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BTAC Honors Mayor Will Rogers, Burbank Association Of Realtors

BTAC Board Chair Nancy Korb, Mayor Will Rogers and BTAC CEO Barbara Howell (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Temporary Aid Center herded several hundred well-wishers into the Castaway corral last Friday night for its western-themed, annual fundraising gala. Blue jeans and bandannas made their way to the watering holes and otherwise grazed along the aisles of silent auction items and opportunity baskets.  After a spell, emcee Barry Gussow rang the dinner bell.  Good grub was waiting in the Starlight Room, and the spotlights were set to shine on this year’s recipients of BTAC’s “Burbank Top Award for Citizenship,” Mayor Will Rogers and the Burbank Association of Realtors.

Strong community support has allowed BTAC to be a safety net of last resort for those who are homeless (about 1,000 in Burbank at present) or in serious danger of becoming so (over 9,000.)   For over 40 years, organizations like BAOR and folks like Mayor Rogers have enabled BTAC to provide sack lunches, groceries, hygiene kits, showers, clean clothes and utility bill assistance, among other services.  The citizenship award is BTAC’s heartfelt way of saying, “much obliged.”

National Charity League Members (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The appreciation runs both ways.  “The burden of so many social services has fallen to nonprofits like BTAC.  Thank goodness we have them for the underserved communities,” stated State Senator Anthony Portantino, one of several public officials attending the gala.  Can BTAC be replicated throughout California? “BTAC is a good model for tight-knit communities where people are willing to help each other,” responded State Assembly Member and former Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman.

The “Volunteer Spotlight” segment, featuring the Burbank Chapter of the National Charity League, made clear that Burbank is indeed a community that cares. NCL was represented by Chapter president Cheryl Kisob, Vice president of Philanthropy Teresa Weeden, Class of 2018 Patroness Grade level Advisor Stephanie Yonkee, and Class of 2018 Ticktocker president Elise Jonke.   (There are over 90 Ticktockers in six different grade levels, often functioning within mother-daughter teams.)  Each month a class of NCL hosts a food drive outside of a local grocery store or supermarket to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for BTAC.  Ticktockers see first hand the generosity of the Burbank community.  “It reminded me of the blessings in my own life,” remarked Elise Jonke. NCL members also provide BTAC with hundreds of hygiene kits and lunches each year, for direct distribution to the homeless.

Next came recognition of the citizenship award honorees, BAOR and Mayor Will Rogers.

Burbank Association of Realtors with Cheritta Smith, Chris Rizzotta, Courtney Korb BAOR President and Barbara Howell (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Both as an organization and as a source of individual volunteers, BAOR had embraced BTAC from the beginning.  “Community service and civic involvement have always been core tenets of our membership,” stated Courtney Korb, BAOR 2018 President.  Through its Community Services Foundation, BAOR gives food drives for BTAC and provides other assistance as needed.  (It has also raised money for local pet adoption services, partnered with Boys&Girls Club, and distinguished itself as the single largest donor of scholarships in Burbank.)  At the gala, Korb presented BTAC with a $5,000 donation. “We are grateful to be able to continue to support all the work of BTAC,” said Korb. “We understand there is always a need for assistance and are so proud of our members’ willingness to jump right in and ask how they can help.”   Joining her on stage were Cheritta Smith, BAOR Association Executive, and Chris Rizzotti, BAOR Community Service Foundation Past-President.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Shortly after joining the BTAC Board of Directors in 2005, Mayor Rogers staged a sold-out, one-man fundraising show for BTAC at the Colony Theatre. He made an impact on BTAC’s day-to-day operations as well, creating a thorough—and long-needed—manual of policies and procedures. He also personally assembled the tribute journal for BTAC’s annual gala. And he chaired BTAC’s annual Santa’s Room event and managed the extensive Santa’s Room inventory.  “If Will said he would do something, it was done, and it was done well,” said BTAC Executive Director Barbara Howell.  As a Board member, Mayor Rogers “was the conscience of BTAC, always asking the difficult questions, pointing the organization towards the best path for our clients,” stated fellow Board member Michael Walbrecht.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“I told my wife, ‘You look so beautiful in that outfit.’  My only regret is that I didn’t ask where she was going,” quipped Mayor Rogers to the guffawing crowd.  In the tradition of his rope-spinning namesake of the previous century, he continued to regale everyone with self-deprecating humor—although he did cast blame on former Mayor Tim Murphy for getting him interested in BTAC to begin with. No doubt that’s because “in spite of being a sort of cynical person” the sight of BTAC helping people, especially around the holidays, “turns him around every year.”  Perhaps having in mind the many young people who have done volunteer work for BTAC (like the Ticktockers), Mayor Rogers went on to observe that, whatever criticisms may be leveled at the millennials and post-millennials, “we have some really spectacular kids, at least in and around Burbank.”

Cynical or not, Will Roger forged a path from muckraking journalist to the mayor that was marked by a willingness to tackle problems and not merely decry them.  And this was especially evident in his activities on behalf of BTAC and the people they serve.

At the conclusion of the event, Barbara Howell acknowledged her staff and volunteers. Then came a sobering statistic: There are some 10,000 people in Burbank (about 3,000 families) who are struggling to not be homeless.  A woman who was about to be evicted contacted various organizations “and they told her to come back when she is homeless,” related Howell.  In contrast, BTAC helped 20 people not to be evicted last year; usually, it was by paying the utility bills and donating food, freeing the family budget to cover the rent.

Over 60% of Americans do not have enough savings to cover a $1,000 emergency room visit or car repair. That’s a disturbing level of financial vulnerability. Is our economy turning into a bone-dry forest, where any spark of trouble causes huge swaths of family fortunes to go up in flames?  In Burbank there is, so to speak, at least one fire extinguisher on hand.  Howell ended by quoting Jimmy Stewart from her favorite western, Shenandoah:  “If you don’t try you don’t do, and if you don’t do, you wonder why you’re here.”

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National Charity League “Rocks the Kasbah”

National Charity League’s annual fundraiser “Rock the Kasbah” was a mystical, magical evening reminiscent of the movie “Casablanca” on Saturday.

Officers of National Charity League of Burbank are, from left, President Shaunna Larson Raab, President-Elect Cheryl Kisob and Rock the Kasbah Chair Lynn Stepanian. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

The philanthropic organization is made up of mothers and their teenage daughters, called Ticktockers, who volunteer more than 10,000 hours a year raising funds or giving time to more than 30 charities in Burbank and surrounding areas.

President Shaunna Larson Raab and Chair Lynn Stepanian welcomed the more than 180 people attending.

In keeping with the exotic theme, the decorations committee had suspended silky swags from the ceiling of the Castaway Starlight Room. Tapestry carpets were rolled out at the entryway. Sections of the room were divided with lines of towering trees.

Women rocked the semi-formal dress code wearing sleek black cocktail dresses or bejeweled blouses over skinny pants.

Senior Ticktockers are, from left, Rachel Galan, Sophia Augustine, Stephanie O’Brien, Catalina Bainen and Kaitlyn Maddigan. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Instead of a piano player tickling the keys with “As Time Goes By”, psychic Mystic Dylan whispered guests’ fortunes in a darkened corner. A few feet away, Ticktockers were taking turns posing at the photo booth.

Social hour was spent perusing tables filled with gift baskets for the silent auction and opportunity drawings. Dinner was followed by casino games and a poker tournament won by Amy Lawrence who will get to throw a poker party in her home.

Ticktockers from the Class of 2017 are, from left, Ava Pulvers, Kristen Reslan, Danielle Boyce, Samantha Veres and Emily Mintz-Kreyns.

Other prize-winners were president-elect Cheryl Kisob, $1,000 cash; Charlene Tabet, pearl ring and matching earrings; and Cynthia Wagner, the $100 money tree donated by sustaining members they fondly refer to as Vagabonds. Attending were Vagabond Chair Georgine Archer, Class 1989; Jane Pinkerton, Class of 1984; Kim Kaufman, past president 2013-15 and Class of 2016; and Cari Pelayo, past vice president of philanthropy and Class of 2011.

Kisob said she’ll be spending the windfall on her kids. Tabet plans to unveil her new jewelry at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s fundraiser on March 3. Wagner wants to learn the secret of folding the dollar bills so neatly on the tree.

Committee members are, from left, Sunny Peltier, Janine Washington, Charo Dolendo and Olivia Boyce.

Committee members included Donations Chair Sunny Peltier, Events Treasurer Janine Washington, Charo Dolendo, Olivia Boyce, Valerie Lukban, Jennifer Le’au, Juliet Barroso-Navarro and Judy Monji.

Special guests attending from the group’s charities were Barbara Howell, BTAC; Shanna Warren, Boys & Girls Club; and Romie Ruiz, Burbank YMCA.

Also attending were members of the Ticktocker Senior Class of 2017, Rachel Galan, Sophia Augustine, Stephanie O’Brien, Catalina Bainen, Kaitlyn Maddigan, Ava Pulvers, Kristen Reslan, Danielle Boyce, Samantha Veres and Emily Mintz-Kreyns.

Sustaining members, from left, are Georgine Archer, Kim Kaufman, Cari Pelayo and Jane Pinkerton.

Howell said she has grown close to the senior class. The young women have spent many hours at BTAC organizing toys in the Santa Room at the holidays as well as making sandwiches for the homeless. By the end of the evening Howell joined the Ticktockers dancing to music by DJ Blas and snapped cell-phone selfies to post on her FaceBook page.


Ticktockers strike a pose at the photo booth.

Rock the Kasbah committee members are, from left, Valerie Lukban, Jennifer Le’au, Juliet Barroso-Navarro and Judy Monji. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

National Charity League of Burbank Recruiting New Members

National Charity League of Burbank, which offers a philanthropic experience shared by mothers and daughters, is recruiting members now until Feb. 15.

There will be a Cookies & Cocoa social event for prospective mother-daughter members at 1 p.m. this Sunday at 1033 E. Orange Grove Ave. To be eligible for membership, girls must be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade. To make a reservation, email nclburbank@nclonline.org.

Mayor Jess Talamantes, center, visited a recent meeting of the National Charity League, Burbank Chapter. Members are, from left, Sophia Augustine, Ticktocker with the Class of 2017; Teresa Weeden, vice president of philanthropy; Charity League President Shaunna Larson Raab, who graduated in the Ticktocker Class of 1986; and Katie Maddigan, Ticktocker with the Class of 2017. (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

The Burbank chapter was organized in 1959 and chartered in 1960. A group of 28 women met on Feb. 6, 1959 to lay plans for the Burbank chapter, and during the first year, the chapter had 41 members made up of Patronesses (mothers) and a Senior Ticktocker (daughters) group.

The purpose was to provide philanthropic service to the community as well as foster the development of strong character, leadership and social responsibility in the daughters.

Today the chapter has grown to more than 200 members, including more than 90 Ticktockers in six grade levels.

The Burbank chapter raises funds for its philanthropies at the annual fundraiser. This year’s “Rock the Kasbah with National Charity League” is Feb. 4 at the Castaway Starlight Room. It’s a festive occasion that the community can join in on with members in celebration of community service. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, casino gaming and silent auction with proceeds going to the group’s 30-plus charities. Dress is semi-formal. For tickets, email nclburbank@nclonline.org.

Another special event each year is the Mother-Daughter Tea, which teaches Ticktockers about etiquette and social graces. At the annual Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show, Ticktockers are recognized for their leadership and hours of service to the chapter’s philanthropies. Ticktockers who have completed their grade level service hour requirements receive an award. In addition, special awards are presented to those who have contributed 50, 75, and 100 or more additional hours of service.

A Ticktocker’s senior year is the finale to the six-year experience. This special year includes a senior recognition gala called “Presents,” (short for Presentation), held just prior to high school graduation. While it’s not a debutante ball, it is an elaborate formal event for Ticktockers, their families and friends that celebrates the many accomplishments of the Ticktockers and their plans for the future. The tradition is for each young woman to wear a white evening gown.

Over the holidays, the Burbank chapter kept very busy with the Burbank Coordinating Council’s Holiday Basket program. Many individuals, businesses, PTAs and organizations pull together to provide food and gifts for more than 550 low-income families.

One Saturday in December, Ticktockers and their mothers collected food donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from shoppers at the Ralph’s on North San Fernando Boulevard. Another day, the members helped pack donation bags from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Little White Chapel.

Members also helped five more hours on an additional day to transport donations from Little White Chapel and organize donations at McKinley Elementary School. Then on the last day of the program, members helped deliver baskets to families from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Each Ticktocker class also adopts families and provides a holiday meal and gifts for them.

This project is a favorite for Lynn Stepanian, who is co-advisor for daughter Ella Cartier’s Ticktocker Class of 2018.

“We love the whole thing — from shopping for families that our class is responsible for and wrapping gifts as a class — to knowing we are giving these families a Christmas,” she said. “I love that it makes us stop and have truly scheduled time together where our actions are meaningful and where leadership and thinking of others is an experience. We’re touching lives in the community!”

Ella enjoys donating time to the Holiday Basket events with her fellow Ticktockers and her mom.

“It’s really interesting to put yourself in other people’s shoes, and it’s a really uplifting experience,” she said. “I love volunteering in general and I really love volunteering with my mother. It brings us together!”

National Charity League Celebrates at Senior Recognition Ball

National Charity League's graduating Ticktockers are, front row from left,  Natalie Sardarov, Charlotte Duldulao and Alyssa Magoon; middle row from left, McKenna Sandoval, Kate Wilke, Gabby Crispi and Zoe Kelman; and back row from left, Aimee Snow, Lelosa Aimufua and Kelly Kaufman. (Courtesy Gilmore Studios)

National Charity League’s graduating Ticktockers are, front row from left, Natalie Sardarov, Charlotte Duldulao and Alyssa Magoon; middle row from left, McKenna Sandoval, Kate Wilke, Gabby Crispi and Zoe Kelman; and back row from left, Aimee Snow, Lelosa Aimufua and Kelly Kaufman. (Courtesy Gilmore Studios)

Graduating seniors of National Charity League were presented during the recent Senior Recognition Ball in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The mother-daughter organization provides a shared experience in philanthropic service to charities throughout Burbank. Many of the young women, referred to as Ticktockers, commit to six years in the program from middle school through high school. The ball is the culminating event to honor the senior class for their accomplishments in such areas as leadership development, cultural activities and philanthropic service.

The Class of 2016 provided more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service to the 30 local agencies the group supports, such as Burbank Temporary Aid Center, CHILD Share, Ahead with Horses, Burbank YMCA, Burbank Public Library Home Borrowers Program and Burbank Coordinating Council’s Holiday Baskets.

Highlights of the evening included a father-daughter waltz and recorded tributes read to their mothers while handing them a pink rose.

Each senior Ticktocker has fond memories of her years in the group.

Lelosa Aimufua, a graduating senior of Marymount High School, is grateful to National Charity League for the numerous volunteer experiences that, she said, have enhanced her compassion for people, leadership skills and most importantly, her passion for social justice. Her favorite philanthropy is the Boys & Girls Club and she remembers meeting a little girl at a Thanksgiving dinner who invited her to play Hide and Seek. She spent the next hour playing with a group of 5-year-olds — and loved it! She will attend Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Gabby Crispi, a graduating senior of Notre Dame High School, has enjoyed giving hours to charities that help homeless families and the elderly, especially with the Burbank Public Library. Every month, she, her mom and sister deliver books to an elderly woman who lives alone and is unable to leave her house. This Ticktocker’s proudest achievement in Charity League is finally getting 25 mother-daughter hours in one year with her mom, which took six years of volunteering. She is still deciding on what college to attend.

Charlotte Duldulao, a graduating senior of Immaculate Heart High School, has learned how service really affects the lives of others, and Charity League has been the perfect vehicle to do something she already loves with her mom and her friends. Her favorite philanthropic experience came a few years ago when she volunteered for the Braille Institute. One day she helped a young boy find his way around the campus and made a new friend in the process. She plans to become a bilingual teacher.

Zoe Kelman, a graduating senior of Burroughs High School, has enjoyed meeting new people in Charity League while giving back to the community. It gave her many bonding moments with her mom and, she said, it has taught her to be very resourceful, work well with others and stick to a goal. She plans to major in biology or marine biology with a minor in cultural studies. After college she would like to study animals and plants in their habitats all over the world.

Kelly Kaufman, a graduating senior of Immaculate Heart High School, credits Charity League for heightening her sense of gratitude, strengthening her relationship with her mom and sharpening her leadership skills. She was recently admitted to Marquette University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program where she plans to spend the next six years pursing a bachelor’s degree in religion or economics and a doctoral degree in physical therapy. She wants to either help young athletes heal from their injuries or help hospital patients regain their independence after surgery.

Alyssa Magoon, a graduating senior of Burroughs High School, has learned what an impact Charity League has on people’s lives, whether it is helping a foster child make a cookie, dancing with developmentally challenged adults, or making hygiene bags for the homeless. A favorite experience was organizing a food drive for Burbank Temporary Aid Center at her high school’s homecoming game. She and her mom have coordinated it for three years. She will attend a local university and continue to law school in hopes of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

McKenna Sandoval, a graduating senior of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, has enjoyed  helping families who don’t have food or shelter by holding food drives and making hygiene bags for Burbank Temporary Aid Center as a member of Charity League. She has earned 100 hours of service for BTAC each of her six years in Charity League – that’s 600 hours of service for just one of the group’s philanthropies. She will attend the University of Denver to pursue a career in criminology or forensic psychology.

Natalie Sardarov, a graduating senior of Burbank High School, has learned many of her leadership skills through Charity League, especially when she became class co-president this year. It taught her to organize events, run important meetings and to feel confident in voicing her opinion, she said. She has been the philanthropy commissioner for Burbank High’s Associated Student Body, and earned a medal for more than 100 hours of service. She’s planning to attend a UC school, major in business or marketing and become CEO of a major fashion company.

Aimee Snow, a graduating senior of Burroughs High School, believes that Charity League has helped her become a more caring and compassionate person. She has been an ambassador for the Burbank Animal Shelter and is a student docent for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. Her favorite Charity League philanthropy has been Ahead With Horses. It allowed her to combine her two passions — horses and caring for disabled children. She will attend the University of Kentucky in Lexington where she will major in equine science and management.

Kate Wilke, a graduating senior of Burroughs High School, said that her experience in Charity League has helped her learn more about herself, in particular that she enjoys helping others and volunteering. Her favorite philanthropy is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and her proudest moment was being awarded the Mother-Daughter Award for completing a notable number of volunteer hours with her mom each year. She plans to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn., where she will major in chemistry and hopes this will lead to study in pharmacology.

National Charity League Fundraiser Sparks Excitement

It was a night of sparkle and excitement as National Charity League, Burbank Chapter presented its annual fundraiser titled the Black & White Ball earlier this month at the Castaway.

Charity League president-elect Shaunna Larson Raab, from left, with Kim Kaufman, Ruth Martinez-Baenen, Olivia Boyce, Char Tabet and Gema Sanchez. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Charity League president-elect Shaunna Larson Raab, from left, with Kim Kaufman, Ruth Martinez-Baenen, Olivia Boyce, Char Tabet and Gema Sanchez. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Following the buffet dinner, members of the mother-daughter philanthropic organization treated guests to casino games, a silent auction and poker tournament. Those needing a break could pose with a variety of props in the photo booth or dance to music played by the DJ.

Sergio Ortega played his cards right and took home first prize in the poker tournament. He will be hosting a poker party of his own. Chez Mohler has some cash to spend after she held the winning ticket for the $1,000 prize. Don Lister will be giving his special lady the NCL engraved bracelet donated by DW Henderson Jewelers.

 Displaying the National Charity League sponsor list are, from left, event chair Elizabeth Osborne with donation co-chairs Juliet Barroso-Navarro and Judy Monji. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Displaying the National Charity League sponsor list are, from left, event chair Elizabeth Osborne with donation co-chairs Juliet Barroso-Navarro and Judy Monji. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Some of the silent auction winners were Drew and Nerissa Sugars, who are ready to glide down Chandler Bikeway on their new Schwinn cruiser, donated by the Class of 2018; Char Tabet, a stay at the Burbank Marriott with Universal passes; Celina and John Simic a Tiffany bracelet, donated by the Class of 2017; Shaunna Larson-Raab, a city of Burbank personalized street sign; Barbara Howell of Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), a Cheers Entertainment photo booth; and Chiara Medicina-Madirossian, an Ellen DeGeneres basket.

Senior Ticktockers, from left, Zoe Kelman, Aimee Snow, Kate Wilke and Kelly Kaufman.

Senior Ticktockers, from left, Zoe Kelman, Aimee Snow, Kate Wilke and Kelly Kaufman.

Making the evening one to remember were co-presidents Olivia Boyce and Ruth Martinez-Baenen; the Annual Fundraiser committee including chair Elizabeth Osborne and Doris Jayasinghe; and auction and raffle co-chairs Juliet Barroso-Navarro and Judy Monji.

Some of Charity League’s philanthropies that receive donations are BTAC, BCR “a place to grow”, Family Promise of the Verdugos, Kids Community Dental Clinic and Burbank Coordinating Council.

“We contact our philanthropies about their needs and our philanthropy committee disburses the funds accordingly,” said Boyce.

Charity League Senior Ticktockers are, from left, Gabby Crispi, Natalie Sardarov, Charlotte Duldulao, Alyssa Magoon and Natalie Johnson

Charity League Senior Ticktockers are, from left, Gabby Crispi, Natalie Sardarov, Charlotte Duldulao, Alyssa Magoon and Natalie Johnson

Other members attending the event were president-elect Shaunna Larson Raab, immediate past president Kim Kaufman and past presidents Char Tabet and Gema Sanchez.

Senior Ticktockers attending were Kelly Kaufman, Zoe Kelman, Kate Wilke, Aimee Snow, Gabby Crispi, Natalie Sardarov, Charlotte Duldulao, Alyssa Magoon and Natalie Johnson.

 Co-presidents of National Charity League, Burbank Chapter, are Ruth Martinez-Baenen, left, and Olivia Boyce.

Co-presidents of National Charity League, Burbank Chapter, are Ruth Martinez-Baenen, left, and Olivia Boyce.

Burbank NCL Opens Membership Drive

The Burbank chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) opened their annual membership drive on January 2, seeking mother-daughter teams to participate in the community service and leadership skills building organization. The Burbank NCL hosts an informational meeting on Sunday afternoon, January 31, in Burbank.

“Our mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences,” explained Melissa Galen, co-vice president of Membership for the Burbank NCL.

The National Charity League is a six-year program which starts in seventh grade and runs through twelfth grade. Classes are organized by grade level and class sizes range from 11 – 20 individuals.

“Membership is open to moms with daughters entering seventh through tenth grade in the fall of 2016,” explained Galen. “We are looking for moms and daughters with a heart for service. Most moms and daughters complete the program.”

A few moms and/or daughters continue to be involved past the twelfth grade, added Galen. Those members are known as sustainers.

Burbank mother and daughter members of the National Charity League attend the 2015 Membership Tea. (Photo Courtesy Burbank NCL)

Burbank mother and daughter members of the National Charity League attend the 2015 Membership Tea. (Photo Courtesy Burbank NCL)

Burbank NCL added 24 mother-daughter teams in 2015, some of which included active member mothers with a second daughter entering the program.

“We have plenty of room for new members and want to see our chapter grow,” said Galen.

“My daughter, Rachel, who is a junior at John Burroughs, wanted to do more community service,” Galen said, as she explained her family’s motivation for joining Burbank NCL. “I have been an active volunteer in school and extra curricular activities and wanted to instill a sense of ‘giving back’ in my daughter.”

“We always walk away from our mother-daughter volunteer opportunities feeling so blessed that we were able to help others. The leadership skills we both have learned have been a bonus.”

“Moms and daughters hold positions in National Charity League. It is a mentor-oriented organization,” she also said. “Another benefit is the relationships cultivated. We have moms and daughters from public and private schools in Burbank and surrounding communities.”

“I have met the most amazing and talented moms and daughters through NCL Inc., and our chapter.”

NCL’s Burbank Chapter was founded in 1960 and currently boasts over 80 mother-daughter teams and a sustainer group for moms and daughters who continue on past high graduation.

The chapter annually provides over 12,000 hours of community services to 35 different charities in Burbank and Los Angeles, including: Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Boys & Girls Club, Family Service Agency of Burbank, Family Promise, Kid’s Community Dental Clinic, Child SHARE, The Colony Theatre, St. Joseph Hospital, Tierra Del Sol, Special Olympics and Ahead With Horses.

National Charity league does require a financial, meeting and time commitments, Galen added. Information about the commitments will be discussed in the January 31 meeting. More information on the January 31 membership meeting can be found here and on Burbank NCL here.

Burbank National Charity League Collects Shoe Donations

Members of the Burbank National Charity League (NCL) collected hundreds of pairs of shoes from the Zonta Club and Domestic Violence Task Force, in addition to nearly a thousand pairs more donated by the Burbank YMCA on Tuesday, September 16.

“Our NCL class has been collecting old shoes as a fundraiser for the girls’ senior presentation to take place in the Spring of 2016,” commented Burbank NCL President Kim Kaufman.

“The shoes will be sent overseas to be used in small business enterprises for individuals and families,” Kaufman continued. “The second hand shoes provide merchandise for resale in developing nations, often business run by women.”

Grace Farenbaugh (Zonta Club), Jodi Reneaud (Director of Volunteer Engagement, Burbank YMCA), Kim Kaufman (National Charity League), Aimee Snow (National Charity League), Marva Murphy (Zonta Club), Kimberly Clark (Domestic Violence Task Force), Emily Gabel-Luddy (City Council and Domestic Violence Task Force) and JC Holt (CEO, Burbank Community YMCA.)(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Grace Farenbaugh (Zonta Club), Jodi Reneaud (Director of Volunteer Engagement, Burbank YMCA), Kim Kaufman (National Charity League), Aimee Snow (National Charity League), Marva Murphy (Zonta Club), Kimberly Clark (Domestic Violence Task Force), Emily Gabel-Luddy (City Council and Domestic Violence Task Force) and JC Holt (CEO, Burbank Community YMCA.)(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA’s shoe donation campaign runs from August 18 through September 30. YMCA members have been asked to donate gently worn shoes. By the end of the campaign, Kaufman estimates the Y members will have donated close to 2000 pairs of shoes.

Zonta Club and the Domestic Violence Task Force decided to donate the 200 pairs of shoes from a domestic violence display at the Town Center Mall held earlier this year to the NCL’s shoe drive as well.

“They heard about our shoe drive from the Y and with the display over, needed to find new souls for the old soles,” explained Kaufman.

The NCL’s Burbank chapter is a group of local mothers and daughter who work together on philanthropic, cultural and educational activities, according to their website.

“We have received shoes from Walt Disney Imagineering, SGE Volleyball and many individuals from Burbank,” added Kaufman. “We’re also keeping shoes out of our landfills.


Burbank National Charity League Chapter Kicks Off 2012 Membership Drive

NCL is looking for a few good moms — and daughters. The National Charity League’s Burbank
chapter has launched its 2012 membership drive and is hoping to recruit as many Burbank
mother-daughter teams as it can, according to Gina Garcia, co-chair of this year’s effort.

The local chapter is organized by grade level, and the membership drive is open to current sixth-
through ninth-graders. NCL’s goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls
as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship. The daughters participate in a six-year
program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events.

New members, who will be officially inducted into NCL at the group’s annual Membership Tea
this spring, will have the opportunity to do hands-on work with a number of local philanthropies,
including Burbank Community Kids Dental Clinic, Burbank Center for the Retarded, Burbank
Temporary Aid Center and many others.

NCL’s Burbank Chapter was founded in 1960 and currently boasts some 60 mother-daughter
teams. The chapter annually provides over 12,000 hours of community services to 27 different
charities in Burbank and Los Angeles.

Anyone interested in joining Burbank NCL, should visit www.nclburbank.org,
www.nationalcharityleague.org, or send an email to info@nclburbank.org .

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,