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AbilityFirst Reveals its Future Plans at Reception for Community Leaders

Board members of AbilityFirst, the nearly 90 year old Pasadena-based charity, held a reception for community leaders to update them on their services, leadership and future plans, at a recent Friends Reception hosted by Board Member and Vice Chair John Kelly and his wife Jennifer at their home in San Marino. Other AbilityFirst leaders in attendance included Board Chair Steve Brockmeyer, and Board Members Mark…

Pasadena Rotary Club Sponsors 10 High School Students for a Weekend at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp

Albert Hernandez, Pasadena Rotary Club RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) co-chair pictured with Giselle Salas of Blair High School at the camp. On the weekend of April 17, over 300 high school juniors from the…

Hillsides Supporter Thomas Safran & Associates Wins Prestigious Child Welfare Award

Thomas Safran & Associates (TSA) provided a “Big Give” for Hillsides in the fall of 2014 that included raising more than $96,000 for Hillsides. TSA will be honored in Washington, D.C. on April 28 by…

Volunteers Contribute Time, Love and Expertise to Make a Difference in the Lives of the Children at Five Acres

Children’s Guild Awardees L - R: Marilyn Birkes, Jennifer Berger, (Five Acres Chief Advancement Officer,) Susan Lowe (Five Acres Volunteer Coordinator) Sandra Goto-Hochman, Nancy Lahey, Jerry Birkes, Linda Sakellariou, Peggy Cresto Five Acres hosted an…

Union Station Homeless Services Expands Programs to Help More People than Ever Before

Union Station Homeless Services is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive social service agency assisting homeless individuals and families. The agency offers client-centered and accessible services that help people rebuild their lives. “Our…

Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department Teams Up with Sydney Paige to Help Donate Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Kids in Need

The Rose Bowl was hopping last weekend with over 5,000 attendees who participated in an Easter egg hunt, where over 40,000 eggs were gathered. Among…

The Pasadena Playhouse Selected for Wallace Foundation Audience-Building Initiative

The Pasadena Playhouse has been selected for the New York-based Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability effort – a new, six-year, $52-million initiative aimed at…

Mayor Bill Bogaard Honored with the Junior League of Pasadena’s Inaugural Community Impact Award

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was presented with the Junior League of Pasadena’s first-ever Community Impact Award at Simply Speaking, the League’s annual benefit luncheon, held…

Pasadena Quilt Maker, 87, Has Made 1,000 Quilts for Charity and Counting

  Mie Harboe estimates that over the last 15 years, she’s made 1,000 quilts. That’s probably an understatement. And doesn’t take into account the many…

Women at Work Supporters Head to Santa Anita for Second Mystique and Fun Event

Women at Work, the Pasadena non-profit dedicated to empowering women (and men) looking for employment which recently announced it was forced to reevaluate its model after it failed to build a sustainable base of financial support, may be a bit down but it’s definitely not out. Enthusiastic supporters headed to Santa Anita Racetrack for the group’s second Mystique and Fun fundraising event earlier in March. “We are celebrating our 37 years of service to the community,” said Board Chair Uma Shrivastava. “We are celebrating with our supporters and donors as we look forward to serving our clients who are in…

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