On the Town: Targeting family care and cancer cure

Tony Yanow, the owner of the new and improved Tony's Darts Away on Magnolia Boulevard, hosted a fundraiser to benefit the Family Service Agency of Burbank last week.

The event, tied into the grand re-opening of Yanow's vegan-friendly, beer and wine pub that originally opened in the 1960s, saw a portion of the proceeds of every beer sold go to help the agency continue its mission of building a better community by caring for families in need.

Following the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor Anja Reinke and officials from the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, the agency's staff and supporters were joined by city officials for a quaff of one of the pub's extensive offerings of specialty beers.

Among those on hand for the brewfest benefit were Pat Smola, Ginny Goodwin and Chris Ramos of the agency, Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes, City Manager Mike Flad, Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes, Rita Hadjimanoukian of the office of County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and 43rd Assembly District Field Representative Suzy Jacobs. Other in attendance included Karen Volpe, Karen Turner, Amy Gordon, Andy Lynch, Paige Reilly, Harvey Branman and Don Baldaseroni.

Fundraising continued as Burbankers gathered at Johnny Carson Park to join more than 3.5 million people nationwide to raise funds and awareness for cancer research by participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on Saturday.

Chaired by cancer survivor J.P. O'Connor, the event's committee was comprised of Dan Linegar, Jim Murtha, Kerry McAloon, Erin Leiker, Laura Wynne, Rob Vincent, Brittany Vaughn, Bob Kinzel, Violet Mahoney, James Walters, Pilar Tellez, Michelle Jacobovitz, Caryn Wander, Robby and Kim Pitt, Victoria Sands, Chris Barnes, Danella Putna, Mychelle Aguilar,and Sammy Orender.

Following an opening ceremony performance of the National Anthem by Jackie DePiro and welcoming remarks by Reinke, the 2010 Relay commenced with local cancer survivors taking the first lap around the park.

The survivor's lap was followed by participating relay teams who kept one member of their team continuously walking for the following 24 hours.

Among the event's highlights of food, games, music and guest speakers, was Saturday evening's Ceremony of Hope in which candles lined the track. Following the ceremony, the candles continued to burn throughout the night to honor the memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer, and remind participants of the importance to keep fighting for research to target and cure the disease.

Among those whose presence, participation and support assisted in making the event a success were City Councilman Dave Golonski, school board President Roberta Reynolds, Flad and his daughter, Bella, Mary Alice O'Connor, Cotton Thompson, Luis Lara, Mona and Barbara Moore, Beth Guich, John Golonski, Maria Rynn, Lori Larson, Vanessa DiPerri Petersen, Kris Smith, Tina Maire Richardson, Jacqui Goglia, Luisa Castanon, Romayne Putna, LaToya Haywood, Mark Hatch, Katie Frazier, Daria Gerharter, Nancy Guillen, Derrick Mullins, Krista Dietrich, Laura Villeda,and Amy Frey. More were Jennifer Payne, Deborah Castello, Karen Ross, Branman, Kenneth Mejia, Cynthia Faust, Henry Tran, Tiffany Carpenter, Renee York, Kathy Ware, Kristina Kawamoto, Don and Sue Baldaseroni, Mercedes Parodi, Josette Guidos, Kathy Yaeger, Michele Higginbottom, Erin Barrows, Elizabeth Vejar, Bernadette Agas, Darcy Yates, Whitney Lesher, Amy Raymond and Richard Raad.

The Glendale Civic Auditorium was the setting for the Centennial Boy Scout Gala, celebrating 100 years of Scouting coming to America from its birthplace in England.

The Verdugo Hills Council began in 1922. On May 8 the council went all out for its 36th annual Big Strike Auction to honor former Glendale Mayor Sheldon Baker with the first national Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

Also recognized was Burbank High School graduate, Class of 1928, Genevieve Sultenfuss, who will celebrate her 100th birthday in August. Sultenfuss is the mother of Glendale city employee Julie Shermer, also present.

On May 27, 1952, Baker received his Eagle Scout pin — the highest award in Scouting. He was a member of the Verdugo Hills Council's Order of the Arrow. Baker joined the Cub Scouts at 9 years old. He said was "shy, small, timid and quiet." The now gregarious Baker, who blooms before a microphone, credits Scouting with "helping to find myself."

His award was presented by good friend and council board member Charles "Tye" Veden. Baker's wife, Marilyn Baker,received a bouquet of roses. The applauding audience included the Bakers' daughter Melissa O'Gara; son-in-law Mike O'Gara, recently elected a Superior Court judge; and grandson Michael O'Gara, 9. More VIPs included centennial celebration Chairs Sharon and Bill James,and Council Executive Director Jon Maeda.

The evening's emcee was Burbank resident and member of the council's Executive Board Dan Humfreville. He introduced Rahla Lindsey, president of the Verdugo Hills Council. Lindsey, in turn, welcomed more than 250 audience members. Presiding during 2010's "Year of the Tortoise," Lindsey was presented with a live tortoise. Her working mantra has been, "You can't get far without sticking your neck out."

The night of dinner, music and auctions included a "ballpoint" auction and live auction. Remembered were the many years Sultenfuss donated a two-week stay in her Hawaiian home.

Expected net proceeds of $60,000 will benefit the Scouting and Learning for Life Programs available to all young men and women.

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