On the Town: Liu hosts 'Women of the Year' celebration; Glendale Soroptimists' award luncheon

April 01, 2014|By Ruth Sowby
  • Glendale Community College Board of Trustees member Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, at left, is given a Senate commendation by Senator Carol Liu.
Glendale Community College Board of Trustees member… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Last Friday, state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) opened her La Cañada home for a reception to honor five "Women of the Year" in celebration of Women in History Month. The awardees, Sister Terry Dodge, Jan Sanders, Caron Nunez, Margaret Mgrublian and Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, all live within Liu's 25th Senate district.

"Each woman being honored has contributed to her community in significant ways," Liu said.

The only hometown girl of the bunch is Nicaraguan-born Gabrielian, who makes Glendale her home. She has served as a member of the board of trustees of Glendale Community College since 2002. She recently earned a fourth term on the college board after running unopposed.

After Liu presented her with the Senate certificate of appreciation, Gabrielian announced that after 35 years as an executive with AT&T, she is retiring this week. That gives this busy leader more time to spend with family members.


Proud husband, Leo Gabrielian, joined his wife at the reception along with daughters, Lauren and Ana Bella Gabrielian. Daughter Jessica Gabrielian had commitments out of town.

Congrats to the Liu crew including district director Talin Mangioglu and new communications specialist Daniel Cedeno, who saw that everything went off without a hitch.

For 15 consecutive years, the hard-working ladies of Soroptimist International Glendale have presented their "Accolades — Live Your Dream" awards luncheon. This year's theme, "Women — Our History and Our Future," was carried out in stylish form.

Recently, some 200 Soroptimist members and their guests filled a ballroom at the Embassy Suites Hotel. President Susan Hunt gave an enthusiastic welcome to her audience. Sandy Schultz followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Boger lent a spiritual touch with her inspiration message of community cooperation.

The fast-paced program began with honoring the five awardees. First on the dais was Ruby Award winner Cathy Keen, who has served the Glendale community for many years. A past president of Las Candelas, Keen also chaired Glendale Healthy Kids' popular "Guess Who is Coming to Dinner" evenings and served on their board for six years.

Keen is a past president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis Division 3, having received the organization's Distinguished President Award and International Life Membership.

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