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Emcee Clint Howard Helps Boy Scout Council With Fundraiser

Members of the Verdugo Hills Council (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The 38th annual Boy Scout Auction sparkled like a TV awards show Friday night at the Castaway. A surprise $150,000 donation made the proceedings even sweeter.

Master of ceremonies was actor Clint Howard, who starred in the 1960s TV series “Gentle Ben” and played the memorable role of Balok in an episode of the original “Star Trek” series.

Video tributes were cast upon the big screen, first from actor Gary Sinise and later by director Ron Howard, the emcee’s brother.

Clint Howard, MC for the evening and Sunder Ramani who gave the Opening Remarks for this years Big Strike Dinner and Auction. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In his monologue, Clint Howard was genuinely sincere when he said he had always wanted to join Boy Scouting as a youth, but his parents thought he already had too much on his plate with Burbank park and recreation sports and his acting career. He told the more than 300 guests that he believes scouting, which helps boys to gain strong values and build solid moral characters, “is more important than ever.”

Touting the theme “Changing the World One Scout at a Time”, the gala kicked off with a silent auction followed by dinner. Then came a surprise announcement of a major donation. Tom Carnahan presented the Verdugo Hills Council with a check for $150,000 from its Carnahan Charitable Remainder Trust. The gift was from Tom’s father, Joe Carnahan, who died six weeks ago, said Bob Black, who co-chaired the auction with his wife Dorothy.

“The donation was a secret until Tom made the announcement,” Bob Black said.

Former City Attorney Dennis Barlow a big supporter of The Boy Scouts checks out the bids his wife placed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The gift neatly segued into the live auction, where scouts vice president of finance Sunder Ramani led the bidding with some comic relief provided by Clint Howard, who walked between the tables and interacted with guests.

Winning coveted live auction prizes were Robert Rector, who will be spending a day of golf and lunch with Clint Howard at the Wood Ranch Country Club in Simi Valley, and school board member Debbie Kukta, taking home a golden retriever puppy to meet her dog Cody.

All proceeds help the Verdugo Hills Council provide scouting programs for more than 3,000 boys who live in Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge.

Boy Scouts were in the house, helping spot bids and running prizes to happy winners. Eagle Scout Kevin Beebe directed the flag presentation and Homenetmen Scout Evana Grigorian sang “God Bless America.” The Rev. Wayne Walters gave the invocation.

Master of Ceremonies Clint Howard checks out the auction items, and watches his bids. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the final video tribute of the night, Ron Howard reiterated his brother’s sentiments about Boy Scouting and all they learn on the road to becoming men.

“God bless the Boy Scouts,” he said adding, “I really mean that!”

BTAC Fundraising Event Honors Two

Mayor Awarded BTAC's Top Award for Citizenship.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Temporary Aid held their yearly dinner and fundraising event Friday at the Castaway Restaurant.

This year they honored Burbank’s Centennial Mayor Jess Talamantes, along with President/CEO Mark Goldstein of Entertainment Partners.   Burbank’s Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Olson was Master of Ceremonies, and a long time supporter of BTAC.

The evening started out with a silent auction, cocktails in the Valley View Room, then s sit down dinner was served with the program following.  The who of who’s of Burbank was in attendance.


Burbank's Mayor Jess Talamantes along with Mark Goldstein, President/CEO of Entertainment Partners, were honored by BTAC Friday evening. Also pictured is Barbara Howell, BTAC's CEO. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

No Burbankers, It Did Not Snow, It ‘Graupeled’ In Burbank On Saturday

Burbank residents (L) Agnesa Kirakosyan and Dvin Apelian, former Burbank High School students, made this 'graupelman' near the Castaway Laui grounds. They said their hands were frozen stiff, and they decided to name this guy Mr. Burbank. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The talk around around town on Saturday was excitement that it had snowed in Burbank Saturday afternoon. Well, before you get too excited, meteorologists have explained that what you saw was not snow, but graupel, which is when water condenses around a snowflake. While it may look like snow on the ground, it is not actually not snow flakes, but the small icy balls that had formed and exploded when they hit the ground. By all reports, the only snow recorded in Burbank was in January of 1949 and January of 1950…..or was that just graupel also?

Photographer Ross A. Benson drove up to the hill area of Burbank and found graupel still on the ground in front of the Castaway sign on Harvard and Sunset Canyon and there was still plenty of the white stuff up at the Debell Clubhouse - try and find your gold ball in that stuff! (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

Photo By Ross A. Benson

National Charity League Hits The Jackpot With Fundraiser At Castaway Restaurant

The Castaway Restaurant was transformed into a glittering Monte Carlo casino on Saturday night as members of the Burbank chapter of the National Charity League and their guests rolled the dice and spun the roulette wheel, earning more than $10,000 for good causes in the local community. Dozens of high-rollers, decked out in their snazziest finery, turned out to bid on a dazzling selection of prize baskets, try their luck at an opportunity drawing for a beautiful set of diamond earrings and partake of a sumptuous array of culinary delights. Among the charities benefiting from NCL’s first annual Casino Night were Burbank Temporary Aid Center,