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Disney VoluntEARS Make a Stop at Boys & Girls Club

Walt Disney VoluntEARS hosted a Holiday Carnival for over 100 Boys & Girls Club members this past week.  Activities included carnival games, Musical Chairs, Basketball skills contest, and prizes for all club members. Snacks and juices were provided by Disney.

Denise Bellingham of Disney Music helps with a ring toss game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Angeline Curcin comments and the shades that Giovanni Quiroz is wearing. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Awarded for ring toss game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Rich Padilla & Jeremy McEathron of Disney help out with carnival games. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Disney Voluntears help with arts & crafts events.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Tees it High and Lets it Fly

The PGA of America and USGA have welcomed Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) as their Official Youth Development Partner in a new five-year mission that will introduce youth nationwide to the game of golf. Through this partnership, PGA Professionals are teaching golf to kids starting at 50 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, including Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

Zach Allen from DeBell’s Pro Shop gives advise on putting to this group of kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

PGA Professional Scott Scozzola, DeBell Golf Course, welcomed children from the Burbank Club to his facility on Monday, Oct. 8, for a clinic that culminates the PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare program conducted at the Boys & Girls Club.

Scozzola, who has been instructing Club members for the last four weeks at the Boys & Girls Club facility using special golf training equipment, gave participants, many for the first time, the opportunity to experience green grass golf play.

Burbank’s DeBell Pro Shop Golfer Zach Allen watches one of several golfers line up the putt. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

• With this partnership, golf opportunities will be available to Boys & Girls Club members and their families, including special golf fun days at local Boys & Girls Clubs, family days at local courses, invitations to golf clinics and tournaments, and the development of league play. There are 47 cities selected to host these programs, including Burbank.

• Golf training, equipment and instructional support from PGA/LPGA Professionals will be provided through this partnership to help youth build character, develop healthy lifestyles, and learn the game of golf.

• Local PGA and LPGA Professionals will provide the golf instruction to the junior golfers at the facility. The instruction is all part of the PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare curriculum and includes elements of health and wellness with golf-based activities.



(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tori Spelling Makes Appearance at Burbank Boys & Girls Club

By Juanita Adame

Temperatures were hot here in Burbank on Tuesday afternoon and while most reporters, photographers, and those attending the “Never Be Bored Again” campaign complained about the heat, celebrity mom and actress Tori Spelling, did not.

Tori Spelling, quite pregnant, poses for photographers during her launch of ‘Never Be Bored Again’ Campaign held at The Burbank Boys and Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Looking cool, collected, and (oh did we mention) very pregnant, Spelling visited the Boys and Girls Club in an effort to help promote the cause and inspire children to live a more active lifestyle.

She told reporters that she feels it is important to keep children active and creative, and said she loves to work on projects and crafts with her children: Liam, 5, Stella, 4, and Hattie, 10-months.

Accompanied by her husband Dean, two older children, Liam and Stella, the mother of three (soon to be four) helped pot some plants, install grid tiles into the newly renovated basketball court, all while talking to the crowd and answering questions.

Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott watch as kids get to use some of the new playground equipment, at Burbank Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)




The campaign will fund up to $100,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of America and their sport and recreation programs. Spelling and the Lunchables team are inviting families to capture photos of activities that they have come up with to conquer boredom, visit the “Never Be Bored Again” application at Facebook.com/Lunchables, and upload their pictures.

Every photo that is uploaded from August 28, 2012 through October 15, 2012 will generate a $1 donation to Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide. After uploading their photo, consumers will receive a $1 off coupon for new Lunchables with smoothie while supplies last. For more information visit, Lunchables.com

Kids arrive to the Boys and Girls Club from Burbank schools to a new playground full of fun stuff. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Everybody was offered Lunchables, here is yours. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys & Girls Club Holds 5th Annual Performing Arts Showcase

Boys & Girls Club members instill all disciplines of the arts to express themselves during the Fifth annual Arts Showcase at Muir auditorium. Artwork included glass mosaics and charcoal sketches while singing and dancing varied from hip hop to contemporary dance.


By Joyce Rudolph


Fine art proved to be a great mix with song and dance when the Boys & Girls Club presented the Fifth annual Arts Showcase on May 18 at John Muir Auditorium.

The students practiced all year round –singing, dancing, acting or playing a musical instrument. Then they had to audition to be included in the program, said Jeudy Mom, resource development coordinator.

Adults working with the youngsters to perfect their acts were Michelle Bouse, a club board member, who did the choreography; Megan Baade and J. J. Pasco, both from Garri Dance Studio, who helped with dancing skills; and Arpineh Khodagholian, site director with the club, who also helped with dancing.

Sherry Delizia, creative arts director with the club, assisted the youth with art projects and singing. Some of the art mediums displayed were glass mosaics, charcoal sketches and magazine collages. And the inspiration came from such artists as Picasso, Warhol and Dr. Seuss, Mom said.

“I believe it’s a really great outlet to allow the kids to express themselves through arts,” he said. “Some people think of the arts as just drawing on a board but it’s more creative art~dancing, singing ~the whole deal.”

Tamara Chehata, 15, performed in six acts of the showcase. She sang and played the guitar on the song “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift, as well as performed two acting scenes and three dance numbers.

“I practiced throughout the whole year at the club and then when I got home,” said Tamara, who will begin her junior year in the fall at Burroughs. One of the dance numbers ‘Bend and Snap/Positive,’ we performed at the National Boys & Girls Conference in San Diego.”

The showcase at Muir taught Tamara to get along with others and express herself more, she said.

“We definitely put a lot of effort and work into practicing for the show and all of that hard work just goes into putting on a great show,” she said.

Margo Akoponz, 13, displayed several of her art pieces on a board at the showcase. She will be an eighth-grader at Muir Middle School in the fall.

“It feels great when someone comes up to you and they really like your artwork because artwork is really who you are and it shows your personality and when people like it, that’s just really nice,” she said.

Margo also performed a scene with her friends and did acting and singing in the “Bend and Snap” number, she said.

She also danced in seven acts, including a ribbon dance, a hip hop dance and a Broadway number.

Her favorite dance segment was “When I Look at You,” she said.

“It was a contemporary number and it was really different from all the other dances, and I liked it because that’s the kind of dance where you can express yourself. It was really emotional and I really liked it.”

It is a slow dance and similar to ballet, Margo said. It is more emotional than most dances like hip hop because in hip hop you can have attitude and you’re good but in contemporary dance, you have to connect with the audience.

The dance was telling the story of a girl who doesn’t have much hope but she is singing about a guy she likes, but he gave her hope.

“People started crying,” she said.

Putting on the showcase was a group effort, Margo added.

“You can’t do it alone. It is really nice because you can express yourself and it teaches you to practice and that practice makes perfect,” she said.


Photo By Deborah Dodge

Photo By Deborah Dodge

Boys & Girls Fundraising Gala Proves to be Big Success

Boys & Girls Club benefits from the 17th annual fundraiser Gala Saturday at the Burbank Airport Marriott.  Funds raised support after-school programs for more than 2,000 children a year.  Special
recognition was given to entertainment companies that provide items and services to the club.

By Joyce Rudolph

Executive Director Shanna Warren with a couple of Silent Auction items. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was both surprising and exciting to see how youth members took such an active role in the Boys & Girls Club’s 17th annual fundraiser Gala Saturday night at the Burbank Airport Marriott.

Appropriate to the theme, “That’s Entertainment,” the club members from age 6 to 18 sang and danced on stage but also were part of producing the videos shown throughout the evening that showcased the activities that keep them busy during the week at the facility.

The club provides a place afterschool where kids can get help with homework, play sports, participate in art and dance and spend time on computers in the tech lab, Sherine Saad said in her welcome speech.

Two years ago the club launched the first free teen program for ages 13 to 18 that offers a place to hang out in the evenings. The program draws 200 teens, she said. The club also continues to operate the only deaf and hard of hearing afterschool program for grade-school children.

“All this is possible because of you,” Saad told the more than 250 people attending. “Your generous donations keep our doors open~helping us provide the quality programs that support over 2,000 children a year while filling a valuable need for parents.”

Former Mayor Jess Talamantes bids for a Disney Art Piece during the Silent Auction. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The theme gave the club and its board of directors a chance to honor the entertainment businesses that play a huge part in the success of the club, namely The Walt Disney Co., Entertainment Partners, Cartoon Network, Hub and NBC Universal.

“Their ongoing support allows us to provide high quality programs and services to over 1,250 youth each day,” said Shanna Warren, chief executive officer. “These companies help make it possible for these children to pursue academic success, develop good character and citizenship, and lead healthy life styles.”

Disney continues to help the club by funding the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national campaigns, donating toys and supplies, lending a hand with club beautification projects and other programs.

Entertainment Partners provides professional payroll services to the club. Cartoon Network Studios provides arts grants and employees spend time mentoring club members. Artists visit and conduct workshops on drawing the network’s characters.

Hub provides financial sponsorships and service projects that benefit the club members and their families. NBC Universal gives the club financial support and partnerships through NBC entities.

Boys & Girls Club Youth of The Year Andrea Baghaee. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the evening, the Youth of the Year ~ Andrea Baghaee ~ was introduced and she explained how the Boys & Girls Club had inspired her to decide on a career goal. A senior at Burbank High School, Andrea has been a member of the club since first grade. She leads the Teen Leadership program, is president of the Keystone Club, is involved in the financial literacy program and her participation in the club’s programs Career Launch and College Bound have helped her to
prepare for attending Cal State Northridge in the fall.

When she is not tutoring younger club members or participating in the teen programs she helps the club’s staff members in the office. As a result of that experience, she started taking finance classes in high school and plans to major in that in college, she said.

Burbank's City Manager Mike Flad, Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes & City Attorney Amy Albano watch there bids during the silent. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It was the club’s administration that gave me self-confidence and encouraged me to make goals that would lead me to a career,” she said.

The evening started with a silent auction of items ranging from restaurants to golf packages and beautiful original artwork by the club members. Throughout dinner, club members also entertained guests with a segment called Beachside Beauties and later a colorful ribbon dance, which led into the live auction.

Those taking home great items were Mitchell Weiss, who will fly in a World War II-era AT-6 with the Condor Squadron out of Van Nuys Airport; and Terri Shapiro, who will see the Jay Leno Show in person and take a tour of the Big Dog Garage in which Leno keeps his prized collection of vehicles and motorcycles. Thank you to donor NBC!

The kids handed out Red Roses to all the Mothers in attendance for Mother's Day. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Planning the gala along with Sherine Saad were Leena Mathew, Dan Stillwell, Dave Augustine, Darin Ryburn, Lynn White-Shelby, Michael Walbrecht, Michelle Bouse, Robin Tarufelli, Zachary Hult and Barbara Sykes.

The evening culminated with a sweet gesture, in honor of Mother’s Day.  The youngest members of the club presented all the moms in attendance a red rose.

Santa Makes Early Stop at Boys & Girls Club

Santa helps the kids from The Burbank Boy's & Girls Club with one extra gift with the help of Burbank Branches of Bank of America. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Santa made a detour the other day and stopped into The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank to spread some extra cheer. Santa was helped out with extra gifts made possible with the help of Burbank branches of Bank of America, and the managers of the branches also gathered together some special gifts for complete families and presented them, while Santa was giving each boy & girl something extra to put under their Christmas tree.

Bank of America Branch Managers from the Burbank community gather with gifts for the families of kids that go to Burbank's Boy's & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Oscar de la Hoya Visits Burbank’s Boys & Girls Club

Ten Time Boxing Champ Oscar de la Hoya autographs some boxing gloves. (Photo by Ross A. Benson0

Ten-time World Boxing Champion  Oscar de la Hoya visited the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley on Tuesday, November 22  to talk with the kids about maintaining healthy bodies and good grades in the digital age.

AT&T U-verse screened some of De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions’ classic fights for the adults and teens, while the younger children enjoyed first-run U-verse children’s programming.



Photo Gallery By Ross A. Benson


Crowd Listens to Oscar de la Hoya speak at Burbank Biy's & Girls Club. (Ross A. Benson)


Several Hundred kids listen to Oscar de la Hoya.(Ross A. Benson)


Oscar speaks to the kids and alults in attendance. (Ross A. Benson)

Oscar de la Hoya shakes hands with the kids. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Shanna Warren Exec. Director Boy's & Girls Club East San Fernando Valley Oscar de la Hoya Ten Time Boxing Champ ans Jay Jackson Athletic Director Boys & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys & Girls Club Holds Grand Reopening

Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley was awarded a $27,000 grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to fund remodeling of needed areas of the Club.  The kitchen received a new sink, counter tops and cabinets. Every window received new treatments, Technology Lab received new carpeting, and the dance room received a new dance floor.

Local business, The Cusumano Development Company, donated paint for the rooms to look brighter and local painting contractor Lou Lentz applied the paint as his gift to the club.

During the summers, the facility serves over 250 youth a day.

Photos from the Grand Reopening by Ross A. Benson

Lakers Team Up With HP To Bring Technology To Burbank Boys & Girls Club

Photos By Ross A. Benson

The Los Angeles Lakers & Hewlett-Packard got together on Monday afternoon, to ‘Officially’ Cut the ribbon on the new technology room at the Burbank Boy’s & Girls Club. Lakers Steve Blake and Don Duff of Hewlett-Packard, got to meet the boy’s and girls who will benefit from the donation.  HP donated over $15,000 in technology equipment including HP Pavilion desktop PCs, LCD monitors, and HP LaserJet and Photosmart printers. The donation will provide club members access to updated equipment for its technology program, club Tech, which helps build club members’ knowledge and ability in computer skills necessary to succeed in school and the job market. “We are very thankful for companies like HP and our friends at the L.A. Lakers for choosing to support
our Boys & Girls club. we would not be able to help the youth in the Burbank and Greater East Valley areas without their generous donation,” stated Executive Director Shanna Warren.  Blake, who is in his eighth season in the NBA and first with the Lakers, interacted with club members and utilized the new features of the technology equipment donated by HP.