On the Town: Glendale Adventist Medical Center's luncheon guests share the love

February 19, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • A classy guest at the Founders Guild Luncheon is psychologist Dr. Marguerite Marsh, Glendale Adventist Foundation Board member.
A classy guest at the Founders Guild Luncheon is psychologist… (Ruth Sowby )

Love was in the air at the luncheon for the Founders Guild of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

The hospital’s auditorium was standing room only on Valentine's Day.

Upon checking in, every guest received a Swarovski crystal necklace, heart-shaped of course. A silent auction allowed visitors more opportunities to part with their money for charity.

Harp music performed by Duquessa McGuffin accompanied a buffet lunch of heart-healthy chicken, rice and kale. Dessert was strictly decadent — red velvet cupcakes.

Luncheon speaker Cuban-born Michael Velazquez was introduced by Co-President of the Founders Guild Liz Mirzaian. (Mirzaiain is also the director of volunteer resources for the hospital.) Velazquez is a partner in the Glendale accountancy firm Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi, Shammaa. But numbers weren’t on his mind today. He devoted his remarks to “The Beatles Were Right — All We Need is Love.” An avowed Beatles fan, Velazquez even sang snippets of the Fab Four’s tunes when his iPhone went on the fritz.


On this day of love, his audience was also interested in Velazquez’s courtship of his wife Mercy Velazquez beginning in 1969. It was love at first sight. Besides raising their three children, Michael, Gabriel and Tatiana, Mercy is active in a number community organizations including the Glendale Latino Assn. She also started the accountancy business with her husband and has been heard to say, “I’m not the accountant, I’m the one that counts.”

Michael also mentioned his strong connections to Glendale Adventist after 30 years of living in Glendale. “Our daughter was born here, my mom died here, and we have had members of the family [hospitalized] here.”

Founders Guild and Glendale Adventist VIPs present included Guild Co-President (with Mirzaian) Debbie Bright and Guild Manager Hilda Bogossian. Representing Soroptimists at the luncheon was the brains behind “Bras for a Cause” Kathy Lefkovits, current Soroptimist President Gayle Craig and past presidents Margo Bottcher and Sandy Schultz. Schultz is also a member of the hospital Governing Board and Foundation Board.

Glendale Adventist Director of Physician Development Ramella Markarian was also on hand after just organizing one of the hospital’s many Physician Appreciation Luncheons.

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