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On the Town: Fundraiser dinner served up at chief's home

October 02, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • At the Glendale Centre Theatre, from left, recent Glendale resident Cecelia Walker gets chummy with "Hairspray" star Regan Carrington.
At the Glendale Centre Theatre, from left, recent Glendale… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Those gunning for an invitation to Chateau DePompa got just what they wanted last Saturday, when a Santa Maria-style barbecue was served up to some 70 guests at the arresting Royal Canyon home of Glendale Police Chief Ron DePompa and his wife, Carol DePompa.

The barbecue was one of nine dinners attended by 275 hungry guests held over two weekends on behalf of Glendale Healthy Kids. Guests ponied up $100 per person to attend. All of the evening's proceeds will go to the organization.

Founding President Bruce Hinckley welcomed dinner guests and introduced Glendale VIPs present, including Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and three former presidents — Debbie Hinckley, Cathy Keen and Elizabeth Manasserian, who was accompanied by husband Greg Manasserian.

More VIPs acted as waiters and waitresses to serve the tri-tip steaks and chicken entrées. Recently appointed Glendale Police Department Deputy Chief Carl Povilaitis led his serving crew, which included Denise Miller, chairperson of the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, Police Lt. Lola Abrahamian, Civilian Commander Teresa Goldman, and Capt. Todd Stokes, also a board member of Glendale Healthy Kids.

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Just before dessert, Sharon Townsend, executive director of Glendale Healthy Kids, reminded the audience of the services the organization has provided this year, including 525 children who had free medical, mental, dental and vision services. Dental education was also provided to 1,300 first-graders in the Glendale Unified School District.

Glendale Healthy Kids' health fair will be held Nov. 2. All are welcome.

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Scarantino's Italian Inn was the scene of the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded's most recent monthly fundraiser.

Last Wednesday, the eatery was packed with hungry patrons all willing to stuff themselves for charity. The restaurant donated a portion of the evening's proceeds to benefit the association's Work Activity program.
Scarantino's — a Glendale staple — attracted its regulars and association staff and clients, as well as those wanting to contribute to a good cause.

Among the first to arrive were Scarantino regulars and Glendale residents Laurel and Chris Rudd. Laurel Rudd is a former association board member. Former Glendale City Council member Mary Ann Plumley joined the Rudds. Her huge plate of pasta made for a second dinner the next night.

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