2023 Celebrity Poker Tournament Fundraiser
October 14, 2023
5:30 pm Doors open, Food and Drinks Are Served
6:00 pm A lesson in Texas Hold ‘Em by The Poker People
6:30 pm Executive Director Welcome
Second Round of Food Served
6:35 pm Tournament Begins
6:45 – 9 pm 12-Gauge Wire performs
7:30 pm TOURNAMENT BREAK
7:45 pm Dessert is served
8:00 pm Tournament Resumes
10:00 pm Tournament Ends
10:15 pm Tournament Winners/Raffle Winner Announced
10:30 pm Good Night!
TARZANA MUSIC NIGHT: LIVE!
Special Guest: Kathleen Kelso
TARZANA NATIVE PLANT FAIR
COMEDY NIGHT - JASON LOVE
TARZANA MUSIC NIGHT: LIVE!
A Brief History of “the Corner”
Tarzana is the birthplace of Tarzan – Lord of the Apes. Celebrated American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs created the world-famous jungle hero right here on his own spacious Tarzana Ranch, in the San Fernando Valley where he spent most of his life riding, writing, and living life to the fullest. The author would have seen and recognized the modest 1940s Spanish-style home located just a few blocks west of his own large, hilltop hacienda.
The house was built in 1940 by Diana Delugge for Diana and Rudy’s Garden Statuary business. It now serves as the offices for the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, and also a small museum that highlights the early history of Tarzana and Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose world famous character gave Tarzana its name. It also has meeting rooms for local community organizations and educational programs.
From the early ’50s through the next four decades, this property on the corner became Diane and Rudy’s Garden Statuary, a rustic, wooded outlet well known to Valley residents. In the early ’90s, it was sold to a commercial developer who, in turn, sold it a few years later to a major storage company.
For a time, it seemed as if one more commercial venture was to occupy this special piece of land. Helen Itria Norman, then president of the Tarzana Property Owners Association, had a “wild daydream” to build a community and cultural center where the property could be used as “a community meeting place where people can come together to discuss their respective needs, and find solutions.” Initially, her dream seemed unlikely to become a reality, but in 2000, local resident Helen Baker gathered neighborhood support to make TCCC the basis of the lovely garden we enjoy here today.
Since opening its doors in 2002, TCCC has played host to hundreds of community events and been a meeting place for many different community and cultural groups. Some of the organizations that have called TCCC home include Wings Over Wendy’s, The Jewish Federation, Climate Reality Project, Tarzana Property Owners Association, Tarzana Improvement Association, a community book forum, a Persian poetry group, local MS support groups, a burn survivor support group, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Currently, TCCC hosts a monthly music showcase for local singer-songwriters, a Ted Talk-style speaker series on a variety of topics, comedy and theatrical presentations, health and wellness classes, Hebrew classes, art classes, music classes for blind students, Music Together™, a free children’s garden program that incorporates gardening, art and science, plus other cultural and educational programs. The property is also available to the public to rent for private events and celebrations for a reasonable fee, with discounts for other non-profit organizations.
2023 Celebrity Poker Tournament Sponsors
Claire Bloom & Katty Vega
Event Associate Chair
Sydney Wilkinson Whitehead
Zina Block, Cheri Mahikanecht
Jackie Goldberg, Gary Lord Johns
(Calvin Baber on Drums, Nola Plessner on Bass and Vocals, Megan Zhao on Piano and Alto Saxophone, Mattix Le on Viola and Guitar)
Gary Lord Johns
Irene Party Rentals
Poker Event Company
The Poker People
Poker Night Volunteers
Natalie Baber, Helen Davidov, Lisa Davis,
Arpit Joshi, Kevin & Suzie Hickey
Dave Jefferson/Silkbush Mountain Vineyards
Optics by Serge
Jamie Vela/Unwind Restaurant
And a BIG SPECIAL THANKS to our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS, without whom we simply could not do what we do:
Zina Block, Lisa Davis, Kevin & Suzie Hickey, Arpit Joshi, Jodi Legarra and Cheri Mahlknecht
Gary Lord Johns
VP of MEMBERSHIP
Kathy Delle Donne
The Tarzana Community & Cultural Center is established to provide and maintain a facility, in a park-like setting, dedicated to the community for meetings, activities and programs that nurture community spirit, the arts, education and leadership, and preserve the history and the unique cultural qualities of Tarzana.