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Kiwanis Club Hosts Sidewalk Sale

The Kiwanis Club of Burbank will be hosting a Sidewalk Sale in partnership with La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital at the Thrift Shop on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  The Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10:00am-4:00pm at the La Prov Thrift Shop located at 3301 W Burbank Blvd.  In addition, Kiwanis Club of Burbank will pick-up donations from local residents Oct 9-25, 2019. Request donation pick-up at BurbankKiwanisKOneDay@gmail.com or call 818-514-5825. 


Kiwanis Club of Burbank to host Sidewalk Sale

The Kiwanis Club of Burbank will be hosting a Sidewalk Sale in partnership with La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital at the Thrift Shop on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  The Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10:00am-4:00pm at the La Prov Thrift Shop located at 3301 W Burbank Blvd.  In addition, Kiwanis Club of Burbank will pick-up donations from local residents Oct 9-25, 2019. Request donation pick-up at BurbankKiwanisKOneDay@gmail.com or call 818-514-5825. 

The activities are part of Kiwanis One Day, a global day of service that unites the entire Kiwanis family, including Kiwanis, Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids. The Kiwanis Club of Burbank will join Kiwanians around the world as they all devote a time to hands-on service.

Kiwanis International estimates that the annual Kiwanis One Day event will contribute nearly 1 million service hours to communities around the world in just 24 hours. 

“Kiwanis Club of Burbank and La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital have been long standing partners in the community and have a natural synergy that helps children in our local communities” said Kelly Pena, Vice-President, Kiwanis Club of Burbank and Member of the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital.  

“We are thrilled to partner with the Kiwanis Club of Burbank in this wonderful event to benefit both local organizations and CHLA” said Rosemarie Witten, Thrift Shop Chairperson.

Kiwanis One Day was designated by Kiwanis International to unite youth and adult members from different parts of the Kiwanis family in service together. For information on how to participate, or join a Kiwanis club, visit kiwanis.org, Burbankkiwanis.org, contact Kelly Pena 818-558-7464, kelly@kellypena.com or be our guest at our weekly meeting Wednesdays 12:00pm-1:30pm at the Burbank Community YMCA, 321 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502.  Kiwanis Club of Burbank has been serving the community since 1922.

Kiwanis Club of Burbank Honors Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” Fame

By Joyce Rudolph
A group that raises funds for community causes each year during a Gala at Lakeside Golf Club. If you guessed the answer to that clue is “What is the Burbank Kiwanis Club?”, then you are probably an avid viewer of the TV game show “Jeopardy”.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Alex Trebek (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

This year, the service club acknowledged the contributions of that show’s host Alex Trebek during the 19th annual fundraising party last Saturday night.

The evening featured a silent and live auction, steak dinner and the reverse drawing that carries a prize of $5,000 either split between five people or given to a winner who takes all.

Trebek, accompanied by his lovely wife, Jean, was lauded for being television’s most enduring and iconic figures serving as the show’s host since its debut in 1984. He has won five daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. He is a strong supporter of his alma mater the University of Ottawa where he has created scholarships, sponsored a lecture series and supported construction of an Alumni Hall named in his honor.

He supports several charities and educational organizations. In 2013 he received the Alexander Graham Bell Medal from the National Geographic Society for 25 years as host of the National Geographic Bee. In 2010 he received an award from World Vision for his 25 years of service to that organization.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Trebek gives to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Assn. and the Alzheimer’s Assn. As a boy, Trebek became familiar with service clubs and the good works that they do because his father prepared luncheons for several of them.

“That has influenced me in my life because when we are young we strive to earn a lot of money — we want to earn a lot of money for ourselves and our family and there comes a point when you say hey I’ve got enough and now I want to give back to the community and that’s what Kiwanis Club is all about and that’s why you people are here tonight and that is something laudable.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Jess Talamantes presented a commendation to Trebek from the city. Other City Council members attending were Emily Gabel-Luddy and Bob Frutos and his beautiful wife, Laura. Supervisor Mike Antonovich presented a proclamation. A field deputy for Rep. Adam Schiff brought a commendation and California State Assembly member Paul Krekorian sent a resolution.

Trebek chose the Campbell Center of Glendale to receive a $5,000 donation from the Burbank Kiwanis Club because his wife is a supporter of the charity.

Attending the gala from the Campbell Center were foundation Executive Director Rita Tomassian-Hopkins and Program Specialist David Cain.

The Campbell Center is a nonprofit agency that provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest level of independence through residential placement, on-site vocational training, job placement, community integration and education. For more information, visit www.TheCampbell.org.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Event Chair for the 19th year was Marsha Jackson assisted by Co-Chair Gary Peterson. Committee members included President Cynthia Faust, Harvey Branman, Luis Centeno, Ron Rothacher, Nancy Serpa, Joe Terranova, Hazel Schrefel, Wally Kendig, Jackie Jones, Don Hurst, Lisa Malm and Nori Walla.

Larry Stamper provided the invocation using several Jeopardy-esque references. Johnny Holiday served as master of ceremonies. Voice-over actor Jimmy Weldon delivered a monologue titled “A Presentation of Old Glory” saluting the American flag followed by vocalist Charissa Wheeler singing “God Bless America”.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Evan Malm conducted the live auction with such fabulous items as a tour of Jay Leno’s Garage and a visit to the set of CBS TV series “NCIS” including lunch with Executive Producer Scott Williams.

There were five winners in the reverse drawing. Kiwanis member and Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis Division 16 Diane Cripe had two winning tickets and will deposit one prize in granddaughter Lauren Grace Ouweleen’s college fund. Also winning were Hunter and Mickey Bennett, a group from Business Network International of Sherman Oaks and Jacquie Stephens who will split the prize with her club Warner Center Kiwanis.

Funds raised go to a long list of charities including the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Anti-Bullying programs at the schools, four Key Clubs at Burbank High School, Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, Providence High and Monterey High, Circle K Club at Woodbury University and the vocal and instrumental music programs at Burbank High School.

Road Kings Give to Local Causes

No one is happier than the Road Kings that the redesign of Johnny Carson Park is complete.

The car club has had its Picnic in the Park and Charity Car Show there since 1996 and with the grand Re-Opening celebration set from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the group is gearing up to return in 2017, said Don Baldaseroni, car show and publicity chair.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The Road Kings are looking forward to working with the city of Burbank to do another charity car show at Johnny Carson Park in June,” Baldaseroni said. “At our last car show there we had spectators and car entrants from Australia, England, New York, Alabama, Chicago, Nevada, Arizona and all over California.”

Members raise a majority of their funds at their fall car show in Santa Anita Park. The next one is Oct. 16.

Proceeds from the car shows go to local charities and the classic car enthusiasts presented the annual distribution of funds at their meeting last week at the Burbank Elks Lodge.

One of the groups receiving a donation was the Burbank Historical Society, which maintains the city’s best kept secret, Baldaseroni said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

There are still so many people who don’t know about the society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum, he added. Some people are familiar with the jet and Mentzer House in Izay Park but have no clue that there is a two-story complex filled with memorabilia just around the corner.

“It’s an important part of the community because the museum preserves Burbank’s past,” he said.

Funds from the car club were combined with a donation from Wells Fargo to create a new audio/visual room in the museum’s Cunningham auditorium.

The projector, sound and wiring systems were replaced and board member and society handyman Gary Sutliff constructed the room’s walls, door and window.

The Road Kings’ donation helped purchase the projector and materials to build room, said Michael Dennis, the society board member and electronics technician.

Also receiving funds during the distribution meeting were the Police Fire Museum, Relay for Life, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the East San Fernando Valley, Burbank Veterans Committee, Saddles for Solders and Dog Tags for Kids.

Burbank Police Officer Karel Castro accepts a check from Roads Kings for the Police Fire Museum. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officer Karel Castro accepts a check from Roads Kings for the Police Fire Museum. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Three more organizations will receive donations at next month’s meeting including Burbank Fire Department Muster Club, Burbank Temporary Aid Center and Family Service Agency of Burbank.

While the car club has missed doing its shows in Burbank over the last two years, it has volunteered time to help at car shows held by the Montrose Shopping Assn. and Old Town Newhall Assn.

Baldaseroni promises the show’s return to Carson Park in June will be a memorable one as the car club celebrates its 65th year in Burbank. But members have no plans of retiring.

Burbank Pauses to Observe Flag Day

The citizens of Burbank had the opportunity to observe Flag Day on June 14, along with “Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance” thanks to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Burbank.

Kiwanis Club members began the annual observance back in 1996, when they held a ceremony on the steps of City Hall. This year the program was held on the “Championship Court” at the Burbank Tennis Center located in McCambridge Park  Sam Engle, Sr. served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included a number of Kiwanis dignitaries, as well as Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski.

Adding a musical note to the program was the Burbank Community Band. Band members performed a half-hour long concert of patriotic music befitting the occasion.  The band was led by conductor Paulette Westphal.

This was followed by a presentation of the student winners in the patriotic art and photo contest that the Kiwanis club sponsored for student in Burbanks public and parochial schools.

Elementry school winner in grades 3-5, were Tyler Jenkins, Kendall Jensen, Dylan Mahoney, Emma Molloy, and Joshua Treviso.

Middle school winners were Alex Lawson, Cynthia Lopez, Cameron Marsden, Emity Molina, and Michael Serrano.

High school art winners were Dallar Babayan, Tiffany Garcia, Georgina Grkikian, and Arturo Gutienez.

High school photo winners were Noah Breakman, Ariana Castro, Sarah Ghezzi, Cassandra Herrera, and Nikki Jew.

Computer enhanced photo winners were Nicole Beer, Brittany Lewis, Anna Mirabal, Danielle Perry-Kellier, and Sarah Schwartz

Members of Boy Scout Troop 204 performed their nationally acclaimed Historic Flag Ceremony. The troop is sponsored by the Burbank Kiwanis Club. The audience joined in as every receited the Pleadge of Allegiance to the flag. The program concluded with the singing of the Nation Anthem.


Patriotic Art contest winners from the Elementary Schools. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Winners of the Computer Enhanced Photos. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Winners of the Higth Schools Photo Division. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Winner of the High School Art Division. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)




San Engle, Sr. and Harvey Branman from Kiwanis Club of Burbank check out the First Place Photo from Cassandra Herrera of Burrough. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)