Many of the guests brought more than the requested single toy and the table was fully packed with their generosity. All were being donated in support of the Long Beach Fire Department's "Spark of Love Toy Campaign."
President Kathy Owens welcomed everyone and introduced the guest of honor, Firefighter Will Nash, coordinator of the "Spark of Love Toy Campaign." He spoke of how the concept of gift giving began in 1957 with donations for needy families in the Long Beach area, and they have increased each year since that time. Station No. 9 brought five volunteers to collect the gifts in the fire engine and spent time talking to the guests.
Seen at the scene: Station No. 9 volunteers, Capt. Chris Terhune, Engineer Karen Rindone, Firefighter Steve Yamamoto and Firefighter Dan Hermes. Chairing the event was Trish Schooley, with co-chair Sandy Davidson, and helpers Meredith Medanich and Judge Margaret Hay. Reservation chairwoman Paulina Thompson was assisted by co-chair Kay Berg. Eileen Ryan was in charge of purchasing three bicycles with helmets with donations from club members. Seven past presidents were present, as well as members Betty Shaw, Lynn Danielson, Patti Clark, Loretta Luskin, Kathy Kildebeck, Cindy Murphy, Dianne Bateman, Judi McCall, Barbara Wilder and Jeannie Hughes.
Dramatic Allied Arts GuildHoliday Glitz was the theme for the Dramatic Allied Art Guild's annual fashion show and boutique. Not only were the festive fashions shiny, glitzy and beautiful, but the 225 ladies in attendance were dressed for the occasion, with many of them wearing fascinator headpieces.
Vickie Gammer and Stephanie Siemer designed and created these works of art for the affair that was held at Old Ranch Country Club on Nov. 13.
President Leslee Martin welcomed the throng of attendees and introduced the chairperson of the day, Pat Cain. Decked out with "chef hat fascinators" and costume, auctioneers Marian Pincombe and Joyce Kraus entertained the group with song as they encouraged the bids.
Joan Knight did a fabulous job of coordinating and modeling in the Fashion Show, as did Nancy Koblensky with the commentating. Models were DAAG members, including: Kay Berg, Jeanette Cheshire, Anita Dougherty, Leslie Herbst, Dorothy Jacobi, Lynette Sewell and Mary Suttie.
Male models are always a hit at these shows: Loren Herbst didn't disappoint, nor did Terry Krauss as he presented long-stemmed red roses to several of the ladies. John Knight and Ron Horn escorted the models off and on the ramp decked out in their festive tuxedos.
DAAG's purpose is to promote and advance the study of dramatic, fine arts and allied arts. They give scholarships to LBCC and CSULB students in these fields. One of last year's winners, Krystin Bergamasco, sang selections from "My Fair Lady" and "Phantom of the Opera," accompanied by Rush Robinson on keyboard, who also entertained during the luncheon. The pair were a big hit with the group.
Seen at the Scene: Sharon Civalleri, Donna Estrin, Marilyn Hauser, Dee McKinney, Noreen Wood, Lesley Scheller, Annemarie Forster, Patricia Randolph, Jane Screen, Valerie Stokes, Nancy Fuhrman, Liz Minor, Sandra Hollandsworth, Rosalina O'Brien, Chris Miles, Virginia Baxter.
Fashion Show"Rainbows for Children" was the theme of the popular annual fashion show fundraiser of the Long Beach Center Guild of AbilityFirst. The event was held this year at The Grand on Oct. 13.
In welcoming the 250 guests, Guild President Liz Minor thanked the many for their continued support for the past 34 years.
Patricia Randolph, last year's Ways & Means chairwoman, presented a keepsake copy of the guild's $60,000 donation check to center Director Barbara Schlosser. The funds were used to upgrade the computer lab and purchase new equipment.
Schlosser praised the guild for its many years of raising funds and helping all the participants live happier and healthier lives. Schlosser also thanked the show's committee: Chairwoman Mary Alice Braly, Silent Auction Chairwoman Annemarie Forster, Jean Gross, Linda Silver, Fran White and Carole Yochum. AbilityFirst President Lori Gangemi attended from the Pasadena corporate office and also congratulated the guild for all their good work in helping enrich the lives of the participants at the Long Beach Center.
The audience enjoyed beautiful fashions, a boutique, silent auction and live auctions along with the wit of talented auctioneer and guild member Myrna Wigod, who is known as "the clever, funny lady of Long Beach." She was assisted by center associate director April Stover, who wore the money hat created by Julie Taboada. More than $50,000 was raised, which will be used to buy the center a wheelchair accessible van.
Great help was provided by The Tick-Tockers, young girls from the National Charity League. Many staff members from the center assisted, including Mary Threlkeld, Jae Lim, Maggie Agrusa, Teri Woodruff, Oscar Franco, Erica Wilson, Jordan Quenun, Jennifer Fraire, Josie Quiller, Holly Stasher and Michael Robertson.
Vendor Chairwoman Melina Morgan arranged for the boutique vendors that included Jeani Adams of Park Lane Jewelry, Hana Bulko of The Art of Jewelry, Hazel Solomon of Hazels Bagz, and DanielasDesigns.com.
Seen at the scene: Bea Almada, Barbara Burke, Keri Castanada, Jacquelyne Childs, Kathy Cleveland, Henrietta Daniels, Jean Dayak, Blanca Figueroa, Arlene Fillius, Helen Foster, Jackey Gray, Sheldon Grossman, Shell Grossman, Jorene Hankla, Caroline Hansen, Margaret Herman, Sandy Kaley, Dale Kemner, Terri Nickoletich, Barbara O'Neill, Laraine Pipoly, Mary Pat Sabol, Patsy Sampson, Wanda Sewak, Iris Schutz, Rosemary Scott, Susan Short, Dana Watkins, Noreen Wood, Jerry Wulk.
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