43rd Annual Dinner Gala a Huge Success!

Nearly 300 shareholders and guests attended a spectacular dinner gala event on Saturday, October 15 in Clubhouse 2. The evening’s theme was “Broadway Showcase” and attendees wore their best to this classy event. Doors opened early at 4:30 P.M. to allow guests to have their complimentary photos taken and to have time to visit our membership table, an AmazonSmile table, and the Council on Aging information table.

Linda Johnson, Lynn Baidack and Rosa Carrillo, Golden Age Social Chair, prepare for Silent Auction shoppers.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was a Silent Auction that featured many unique items, such as gift certificates to popular local restaurants, personal services such as massage and computer services, room painting, wine baskets, and admission tickets to the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.






Gail and Michael Levitt served guests at a classy Wine Bar.

While browsing, guests enjoyed visiting a special wine bar, staffed by Michael and Gail Levitt.

Table decorations featured a lovely gold and black theme. A wonderful meal, featuring a delicious Chicken Marsala entree was prepared and served by Country Gardens Caterers. President Maureen Habel welcomed guests and explained new directions for Golden Age, with the goals of promoting membership and increasing financial support to ensure a vibrant future for the Foundation. The purpose of the Annual Dinner Gala is to honor donors – those individuals and groups whose generosity are the sole support of the Foundation. Major contributors were listed on the evening’s program and again recognized for the vital role they play in the Foundation’s many programs and services in our community.

Vice-President Anna Derby furnished information about the number of shareholder services provided in the past year, including data from the Hospitality Center, the Tax Return Program, the Mobility Aids Program, and the role of Golden Age volunteers in supporting the annual flu clinic. Special recognition was given to the Council on Aging Orange County HICAP Program, a new partner with Golden Age.

Anna also let attendees know about many exciting developments in 2015-2016, including obtaining a $2,000 grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund, the launch of the Give Where You Live Program, our new membership structure, and a new image for the Foundation. She also described the addition of a regular newsletter and e-mail blasts now sent to members who provide their e-mail addresses, and the continuing development of this website.

Entertainer Tom Horvath was a big hit with the audience as he sang songs from of Broadway’s most popular musicals.

Following these presentations, Anna introduced Tom Horvath, a 24 year-old singer who regaled the audience with Broadway show hits from musicals such as The Music Man, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Man of La Mancha. Tom was a great hit with the audience and received standing ovations for his energetic and entertaining performance.

Ten Villanueva, the “King of 50/50 Announcers” calls the winning numbers. Note only a single of bottle of wine left on the table.

Lynn Baidack, who worked tirelessly on the Silent Auction, listed the auction item  winners and Ren Villanueva conducted the 50/50 raffle to end this most enjoyable and elegant evening.


October 7 Flu Clinic Attracts Many Shareholders

Volunteers Bruce and Margaret Humes, Sandy Goldfarb and Carol Piepenburg assist residents with special mobility needs
Volunteers Ren Villanueva and Tony Dodero Greet Shareholders at the Flu Clinic

The annual Flu Clinic, sponsored by the Health Care Center on Golden Rain Road and supported by Golden Age volunteers, attracted many shareholders on Friday, October 7. The goal of the flu clinic is to protect as many people as possible from getting the flu this coming winter and spring. Having a high percentage of residents protected from the flu also is vital in halting the spread of the flu virus. There is a concept in public health called “herd immunity”, which essentially states that the if a large enough percentage of the “herd” (that’s people as well as animals) are immune to a communicable disease, such as the flu virus, it becomes more difficult for the disease to spread. Seniors have a high risk of getting serious and even life threatening complications from the flu, so it’s especially important for as many people in the Leisure World community to be immunized – both for their sake and for the sake of others. If you haven’t yet had a flu shot, talk to your doctor or go to one of the local pharmacies to get one. Medicare reimburses local pharmacies for the cost of flu immunizations.

Following the traditional “opening few minutes flurry,” shareholders moved very quickly through the process. Many Golden Age volunteers worked all day to help shareholders. Immunizations were given by student nurses from Cal State University Long Beach, and Long Beach Community College. Thanks to Marge Dodero, Golden Age Chair for the flu clinic, for organizing the volunteer support group and for making sure everything ran smoothly. A big thanks also goes to the indomitable Lita Lewis, who manned her station at Hospitality all day long to provide beverages and snacks for the volunteers.