The 22nd annual Glendale Elks Charity Car Show was recently a cool combination of good food, fabulous prizes and unusual classic cars.
George McCullough chaired the event for the 14th year. Helping him were Jack Wright, who organized the raffle prizes, and 30 other lodge members. Karen Kiel, Emblem Club president, and her members helped by selling raffle tickets.
For $10, the Elks served up a breakfast to 250 people consisting of chicken-fried steak, eggs, toast, waffles, pancakes and omelets.
The Gallivanters, the Elks' recreational vehicle enthusiasts led by Wagon Master Albert Vickers, grilled hamburgers during lunchtime and offered side dishes of potato salad and coleslaw.
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Car show proceeds go to programs for youth and the homeless. The Elks provide 3,000 dictionaries each year to all third-graders in public, private and parochial schools in Glendale, Montrose and La Crescenta. The Elks also give $50,000 in scholarships annually to high school graduating seniors.
The lodge also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 118 and a Cub Scout pack, as well as Little League and T-ball teams. At Christmas, the lodge donates toys and food to more than 60 needy families and throws a holiday party for College View School for the disabled.
There were 111 cars on display and 32 received first- and second-place honors in 15 categories. Best of Show went to Gerry and Debbie Milota of Burbank for their Honda AZ600 Coupe. It's 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. Milota's 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.
Bingo proceeds go to neonatal unit
It's no joke, the Women's Council of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is having an April Fools' bingo fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the hospital.
The Women's Council has made a commitment to help raise $25,000 by June for the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit. The unit is expected to accept its first patient this summer, said Keith Hobbs, the hospital's chief executive.
Organizing the bingo fundraiser is chair Purnima Panchal and committee members Ruth McNevin, Angela Manujano, Becky Happach, Tiffany Ajaryan, Teri Rice, Gloria Cotten, Stacey Dubowitch, Sonia Baghdasarian, Wanda Sellers, Pauline Hendricks, Vanessa Carrillio, Jane Peterson, Cindy Sawyer and Toni Williams.
Tickets are $75. For reservations, call (818) 952-2226.
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