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Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign Begins

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On November 20, the Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps continued their annual Christmas fundraiser known as the “Red Kettle Campaign,” which raises money for the poor and homeless, among others who are often neglected during the holiday season.

Red kettles have been placed in 13 locations throughout Burbank to collect donations until Christmas Eve when funds will be distributed. The kettles can be found outside all four Ralph’s, Vons on Pass Ave., Pavilions, Hobby Lobby, Handy Market, and inside the parking lot of Macy’s.

“The economy has made it a rough year for many families, and we’ve seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help,” said Lt. Jeremy Baker.

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“It’s especially hard during the holiday season, with people losing their jobs, their homes and not knowing how they will provide for their families. That’s when The Salvation Army steps in to help. But to keep pace with the need, we must rely on generous people in our community to open their hearts with a donation to help their struggling neighbors.”

This year, the Red Kettle Campaign is centered around the theme, “I’ll Fight for Good,” highlighting the individual effort that goes into positively impacting the community.

The Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps anticipates raising $70,000 which will fund local programs and services, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for those who won’t be able to celebrate on their own. Other donations will fund the Burbank Corps’ after-school program which engages with local youth.

A press release from the Salvation Army suggests that those who are interested in volunteering this holiday season should visit burbank.salvationarmy.org or contact Lt. Brittany Baker at 818-845-7214.

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

JBHS Bands Ready Second Annual Goodwill Drive

John Burroughs High School’s Instrumental Music Association holds its second annual Music Program Donation Drive Fundraiser Sunday, April 13. Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., band members, supporters and community partners encourage Burbank residents to drop off donated items at the JBHS parking lot.

“Last year the band collected 82 bins of gently used clothing and household items,” commented event coordinator Suzanne Ryan. “This year the band is shooting for 101 bins.”

Members and supporters of Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Association show some of the donations collected at the 2013 Goodwill Donation Drive. (Photo Courtesy John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association)

Members and supporters of Burroughs High School’s Instrumental Music Association show some of the donations collected at the 2013 Goodwill Donation Drive. (Photo Courtesy John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association)

“This Burbank community event helps Goodwill and the people they serve and raises money for the band,” added Ryan. “It’s a win-win for everybody!”

The JBHS IMA partners with Goodwill of Southern California and Box-n-Go Storage to collect donations and raise needed funds for the Burroughs band program.

Donations of unwanted and gently-used clothes, shoes and household items are welcome at this drive-through drop off fundraiser to help Goodwill continue with its community goals. Goodwill works to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities or other disadvantages through education, training and job placement services.

For those who are not able to drop off donations on April 13 at the Goodwill Drive or are able to donate more than would fit into a vehicle, contact event organizers at info@jbhsima.org to arrange pick up for donations.

Additional information on the JBHS Instrumental Program can be found on their website at www.jbhsima.org.

Nickelodeon Donates Computers And Monitors To BUSD

Burbank-based Nickelodeon Animation Studio donated close to 100 computers and monitors to the Burbank Unified School District earlier this month of March.

On Thursday, March 13, Nickelodeon’s Carson Smith, Omar Haro, Dominique Austin and Rafael Torres loaded up the Nickelodeon truck and their own private vehicles with 43 Mac Pros, 23 iMacs and more than 20 monitors and delivered them to BUSD’s Technology Services Divison.

“We at Nickelodeon think it is extremely important to partner with the community, and since our motto has always been ‘Kids First,’ we thought it was fitting that the gently used computers would benefit children in the area,” commented Smith.

“Additionally, they are in perfect working order, and by donating them we were able to keep them out of a landfill and put them in the hands of someone who could put them to good use,” he added.

Coordinated by BUSD administrators Sharon Cuseo and Charles Poovakan, the district’s technology department received the donation to prepare for disbursement to John Muir Middle School and George Washington Elementary School. Muir and Washington will receive the donated equipment as part of their ongoing partnership with Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon in Burbank donated computers and monitors to Burbank Unified School District in March. (Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation Studio)

Nickelodeon in Burbank donated computers and monitors to Burbank Unified School District in March. (Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation Studio)

“This is yet another example of Nickelodeon’s commitment to supporting Burbank Unified schools and students,” said BUSD Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn.

“Russell Hicks and Carson Smith are visionaries who understand the impact donations like these have on our efforts to meet the needs of our students,” Flynn continued. “Their leadership and the contributions of the entire Nickelodeon team help to ensure we will have the tools our teachers and kids need to develop the twenty-first century skills. We are so fortunate to have such amazing neighbors!”

Nickelodeon in Burbank donated computers and monitors to Burbank Unified School District in March. (Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation Studio)

Nickelodeon in Burbank donated computers and monitors to Burbank Unified School District in March. (Photo Courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation Studio)

Burbank Unified continues to develop their 21st Century Classroom plan, as the need for additional technology interfaces in the classroom grows. Educators see technology as a way to connect with a wide group of students, as well as a way to prepare young learners for their futures past secondary education.

As professional purveyors of media, Nickelodeon, along with other area studios, often quickly outgrow the abilities of their computers and monitors used for cutting-edge technology and creative services. While not old by consumer and average user standards, the hardware can often find a second life for use in local schools.

Colony Theatre Roars Back After Subscriber Donations Total Over $250,000

The Colony Theatre has successfully raised over $260,000.00, vastly exceeding their end-of-year campaign goal and ushering the once-struggling company into a secure future. The Colony announced the fruits of their labor at a recent invitation-only subscriber event in January, demonstrating that even after 38 years, it still has a few surprises up its sleeve. Artistic Director Barbara Beckley couldn’t be happier.

colony theatre“What a difference a year makes,” said Beckley, the mid-sized theatre company’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director who, along with a stalwart team of staff, volunteers, and friends of the beloved Burbank theatre, rallied members and long-time supporters for the giving campaign. “In November, an anonymous donor pledged to donate $25,000 if we were able to match it by December 31st. We raised that amount in two weeks. Our benefactor was so impressed by the outpouring of support, he agreed to continue the match through the end of the year. The results were astounding,” Beckley added.

Colony theatre supporters stepped up in an unprecedented show of solidarity, giving amounts large and small to the award-winning company whose programming they have enjoyed over the decades. In less than two months, the donors, subscribers and friends of The Colony had given over one hundred-thirty thousand dollars, all of which was doubled at midnight on New Year’s Eve. “Hundreds of theatre-lovers eager to invest in our future opened their hearts and their wallets…needless to say, our gratitude is boundless,” Beckley added.


Firm on its feet, The Colony is looking forward to strengthening the organization through expansion, programming, and community outreach. As part of that plan, the theatre has hired their first-ever Director of Development, Karan Kendrick, whose focus will be broadening the theatre’s audience base and reach to the community, while building new relationships for sustainability. Kendrick graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Theatre, and Wesleyan College with an MBA in Management. In addition to her work in TV, Film and Theatre as an actress, she has spent over a decade in leadership and development with her arts organization—The Kendrick Academy—in her hometown of Fort Valley, GA. Through her academy, she has built community partnerships with local universities, school systems, and government agencies that have allowed her students to become contributing members of a global arts society. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, community building, arts education, and marketing.

Leadership Burbank Presents Donation to Burbank Schools

On Thursday, August 15 the Leadership Burbank Class of 2013 proudly presented Washington Elementary School’s principal, Brandi Young and the Burbank Unified School Board a check for over $11,000 to be used in support of a new K-5 music program.

This donation is in addition to the 31 violins and 40 music stands also donated by the Leadership Burbank Class of 2013 to support music programs at Providencia Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


John Burroughs High School ‘Bands’ with Goodwill for Donation Drive Fundraiser

JBHS Instrumental Music Association is teaming up with Goodwill of Southern California to raise money needed to keep the band program marching on.  Donate your unwanted clothes, shoes, and household items and you’ll bring music to the ears of the Burbank community.

“We’re not asking for money, just helping to get you started on your spring cleaning and help support our kids at the same time,” says music director Tana Barnett.  Donate a bag or two of stuff you no longer need and you help the JBHS band– it’s that simple!   By cleaning out your closets and garages you not only help the marching band raise money, but also help Goodwill create job training opportunities for those with special needs.  The goal is to fill an entire Goodwill donation truck!

Drop off your gently used donations to the John Burroughs High School parking lot on Sunday, April 14th, between 10:00am and 4:00pm.  Bring a bag, or a carload!  If you’re unable to personally drop off your donation on April 14th or have a lot to donate, send an email to jbhs_band@yahoo.com so arrangements can be made to pick up your items. For additional information on the JBHS Instrumental Program and for donation receipts, check out their website at www.jbhsima.org.

Evergreen Retirement Residence Gives Donation to Burbank Fire Corps

Avi Heyman and Grace Jones from Evergreen presented the Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan and Battalion Chief Jeff Howe, along with Eric Bamgardner the check this past week. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Avi Heyman and Grace Jones from Evergreen presented the Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan and Battalion Chief Jeff Howe, along with Eric Bamgardner the check this past week. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Evergreen Retirement Residence, located at 225 Evergreen in Burbank, held a Monte Carlo Night recently to benefit The Burbank Fire Corps. As a result of this fund raiser, $3000 was raised and donated to the Burbank Fire Corps. Avi Heyman and Grace Jones from Evergreen presented the Burbank Fire Chief  Tom Lenahan and Battalion Chief Jeff Howe, along with Eric Bamgardner the over sized check this past week..

The funds from this event will be used to train and prepare the citizens of Burbank in the event of disaster.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Burbank Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation presents Holiday Gift Items for ‘tweens to BTAC

The Burbank Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation presented $300 worth of holiday gift items for ‘tweens to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. The fundraising drive specifically aimed to provide ‘tween aged children with age appropriate gifts, such as make-up, games, clothing and sports items, whereas toy drives typically serve younger children.

BTAC is a non-profit which aids the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services. The Burbank Association of Realtors Community Service Foundation supports the efforts of BTAC through volunteerism and fundraising.

Burbank Police Protect, Serve and Donate to BTAC

On Tuesday, the Burbank Police Command Staff and the Burbank Police Officers’ Association presented Barbara Howell, Executive Director of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, a check in the amount of $ 2,000.00.

Burbank Police Command Staff are joined by Barbara Howell Exec.Director of Burbank Temporary Aid Center and members of The Burbank Police Officers Association, to exchange a check in the amount of $2000.00 to help those less fortunate this holiday season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center is dedicated to providing those less fortunate and the local homeless population with basic services in addition to case management for additional outside resources.

The Burbank Police Officers’ Association and Burbank Command Staff, through this donation, are working together to bring a higher awareness to the plight of those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Those interested in assisting the Burbank Temporary Aid Center either through donations or volunteering can contact them at:

Burbank Temporary Aid Center

1304 West Burbank Boulevard

Burbank, CA 91506


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