Chamber installs officers, disperses grants

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce installed its 2010 officers and directors at its annual installation luncheon held at Urartu Restaurant on Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, the chamber oversaw the distribution of more than $11,000 in grants from the Mary Pinola/CV Chamber Educational Endowment Fund.

Around 70 people attended the luncheon, most civic leaders and educators serving the foothills community. Former Crescenta Valley High School principal Ken Biermann recognized the service of outgoing officers Howard Hakes, honorary mayor, and David Drucker, chamber director.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Dave Silversparre installed the new board: President Jean Maluccio, Vice President Leslie Lesh, Secretary Eleanor Wacker, Treasurer Craig Fisher, Honorary Mayor Steve Pierce and directors Warren Boehm, Grace Chase, Leonard Ghazarian, Robin Goldsworty, Marvin Lee and Aram Ordubegian.

Mike Smith and Chris Waldheim oversaw the distribution of funds from the Pinola fund. The Mary Pinola/Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce Educational Endowment Fund was established as a tribute to the 1988-90 Crescenta Valley Chamber Honorary Mayor Mary Pinola who worked with many other dedicated community leaders to support educational programs for Crescenta Valley residents. The scholarship fund was established in June of 1990 to provide yearly distributions of monies to one or more Crescenta Valley educational programs.

This year $11,890 in grants were awarded to Clark Magnet High School, Crescenta Valley High School Instrumental Music Department, Glendale Educational Foundation, Glendale Healthy Kids, La Cañada Community Center, La Crescenta Elementary School, La Crescenta Woman’s Club, Rosemont Middle School, St. James the Less Elementary School and Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation.

With Tuesday’s awards, more than $63,000 in grants have been given out since the fund was established.

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