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The Valley Line: NCL introduces and honors debutantes; Hillsides' Celebration of Art gala

March 26, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Daisy Marilyn Beckner, center, with her parents, Michael Beckner and Linda O'Callaghan, displays her award, the Golden Oak Leaf, presented at the debutante presentation to the Ticktocker who served the most volunteer hours at Twelve Oaks Lodge, a retirement facility that was formerly one of the chapter's philanthropies. For many, the presentation of this award was bittersweet as Twelve Oaks Lodge closed last Nov. 1.
Daisy Marilyn Beckner, center, with her parents, Michael… (Courtesy of Janet…)

The first weekend of spring just whizzed by. With the heavy early morning cloud cover, the weather people commented that we were experiencing either June gloom or May gray. Absolutely nobody mentioned April showers. Our parched earth would have welcomed that forecast.

Yes, water conservation is ever present in my mind. I have reluctantly given up my long hot showers — I'm singing short songs these days.

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The spring social season is in full swing and love is also in the air. The Valley Sun got a note from Debbie Bacino saying that she will be married in April. Debbie is the owner and teacher of La Cañada Preschool. As all brides-to-be are, she is aglow with wedding plans to Hugo Ficarra, who runs a family day-care facility in Glendora. The couple will run La Cañada Preschool together as they share a commitment and background in early childhood development.

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"Our partnership is perfect in so many ways," Debbie said.

Congratulations to Debbie and Hugo!

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It was an exciting and glittering night when the National Charity League, Glendale Chapter, honored 23 young women in a debutante presentation ball held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

This was a magical night as their tuxedo-clad fathers presented the white-gowned young women to society. This evening was also a culmination of six years of volunteer work for the young women known as Ticktockers. In the six years of their service the girls have made a significant impact on their community by giving over 5,300 hours to diverse philanthropies.

Special awards went to two La Cañada Flintridge girls. Daisy Beckner, daughter of Michael Beckner and Linda O'Callaghan, was presented with the Golden Oak Leaf Award for her service to Twelve Oaks Lodge, a retirement facility in La Crescenta that was recently closed.

Alexa Rittichier, daughter of Mary Jane Rittichier, served the greatest number of hours at chapter philanthropies.

Rose Chan, president of the local National Charity League chapter, presented the awards and gave the toast to the Class of 2014. She said, "Through National Charity League, each mother endeavors to instill in her daughter the desire to give back to the community and to teach the skills by which to accomplish this desire."

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