By Joyce Rudolph
Burbank on Parade’ s new President Carey Briggs has announced that “Let’s Go to the Movies” is the theme for the parade on April 6.
The parade committee has launched a major drive for volunteers and is getting an early start on fundraising, Briggs added.
Coming up on Monday, Caminiti’s Pizza & Sports restaurant, 1220 W. Burbank Blvd., will donate a percentage of dine-in or take-out orders to the parade between 5 and 8 p.m. Customers are asked to download and print the event flier from the parade Facebook page and present it when ordering. The restaurant has pizza, salads, hot grinders and pasta.
The parade committee is organizing a fundraising comedy night at Flappers at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. Tickets are $20.
Briggs is involved in several organizations in town, he said, because of his deep roots in the city. He was born at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and is a third-generation Burbank High School graduate. He has been a volunteer with the Parks and Recreation, Elks Club and a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 210. He is also a member of the board of directors and immediate past president of the Burbank Historical Society.
For six years, he served as the Transportation Director for Burbank on Parade, securing and organizing the convertible vehicles that take the dignitaries down the parade route. His focus now, he said, is building a strong volunteer base to run the parade and coordinate successful fundraisers that will continue the parade throughout this decade and beyond.
With that in mind, parade committee members manned booths at two events last weekend and gathered 100 names of prospective volunteers to help put on the parade. On Saturday they were at the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter’s Paws Matter Event at the Burbank Police & Fire Headquarters. Saturday and Sunday they were at the Fall Into the ARTS Festival in Downtown Burbank.
The committee held a contest at each event asking people to guess how many parade lapel pins were in a jar. The winners were Sumer Gheizzawi who guessed 350 at the Paws event. There were 351 buttons in the jar. The winner at the Arts Festival was Paul Crockett who guessed 333. There were 335 buttons in that jar. Each winner will receive two AMC theater tickets.
The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum on Clark Avenue next door to the Creative Arts Center in Izay Park. Parking is available in the park lots on Clark.
For information on volunteering or becoming a sponsor, email David Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.