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On the Town: Stars shine out in damp night at GCC

October 23, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Glendale Community College Board of Trustees member and photographer Vahe Peroomian holds one of his donated photographs with Foundation Executive Lisa Brooks.
Glendale Community College Board of Trustees member… (Courtesy photo )

Under cloudy skies, “Stars Among Us” was the theme of the 85th anniversary gala of Glendale Community College. But the only stars to be seen were the stars in the campus Planetarium, open during the first part of the party.

The rain held off Saturday for the reception, silent auction and cocktails in front of the John Davitt Administration Building, named for the college’s superintendent/president of 21 years. Fortuitously, Dr. Davitt and Gael Davitt were the evening’s co-chairmen as part of the Honorary Committee.

But the majority of the celebration’s many tasks fell on the delicate shoulders of Event Chairman Pat Crouch. Crouch is also V.P. of the Glendale College Foundation, the presenting organization of the gala. More heavy lifting came from Foundation President Mike Haney, Immediate Past President Ellyn Semler, steering committee member Dianne Endsley and Executive Director Lisa Brooks.

Honored were Bhupesh and Kumud Parikh as Philanthropists of Distinction. Ruth Charles garnered the Lifetime Achievement Award and Sevada Chamras was recognized for Outstanding Alumnus. Master of Ceremonies Ned Specktor of Specktor Media was also honored.

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VIPs present also included Board of Trustees President Dr. Armine Hacopian with husband, Vahe Hacopian. More Board of Trustees members attending were Ann Ransford and Past Presidents Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, Tony Tartaglia and Dr. Vahe Peroomian. Peroomian also generously donated to the silent auction three of his black and white infrared archival prints. Popular was “Cape Otway Lightstation,” which he photographed in Melbourne, Australia. The lucky bidder spent $95 for it, though it was valued at $150. The framing alone cost that much.

Local politicos present included Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero, Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, Glendale Councilmember Laura Friedman and Glendale schools’ Board Members Greg Krikorian and Joylene Wagner. Also on hand were U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), State Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada), and Assembly members Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada) and Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake). All were on the gala’s Honorary Committee.

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