Burbank Temporary Aid Center will honor Mike Thomas and Jamie Keyser Thomas with the Burbank Top Award for Citizenship at our 14th Annual Dinner & Auction gala at The Castaway on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with cocktails, while guests bid on silent auction items as they mix and mingle.

In addition to the silent auction items, guests can also enjoy an opportunity drawing with several prizes and a Wine Pull. The pull will feature high end 90+ point wines and is perfect for anyone who enjoys good wine! Wine pull tickets are $25 per bottle.

The dinner and program will begin at 7:00 pm.

Dinner tickets are $125 per person. Tickets may be purchased here via Paypal (see below) or by contacting Barbara at bhowell@theBTAC.org or 818-848-2822 ext. 110. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

You can also download and fill out this response card and mail it in with your payment. Be sure to send in both pages, including the list of attendees and their food choices.

Response Card (PDF) – deadline 2/22

Clothing: business attire, Hawaiian flair encouraged.


Sponsorship Opportunities

** The deadline for sponsorships is Monday 2/13. **

Show your support for BTAC, Mike, and Jamie with an ad in the dinner Tribute Journal, or donate items for the silent auction, raffles, or wine pull. Download the following forms for more details. Please feel free to share with others to spread the word. Your help is appreciated!

Sponsorship Form (PDF) – deadline 2/13

Item Donation Form (PDF) – deadline 2/13

Tribute Journal Ad Specifications (PDF) – deadline 2/13

For sponsorship questions, please contact Barbara at bhowell@theBTAC.org or 818-848-2822 ext. 110.

Buy Tickets

BTAC Dinner & Auction Gala 2017

Dinner Menu Selection


Donate Instead

I am not able to attend, but please accept this donation in honor of Mike and Jamie:

read more

Planning to shop on Amazon for the holidays? Shop through AmazonSmile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to BTAC!

Click the banner or link below to get started.




read more

Help us raise funds by donating gently used clothing, accessories, electronics, and household items to Goodwill Southern California! BTAC earns money for every filled bin! At this time we are unable to accept furniture, bulky items, car seats, strollers, or broken toys or games.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 18, 2016
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

UMe Credit Union
3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Questions? Please call (818) 848-2822, ext. 114.

read more

Get out your spring hats and seersucker suits because it’s time for BTAC’s Annual Spring Tea Party! But wait, it’s a party with a twist!

Rather than asking you to get a babysitter, dress up, and listen to speeches, we provide the tea and you enjoy it at your convenience!

Your support is very important to BTAC.

So, please follow these four easy steps:

  1. Support BTAC’s services for members of our community who are financially struggling or are homeless by using the donation buttons below.

    Donate $50

    Donate $100

    Donate Other Amount

  2. Put on the teapot when you have time to relax and enjoy the tea attached to the letter you received in the mail.
  3. This year, take a photo of yourself enjoying your tea and then send it to BTAC, either with your donation through the mail, via email at info@theBTAC.org, or even post it on BTAC’s Facebook page. Use #BTACSpringTeaParty with your post.

    If you didn’t get a bag of tea in the mail, you can still participate by donating and using your own tea for a photo! If you would like to receive the actual tea letter in the mail next year, please contact info@theBTAC.org to be added to the list.

  4. Feed good knowing you’re helping your neighbors and friends in the community.

As you know, BTAC provides assistance to the homeless and low-income in our community. Whether providing groceries or utility assistance for someone struggling to make ends meet or providing an address for mail and a place to shower for the homeless, BTAC is helping provide the necessities of life to those in need. And with your donation, you are helping ensure BTAC’s work continues.

Every response we receive prior to June 30 will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards to a business located here in Burbank!

If you would like more information about the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, its services, or volunteering, please contact BTAC at (818) 848-2822.

read more

Join BTAC and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the largest one-day food drive in the country!

On May 14, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

Stamp Out HungerReview Frequently Asked Questions

For more than 20 years, the NALC has conducted an annual nationwide food drive on the second Saturday in May. Using the unparalleled postal networks, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Among the many local volunteer groups that will help are the United Way, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, various student groups, Rotary Clubs and AARP groups.

“Many people in this country struggle with hunger every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.”

For more than a decade, the drive has annually collected more than 70 million pounds of food. Over the course of its history, the food drive has collected 1.4 billion pounds of food to help feed our neighbors.

Together we can stamp out hunger!

read more

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 13th Annual Dinner & Auction gala at The Castaway on Friday, March 4, 2016!

The evening began with cocktails, while guests bid on silent auction items as they mixed and mingled. In addition to the silent auction, guests enjoyed an opportunity drawing and a Wine Pull. The pull featured 90+ point wines, including wines valued up to $150! The awards dinner and program followed the opening reception. Michael Cusumano accepted the 2016 Burbank Top Award for Citizenship on behalf of the Cusumano Real Estate Group, thanking BTAC for the work we do in the community and all those in attendance for their support. The evening ended with a live auction. Stealing the show was little Captain, a 10-week-old rescue puppy from Shelter Hope Pet Shop, up for auction to find a forever home.

For more photos and details on the evening, read the article at MyBurbank.com.


Thank you to our sponsors for making the evening possible!



  • Warner Bros.


  • Cusumano Real Estate Group
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Worthe Real Estate Group


  • Dave and Pat Augustine
  • Burbank Water and Power
  • Entertainment Partners
  • Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Schafer Electric
  • Walmart


  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Crown Realty and Burbank Town Center
  • Jenny Bales Photography
  • Nickelodeon


  • Arte de Mexico
  • Belmont Village
  • Blue Ribbon Carpet
  • Brad Korb Real Estate Group
  • Comprehensive Financial Services
  • Lee & Associates
  • Nadia Geller Designs
  • Providence High School

Very Special Thanks

  • Master of Ceremonies: Michael Hastings
  • Centerpieces: Bardwell’s Florist, Jocelyn Paris
  • Invitations: Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Tribute Journal: Patterson Graphics
  • Wine: Handy Market
  • Volunteers: Disney VoluntEARS
  • Music: Third Street Trio
  • Dinner Committee: Dee Call, Kimberley Clark, Darryl Forbes, Jessa Freemyer, Maddy Horne, Barbara Howell, Nancy Gams Korb, Silvia Mancini, Linda Noel, Leslie Smith, Lauri Veverka, and Vicki Williams.

Auction and Drawing Donors

Our heartfelt thanks to the many businesses and individuals who so graciously donated to our auction, wine pull, and opportunity baskets. Please support these businesses and individuals who helped make our Dinner & Auction Gala possible and so successful!

  • 818 Pizza & Sports
  • ACME Archives Limited
  • Autry National Center
  • Glenn Bales
  • Barragan’s Restaurant
  • Beauty Kiss Carpets
  • Bell Cottage
  • Jennifer Bender
  • Besame
  • Beverage Brothers
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Bisordi Painting
  • Border Grill at Mandalay Bay
  • Susan and Darrin Borders
  • Brad Korb Real Estate Group
  • Bruce Lilly, DDS
  • Burbank Bar and Grille
  • Burbank City Federal Credit Union
  • Chief Tom Lenihan and the Burbank Fire Department
  • Burbank Parks, Recreation, and Community Services
  • Chief Scott LaChasse and the Burbank Police Department
  • Burbank Public Works
  • Dee Call
  • The Castaway
  • Kimberley Clark
  • Ron Cogan
  • Corepower Yoga
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Cusumano Real Estate Group
  • Damon’s Steakhouse
  • DeBell Golf Course
  • Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant
  • Dr. David Gordon, O.D.
  • Elegant Portraits
  • Elizabeth Feiner
  • Darryl and Penny Forbes
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen
  • Jessa Freemyer
  • Sarah Fulton, Fulton & Co.
  • Gary Bric’s Ramp
  • Geeky Teas
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Grain Lab
  • Barry Gussow and Karen Volpei
  • Handcrafted Portraits
  • Maddy and David Horne
  • Hotel Amarano
  • Barbara Howell
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Kids Community Dental Clinic
  • Nancy Gams Korb
  • Krimson Hair Studio
  • La Cabanita Restaurant
  • Lincourt Vineyard
  • Logix Community Stars Foundation Board of Directors: Alethia Calagias, Philip Denlea, Michel Hui, Ricky Torres, Kent Johnson, Evelyn Escober, and Matt Overin
  • Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Jan Loporchio
  • Jennifer Magerkurth
  • Silvia Mancini
  • Mark Hazard Personal Trainer
  • Miceli’s Restaurants
  • Michelle Bouse’s Beauty Boutique
  • Mom
  • Mon Ami Gabi and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
  • Moore’s Delicatessen
  • Linda Noel
  • Jack O’Neill
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera Bread
  • Gary Perkovac
  • Poquito Mas
  • Porto’s Bakery
  • Ra Organic Spa
  • Nat and Alma Rubinfeld
  • Sanrio
  • Santoro’s Submarine Sandwiches
  • Michael Sbicca
  • Sea Glass Fine Art Photography
  • The Shag Store – West Hollywood
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlours
  • Shelter Hope Pet Store
  • Skin Matrx Beauty Solutions – George Orloff, MD
  • Leslie Smith
  • Drew Sugars
  • Bill Swoger
  • Tiki Paws
  • Tonga Hut
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Vendome Liquor – North Hollywood
  • Lauri Veverka
  • The Voice
  • Michael Walbrecht
  • Warner Bros. Studios
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Westfall Commercial Furniture
  • Jean Wiegman
  • Vicki and Jeff Williams
  • Yummy Cupcakes


Vintage photos courtesy of the Burbank Historical Society.


read more

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to raise funds, as well as support Goodwill’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities or other disadvantages through education, training, and job placement services. That’s good for everyone!


Help us raise funds by donating gently used:

  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Electronics
  • E-media
  • Household Items
  • And more!

BTAC earns money for every bin full of donated items. We thank you! Goodwill thanks you! Together we can make a difference!


Please Drop-off Your Donations:

Saturday, June 20, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Burbank City Federal Credit Union
1800 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506

Questions? Call (818) 848-2822 ext. 114.

NOTE: At this time we are unable to take furniture or large bulky items. Pick up of donations can be arranged!

Help Us Spread the Word

Click the images below to download full-page or half-page flyers. Print and share!

Full-Page Flyer

Full-Page Flyer

BTAC/Goodwill Fundraising Donation Drive - Halfsheet Flyer

Half-Page Flyer

read more

Saturday May 9th, 2015

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a national event performed every year by the National Association of Letter Carrier’s (or you local mailmen and women.) It is one of the largest food drives that BTAC participates in and we need all hands on deck.

For more information visit:

NALC.org (http://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger)


If you’d like to help BTAC during this food drive, please contact the BTAC Volunteer Coordinator, Alyson Westfall.

(818) 848-2822 ext 116



read more

Thanks to everyone who attended the BTAC Annual Gala this year, in which we honored Providence St. Joseph’s for all the great work they do in our community. BTAC is blessed to have the support of this generous community, and we truly could not exist without your support.





Here’s an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Burbank Leader.

On the Town: BTAC honors hospital for citizenship

By David Laurell

“The Burbank Temporary Aid Center, known as BTAC, presented Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center with Burbank’s Top Award for Citizenship at its 12th annual gala fundraiser held at the Castaway Restaurant and Special Events Center on March 6.

Always well-attended by local dignitaries and representatives from Burbank’s governmental, business, media and nonprofit factions, this annual event, which honors a Burbank company, organization or individual who has shown dedication to bettering the community, also serves as BTAC’s premier fundraiser.

Welcomed by Barbara Howell, BTAC’s chief executive, and the organization’s chairman of the board, Ron Sorensen, who also serves as the director of the Providence Center for Community Health Improvement for Providence Health and Services, attendees enjoyed the evening’s program emceed by Gary Olson, president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s gala, co-chaired by Nancy Gams Korb, a member of the Brad Korb Team of RE/MAX In Action Realtors, and Alethia Calagias, who oversees community relations for the Logix Federal Credit Union, was made possible by the event committee composed of Susan Borders, Dee Call, Kimberley Clark, Benjamin Dennis, Darryl Forbes, Jessa Freemyer, Angie Gonzalez, Maddy Horne, Courtney Korb, Silvia Mancini, Teri Suarez, Lauri Veverka and Vicki Williams.

…Also honored were longtime BTAC volunteer Dorothy Murray and staff member Edward Stapleton, who serves as the organization’s pantry and facility manager.”

read more

Burbank Temporary Aid Center to expand following planning board approval


By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com August 12, 2014 | 6:16 p.m.


The Burbank Temporary Aid Center will move forward with plans to expand its operation into a commercial building next door after receiving the unanimous green light on the proposal from the Burbank Planning Board on Monday.The nonprofit, which annually serves 300 homeless people and 3,000 low-income Burbank households, will use the building at 1308 W. Burbank Blvd., which used to house a post-production company, to create food storage pantries, two offices and a laundry room.Operators said with the expansion, they’ll be serving the same number of clients with some much-needed elbow room. In the center’s current facility, food bins are reportedly stacked 9 feet above ground, and clients often spill out of the lobby and must stand outside while waiting to be seen.


read more

Burbank Temporary Aid Center will honor Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center with Burbank’s Top Award for Citizenship. The award will be presented at BTAC’s annual gala at The Castaway on Friday, March 6, 2015.Invite5


The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, while guests bid on silent auction as they mix and mingle. The dinner and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the silent auction items, guests can also enjoy raffles and a Wine Pull. This will feature high end wines and is perfect for anyone who enjoys good wine.


The Grand Raffle features three wonderful prizes.

1st Prize: Two nights in the Terrace Suite at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas ($600 value)

2nd Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Prize: $100 Target Gift Card

You don’t need to be present to win the Grand Raffle prizes. In order to purchase tickets, please contact Barbara at bhowell@theBTAC.org or 818-848-2822 ext. 110


Tickets are $110 per person. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available. Tickets may be purchased here via Paypal or by contacting Barbara at bhowell@theBTAC.org or 818-848-2822 ext. 110. Deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

read more

Guess what Burbank?! The month of November is BTAC month, or so proclaims the Burbank City Council! We have a whole slew of events scheduled by our partners and supporters around the city, all geared up to help BTAC accomplish it’s holiday efforts for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Check out these upcoming events.

November Schedule

All Month Food Drives and Activities

  • Olive Auto Centerlogo
    • From now through December 31st, Olive Auto Center will give you a $30.00 voucher to be used on any service and repair on your automobile. All you have to do is to stop by our service facility at 264 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91502. Write a tax deductible check for $30.00 made out to “Burbank Temporary Aid Center” and we will give you a voucher. You can also use them as gifts for your family member’s cars. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Entertainment Partners Food Drive: Team Peanut Butter vs. Team Jelly
  • Escrows, Inc. Food Drive 3520 W. Magnolia Blvd.
  • Logix Federal Credit Union New Toy & Food Drive: 2340 N. Hollywood Way
  • My Eye Media Food Drive
  • UMe Federal Credit Union New Toy Drive: 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.
  • Warner Bros.: Food and Toy Drive
  • Yoga Blend Studio: Free classes with a donation (monetary or food) to BTAC.

4th: Proclamation of Burbank Temporary Aid Center Month at City Council

1st – 21st: Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Food Drive 2244 N. Buena Vista Street and at 10 after-school programs located on elementary and middle school campuses. Donations of Holiday Foods are especially welcome.

3rd – 26th: Burbank City Federal Credit Union is conducting a food drive. Look for the BTAC bins in the lobby!

3rd – 20th: Horace Mann Child Care Center is conducting a food drive.

6th – 7th: Burbank vs. Burroughs football games and food drives for BTAC. JV plays on the 6th, and Varsity on the 7th. This is more than a hometown rivalry! BTAC will be the real winner when those cheering on their favorite teams bring canned goods to donate to BTAC.

8th: American Lutheran Church is gathering items for Goodwill. But your donation will help raise money for BTAC, too! So, go through your closets and share all of those ‘treasures’ you no longer need. 755 N. Whitnall Highway.
8th – 15th: Scouting for Food (Boy Scouts). Scouts distribute bags on the 8th. Then leave food on your doorstep for the Scouts to pick up on the 15th.

13th: Burbank Chamber of Commerce is asking those attending their November Luncheon to bring canned goods and holiday foods for BTAC.

18th: Thanks ‘fore’ Giving: Women’s Golf Association of Lakeside Golf Club will collect hygiene items, new men’s socks and underwear for BTAC.

19th: Annual delivery of turkeys from Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and their elves (aka Brad and Nancy Korb and the Brad Korb Team!)
21st: Holiday in the Park will incorporate a food drive for BTAC. So bring a donation and support BTAC, while you kick-off the holiday season at the Holiday in the Park Festivities! Holiday foods are especially needed at this time of year.
21st: Leadership Burbank Thanksgiving Dinner & Leadership Discussion at Tony’s Bella Vista. Cost is $20, plus a new book for BTAC to give to a teen/tween for Christmas. This would be a great way to learn more about Leadership Burbank, while supporting BTAC.

21st: Nickelodeon Thanksgiving Lunch and Food Drive Competition. Shows compete to see which can collect the most food for BTAC!

23rd: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: 7 p.m. at American Lutheran Church (Hollywood Way & Clark). This is a wonderful start to the holiday season for everyone. Bring your family or a friend, as well as donation for BTAC.

Continuing through Christmas

  • Barnes and Noble Book Drive, beginning right after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas, donate a book to make a child’s holiday much brighter.
  • Born Free Cycles: Toy Drive
  • Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy/Gift collection
  • Entertainment Partners/Central Casting Food Drive: Team Peanut Butter vs. Team Jelly
  • Olive Auto Center, $30 service for a $30 donation to BTAC
  • Warner Bros. Food and Toy Drive




read more

BTAC GALA Event 2014

gala2Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate our 40th Anniversary on Friday, March 7, 2014, at our 11th Annual Gala held at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. This year we were pleased to honor Warner Bros. Studios with the Burbank Top Award for Citizenship.

Friday, March 7, 2014
The Castaway Restaurant

1250 Harvard Rd.
Burbank, CA 91501

5:30pm – Cocktails, Raffle, and Silent Auction!
7:00pm – Dinner, Program, and Award

Thank you to all who attended for caring about our community by supporting BTAC. Your generosity provides hope and help to those in need.



read more