A Working Summer for LCFOG

Photo courtesy of OIC
Matthew Morrison of “Glee” fame is at far left and Dr. Anthony Scaduto is on the far right in the back.

Members of the La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild (LCFOG) are taking a break since their June meeting and the group will convene again in September. That does not mean that everything comes to a halt for the summer, though. Many members of the Guild will be working through the summer to have everything in place for their annual Book and Author Luncheon in October.

When Marie Baker, president, called the June 7 meeting to order with a bang of the gavel at the home of Arlene Massimino, discussion began on the preparation for the luncheon event that is attended by nearly 200 guests each year. Menu selections have been made. Now decorations will be planned, programs will be designed and printed, raffle prizes collected and committees appointed to follow up on details. Three authors will be selected to present their books that will be sold at the luncheon. The silent auction, which requires much planning, always draws a lot of attention and is a favorite of many guests who walk away with a new treasure from the items on display.

Mary Beth Perrine, senior director of Development and Community Outreach and liaison to OIC, attended the June 7 meeting. She reported on the recent Stand for Kids annual gala that benefitted OIC. Held at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying on June 2, it is now being referred to as the “Night of a Million Dollars.” Many guests who attended donated very generously to the $20 million goal set for the OIC 2020 campaign. Renee and Meyer Luskin surprised everyone by donating $1,000,000 that night. Thanks to the Luskins and other OIC supporters, Perrine reported that 50% of the $20,000,000 goal was met that night.

The upcoming Book and Author Luncheon is a fundraiser that benefits Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). OIC is the largest provider of pediatric orthopaedic care in the Western United States. Internationally, it provides care to Asia, Africa, India, South America and Mexico. Locally, children are being treated for conditions ranging from simple fractures to complex scoliosis at the downtown Los Angeles campus in the Urgent Care Center, Outpatient Medical Center and the Ambulatory Surgery Center. A former patient of OIC will speak at the Guild’s luncheon to give guests a more in-depth look at the work OIC has done for her and other patients.

The luncheon is by invitation and those who would like to attend are asked to contact Marianne Jennings at (818) 398-7323 and request an invitation be sent to them.

Written and submitted by Arlene MASSIMINO