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Burbank Coordinating Council Remains Stronger Than Ever at 85

The Burbank Coordinating Council celebrated its 85th anniversary last Monday at a lunch held at the Social Hall of the Little White Chapel, with LWC Pastor Bill Thomas leading the invocation.  On behalf of the BCC, President Janet Diel accepted commendations from the Burbank City Council and the State legislature.  Well-wishers included Mayor Will Rogers, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, past Mayor Bob Frutos and Councilmember Sharon Springer, as well as Superintendent of Schools Matt Hill.

Indeed, BCC has much to celebrate.

Go back 85 years to BCC’s founding year 1933, one of the worst years of the Great Depression.  The adults were willing enough to personally do without and tough it out. But their children’s suffering tore at their hearts.

In those dire days, there were no safety nets to speak of, unless they were woven within local communities like Burbank, where concerned parents and teachers saw the need to make the weaving tighter.  So in September 1933, the PTA and BUSD school administrators organized the BCC to make it easier for volunteer organizations to band together when necessary.

Burbank Coordinating Council Board. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One early BCC achievement was placing “Safety Sallies” at school crossings and intersections, where they shepherded children safely across the street.  The 1930’s also saw BCC begin the Campership Program for disadvantaged youth, in partnership with the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club.

In 1946, the BCC encountered many people struggling to get their footing in the emerging post-WWII economy.  War widows and orphans carried additional burdens of grief, especially during the holidays.  The BCC responded by organizing the distribution of holiday baskets.

In the 1970’s, BCC volunteers were staffing the crisis line.  BCC established a food pantry, in partnership with the Burbank Ministerial Association.

The decades rolled on. Human suffering persisted.  The Burbank Coordinating Council and its members continued to do what they could to alleviate that suffering.

Back to 2018.  Those Safety Sallies? They led to today’s Police Crossing Guards.  The food pantry?  It has led to today’s Burbank Temporary Aid Center, one of the premier agencies for helping the homeless and families fallen on hard times. The

Camperships that began with a handful of kids?  This past summer 125 children in need attended camp.   The few dozen holiday baskets in 1946?  Now grown to 2400 baskets thanks to over 157 individual donors and 13 stores, representing the united efforts of numerous volunteer organizations.  BCC recognized the several dozen contributors, large and small, who went the extra mile and helped four or more families or led a major food or toy drive, or who donated $1,000 or more.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Today, BCC membership has grown to nearly 100, embracing schools, churches, synagogues, service clubs, volunteer organizations like the Red Cross as well as various local government agencies.   Whatever the safety nets that Washington D.C. or Sacramento may cast, Burbank and the wider nation would be a much poorer place without its volunteers, and without organizations like BCC that coordinate and amplify their good works.

The Burbank Coordinating Council holds luncheon meetings the first Monday of each month (October through May) from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Little White Chapel (1711 N. Avon, at the corner of Avon and Jeffries.)  The catered luncheon (for $12) features a guest speaker and provides the opportunity for attendees to promote their organizations, by distributing information or making announcements about upcoming events.

Councilman Bob Frutos and BPD Honored at Luncheon

On the morning of November 3, the Burbank Coordinating Council hosted their second annual luncheon at Burbank Presbyterian Church, in which City Councilman Bob Frutos was honored along with the Burbank Police Department. 

During the luncheon, funds were collected for holiday baskets to donate to needy families. Last year, they collected enough to donate over 500 baskets, and they hope to give even more this Christmas season.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“The selfless efforts and generosity of the honorees give us an outstanding example of the spirit of generosity that made America strong — and that continues to thrive in Burbank,” said Marsha Ramos, MC for the event.

“Bob and the honorable men and women of the Burbank Police Department have dedicated their lives to public service seeking to protect and improve the lives of children and families in our community.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Councilman Frutos, a Burbank resident of 25 years, has dedicated his life to public service. Beginning at a young age as a police cadet and later becoming a police community liaison officer, he continues in retirement to serve as a reserve officer. Frutos has been on the Burbank City Council for six years, serving one year as mayor.

“He is a generous spirit that stands out, he attracts good, inspires many and seeks to unite us.  He generously offers his time, talent and treasure in support of many worthy causes such as youth and senior services, our public schools, and many community-based organizations and charitable efforts here in Burbank,” said Ramos.

Councilman Frutos was awarded the “Spirit of Giving Award” by the Khalifeh family, on behalf of the BCC. He then said a few words, humbly thanking the community.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The BPD also received the same award this year. Following the BCC’s recognition of Frutos’ life-long communal service, Ramos spoke about the police department’s positive impact on Burbank residents.

“The men and women in our police department selflessly service the public with courage, honor, and excellence. From responses to residential house calls to the extraordinary coordination of efforts in response to the LA Tuna Fire, the commitment of BPD to preserve life and property is demonstrated every day, 24-7 and an utmost professional way.”

Throughout the year, the BPD is involved with several programs to grow in their interactions with the community. Around Christmastime, officers make phone calls to schedule holiday basket deliveries, collecting food among other gifts, and giving the baskets to families in-person.

For 22 years, they have also participated in “Operation Chill,” a program that rewards kids with free 7-11 Slurpee coupons for good behavior and abiding by the law. Over 19 million coupons have been given out since the program began.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Ramos listed several other communal activities the BPD have put on, including “Shop With A Cop” and “Coffee With A Cop,” both allowing residents to spend time and have conversations with local law enforcement.

During this time of year, officers partner with the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving Meals to families who can’t afford to celebrate on their own. BPD has also raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club, Arts for All, and the National Police Officers Memorial.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“It has been said that a hero is someone who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who gives as much as possible to help people. The men and women of The BPD fit the description, an exact match for this definition of a hero,” said Ramos.

A few of the sponsors who helped put on the luncheon include Capes4Cures, Cartoon Network, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank Federal Credit Union, and Handy Market.

BCC Holiday Baskets Program Asks For Donors And Volunteers

Donors are still needed to adopt families this year for the annual BCC Holiday Baskets program, according to Janet Diel, President of the Burbank Coordinating Council. BCC also asks for volunteers to collect food and toy donations and assist with basket preparation throughout the first few weeks of December.

“We still have about 175 families unadopted,” said Diel, who noted the Burbank Coordinating Council makes sure that even those families who aren’t “adopted” by basket distribution time will still receive holiday gifts and food.

Every year, individuals, families, schools, organizations and businesses in Burbank work together to provide Holiday Baskets filled with gifts of food, toys and clothes for needy families in the City. The BCC Holiday Baskets program enters its 79th year this season.

On Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., BCC conducts a citywide food drive at several local grocery stores. Volunteers are needed to help collect food donations and are asked to contact Barbara Salamon at (818) 843-7571 to arrange time.

On Wednesday, December 9, the donated food items will be bagged at The Little White Chapel between 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

 Danielle Boyce, 15, left, of National Charity League, signs in to volunteer at the Holiday Basket Program with Sally Veres, treasurer of National Charity League  (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Danielle Boyce, 15, left, of National Charity League, signs in to volunteer at the Holiday Basket Program with Sally Veres, treasurer of National Charity League in this file photo from December 2014. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Then on Friday, December 11, the bags are transported from The Little White Chapel to Washington Elementary School auditorium and hallway. Food donations that come in that day will also be sorted and bagged. Gifts are added to the baskets to the complete building of un-adopted family baskets. The day starts at 2:00 p.m. at The Little White Chapel and volunteers work at Washington from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. or until done, added Diel.

Saturday, December 12, is Delivery Day. BCC needs volunteers to move all the un-adopted family baskets outside to the lunch shelter, cover the tables, sort out the baskets by city area, call families, load or unload cars and deliver baskets to families throughout the city. Diel plans to deliver baskets to more than 500 families throughout Burbank that day between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers may also call (818) 216-9377 or email ccholidaybaskets@aol.com to sign up to help.

“If you would like to adopt a family contact us ASAP,” added Diel.

The BCC holds its next meeting on Monday, December 7, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at The Little White Chapel, located at 1711 N. Avon Street in Burbank. Lunch is $10 and BCR A Place To Grow singers and the Van Bloem Singers will sing holiday music.

Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets Program Asks For Donations And Volunteers

The Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets program is underway, with food and toy drives currently being held in local schools. On Saturday, December 6, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., the Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) conducts its annual December donation drive at 12 stores throughout Burbank.

In addition to donations needed to fulfill over 500 holiday baskets for local families in need, BCC are asking for volunteers to help collect donations on Saturday. For Burbank high school students in need of service hours, volunteering with the BCC is a great way to help out and fulfill graduation requirements, said Janet Diel, BCC President and co-chair of the Holiday Baskets program.

Food donations for Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets in this photo from December 2013. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Food donations for Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets in this photo from December 2013. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“You can work a 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour shift collecting food outside one of 12 stores in the city,” Diel said. “So many families would go without food and gifts for their holiday without you! Come and join us and you will always be glad you did.”

BCC began the annual Holiday Baskets program in 1936 as a way of helping local families celebrate the Christmas season with food and gifts.

“It takes everyone working together to make this tremendous project happen each year,” Diel said. “There are so many ways and days to help — pick one or pick all. Don’t miss the chance to come and ‘feel good’ being a donor or volunteer. It is an experience you will always remember.”

On Wednesday, December 10, volunteers gather at the Little White Chapel to pack food bags between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. On Friday, December 12, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to move the food bags from the Little White Chapel to Washington Elementary School.

Firefighters prepare to deliver holiday packages. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Coordinating Council)

Firefighters prepare to deliver holiday packages. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Coordinating Council)

That same day, Friday, December 12, volunteers are needed to build un-adopted baskets at Washington Elementary School in the auditorium from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

While many local service groups and businesses adopt entire families and donate pre-packaged baskets, there are still many baskets to be packed for all of the applicant families.

Saturday, December 13, is delivery day for the baskets and the BCC needs help between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

“If you are still wanting to adopt a family or donate to the program, please go to our website at www.burbankcoordinatingcouncil.org for more details and the donor form to fill out and email back to us at ccholidaybaskets@aol.com,” added Diel. “Or, call us anytime at (818) 216-9377 or (818) 238-7647.”

Those wishing to volunteer on Saturday, December 6, for the food drive are asked to call Barbara Salamon (818) 843-7571  for details and a store assignment.

Diel also encourages school children throughout Burbank and their families to turn in donations for classroom food drives, currently being held a schools in the Burbank Unified School District.

 

Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships Lauded

The Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships program sent nearly 100 local children to sleep-away and day camps this past summer, announced BCC President Janet Diel at the local service organization’s October 6 meeting.

Diel thanked Golden State Gymnatics, Forest Home, YMCA Camps and Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Department/Summer Daze Camps for working with the BCC to provide summer enrichment for needy children.

“We sent 98 happy, smiling children to camp,” Diel said. “You are the village helping to raise our children.”

Alexis Miller from Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office presented certificates to camp organizations providing services for Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships, including Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator) and Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Alexis Miller from Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office presented certificates to camp organizations providing services for Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships, including Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator) and Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Diel also thanked Cartoon Network, Spirit Works and the National Charity League of Burbank for large donations funding a significant portion of the Camperships program. She also thanked BCC members for their ongoing efforts to raise Camperships funds and the Burbank City Council, BUSD Administration and Board of Education for continued support.

“Kids went to Golden State Gymnastics and had never seen a trampoline that big,” commented Diel.

Some children were able to attend a week-long camp in the mountains via YMCA or Forest Home. Others attended local day camps for athletics, art and field trips.

Burbank Coordinating Council thanked local organizations and area camp programs for helping 98 Burbank youth attend summer camp. Pictured are (form left to right): Alexis Miller (Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office), Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator), Jason Diel (BCC), Nancy Boyden (National Charity League Provisional Chair), Henry Diel (BCC), Janel Diel (BCC President), Sandra Thompson (BCC) and Doris Palmer (BCC.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank Coordinating Council thanked local organizations and area camp programs for helping 98 Burbank youth attend summer camp. Pictured are (form left to right): Alexis Miller (Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office), Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator), Jason Diel (BCC), Nancy Boyden (National Charity League Provisional Chair), Henry Diel (BCC), Janel Diel (BCC President), Sandra Thompson (BCC) and Doris Palmer (BCC.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Burbank Coordinating Council brings together resources from area businesses, organizations and individuals to provide annual Camperships for area children and Holiday Baskets for local needy families.

Burbank Coordinating Council Food Drive Volunteers Needed

The Burbank Coordinating Council kicks off its annual food drive donation season on Saturday, October 11, at 12 local grocery stores. Volunteers are still needed to help collect donated food, said Barbara Salamon, the volunteer coordinator for the BCC.

“Adults and children are welcome to volunteer,” Salamon added. “It’s a great way for high school students to get service hours, too.”

Burbank Coordinating Council President Janet Diel (left) and volunteer coordinator Barbara Salamon ask for volunteers for the annual Holiday Baskets food drive. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank Coordinating Council President Janet Diel (left) and volunteer coordinator Barbara Salamon ask for volunteers for the annual Holiday Baskets food drive. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While volunteers will collect food items for eight hours on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., even volunteering for an hour or two is helpful, she continued.

An additional food drive will be held on Saturday, December 6, to collect final items for the annual Holiday Baskets program. The Holiday Baskets program draws together resources and support from Burbank businesses, service clubs, schools and individuals to provide food and gifts for local needy families.

Last year, over 500 families were delivered food and gifts. As of October 6, the BCC has received applications from 311 families. Applications can be found at Burbank Unified schools.

The Burbank Coordinating Council has been serving Burbank since 1933. People and local organizations wishing to help the BCC on Saturday, October 11, should contact Barbara Salamon at (818) 843-7571 or countrylady2009@yahoo.com.

Some of the food collected at the 2013 food drive. Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Holiday Baskets donation drive which kicks off Saturday, October 11, in Burbank. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Some of the food collected at the 2013 food drive. Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Holiday Baskets donation drive which kicks off Saturday, October 11, in Burbank. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

 

Coordinating Council Raises Funds For Camperships

Each year, Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) sends as many local kids as their funds support to day or sleep-away camps in the Southern California area. BCC is now accepting applications from local students for the summer Campership program.

BCC is also in need of major financial contributions to support the Campership program. Currently, they are running Coins For Camperships, placing specific bottles to collect donated coins in local schools and city council and city hall offices.

Janet Diel, BCC President, asks the community’s churches, offices and businesses to help the Campership program and place collection bottles in their venues. BCC can also take straight donations via Paypal online or by check.

Burbank Coordinating Council held their 79th Birthday event during this weeks meeting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Coordinating Council held their 81st Birthday in February 2014. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The more money we get, the more campers we can send,” commented Diel, who expects a rise in applications this year, to several hundred in total. BCC has received 100 to 200 applications in past years.

Younger kids are sent to a day camp for week, at local places such as Golden State Gymnastics, Summer Daze through the Burbank Recreation Department and the YMCA Day Camps.

Older kids may be sent to sleep-away camps such as Camp Gilmore, Forest Home or Youth Works.

“These are amazing experiences for these children,” said Diel. “People come back to us years later and say I don’t know where I would have ended up without that camp experience. It saves kids.”

“Camp is an investment in our children’s future,” she added. “They build self-confidence and leadership and a sense of normalcy many of these children don’t have at home.”

Applications are sent home to all students at the Title 1 elementary schools in Burbank Unified School District. Applications are also available in the offices of the middle and high schools in the district and online.

The deadline for applications is April 10 and Diel says the Camperships are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Diel also mentions that businesses and organizations can contact her to sponsor an individual Campership for $200 to cover the cost for one week at a day camp or $500 to fund one week at a sleep-away camp. She can be reached via email at jrdiel@aol.com.

Burbank Coordinating Council Announces Food Drive, Holiday Baskets Schedule

At the Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) meeting on Monday, October 7, at the Little White Chapel, the service group President, Janet Diel, discussed the upcoming schedule for the annual Holiday Baskets charity event. The first food drive will be held at numerous area grocery stores this Saturday, October 12, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are still needed to help staff the various locations, collecting food donations from shoppers.

Dave Golonski discusses the Holiday Baskets program, as Janet Diel looks on. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Dave Golonski discusses the Holiday Baskets program, as Janet Diel looks on. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The second food drive event will be on Saturday, December 7. After the food has been collected, the items will be transported to the Little White Chapel, sorted and packed, on Wednesday, December 11, for delivery. On Friday, December 13, the food bags are moved to Washington Elementary School auditorium where they are combined with donated gift items into baskets created for each individual family and their members. On Saturday, December 14, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., hundreds of volunteers help deliver hundreds of baskets to the families throughout Burbank. Last year, more than 675 baskets were delivered to needy families.

“We work so hard to make sure the holidays are special for everyone, no matter what the income level,” comments Mrs. Diel. “No child should ever go without the joy of special food and gifts!”

Holiday Baskets Co-Chairperson Dave Golonski spoke for a few minutes about the program. Over 230 applications have already been received. While most families’ Holiday Baskets are “adopted” by another family, group or business, the need for more donors grows from year to year. Another big challenge mentioned for the BCC was finding gifts for teens.

Stores like the Handy Market donate fresh fruits and vegetables for the baskets, while other stores donate breads and the nearby studios always send gift items for children and adults, explains Mrs. Diel. “We depend on the generosity of the entire community to make this project a success each year.”

Dr. Tom Kissinger, BUSD Director of Elemntary Education, and Steve Fritner, Burbank PTA President, attended the BCC luncheon. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Dr. Tom Kissinger, BUSD Director of Elemntary Education, and Steve Fritner, Burbank PTA President, attended the BCC luncheon. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The BCC organizes the efforts of the numerous schools, churches, PTAs, service organizations, individuals and city departments into creating and delivering baskets of food and gifts for families in the Burbank area. Families send in applications for Holiday Baskets via the free lunch program at the schools.

At Monday’s luncheon, Food Drive Chairperson Barbara Salamon detailed the list of volunteer groups already committed to staff certain food drive locations. She also emphasized the need for more volunteers. In fact, the BCC needs more volunteers for not just the food drives, but in building and delivering the baskets in December.

Mrs. Diel mentions the BCC gives service learning hours for teen volunteers and that this program is a great way connect with the larger Burbank community. She notes that some past recipients of the Holiday Baskets program return and help out with volunteering and donations. More information can be found at the BCC website. The BCC welcomes all volunteers and donations, large and small.

 

Burbank Coordinating Council Campership Program

Dear Everyone in Burbank,
As we do every year, we are ready to accept applications from families in our community to schedule children for Summer Camp.
Families who are on free or reduced price lunch programs, and qualify for federal low income level in ages 7-18 are offered either a week of daycamp or a week of resident camp for only $25 family contribution per student.
We have collection bottles for COINS 4 CAMPERS at all City Departments, and at every public school in the city. All monies collected are used for campers.
You can donate today online through paypal using our website  www.burbankcoordinatingcouncil.org
or email us at bcccampershps@aol.com
All applications are at the front offices/attendance offices of every public school in Burbank and students are encouraged to pick one up, fill it out and send it to us at:
 Burbank Coordinating Council, PO Box 10126, Burbank, 91510 ………..   right away.
Deadline is May 10th so hurry and send yours in now.
Donations are accepted year round.
We hope to hear from you all soon.
Janet Diel,
Campership Chairman 2013

Burbank Coordinating Council Celebrates 80 Great Years

Burbank Coordinating Council was recognized by government officials Monday for 80 years of support to the community. The council started such programs as Burbank Temporary Aid Center, school crossing guards and the Senior and Youth boards. Its leaders continue to run the Holiday Baskets program providing food and gifts for more than 500 families each year and camp scholarships for children from low-income families.

By Joyce Rudolph
BurbankNBeyond

Representatives from government offices joined those from PTAs, religious organizations, businesses, charitable and service organizations to wish happy birthday to the Burbank Coordinating Council for 80 years of service to the community on Monday at the Little White Chapel Social Hall.

Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

President Eileen Cobos welcomed the more than 50 members and guests to the event where community leaders thanked the council for creating some of the vital and enduring programs — Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Holiday Baskets and others, that make Burbank a great place to live.

Mayor Dave Golonski, holding his grandson Grant, congratulated the council on all the programs it started. Golonski and is wife, Barbara Sykes, are volunteers with the Coordinating Council and give numerous hours to the Holiday Baskets program, so they see the results firsthand.
“Coordinating Council has a rich history and it is pretty amazing all of the things that they have kicked off,” Golonski said. “They were started by funds provided by the Kiwanis and organizations that we know that are really strong organizations like Burbank Temporary Aid Center were actually created by Coordinating Council, so one of the things that we should celebrate is that vision and that wisdom that people way back when had and started those great programs that have become the fabric of our community.”

Coordinating Council -4_1Burbank Coordinating Council began in 1933 through the efforts of the Burbank PTA and Burbank Unified School District administrators. It has been responsible for beginning the Safety Sallies (school crossing guards), Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the Senior and Youth Boards (to help understand the needs of both sectors in the population), Community Forums (to allow all voices to be heard on public issues), Child Guidance and Protection Programs, Operation Death Trap (with Boy Scouts), Books for Korea, Foster Home Studies (to improve the care for foster children), and other programs to help stop abuse and neglect in the homes.

Since 1946, council members have organized the Holiday Baskets program and coordinate with others groups to provide food and gifts for more than 550 low-income families with children on the federal school lunch program. The council also raises funds to send from 50 to 200 children of low-income families to summer camp each year.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Rep. Adam Schiff, said the congressman felt for all its accomplishments, the Burbank Coordinating Council deserved to be added to the Congressional Record and prepared a statement listing its achievements, which Hovagimian read to those attending the celebration.

“The time, energy and resources that the volunteers of the Burbank Coordinating Council provide to the city of Burbank is extraordinary and so many needy residents have benefitted greatly from the generosity of the Burbank Coordinating Council,” she said, quoting the final words of Schiff’s statement.
Suzanne Dunwell, senior field representative for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, said she felt presenting a piece of paper wasn’t enough to commemorate the council for all its efforts over the last 80 years.
Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Celebrating Burbank Coordinating Council 80 year is L/R Eileen Cobos President, Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, and Past President Janet Deil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“You deserve a special gold star in Heaven,” Dunwell said. “You are incredible! We congratulate you on this 80 years of service to our community, your hard work and dedication to implementing and promoting local programs that enhance the quality of life for all of the citizens of the 43rd Assembly District. It is truly commendable and sets an example for all.”

Rita Hadjimanoukian, deputy field representative from Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office, wished the council a happy 80th birthday and quipped “None of you look a day over 40!”
“I just want to commemorate the importance of your group. You improve the quality of life in Burbank,” she said. “You seem like you each are your own little Mother Theresa — just giving and giving and giving! The community of Burbank certainly appreciates your dedication and I wish you many more years. Congratulations!”
Long time Coordinating Council Member Janet Deil, records a pictures of the Special Cake celebrating the 80 Anniversary.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Long time Coordinating Council Member Janet Deil, records a pictures of the Special Cake celebrating the 80 Anniversary.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In presenting a commendation from the city of Burbank, Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy told how she became a supporter of the Coordinating Council two years ago, helping to fill Holiday Baskets. This year she recruited a neighbor to help and that neighbor plans to return next year. Gabel-Luddy also sought out a business to donate enough to send four children to camp this summer, she said.

“It is that kind of effort and the way it spreads out that makes Coordinating Council such a great, great institution in our community,” she said.
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)