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On the Town: An evening of wine, roses, magic and fundraising

October 08, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Business Life Magazine's Women Achiever Emma Salmassian (middle) is flanked by Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver and wife Linda.
Business Life Magazine's Women Achiever Emma Salmassian… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Glendale Memorial Hospital’s 26th annual “Evening of Wine & Roses” had a new venue this year.

The lush Langham Hotel in Pasadena was the opulent setting Sunday for 540 guests who enjoyed cocktails along with live auctions and dinner fit for a magician. The centerpieces of white roses, top hats, gloves and canes fit the evening’s “House of Magic” theme.

Honored was Glendale’s own Ruth Charles as community advocate. In 1950, Charles and her late husband, Dick, founded Charles Music Store and Studios in Glendale. As a cancer survivor, Ruth Charles helped found the hospital’s cancer department. Her award was presented by James Cashion.

Also honored was June H. Huntington as a volunteer at Glendale Memorial for 50 years. Huntington has served as vice president and president of the Glendale Memorial Hospital Guild.

Her award was given by long-time friend Timothy Lewis, who was Huntington’s escort for the evening. Lewis’ late wife, Louise, worked with Huntington at the hospital for 48 years, when Louise started as a candy striper.


Hospital VIPs graciously willing to have their photos snapped were Jack Ivie, the hospital’s president, accompanied by wife, Tina, and Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy of the hospital’s foundation.

Event chairs were Lawrence Cimmarusti and Haig Youredjian. Also at the event was Dr. Boris Bagdasarian and wife, Karine. Dr. Bagdasarian, a specialist in hematology and medical oncology, has been practicing at the hospital for many years.

Glendale notables included Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver and wife, Linda, former Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and guest Palmira Perez, as well as Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, accompanied by wife, Abigail.

After the cocktail auction, guests were ushered into the dimly lit ballroom for dinner and entertainment by illusionists, magicians, tarot card readers and a hypnotist.

Expected proceeds of $300,000 will be given to the new hospital’s Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

Business Life Magazine recently shined its light on 27 Women Achievers at its Business & Healthcare Conference, co-chaired by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and State Sen. Carol Liu.

Following the workshops at the Glendale Hilton, the women were honored at a luncheon. They entered the ballroom with a flourish, each wearing large sunflower pins, to the applause from the crowd of some 450 guests.

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