YWCA Glendale’s 21st Annual Legacy Luncheon

APRIL 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Vertigo (400 Glenoaks Blvd. Glendale, CA 91202)

ONLINE TICKETING IS NOW CLOSED! If you would still like to purchase a ticket, contact brighidquinn@glendaleywca.org or 818-242-4155 ext. 228

The 21st annual Legacy Luncheon raises funds for YWCA Glendale’s domestic violence programs, including the Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter, case management services, counseling, legal advocacy, childcare and more.

YWCA Glendale has been helping survivors of domestic violence in Glendale since 1979. In that time, we’ve served over 60,000 women and children through our emergency shelter and domestic violence service center. As the only domestic violence agency in Glendale, annually we continue to serve over 2,000 men, women and children:

  • Providing crisis counseling to over 700 hotline callers
  • Housing over 60 women and children at our Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter
  • Providing housing, job and food assistance to over 450 survivors
  • Helping almost 50 survivors with legal issues
  • Reaching almost 800 people through educational outreach and special events

Our 2018 Legacy Luncheon Master of Ceremonies: Sundra Oakley

Sundra is passionate about supporting organizations that advocate for domestic violence survivors and their children. A first generation American, Sundra was born in Queens, New York to Jamaican parents and received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. In addition to acting, Sundra trains in Kung Fu and Tahitian dance (Ori Tahiti), speaks French, Spanish, and is studying Russian. For almost ten years she’s also taught American Sign Language to countless families of babies, toddlers, and school age children. Sundra currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and their two sons.

2018 Legacy Luncheon Heart & Excellence Award Honorees: 

Agape Circle of Western Diocese of the Armenian Church

Agape Circle of Western Diocese of the Armenian Church provides direct support to community groups, outreach programs, and institutions that strive to alleviate human sufferings. Agape Circle is defined by the meaning of “agape”– a Greek word which means universal, selfless and unconditional love that transcends and serves irrespective of race or gender.

Annually, Agape Circle designates and adopts a community organization or institution, providing financial support and volunteer work to further their programs. Agape Circle is also a member of the Armenian Ambassadors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a group comprised of community members organizations, and businesses dedicated to creating hope and building a healthier future for children.

Agape Circle leadership believes in being a fearless advocate against racism and domestic violence as well as altruistic servants of our community at large regardless of circumstances.  Agape Circle is committed to partnering with YWCA Glendale to better our community by providing seminars, workshops and networking events so that opportunities are presented to women and girls, both in their personal as well as professional lives.

Carol Ann Burton

Carol Ann Burton is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who worked in her own practice in Glendale from 1988 to 2005 working out of Adventist, Memorial & St. Joseph’s Hospital. In medical school she learned to stand up for herself and others, saying it is inherent in her to share her skills and passion with others. She served on YWCA Glendale’s board for over 9 years and is currently an Associate Professor at Keck USC Medical School.

As a mother of four women and an OB-GYN, Carol Ann’s focus has always been towards the betterment of the lives of women. Her philanthropic efforts have focused on female social and economic empowerment, as seen in her involvement with YWCA Glendale, Soroptomist International, and P.E.O.

Marilyn Kay Butler

Marilyn Kay Butler grew up in Glendale and attended Mark Keppel Elementary, Toll Middle School and Hoover High School. At Hoover High School her passion for helping others began. She was an active member of a Y service club, where she spent many hours with her friends involved in activities with YWCA Glendale. She married her husband, John Butler, in 1950 and raised 4 sons in Glendale.

While raising her children, her commitment to service carried on and she was heavily involved with her children’s schools. In 1975, she became a member of the Providence Saint Joseph Hospital Guild. known today as Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild. Around this time, she also became a member of the Associates of Family Service of Los Angeles which provided counseling and assistance to families in need. By 1978, she had joined Las Candelas, a Glendale women’s group that helps vulnerable children improve their lives, and continues to work closely with them as a Life Member. She is also a member of P.E.O. a philanthropic and educational organization with a focus on women’s empowerment.

Sona A. Tatiyants

Sona A. Tatiyants is the founder of Lynk Law, Inc., a law firm dedicated to servicing families and businesses with their estate planning needs. While serving as her client’s trusted advisor, Sona strives to build lasting relationships with her clients, working with them as their families and businesses grow.

Sona received a BA in English literature and Women’s Studies from UCSB. She has been a member in good standing with the State Bar of California since 2005, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude from Southwestern University of Law. Sona also has a degree of Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles with a focus on estate planning and taxation.

Knowing how important networking was to building her law practice, Sona partnered with close colleagues and in 2016 co-founded The Exchange LA, “a modern networking group with a non-profit twist”. The Exchange LA provides a forum with monthly meetings and activities to allow driven professionals and accomplished leaders to establish their personal brands, collaborate with and give back to their communities, refer business opportunities and extend their network. Sona is also on the executive committee board of Women to Women, a Los Angeles based networking group for professional women.


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Mary Boger 2008
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Ginger Bremberg 1996
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Fran Buchanan 2012
Phyllis Campbell 2002
Ruth Charles 2009
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Susie & Richard Dell 2006
JP O’Connor 2017
Paula Devine 2012
Lina Petrossian 2017
Dr. Zuzka Eggena 2005
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Ann Hermann 2011
Debbie Hinckley 2007
Susan Hunt 2007
Mary Lou Howard 2004
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