By Ruth Sowby Rands
From the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded to GAR Services to the Campbell Center, no matter what you call it, this organization has served its clients for 60 years.
The Oakmont Country Club was the opulent setting for the center’s anniversary celebration this past Saturday. Some 300 celebrants were also treated to a “Tribute Evening,” honoring those individuals and organizations contributing to the center’s success.
Welcoming his audience was Campbell Center Board President Eric Hamilton. VIPs recognized were new Glendale City Councilwoman Paula Devine, Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro and the police department’s young Explorers.
Actress Mariette Hartley was an able mistress of ceremonies.
First-up as “Lifetime Achievers” were Jerry and Phyllis Campbell. Their daughter Janice Campbell was born in 1950 with Down syndrome. Phyllis Campbell was a tireless crusader in developing an educational program for her daughter and others similarly challenged.
Those efforts led to the founding of the Glendale Assn. for Retarded Children as a preschool program in 1954. The center’s new name honors Janice Campbell. Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich presented a proclamation from the county to Phyllis and Jerry Campbell. Antonovich recalled that Janice Campbell had stuffed envelopes for his campaign.
Next, as one of the center’s “Heroes in Our Midst,” was Carol Jouroyan. From 1981, Jouroyan served as executive director of the Campbell Center for 25 years until her retirement. Current Executive Director Sandy Contreras presented Jouroyan with a “Special Recognition Award.”
More tributes went to Western Drug Medical Supply, which received the “Corporate Partner Hero of the Year Award.” Bozho and Josipa Deranja and their family received the “Caregiver Family Hero of the Year Award.” Their son Peter Deranja is a client at the center.
As past center residential administers, Don and Janice Peterson were honored with “Special Recognition.”
Singer/songwriter Bill Withers, the father of a mentally challenged son helped by the center, introduced the evening’s musical entertainment. His daughter and singer/songwriter Kori Withersbrought the house down.
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