La Cañada Organizations: Hospital guild plans Western party

September 27, 2012

Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital is sending out invitations for its Moonlight & Moonshine fundraiser, which will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Thursday Club, 4440 Woodleigh Lane. Community members are welcome to don some Western gear and join the party.

Music, a barbecue dinner, a bit of gambling and some line dancing are all included in the evening’s program. Auctioned items will include the use of a skybox at a Lakers or Clippers game, and a week at a San Clemente condo or Montana cabin.

Chairing the event are guild members Debbie Enterante Zielinski and Charlotte Saydah. Cost to attend is $75 per person. To reserve a spot, send a check made out to FGCH to Maureen Railsback, 4110 Forest Hill Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011. For more details, email


School donations soar this month

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation on Tuesday presented its symbolic large check to the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, representing the $2.1 million the organization raised during its campaign for 2012-13.

The foundation also reported this week that community support for the public schools continues at a strong pace, with more than $456,000 donated during the district’s Back-to-School nights this month. This sum represents an 18% increase over the amount given during the same events last year.

“We’re thrilled to start the year out with such tremendous support from the community,” stated Deborah Weirick, executive director of the foundation.

Habitat chapter honors volunteers

More than two dozen volunteers were honored Aug. 26 when the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity held its annual Volunteer Recognition Reception at the La Cañada Thursday Club.

Those honored this year were Roger Booth, Gillian Burton, Claire Cannon, Robert Dyer, Haydee Garcia, Jesus Gomez, David Kirakosyan, Robert Quintero, Dennis Tierney, Michael Fortney, Amanda Gallagher, Lauren Klapp, Asuka Maejima, Drew Phillips, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Lorraine Reeves, Paul Villegas, Bill Wofford, Gia Alparaz, Enrique Frausto, Ljiljana Grozdanic, Paul McAnnally-Linz, Stefanie Rico, Nancy Weckwerth, Elaine Wilkerson and Social Vocational Services. Peter Zovak, the deputy director of community development for the city of Glendale, was given the Ace Cain Humanitarian Award.

To learn more about San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, or to get involved, visit

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