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On the Town: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild hosts New York fling

April 10, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Among the local physicians who proved they possess talents beyond the practice of healing, were fashion models, from left, Stephan Yacoubian, Daniel Eisenberg, Raul Mena, Robert Feinfield, Stephan Schmones and David Sato.
Among the local physicians who proved they possess talents… (Photo by David Laurell )

A whopping Glendale contingent went to "New York, New York" without having to buy a plane ticket. Actually, the New York theme wove through the annual fashion show and luncheon of the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Guild.

The event on Saturday attracted more than 450 supporters at 44 tables, each table sporting an orchid centerpiece, scattered on each side of the models' runway. The glittering venue was the Sheraton Universal Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

For 67 years this hardy band of guild members has supported and raised funds for the medical center. Since 1982, the guild has raised $6.5 million, according to Chief Executive Michael A. Rembis. Luncheon proceeds will help meet the guild's $500,000 pledge to the Hyce and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute. Half of those funds have already been raised from the luncheon's $100-per-person ticket price. Funds from the guild's gift gallery will also help meet the pledge. The guild recently completed a $1-million pledge to the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center.

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Glendale residents spotted at the silent auction and opportunity prize tables included guild board member Vicki Jackson, guild member Wanda Bistagne, and Marcy Kalish. Louise Peebles was one of the early arrivals with her sister, Toluca Lake resident Linda Hawkins.

La Cañada Flintridge residents included Connie Alamdari.

But more was going on besides bidding and filling up prize sacks with tickets. A favorite sack overflowing with tickets would give the winner a designer purse, matching scarf and gold-toned flower brooch. It was the fashion boutique that attracted hundreds of shoppers. They had plenty of time. The boutique was open before, during and after the luncheon. Venders donated a portion of their proceeds toward the guild's pledge.

At the program's opening, guild President Patt Scully introduced her luncheon leaders, Director Barbara O'Kane and Co-Director Donna Mahoney.

Other leaders were busy behind the scenes. They included Glendale resident and financial director of fundraising Maureen Walsh, and press maven and a Guild Past President Terry Campbell. Also making her presence felt was Maria Balke, who was in charge of the $10,000 grand-prize drawing available for $100 a ticket. At 80 years old, Balke never lets her years slow her down. Those in the know shared the expense at the tables with each of 10 tablemates tossing $10 into the kitty to share the bounty.

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