Good People & Summer Soirees

From l, Sister Rose Byrne, PSJMC Guild president Ollie Vick, and outgoing president Patricia Scully at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild Installation Tea.

From l, Sister Rose Byrne, PSJMC Guild president Ollie Vick, and outgoing president Patricia Scully at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild Installation Tea.

A tea party surrounded by good and gracious people was a great way to spend a delightful afternoon this summer. The members of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild gathered at the Lakeside Golf Club for the installation of their officers. There was also recognition for Sister Rose Byrne for dedicating her life to caring for people. Outgoing Guild president Patricia Scully welcomed Sister Rose as an honorary member. The loveable nun announced that she was going to take a trip to her native Ireland this summer to celebrate her 90th birthday. Bless her.

The chief executive of PSJMC, Michael Rembis, and chief executive of Providence Health & Services Southern California, Michael Hunn were on hand to thank the Guild. Rembis said, “Without you the medical center would not have achieved greatness in our community.” There were congratulations all around for those who hit milestones with hundreds and thousands of volunteer hours.

The installation tea had a “greatest show on earth” circus theme to it since incoming president of the PSJMC Guild, Ollie Vick, admitted she loves clowns. Ollie has been a member of the Guild for more than 50 years, “serving on every board post, sometimes twice.” After assuming her presidential duties, Vick presided over the incoming officers. They all work tirelessly on the popular spring fashion show and fundraising card parties. Dozens of amazing women were on hand, including past presidents Chik Smaldino and the 100-year-old dynamo Grace Mylroie Patz.

The other Guild officers include: first vice-president, Donna Mahoney; second vice-president, Terry Campbell; treasurer, Sharon Reid; recording secretary, Roberta Kerr; corresponding secretary, Patricia Cimo; finance director, Pam Shriftman; Fall event director, Julie McArdle; Spring event director, Kathleen Marsden; gift shop chairwomen, Jackie VanBeveren, Maria Balke, Carol Murphy; and the list goes on. All the women of the PSJMC Guild are very capable and charitable, and deserve to be recognized for the work they do.

The Toluca Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is fortunate to count among their volunteers many of the ladies who are also part of the PSJMC Guild. And it was a joy to see some of my favorite gals (especially Maureen Walsh) at the special Toluca Guild Children’s Hospital Opera Night last week. The summer soiree at Lakeside was launched with a reception featuring music by the Doug McDonald Trio.

The perfect night featured opera, dinner and dancing, plus, best of all, the company of truly good people. Ramsey Shilling and Associates was a generous sponsor. And Paula Carpenter worked hard to put the event together with the Guild’s Dee Hitchcock. Belmont Village in Burbank also supported Children’s Hospital.

The highlight of the night was the performance by sexy tenor Maximo Marcuso, known as the “Latin Sensation.” The gifted showman was joined by the fabulous big band singer Bonnie Bowden, and a little girl with a big voice Ani Hesse. All wowed the crowd at the exquisite affair.

Attention music lovers — mark your calendars for another upcoming event called “The Rhythm and Joy Festival.” It’s a soulful celebration of music that is billed as a catalyst for change and inspiring a collective commitment to living healthier lives in harmony with the earth. The day-long sustainable living, transformational music and arts festival, takes place on Saturday, August 30th at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills from 11am to 8:30pm, and it’s an experience that the whole family can enjoy.

The goal of the festival is to have fun, make new friends and better our world, and it was inspired by singer/songwriter Rickie Byars Beckwith, Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center. The event features dynamic singers (such as the Agape Choir) and musicians performing in a variety of genres. Byars Beckwith reported, “I wanted an event that demonstrated the power of music — one that brings people together. I wanted it to appeal to everyone of every race and creed — from the youth to the wise elders — because music truly is a universal language. It changes people’s lives.” General admission is free.

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