A citywide multi-ethnic “Celebrate YOUniqueness FESTIVAL2023” was held with much success! The event’s goal – “Bringing the Community Together” did happen.
It was a packed standing room venue at the Y. The free Festival is a collaboration by the City of Glendale, YMCA of Glendale and The Foothills and 4-core groups: Armenian Society of LA, Filipino American Business Association of Glendale, Korean-American Foundation of Glendale and Glendale Latino Association.
“It is our hope that this event is just the beginning and that it will become an annual event for everyone to enjoy our youniqueness, share and come together. You should have seen the pride and joy in their faces…” said Edith M. Fuentes, event Co-Chair.
Attendance was estimated at more than 500+.
In attendance also were Senator Anthony J. Portantino, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Congressman Adam Schiff’s Rep, Mayor Ardy Ardashes Kassakhian, Councilmembers Ara Najarian, Paula Devine, Elen Asatryan and Dan Brotman. Also present from the Philippine Consulate General Office were Consul Gamble and Cultural and Community Liaison Officer Hazel. FACLA President Trinity Foliente, PWC President Cora Aragon Soriano, President Kathy Lefkovits SIGlendale / Soroptimist Camino Real Region, City Manager Roobik Golanian and more.
Everyone was treated to food sampling, dance performances, music, songs, exhibits, arts and crafts, etc. FABAG-GLAC Officers and Board Members came in full force – Pres. Jo Solomonson, Marnie Lacsamana, Nelly Neri Aquino, Lolita Bandong, Goya Morelos, Ami Bautista, Rose Linda Gonzales, Regina Joy Alcazar, Celia Diaz Defato, Olivia Lopez and Dina Jose. Big Thank You goes to Max’s Restaurant, Elvira D Suavillo and House of Grill, Cynthia Lizan for the food donation. And for other FABAG Officers and Board Members’ donation of their Time, Talent and Treasure.
The event was Co-Chaired by George Saikali, Pres./CEO of Glendale YMCA. and Edith M. Fuentes, Past President and Board Member of FABAG, she is also a Board member of YMCA.