It’s time for the members of the Westside Guild of Ararat Home to “Deck the Halls” of the Beverly Hills Hotel, for their 28th Annual Christmas Luncheon. This much-anticipated annual event will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, with the festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m., affording guests the opportunity to start their Holiday Gift Shopping at the Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing and to purchase the wide variety of home-baked goods and specialties at the enticing Cooks Corner.
Barbara Poladian and Andrea Fehring, Co-Chairs of the Luncheon Committee, have been conducting meetings and working diligently in preparation for another successful luncheon. Their efforts are on display with the numerous items available at the Silent Auction, including jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, handbags, wallets, luggage, children’s gifts and apparel. They are pleased to report that for the Silent Auction, PIRCH-GLENDALE has graciously donated a chef- led cooking class for six winning adults in their world-class showroom. This is a hands-on group class with each person playing a role; they will sit down in their demonstration kitchen featuring appliances by LaCornue, Miele, Wolf, Thermador and Gaggenau. The chef will guide them through each step of the process and make sure they are also having fun.
Speaking of cooking, the Silent Auction is also offering a gift certificate to The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories.
As in previous years, raffles are also held with cash prizes and other holiday gift items. A separate raffle will be held solely for the single prize of a TransAtlantic Cruise from London to New York for two people. There are other unique surprises the Co-Chairs are preparing in order to make this event extra special.
The luncheon at noon will present a star-studded program headed by Maestro Carlo Ponti, founder of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, and featuring two vocalists, Kim Mantzke Ortiz and Tina Mantzke Voss. Noralea Poladian Goodrow and Tamara Goodrow Buuck, Co-Presidents of the Westside Guild, report that they are thrilled and overjoyed to have Maestro Carlo Ponti, music and artistic director, take our guests on a musical journey, particularly during the Holiday Season. He will be conducting the music of well-known composers, and along with the vocalists, there will be a focus on the sounds of Christmas by having the audience sing along. One of the songs the women will be singing is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with an invitation for the guests to join in.
Carlo Ponti, is the son of the late film producer, Carlo Ponti, Sr. and Italian actress Sophia Loren, and older brother of film director Eduardo Ponti. He was awarded Italy’s Premio Galileo Award in 2006 for exceptional music achievement. In the United States, he was the recipient of the 2008 Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the 2009 Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his contributions to the development and advancement of young musical talent through music education. In 2011 he was co-recipient of the Lupa di Roma prize in Rome, and received the Premio Civitas 2014 Award in Naples, Italy. He was Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra from 2000 to 2018, served as music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001 to 2013 and in 2013 founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra and is currently performing its fifth concert season (2019-2020) in Los Angeles. He is noted for the extraordinary work he is doing in our schools to provide musical opportunities and instruments for our youth.
Kim Mantzke Ortiz was raised in a musical family, and graduated from UCLA with a BA in music and a choral music teaching credential. She has been employed with Every Nation Ministries for over 20 years in campus ministry; also teaching elementary music. Throughout her career she has been involved as Director of Worship in her local church. Tina Mantzke Voss is a Billboard award-winning recording artist and songwriter. She has appeared on Broadway, particularly the Frank Sinatra musical “My Way.” She is a graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She has been a worship leader at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and serves as a guest worship leader at different churches throughout California. Renowned musician and composer Jan Sanborn will be accompanying the vocalists.
A special highlight of the afternoon will be the traditional presentation of the Angel of the Year Award. This year the honoree will be Liliana Youssoufian in recognition of her dedication, commitment, and years of devoted service to the Westside Guild and the Ararat Home of Los Angeles. Tickets for the luncheon are $95.00. Sponsorships are available with all donations benefitting the Ararat Home of Los Angeles. For reservations and/or sponsorships, please contact Lynnette Amerian, 5655 Jumilla Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; (818) 888-8480; email: email@example.com.