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Leadership Burbank’s Yearly Costume Party Saw Some Outrageous Costumes And Makeup

Leadership Burbank held its yearly costume party at Nickelodeon Studios on Saturday evening, October 26, as they have for the past several years. Every year the costumes and makeup out do the previous year.

This year’s event had the makings of one of the best years to date. The guests enjoyed plenty of food, drinks, a photo booth, a card reader and mostly a lot of laughter and fun.

The DJ for the evening was Tom Wilke spinning tunes to keep everyone moving on the dance floor.

There was a contest and the winners won trips, tickets to studios tours and much more.

Here is a sampling of some of the guests. Can you tell who they are in costume and makeup?

Here is a link to see additional pictures and be able to purchase them: https://t.ly/Mepz9

(Photo by Ross A Benson)


Leadership Burbank Pulls Off The Best Costume Contest Of The Year

Leadership Burbank held their second annual Halloween contest this past Saturday night, October 27, in the courtyard of Nickelodeon Studios.

With well over 100 guests in attendance, several City officials came all decked out. The guests enjoyed music, dancing, food and several wet bars, including a tequila tasting booth.

The costumes were judged and winners awarded prizes ranging in a bottle of champagne, Warner Bros. Studio Passes or a gift card.

Most Likely to Scare the Dog:  CL Johnson (Lucifer)

Most Lookalike: Jamie Keyser Thomas and Mike Thomas (Axl Rose and Slash from Guns n Roses)

Most Lookalike Jamie Keyser Thomas and Mike Thomas as Axl Rose and Slash from Guns n Roses (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Best Couple or Group: Evan Spicer, Maureen Martinez, Rebecca Martinez and Sarah Weaver (Flock Stars)

Most Creative: Paula Marcheschi and Kevin Smith (Cups Runneth Over)


Here is a gallery from the evening. See if you recognize anyone.



LB Scary At Nick Set To Raise Funds For Leadership Burbank Project

Leadership Burbank holds LB Scary at Nick, a Halloween-themed costume party, on Saturday, October 21, at Nickelodeon Studios. The event is the major fundraiser for the Leadership Burbank class of 2018, who will determine their community project in the coming months.

Every year, a group of 20-30 people who live or work in the City of Burbank are chosen for the Leadership Burbank professional development program. Each class chooses a community project to work on together.

Last year, the class of 2017 partnered with the Family Services Agency to supply a Mental Wellness Center at John Burroughs High School. The class of 2016 created a Computer Lab and Job Readiness Center at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. In 2015, the class renovated the front garden of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley.

Leadership Burbank 2014 built the Joslyn Oasis, a recreation and garden area for the seniors over age 55 who visit the Joslyn Center. The class of 2013 provided 31 violins and 40 music stands for Burbank Unified School District elementary student use.

“We wanted to do something different from the traditional chicken dinner gala fundraiser,” said Nerissa Sugars, this year’s chair of the Leadership Burbank board.

“This community loves the Halloween season and costumes, and what better way to celebrate than with food, drinks, and dancing at Nickelodeon – a globally acclaimed, entertainment giant that most people wouldn’t normally get to visit!”

“No auctions, no donation pitches, no special honorees – just a party for the grown-ups,” added Sugars. “And while they’re enjoying the evening, they’re helping support a valuable cause.”

Leadership Burbank is a nine-month training program for those who seek to develop personal and professional skills and contacts while learning more about the community of Burbank.

LB Scary at Nick begins at 7:00 p.m. The costume party is open to the public aged 21 years and over and features drink and appetizer specials, live video DJ and a costume contest with a celebrity judge. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

For more information on LB Scary at Nick, visit Leadership Burbank’s website here.

Leadership Burbank Alumni Members Raise Funds

Attending the fundraiser for the Veterans Housing Program are, from left, architect Gianni Zatta, Judith Arandes, executive director of the Burbank Housing Corp., Leadership Burbank Alumni President Renee Johnson and Juan Guillen, former board member of Leadership Burbank. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Attending the fundraiser for the Veterans Housing Program are, from left, architect Gianni Zatta, Judith Arandes, executive director of the Burbank Housing Corp., Leadership Burbank Alumni President Renee Johnson and Juan Guillen, former board member of Leadership Burbank. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The Leadership Burbank Alumni Assn. turned its quarterly networking mixer into “A Salute to Veterans” fundraiser and made $1,265 for the nonprofit Burbank Housing Corp.’s Veterans Housing Program.

Guests gathered for a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and drinks on Nov. 12 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

“We have quarterly mixers and for this one we decided to make it a fundraiser for the Veterans Housing Program,” said Renee Johnson, president of the alumni association. She was in the 2012 Leadership Burbank Class. “We are like a marketing arm for Leadership Burbank.”

The alumni association organizes different events throughout the year and its major focus is to raise funds for scholarships to send either a small business owner or someone who works for a nonprofit through the Leadership Burbank Program.

Leadership Burbank is a nine-month training program that provides leaders and emerging leaders a chance to develop their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics and build a network of colleagues and associates throughout the city. It is hoped they will use those strengths to serve the community.

“This year we put one person through the program with a scholarship and the year prior we split one scholarship between two people,” Johnson said. “That’s what we do mostly but this fundraiser is a one-time event for a project we believe in and wanted to help out.”

Proceeds from the mixer will go to furnish basic home necessities for an 11-unit apartment complex being renovated in Burbank to house homeless veterans. Funds for the purchase of the property and its rehabilitation were provided by the Burbank Housing Corp., the city of Burbank and the state of California, said Judith Arandes, executive director of the Burbank Housing Corp.

Arandes gave mixer guests an update on the project, which is expected to be completed by the holidays. The housing corporation is already working on selecting the tenants and the goal is to have the facility filled by January.

It will provide veterans with Permanent Supportive Housing, which will include access to social services, like job training, legal assistance and mental health counseling, she said.

The public is being asked to donate items or funds to supply such items as towels, linens, pots and pans, dishes and drinking glasses for the new inhabitants.

“These homeless veterans are coming from shelters, transitional housing or the street, so when they get to those apartments, we want to make sure that the apartments have perfectly livable conditions,” Arandes said. “So people are helping us with cash donations that will enable us to furnish all the units so we can buy a bed, a dresser and a chair. They can either donate cash or adopt a unit to furnish.”

During the mixer, a representative from Logix Federal Credit Union presented a donation from the company.

“Logix Federal Credit Union is fortunate to have a fantastic partnership with the Leadership Burbank Alumni Assn.,” said Alethia Calagias, senior community relations specialist. “The veterans’ mixer was the perfect opportunity to support Leadership Burbank alumni and the Burbank Housing Corp.’s Veterans’ Housing Program. We’re grateful to participate and help the community.”

Leadership Burbank to Create Garden for Boys and Girls Club

The Leadership Burbank Class of 2015 will coordinate a revitalization of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, located on Buena Vista St., creating a safe and educational outdoor garden area as the project’s centerpiece. The Boys and Girls Club cannot currently make use of its front yard due to traffic and safety concerns. The Club also lacks clear signage, reducing the community’s awareness of its presence and the services it provides.

The new gardens will provide a safe and educational outdoor area for the Boys and Girls Club, and will represent a significant revitalization of their current property. They will enable the Club to teach children about health and sustainability, including hands-on experience planting and caring for vegetable and flower gardens. The renovations will include landscaping, a fence for child safety and a new sign highlighting the Club’s presence in the community.

“Having an outdoor space for the children to garden is going to be wonderful,” says Shanna Warren, the Club’s CEO. “During the summer, the majority of school sites are closed but the main club site remains open. By having access to the front yard area, staff will be able to create new outdoor programs as well as use the new space for other outdoor activities.”

“We’re thrilled the Leadership Burbank Class of 2015 has chosen to dedicate its time to the Boys & Girls Club,” says Joy Forbes, president of the Leadership Burbank Board. “The Club helps so many children, and we look forward to bringing the community together to help the Club.”

The Boys and Girls Club plays a vital support role in the Burbank community. It provides after-school and summer programs for over 2,000 youth, promoting academic success, good character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles for local children. The Boys and Girls Club has served Burbank since 1985, when it opened at its current location, thanks to the help of community volunteers. Starting as an after-school program for 75 children, the Boys and Girls Club now includes a teen program, a program for the deaf and hard of hearing, and after-school programs at several locations around Burbank.

The Leadership Burbank Class of 2015 will coordinate a series of fundraising and community engagement events to build support for the project, which will be completed by May 2015.

Leadership Burbank is a community-based organization that offers a hands-on leadership training program for people who live or work in Burbank. Emerging community leaders have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics, and build a network of colleagues and associates throughout the city. Every Leadership Burbank class organizes a community service project that delivers lasting change in our community. Previous projects include renovating the Joslyn Center Oasis, donating 31 violins to Burbank schools and revitalizing the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic.

Construction Underway On “Joslyn Oasis” At Joslyn Adult Center

Leadership Burbank’s Class of 2014 has begun construction on “Joslyn Oasis,” a new, outdoor recreation and garden area adjacent to the Joslyn Adult Center. When completed, the center’s participants will have a beautiful, safe area to enjoy many activities and programs in the fresh air and open space.

JOSLYNRendering“When I proposed this idea to our class, I saw it as a way to honor not only our own mothers and fathers, but all the moms and dads of this great community,” says Jeff Carlon, project manager and Class of 2014 member.

Each year, the current Leadership Burbank class selects a project whose positive impact will be felt long after the class has graduated.

“Past projects have always strived to further our mission of fostering an even better Burbank,” says Lee Wochner, President of the Leadership Burbank Board of Directors.  “This year’s project is an excellent example, as the class focuses on improving the health and well-being of our community’s active adults, ages 55 and over.”

The construction of Joslyn Oasis involves the repair and redesign of a disused shuffleboard court.  When completed, the recreation and garden area will:

  • Provide an ideal spot for socializing, exercise, and meditation – all of which are proven to help stimulate both physical and mental health.
  • Allow the Joslyn Adult Center to offer more variety in its programming for the hundreds of participants who visit each day.
  • Help enrich the esthetic appeal along Olive Avenue, one of Burbank’s most traveled roadways.

The project is a unique partnership between the private and public sectors, including the City of Burbank Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department and various supporters within the local business community.

“The City truly values the opportunities this collaboration will provide our community,” says Judie Wilke, Park, Recreation, and Community Services Director.  “The Class of 2014’s vision and hard work will transform an unused space that would not have been possible without their involvement.  We are grateful to leverage City and community dollars to make this a beautiful oasis for our program participants and the entire Burbank community.”

Construction on Joslyn Oasis is expected to be completed by May 3, 2014.

The Joslyn Adult Center is located at 1301 W. Olive Avenue in Burbank.   For more information on the project, visit www.leadershipburbank.org/projects.  Anyone wanting to make a donation or become a sponsor may do so at www.leadershipburbankjoslyn.org/how-to-help.

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)


Leadership Burbank Fundraiser is Something to Laugh About

By Joyce Rudolph

The 2013 Leadership Burbank Class is planning a comedy night to raise funds for its community project, “31 Violins”, a program to expand instrumental music instruction to Burbank’s elementary schools.

The Burbank Unified School District eliminated weekly elementary instrumental music programs in 1992, but in 2007 a general music program was developed for grades 2-5 that allowed students to attend classes twice a month. Today, five elementary schools offer general music education but only two – Providencia and Roosevelt – teach instrumental music instruction within the school day.

“After learning about the decline in music instruction in our community, we felt inspired to help expand the programs for more children to have the opportunity to learn music,” said Monica Newhouse, Leadership Burbank 2013 participant. “Our vision in the creation of ’31 Violins’ is to not only provide instruments, but to also increase instruction time, reduce music class sizes, free up district resources and eliminate the financial burden from the district and schools.

The event, “Laughs for Leadership Burbank”, will be on March 28 at Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. The host is KNBC weatherman and stand-up comedian Fritz Coleman. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (818) 845-9721 or visit www.flapperscomedy.com.

There will be a live auction and opportunity drawings along with a line-up of professional comedians.

Leadership Burbank is a nonprofit organization that offers leaders and emerging leaders the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics and cultivate civic involvement. Leadership Burbank begins in September and culminates with the graduation in May. Members meet one Friday a month for a daylong session. For more information, call the Burbank Chamber of Commerce at (818) 846-3111 or visit www.leadershipburbank.org.

Leadership Burbank Adds Polish to Kids’ Dental Clinic

Leadership Burbank class members unveiled improvements they made at the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic during a reception Sunday at the facility on West Elmwood Avenue.

Among the changes is an outdoor storage module that frees up space inside the clinic, officials said.

Members of the Leadership Burbank Class and employees and volunteers with the Kids' Community Dental Clinic watch Alison Gomez, 7, as she pulls the ribbon apart during the unveiling of the storage shed at the Burbank clinic. The new storage compartment will free up much needed space inside the clinic, officials said. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The class adopted the project because of their values — community, family, health and children, said Renee Johnson, project leader.

It was a project that allowed everyone in class to have a hands-on experience, said Brad Recker, physical project leader. They corrected water damage to the outside of the clinic, painted the building, installed rain gutters, improved the water drainage, added paving stones and built the base for the storage shed in the yard.

The class was originally asked to build a storage shed, but after they toured the facility, they asked Executive Director Dale Gorman for a wish list.

“We are pretty much accomplishing everything on that list,” Recker said.

The clinic provides services for children whose parents can’t afford dental treatment, don’t have insurance or don’t qualify for government dental insurance programs, officials said, and treatment is available to children living throughout Southern California. A visit is $15.

Donating time to the clinic are 30 dentists, six dental hygienists, 55 dental hygienist students from Pasadena City College and West L.A. City College and several volunteers including Vicki Oldham, who gives 40 hours a week. The two full-time paid employees are Executive Director Gorman and pediatric dental assistant Ana Gomez. About 7,000 children a year come through the clinic.

“Dental decay is the biggest reason children miss school,” Oldham said.

To remedy this, clinic officials and volunteers perform outreach examinations to 30 schools a year throughout the San Fernando Valley, Oldham said. They see 4,000 students in kindergarten, second and fifth grades. Some schools schedule all-day events and students from all grades have an opportunity to be screened and receive dental education, she added.

“If children have tooth decay and their parents don’t have insurance or are low-income, they can come to the dental clinic,” Oldham said.  “If they have insurance, we encourage parents to get them to the dentist.”

If a child needs a root canal or braces, the clinic provides referrals to low-cost dental providers, Oldham said, and cost depends on ability to pay.