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Brains or Luck – Both Tested at Smart-A-Thon

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Photos provided by the CV Chamber of Commerce Charlie Kinney, Rick Dinger, Mary Pinola and Capt. Dave Silversparre prepare for the 25th Annual Smart A Thon.

Photos provided by the CV Chamber of Commerce
Charlie Kinney, Rick Dinger, Mary Pinola and Capt. Dave Silversparre prepare for the 25th Annual Smart A Thon.

Community leaders found out how smart they were – or weren’t – at the 25th Annual Smart-A-Thon held on March 27 at the Verdugo Hills Hospital Council Room. The afternoon was emceed by Rick Dinger and CV Sheriff’s Captain Dave Silversparre.

Forty-two teams of four each paid $140 ($35 per participant) to compete in the annual trivia contest – the largest turnout yet, according to organizer Jean Maluccio.

“Unfortunately, two teams had to be turned away [because we were full],” said Maluccio.

Festivities included lunch, a silent auction, friendly competition, and awards. But a highlight of the afternoon may have been the dance performed by (the lucky?) guests who discovered a sticker on their program. The newly christened performers made their way to the front of the room and danced their way through a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” After being called out, the losers received a consolation prize of – what else? – a bag of peanuts.

Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce president Leonard Ghazarian greets Assemblymember Mike Gatto.

Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce president Leonard Ghazarian greets Assemblymember Mike Gatto.

Proceeds from the popular event build the Mary Pinola/CV Chamber of Commerce Education Fund that is dedicated to supporting educational programs throughout Crescenta/Cañada Valley. Recipients are recognized at the annual Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce installation luncheon that takes place early in the year.

An afternoon full of fun included a toast to the last 25 years and what the educational fundraiser means to the community and what the fund has provided to so many students over the years.

Representing Supervisor Michael Antonovich are (from left) Mary Gant and Rita Hadjimanoukian.

Representing Supervisor Michael Antonovich are (from left) Mary Gant and Rita Hadjimanoukian.

The winning team was the CV Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition represented by Suzy Jacobs, Kim Beattie, Bill Flanders and Nancy Stone.

The winning team was the CV Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition represented by Suzy Jacobs, Kim Beattie, Bill Flanders and Nancy Stone.

 

The Council Room at Verdugo Hills Hospital was the site for the afternoon festivities.

The Council Room at Verdugo Hills Hospital was the site for the afternoon festivities.

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