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The Valley Line: Ceremonies and parties light up the season

December 12, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Reid Samuelson, Shelley Thompson, Ken and Lori Gorvetzian and Kay Linden at the YMCA party. Kay Linden was chair of the event.
Reid Samuelson, Shelley Thompson, Ken and Lori Gorvetzian… (Courtesy of the…)

Ho, Ho, Ho — 'Tis the season. It's party time in the foothills. Last Friday night it was the annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park. Santa Claus arrived by sheriff's patrol car and greeted the assembled crowd. Carols were sung by the school kids and the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court introduced. And then, like magic, the lights went on in the median down Foothill Boulevard. Our city looks so pretty with its holiday lights.

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The YMCA of the Foothills, which operates both the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and the Verdugo Hills YMCA, held its first ever "Deck the Halls" Dinner and Auction of 22 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to benefit the Youth Leadership Endowment Fund that supports kids today and tomorrow in their quests for good health and social responsibility.

Kay Linden was chair of the event. Assisting her were Lillian Aldren, Kim Beattie, Mary Becker, Taleen Kamar, Crista Murray, Mary Jane Snyder and Kimberly Visokey.

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More than 80 people turned out to see and bid on the trees, sip wine, chat, nosh on appetizers and enjoy a sumptuous dinner. During the evening the Charismatics, Crescenta Valley High School elite choral team, sang carols and "The Untouchables," the La Cañada High School Jazz Band, performed.

Kim Beattie, the Y's director of financial development, said, "This first Deck the Halls fundraiser was such a success we hope to make it our signature winter social fundraising event each year."

Steven Chan, a Crescenta Valley High School student, spoke about his experiences in the leadership programs at the YMCA. Natalie Abou-Chakra, leader of youth development, introduced him. Tyler Wright, president and chief executive of the YMCA made final comments of the evening.

Decorating trees and wreaths this year were Angel's Nest, the Apple Cart, Brad Coleman Construction, Button Nose Pet Shop, Citizens Business Bank, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Comfort & Joy Café, CV Alliance, Revolution Dance Center, Eiji's Florist, Grandpoint Bank, Goodie Girls, J. Stern Home and Garden, La Cabinita Fine Mexican Cuisine, J's Maids, License Advocates Law Group, McGroaty Arts Center, Nuovo Hair Salon, Pier One Imports, Podley Properties, La Cañada Books & Toys and Urban Fitness.

The tree and wreath décor ranged from bands of angels to circus figures and everything in between. They were serious to fanciful — and all of them beautiful.

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