Patrons Club Members Raise Funds for Scholarships

By On November 24, 2015

The Patrons Club paid tribute to Glendale Community College students with its theme “Future Stars of America” for the annual fashion show presented earlier this month at the Castaway Starlight Room.

The Patrons Club raises funds for the GCC Foundation, Inc., and money goes to scholarships and grants-in-aid presented each year to students who fulfill award requirements. Last year’s luncheon raised about $23,000. Funds raised help students complete their educational goals whether they plan to transfer to a four-year university or join the workforce.

Paul Schlossman, left, dean of student affairs at Glendale Community College, with Patrons Club President Karen Wharton during the "Future Stars of America" fashion show at the Castaway. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Paul Schlossman, left, dean of student affairs at Glendale Community College, with Patrons Club President Karen Wharton during the “Future Stars of America” fashion show at the Castaway. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

President Karen Wharton welcomed the more than 200 guests attending. College administrators thanked the Patrons Club for their ongoing support including Superintendent/President David Viar, Paul Schlossman, dean of student affairs; Lisa H. Brooks, GCC Foundation; and Marianne Jennings, event chair.

The Glendale Community College Patrons Club is on target, Viar said.

“Patrons are people supporting, championing or protecting — in reality that’s what Patrons Club members are about. They [Patrons] are supporting students seeking to achieve their educational goals; championing an outstanding community college that serves its community and region with distinction; and protecting the mission and values of a community college education.”

 Model Jane Viar, right, is escorted by her husband, David Viar, superintendent/president of Glendale Community College.

Model Jane Viar, right, is escorted by her husband, David Viar, superintendent/president of Glendale Community College.

Brooks summed up her appreciation in six words.

“Patrons Club members you are awesome!” she said.

The highlight of the day was the fashion show featuring day to evening wear from Holiday Hats and Gowns. Providing commentary was Teresa Cortey. Members and friends modeling were Arpi Amirian, Heather Glenn, Zaruhi Grigorian, Tamara Hughes, Erin Kurasz, Christine Ovasapyan, Samir Abou-Rass, Austin Kemie, Isaac Pedraza, Michael Ritterbrown and college President David Viar who escorted his wife, Jane Viar.

 Erin Kurasz models a ruby evening gown from Holiday Hats and Gowns at the Patrons Club's fashion show. She was escorted by  Austin Kemie (in background). (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Erin Kurasz models a ruby evening gown from Holiday Hats and Gowns at the Patrons Club’s fashion show. She was escorted by Austin Kemie (in background). (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Longtime member Margaret Hammond made quite a fashion statement herself, donning a straw hat embellished with white silk rose that matched perfectly with a white crocheted sweater over a black blouse. She was in charge of the $1,000 cash drawing won by Marian Getts.

Others winning great prizes were Patty Flanagan, guest of financial secretary Judy Gorham, who took home a Curves membership; and Nancy Sumner and Cathy Arkfeld shared the Color

Me Mine, Doctors House Museum membership and History of Glendale Book opportunity prizes.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club was well represented at a table led by President Carol Huntwork. Ellie Pipes was sitting with her sorority sister, Norma Johnson-Stodder, of Encino.

Special honored guest attending was Gael Davitt, widow of John Davitt, former college president/superintendent.

Mary Rose Grim, left, and Margaret Hammond welcome guests to the Glendale Community College Patrons Club's annual fashion show luncheon

Mary Rose Grim, left, and Margaret Hammond welcome guests to the Glendale Community College Patrons Club’s annual fashion show luncheon

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