May 7, 2013
Orb won the Kentucky Derby after coming from 17th place on Saturday. It was a gloomy day in Churchill Downs but a bright, sunny day in Burbank. That's where the Glendale Association for the Retarded celebrated its 22nd annual Derby Day with the use of a giant screen at Pickwick Gardens so members and guests could enjoy the famed horse race in real time. GAR Executive Director Sandy Doughty greeted dozens of visitors. But she was upstaged by client Lynette Sparks in a southern plantation dress.
May 30, 2012
They've known each other for years. They've collaborated on fundraising projects. They're fellow Rotarians. Now, Sharon Townsend Roth will be taking over as executive director of Glendale Healthy Kids as the organization's current effervescent leader, Camille Levee, prepares to leave for a job in Arizona. “I'm just really proud to follow in her footsteps,” Roth said. “At the same time, I know I have to create my own footsteps.” Roth is foundation director for GAR Services, which provides residential, educational and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities.
May 8, 2012
The 21st annual Derby Day began with “And they're off,” marking the open of the Kentucky Derby, live from Churchill Downs. On May 5 the Glendale Assn. of the Retarded welcomed about 300 supporters/bettors, who each had $300 in “Derby dollars” to bet with. They were welcomed by association client Casey Lavely, former association staff member Beverly Mondok-Thomas and association consultant David Cain. The three were dressed in full plantation regalia. The Royal Crest Room of Burbank's Pickwick Banquet Center held the luncheon and the giant screens that showed the running of the horses live.
April 7, 2012
Racing at Santa Anita could very well be at a crossroads with Saturday's 75th running of the Santa Anita Derby. A good turnout might mean the track literally is on the verge of a new era. A poor turnout would be another black mark on the sport. No one will be rooting harder for an attendance of around 40,000 than Santa Anita's new CEO, who, coincidentally, is named Mark Verge. The Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 15 Kentucky Derby winners, offers a good field, headed by 6-5 favorite Creative Cause.
September 28, 2010
California has a history of being populated with newcomers. So it’s unusual to meet someone like Dianne Endsley, a fourth-generation Californian whose ancestors arrived before the Civil War. “My family was here before California was a state,” she gleefully admits. Endsley lives in La Cañada Flintridge, and after successful careers in fashion design and public relations, she now devotes herself to volunteer work in the Glendale community. For the past 20 years Endsley has been deeply involved in GAR Services.
December 9, 2009
The importance of community was instilled early in Sharon Townsend Roth. A resident of Glendale since 1968, she graduated from Glendale High School, where she was a student government officer, member of the swim team and active in the music department, playing viola in the orchestra and clarinet in the marching band. ?My parents taught me to be involved in the community and give back from a young age,? she said. She was also a Girl Scout and received the Court of Honor, an honor equivalent to the Boy Scouts?
May 2, 2009
City plans special senior luncheons The city of Glendale Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St., and Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, are hosting two celebrations for Glendale seniors. The Cinco De Mayo Fiesta will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday featuring a Mariachi band, activities and a meal in keeping with the theme. The Mother?s Day Luncheon will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Every mother and grandmother in attendance will receive a rose.
April 30, 2009
Fundraiser to benefit GAR Derby Day, the 18th annual fundraiser for the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded, will be May 2 at Track Royal Crest Room of the Pickwick Banquet Center, 1001 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Post time is 11:30 a.m. and luncheon buffet is from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Kentucky Derby will be shown on big screen TVs and guests will be wagering the races with ?Derby Dollars.? There will be live and silent auctions. Auctioneer is Chris Schauble, anchor of NBC?
October 9, 2008
Life atop the Chevy Chase canyon has been good to Suzanne Coscarelli for the past 30 years. She has enjoyed financial success and traveled a lot. Despite these pleasures, however, she has always been aware that they are not enough. “I’ve been very, very lucky in life,” Coscarelli said. “I want to share that.” For nearly two decades, Coscarelli has been volunteering on the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded’s (GAR) board of directors. Founded in 1954, GAR provides support for developmentally disabled adults in the community.
August 14, 2008
Jack Quinn is an idea man who has immersed himself in Glendale, the city he’s called home for many years. The retired financial advisor has founded or co-founded many community programs in the city that have proven to be popular and long-lasting. Quinn, 77, co-founded the “Youth Leadership and the Future Conference” that is now in its 24th year and is held at the former Burbank Airport Hilton, now called the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel. The conference has attracted more than 1,700 students and community leaders, who have collaborated on learning the values of leadership and ethics.