Area Residents Took to Heart Helping Children with Challenges and Raised More Than $47,000

Kathy MacDonald, Maureen Railsback, Judy Gurka, Julie McCarty, standing: Donna Didden, Joanne Godbold, Joanne CenaHosted by board member Renee LaBran: Jon Moldafsky, Loretta Savery, Brad Weirick, Anthony Portantino, Vicki Schwartz, Brad Schwartz, Alex Black, Clarissa Weirick, Malcolm Boyd, Diane Moldafsky, Phil Wyatt, Wendy Wyatt, Laura Hobart, Dana Hobart. Seated: Renee LaBran, Elyse Del GuercioHosted by board member Cathy Woolway: Tiffany Beljak, Sarah Shelton, Tali Arnold, Avery Johnson, Jenny Genske, Jane Osborn. Front: Debra Whitehouse, Cathy Woolway, Alison Condon, Dianne McGeeJudy and Bob Abeles, Jamie LangPaulette Lang, Rob Myers, Annsely Strong, Mary PinolaSteve Petit, Annsley Strong, Betsy Petit, Roseanne and Tom RosaMiksuko Felton, Fritz Seitz, Dave Felton, Susan Seitz, Joel Strend, Charlotte StrendBill Martone, Lian Dolan, Amedeo CostantinoRob Ritter, John Berg, Tim Grochow, Corinna Ritter,  Ken MerchantLinda Delaney, Mike Delaney, Gail Merchant, Jack MacKenzie, Nora MacKenzie, Wade Winter, Gaia Winter, Sam Gay, Danielle GayRobert Lee, Wende Lee, Paul Kikuchi, Linda Puchalski, Joni Wong, Ed Wong (all South Pasadena)Randy and Mari Tamura, Nancy Adachi, Jane HoAaron Takahashi, Linda Puchalski, Paul KikuchiLolly Gallup, Steve Buntich, Nancy Hathaway, Hunter Clarke, Adrianne Grace, Steve Finney, Kelly Finney, Brad Freer, Lisa FreerJanet Hotchkin Tinoco, and Seema Sueko and Jan Saiget, of Pasadena Playhouse


12:10 pm | February 27, 2015

Hundreds of charity-minded area residents exercised the opportunity to enjoy first-class meals while simultaneously raising more than $47,000 for youngsters in need of mental-health and other therapeutic-support services as part of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser – Dinners From the Heart. Since its inception in 1991, the event has raised over $777,000 for the children and families served by Hathaway-Sycamores.

Held from Feb. 24 through Feb. 26, this year’s event included more than 35 first-rate restaurants located throughout the greater San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Orange County. This year’s event also featured several private group dinners with keynote-caliber guests, including: Randy Pura of Ventana Vineyards; Chef Claud Beltran from Claud & Co. Eatery; Seema Sueko, associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Aaron Takahashi, theatre, film and television actor; playwright Paul Kikuchi; Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times’ NFL columnist; Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times’national college football/basketball columnist; and Lian Dolan, writer, producer and broadcaster.

Commenting on the successful event, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone applauded all of the caring community members who supported this year’s fundraiser and expressed additional thanks to Dinners From the Heart co-chairs – the Los Altos Auxiliary, along with Bob and Gregg Smith of Smith Brothers Restaurant Corporation.”