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On the Town: Soroptimists present annual 'Bras for a Cause'

April 09, 2014|By Ruth Sowby

"Bras might be the most creative, supportive and uplifting invention of all time," said fundraising chair Kathy Lefkovits at Glendale Soroptimists' 11th annual "Bras for a Cause." Decorating bras for dollars may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it sure was last Saturday.

At the Glendale Hilton, there were wall-to-wall bras — all up for silent auction to benefit Glendale's three local hospitals and charities on behalf of women and girls. This year's decorating theme was "Celebrating Women Throughout the Ages."

Besides the highly decorated bras, other prizes could be found in the silent auction. One of the most popular was dinner with the Zarian twins.

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Sons of the late Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian, Lawrence and Gregory Zarian offered dinner at Katsuya at the Americana at Brand. That "priceless" prize went to yours truly for $100.

Soroptimist President Susan Hunt welcomed close to 250 community supporters. Glendale VIPs present included Police Chief Robert Castro and City Council member and breast cancer survivor Laura Friedman.

Also attending were Ann Ransford, president of the Glendale Community College board of trustees; Paula Devine, former chair of the Glendale Commission of the Status of Women; and Carl Raggio, former Glendale mayor. His ever-lovin' Lynn Raggio was by his side.

Hunt reminded her audience that the worker bees behind "Bras for a Cause" have raised $300,000 for cancer service programs at Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Fittingly, Hunt introduced Dr. Don Larsen, who is the chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. He extolled the ways Soroptimists have contributed to the hospital's mammography program including the funding of "soft mammograms."

After a dinner of breaded chicken breasts, Hunt continued the program with the introduction of Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy at Glendale Memorial Hospital, and Maryann Robertson, manager of Marcia Ray Breast Cancer Center at Glendale Memorial.

Following was the presentation of a commendation from Los Angeles County to Donna Hekler, who has been a community volunteer for many years.

"I admire the Soroptimists for their active role in fighting breast cancer and also their significant assistance to women enabling them to further their education through scholarships from Soroptimist of Glendale," Hekler said.

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