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Tenth Annual Care Walk Returned to Johnny Carson Park This Year

     The 10th Annual Family Service Agency of Burbank’s (FSA) Care Walk was held April 1st at the beautifully renovated Johnny Carson Park. Approximately 350 participants walked the 5 K course around the park.

Participants included school teams, School Board Members, City Council Members, City Officials and numerous individuals of all ages enjoying a little physical fitness. After the walk, participants received a Care Walk tee shirt, a medal commemorating the event and a complimentary tasty breakfast provided by Command Performance Catering.

During the morning activities, walkers were entertained by Dr. John Whitener’s Jordan Jazz Band and the National Anthem was performed by student Elizabeth Kundibekian.

This year the honoree who received the Jeri Buliavac Award was long time community supporter, Ray Adams. Michael Hastings once again provided his talents as Master of Ceremonies and conducted numerous interviews with the participants. Ross Benson generously provided the public address system.

     The Principal of John Burroughs’ High School, Deborah Madrigal, presented a generous $5,300 check to FSA’s Care Walk.

Sponsors included: the Hollywood Burbank Airport; Nickelodeon; Tony’s Darts Away; Burbank Water and Power; Ray and Bonnie Adams; Burrtec; Sunrise Rotary; Tom and Diana Wong; Community Chevrolet; Elise Sterns-Niesen; Burbank Town Center; Captain Audio; the Reinke Family; the Vitamin Shoppe; and Supervisor Kathryn Barger of  L.A. County’s 5th District. Participants also were able to visit the exhibitor booths to obtain information and free gifts.

     Numerous volunteers assisted with making this event a great success. In addition to numerous individuals, volunteer groups from Providence High School, the Charity League, the Youth Board, the Community Day School and the South Keyclub provided valuable service insuring that the event ran smoothly.

     All the proceeds from this annual event go to help support the no-cost school on-site counseling programs, which last year served 2000 Burbank Unified School District students, providing 12,000 hours of mental health assistance. Laurie Bleick, Executive Director of FSA and the members of the Event Committee are very grateful for all of the support and participation this event received. A good time was had by all while supporting a great cause. 

Family Service Agency’s Annual Care Walk

The Family Service Agency of Burbank (a 501C.3 non-profit organization) is commemorating its 60th year of service and invites you to sponsor and/or participate in the annual Care Walk event which will be held at Johnny Carson Park on Saturday, April 27. Activities commence at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 8:00 a.m. There will be refreshments, including a pancake breakfast, exhibitors, t-shirts and gift bags for the participants.

Individual registration fees are $20 for youth and seniors and $30 for adults. Team fees are $175 for youth and seniors and $275 for adults (teams are composed of not more than 10
individuals). Sponsorship levels are $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 but all donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Family Service Agency of Burbank’s no-cost school-based Youth Counseling Program.

Why should you consider participating in this enjoyable and rewarding event?

• Over 1,250 Burbank Unified School District students of all ages receive no-cost, on-site counseling through this program.
• School Administrators believe in the counseling services. One Administrator states: “Many of our BUSD students experience trauma, death of a parent, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, divorce, substance abuse, foster placement, suicide feelings, depression, poverty and homelessness, anxiety and peer or family relations which requires the professional mental health care found with the staff of FSA to cope and overcome.” Another School Administrator states “Traditionally, and increasingly more often due to economic times, our student population is in dire need of counseling to address topics such as depression, anger in family relationships, social skills, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. This support (provided by FSA) is crucial and has been such a tremendous support these past years.”
• Students believe in the services as evidenced by these comments; “This year my friend gave up. Hung himself. I get it. Wish I didn’t. Wish he had told someone…told me… . I would have got him the help I get from my counselor. I get it. Wish I didn’t.” Another student states,” Counseling has helped me to understand that my choices have consequences. I am learning that the best way to have a good life is to make good choices. Sounds simple, but when others around you aren’t, it really isn’t so simple.” Another student in the counseling program shares “I found out this year that my Mom has a brain tumor. No Dad, just her and me. My heart aches so much at times that it’s just uncontrollable. It’s good to have a counselor to lean on when my life gets overwhelming which feels like everyday these days.”

The mission of the Burbank Unified School District’s School Based Counseling Program is to provide all of our community’s youth (K-12) with access to no-cost quality clinical and psycho-educational care. You can help! For more information or to get involved, call the Family Service Agency at (818) 845-7671 or go to our web site www.Carewalkofburbank.org. Help us to ensure that no one needs to walk alone.