Community: Honda AZ600 Coupe is a real cutup at Elks Charity Car Show

Entering their Honda AZ600 Coupe in an area car show proved to be a cool decision for Gerry and Debbie Milota of Burbank. They brought home Best of Show and Best in its Class honors during the Glendale Elks Lodge 22nd annual charity car show.

There were 111 cars on display, and 32 received first- and second-place honors in 15 categories.

The Milotas’ car is unique. The original owner had two models. He cut off the engine compartment from one of the car's passenger areas and joined it to the rear end.

The engine cavity was left empty to be used as a trailer. The two vehicles are attached with a trailer hitch.The AZ600 is the forerunner of the Honda Civic. The Milotas’ model sold in 1971 and 1972, and the Civic came out in 1973.

Gerry Milota’s claim to local fame is he started the Glendale Cruise Night on Brand Boulevard.

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‘Wonderful Life’ is something to celebrate

The Cabrini Literary Guild reminded guests we’re given one life — so enjoy it — at the annual fundraising luncheon themed “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

Welcoming guests to the Glendale's Oakmont Country Club were Miryam Finkelberg, guild president, and co-chairs Karen Swan and Patty Szot.

Also on the committee were Nancy Guillen, Arlene Nalbandian, Aurora Vega-Dottavio, Sally Lim and Genevieve Callopy. More helping were Cecilia Botticella, Jessica Botticella, Heather Ghermezian, Anita Joshua, Laurie Leask, Mary Natalizio, Monica Sierra, Mary Lou Barnes, Maria Elena Cano, Anne Phelps, Ann Herrmann, Maureen Walsh and Marie Urrutia.

Sister Regina Palamara, of St. Finbar Church in Burbank and the guild’s guardian angel, encouraged members to put dents in their wallets and spend big on the grand prizes.

“It does a lot of good for the less-fortunate,” she said.

Indeed, proceeds will benefit several organizations including Ascencia homeless services, now serving Burbank, Catholic Charities Loaves & Fishes and Family Promise of the Verdugos.

The guild also awards cash to students of Archdiocesan high schools through an annual creative writing contest.

Raising scholarship funds is always in fashion

The Verdugo-Glen chapter of the American Business Women’s Assn. held its fifth annual fashion show at Pickwick Gardens earlier this month.

Eighty-five attendees enjoyed fashions from Chico’s, Ruby Ribbon and Nelson’s Treasures. The master of ceremonies was comic Laniea Dominguez.

Included in the admission were a three-course lunch, appetizers and champagne.

“It was one of our most successful fundraisers,” said Barbara Williams, chair of the fashion show. She added that the chapter raises money for college scholarships.

President Ardis Bazyn spoke about the history of the chapter, which will celebrate its 54th anniversary in June, and advantages of being a member, including personal and professional development, and learning business and professional skills to help them in their careers.

Committee members included Kandice Astamendi, Patricia Nelson, Anne Marie Johnson, Lisa Swain, Martha Preciado, Lori Hartwell and Teri Chandler.

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