College Access Plan Hosts First Annual All CAP No Gown Benefit

On Sunday, October 13, 2019

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 3:37 PM

The CAP Pack, a group of dedicated volunteers organizing College Access Plan’s first annual All CAP No Gown benefit. Standing left to right: Maureen Eagle Gelberg, Eileen Hale, Michele Ancheta, and Event Chair Jennifer Thibault; seated left to right: Maria Khader-Karp, College Access Plan Executive Director Mo Hyman, and Elise Wetzel; Not pictured: Rita Ho Bezzola


College Access Plan (CAP), a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, will hold its first annual “All CAP No Gown” benefit at the Pasadena home of Elise and Rick Wetzel on Sunday, October 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Rick and Elise Wetzel with College Access Plan Executive Director Mo Hyman

Philanthropic and community leaders will gather for an evening of gourmet carnival-style appetizers by Chef Claud Beltran, handcrafted pizzas from Pasadena’s own Blaze Pizza, lawn games, wine, and music by The Big Butter Jazz Band, all to benefit CAP’s student-centered services.


CAP events are always fun and this one will be no different! Organized by the CAP Pack, a newly formed group of dedicated volunteers, guests can plan on besting their friends at corn hole or trying their luck at the wine toss. “This is the first event of its kind for CAP, and we are so grateful to Elise and Rick, and to the CAP Pack for encouraging their friends and colleagues to come out and support us. We rely on contributions from the community to make our programs go and grow, and we could not launch this event without their tremendous efforts.” says Executive Director Mo Hyman.


Individual tickets for $100 and patron packages from $300-$1,000 are available online at Casual, lawn-friendly attire is encouraged.


Special thanks to Blaze Pizza, Claud & Co, and HKG, LLP for their support of this event.


About College Access Plan


Founded in 2006, College Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, PasadenaLEARNs, Lake Avenue Community Foundation, the Southern California College Access Network, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at high schools and middle schools, through program partnerships, and to PUSD graduates that attend college. CAP serves 1,600 PUSD students and graduates with college applications, financial aid, SAT preparation, and other forms of essential college preparatory and success support. For more information visit