ON THE TOWN: Film Night Raises Funds for Charities

Published: Last Updated Tuesday, August 5, 2008 10:38 PM PDT
“American Graffiti” attracted hundreds of movie fans July 30 at the Alex Theatre. The 1973 film, directed and co-written by George Lucas, was one of four films in the Summer Film Series presented by Massage Envy Spa in association with the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn. 

The $25 ticket made you a VIP, allowing access to a pre-event reception catered by Damon’s Steak House. General admission was $10. Either way, the evening was a treat for baby boomers who remember what life was like in a small California community like Modesto in 1962. Fast cars and faster hormones ruled the cruising scene.

Spotted in the crowd were film buffs from Glendale Kiwanis including Jim Dyrness, Joel Zwick, Joe Mandoky, Harriet Trousdale and Jim Patric. Other Glendale residents included Shirley Darling, Mary Rough, Bernadette and Larry Hovland, teenagers Kathleen Sanders, Sarah Sanders and Morgan Campbell, 13-year-old daughter of Damon’s owner Patrick Campbell and granddaughter of Judie Campbell. Margery Parkinson of Canyon Country also joined the Campbell party.

“We wanted the kids to see what we did when we were their age,” Judie Campbell said.

Event organizer from Kiwanis Ron Youra and wife, Rosalie Youra, greeted former Glendale mayors Ara Najarian and Larry Zarian, good friends Monica and Jose Sierra, Debbie Hinckley, and Glendale FastFrame’s Vickie McConnell. Of course, Alex staffers Barry McComb, Elissa Glickman and Karen Smith held down the fort.

Proceeds will benefit Glendale Kiwanis/Ducks for Kids and Glendale Arts among other community charities.