On May 3, Pickwick Gardens and Banquet Center in Burbank was the scene of The Campbell Center’s (formerly GAR) 23rd Annual Derby Day: Run for the Roses, the agency’s main fundraising event. The afternoon hosted nearly 200 guests who were the first to witness the formal unveiling of the organization’s new name and logo. The Derby Day event has been a tradition for The Campbell Center for the past two-plus decades and again offered an array of fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
The day included a lavish buffet lunch, the live streaming of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, a silent auction of over 125 items and a live auction of seven packages expertly presented by the masterful Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian, Glendale city clerk, who served as auctioneer. Eric Hamilton, The Campbell Center board president and 2014 Glendale Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, served as emcee. Board member Vince Espinoza lent his distinctive voice and personality to his role as announcer. The afternoon was highlighted by the presence of soul artist Bill Withers, who added a touch of excitement and pizzazz to the day. Also in attendance were Dr. David Viar, president and superintendent of Glendale City College, and his wife Jane.
Derby Day raises much-needed funds to support the Campbell Center’s diverse programs and services. Each year the event includes the awarding of the Campbell Award of Excellence to someone who has made a positive impact on the community as well as the mission of the organization. This year, the organization selected two worthy recipients: Chief Ron DePompa (ret.) and the Glendale Police Officer’s Association. With their long-standing support throughout the years, both recipients have played an important role in the lives of the center’s clients.