On the Town: Fun and fashion at Patrons Club

November 06, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Posing in front of a Judy Gorham crafted quilt in the Patrons Club silent auction, are, from left, Glendale resident Rita Even and Ginny Bundick.
Posing in front of a Judy Gorham crafted quilt in the Patrons… (Courtesy photo )

At 106 years of age, Gertrude Ness could not be faulted for deciding to sit this one out — modeling in the annual fashion show of the Patrons Club of Glendale Community College. Honoring the club's 65th birthday, some 250 faculty, administrative and other staff members gathered for a Castaway Restaurant lunch and the fashion show, sans Gertrude.

On Friday, right before lunch was served, Patrons President Carolyn Payne announced to her audience that this year the club awarded $23,500 toward 30 scholarships and 30 grants-in-aid to deserving students. The fashion show, including the lunch and live and silent auctions, generates the majority of scholarship funds each year. This year's theme was “Education Through the Years.”

Interim Supt./President Jim Riggs commended the Patrons Club for their efforts in “helping students achieve their goals.” He also recognized Supt./President Emeritus John Davitt, wife Gayle Davitt and Glendale College Foundation Executive Director Lisa Brooks. All have been zealous supporters of the Patrons Club. Brooks announced that the Patrons Club has officially partnered with the foundation to extend the missions of both groups.


Riggs also announced the presence of the College Board of Trustees, including President Armine Hacopian, Vice President Ann Ransford and members Vahe Peroomian and Anita Quinonez Gabrielian.

Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman, advisor and mentor to the club, arrived in his tux. Known as “supermodel,” Schlossman models in the fashion show each year and usually escorts the now-missing Gertrude.

Event Chair Marianne Jennings introduced her committee members, including jill-of-all-trades and Model Coordinator Karen Wharton. Jennings also introduced the live auction with prizes that included a Montrose Travel three-day escape to a variety of possible cities.

But it was the many-itemed silent auction that appeared to draw the most interest from members and guests. A favorite was “Lunch with the Chief.” College Chief of Police Gary Montecuollo donated a lunch at Glendale's Far Niente Restaurant. The two top bidders were Director of Admissions and Records Michelle Mora and her buddy Heather Glenn, administrative assistant to the vice president of student affairs. The ladies go to lunch with the chief for a mere $100. Montecuollo will pick up the tab.

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