dr. Boris Bagdasarian and Karine Bagdasarian, Dr. Samantha Han wearing a colorful kimono and husband Dr. James Hyun. Han is a popular ob-gyn at the hospital. Glendale residents included Debbie and Bruce Hinckley, Paula and Art Devine, Lance Keene with guest Liza Boubari, Frieda Jordan and Diana Artunian. Jordan is the president of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Charitable Trust and is looking forward to “Walk for Life” on Oct. 20 to raise bone marrow contributions by Armenians.

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