November is ‘BTAC’ Month


For the eighth consecutive year, the Burbank City Council has declared  November “Burbank Temporary Aid Center Month,” and we’ve already seen the start of several events held throughout ‘BTAC Month’ to assist BTAC in helping Burbank’s working poor, needy seniors, and homeless.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center have kicked off Food Drives for Thanksgiving items distributed to BTAC clients for Holiday Meals.  The Glendale CPA firm Larson & Rosenberger, LLC is conducting its annual ‘Turkey Trot Challenge’ with the goal of gathering 4,000 lbs. of Turkey!

Among the single day events, on Nov. 8 the Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery in Burbank will conduct one of BTAC’s most popular fundraisers, a “tapping.”  Gordon Biersch’s WinterBok will make its 2011 premier appearance at the tasting event, which includes raffles and auctions for Gordon Biersch gift items, all to benefit BTAC.

Other ‘BTAC Month’ events include more food drives, fundraisers, toy collections and related efforts. ‘BTAC Month’ encourages the community to work together in helping those who need it most.

“The level of need in our community has soared in recent years, and it’s even had an impact on those who have been our reliable supporters for years,” said Barbara Howell, BTAC’s Executive Director.  “So with BTAC’s every day challenge of keeping pantry shelves stocked for the upcoming holiday season, we’re facing requests for assistance at record levels, and looking for resources to help make up for those who were once our supporters having had to cut back, or even become clients.”

“This community has always been a tremendous ally and asset for us,” Howell said.  “The holidays are always extremely busy for BTAC.  But ‘BTAC Month’ helps us prepare for that,” Howell said.

Here are details on the Gordon Biersch “Tapping Event.”  It’s followed by a listing of all the events throughout November.  For more information, call (818) 848-2822, ext.110, or consult our web site at  At the web site you will also find a list of the food items most urgently needed.

WHAT:   “WinterBok Tapping Event”

WHERE:            Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 145 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 8, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please, help by publicizing, attending and/or donating to all of these events!

1st – 16th:     Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Food Drive 2244 N. Buena Vista Street and at 10 after-school programs located on elementary and middle school campuses.

1st – 19th:  Larson & Rosenberger, LLC Turkey Trot Challenge.  Goal:  4,000 lbs. of turkey!

7th – 21st:   Providence St. Joseph Medical Center hosts Food Drive for Thanksgiving items.

8th:    Tapping of the new WinterBok at Gordon Biersch.  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

12th – 19th:  Scouting for Food (Boy Scouts).  Scouts distribute bags on the 12th.  Then leave food on your doorstep for the Scouts to pick up on the 19th.

14th- 18th:  Producers & Writers Guild Pension & Health Fund Food Drive

16th – 17th:  Annual Yahoo! Turkey Drive 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Yahoo! lobby

       Warner Bros. employees IMPACT afternoon of service and Turkey Delivery
       Turkey’s delivered by ReMax In Action The Brad Korb Team

19th:  Rotary Food Drive at Ralph’s on N. San Fernando Rd.  8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

20th:   Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Forest Lawn, North Chapel 7:00 p.m.
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank
•       Flappers Comedy Club hosts “Bail Out’ Thanksgiving Dinner.  Tickets $25
•       Burbank Airport Marriott Turkey Drive

24th:  Thanksgiving Morning!  Burbank Community YMCA’s Turkey Trot and Food Drive.  321 E. Magnolia 6:30 a.m. – the last runner crossing the finish line.

Month-long Food Drives and Activities
       The Brad Korb Team RE/MAX in Action:  Socks drive
       Burbank City Federal Credit Union Food Drive 1800 W. Magnolia Blvd.
       City of Burbank Departmental Food Drives and activities
       Clear Talent Group Food Drive
       Escrows, Inc. Food Drive, 3520 W. Magnolia Blvd.
       Lockheed Federal Credit Union  New Toy Drive:  2340 N. Hollywood Way
       Office of Dr. Stephen McNeese, 2701 W Alameda Ave Ste 602
       My Eye Media Food Drive, 3515 W. Pacific Avenue

Continuing through Christmas –

Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy/Gift collection
(All Burbank Fire Stations)

Media City Mall Food and Gift collection