VOLUNTEERS WILL BE HONORED AT HOSPITAL GALA.
LANCASTER - Phyllis Lask and Frank Visco have 65 years of combined volunteer service in the Antelope Valley. Their efforts will be honored June 15 by the Antelope Valley Hospital Gift Foundation at the organization's eighth annual gala.
The black-tie fund-raising event, which will feature entertainment by actress-singer-dancer Rita Moreno, will help build a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center (MRI).
``Phyllis and Frank, each in their own ways, have contributed immeasurably to many activities associated with the hospital, as well as other important community projects,'' said Dr. J.W. Birsner, foundation president.
Lask, widow of the late Dr. Salvadore A. Lask, is a registered nurse, and was president of the Gift Foundation in 1988-89. Her activity in the Antelope Valley began when she arrived in 1957 with her husband and two sons, David and Gary, both of whom became doctors.
She helped form and became a charter member of the local auxiliary of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. She was a founding member of the hospital's Alpha Charter Guild, served as the group's first vice president and was president of the Guild's first debutante ball.
Lask retired in 1984, but her activity level did not diminish.
``I'll always be volunteering for something,'' she said. ``And the pay is so good.''
Visco is owner of Frank Visco Insurance and Financial Services and has stayed busy volunteering countless hours with two specific local projects.
He helped coordinate the construction of the Lancaster Community Shelter and the day care center now being built for the Antelope Valley Assistance League.
His wife, Sharon, is a member of the league.
In the early 1970s Visco was vice chairman of the local United Way program and served on the board of directors at the YMCA. He also is active with the California Republican Party, for which he has served as chairman and vice chairman.
The Gift Foundation Gala will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Challenger Memorial Hall. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling the foundation at 949-5800.
LANCASTER - Another Secretaries Day luncheon is in the works for Wednesday - the annual day set aside for bosses to honor their secretaries.
The Antelope Valley Board of Trade is planning the second annual luncheon with special entertainment and food at the Antelope Valley Inn Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last year's luncheon attracted 150 people.
``We have put together a fun-filled program with a fabulous buffet,'' said chairwoman Laura Maluccio. ``We promise you a lot of laughs and many surprises for all the secretaries to enjoy.''
Entertainment will include comedian-singer Janice Walker, the Antelope Valley High School Steppers (a rap-drill team), a career wear fashion show by Bridal Cottage and a message from Sandy Garland of Northrop-Grumman about Professional Secretaries International.
Tickets are $15 each, or corporate tables for eight are $120. Reservations are requested.
PALMDALE - AquaDog is the new mascot for the Palmdale Water District and may soon be seen at school and other local functions.
AquaDog's goal is to sniff our water leaks and put an end to water waste, according to Nolan Negaard, vice president of the board of directors. AquaDog and his assistants from the Palmdale Water District will educate children and adults on water conservation.
In honor of Earth Day, AquaDog will be in the district lobby, 2029 E. Ave. Q, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday for pictures with kids. Children can also receive a small token gift after their picture is taken.