Friends in Deed Holds Jazzy Evening at the Castle Green

Guests enjoy Friends in Deed Jazz on the GreenGuests enjoy Friends in Deed Jazz on the GreenGuests enjoy Friends in Deed Jazz on the GreenGuests enjoy Friends in Deed Jazz on the GreenGuests enjoy Friends in Deed Jazz on the GreenRichard Cheung, FID Board President and Stacy Santeramo, FID Board SecretaryGuests enjoy music and food at Jazz on the GreenFriends In Deed staffJazz on the Green honorees Rhonda Stone, Rev. Carri Patterson Grindon, and Martin Burnham flanked by FID Board President Richard Cheung and FID Executive Director Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

From STAFF REPORTS

2:45 pm | September 28, 2018


On September 26, 2018, the mellow sounds of jazz provided the soundtrack for an evening of socializing and delicious food and drink at the historic Castle Green. Over 400 guests enjoyed aperitifs on the lawn along with a mouthwatering selection of small plates and browsed the many enticing lots in the silent auction.

Over $130,000 was raised for Friends in Deed’s programs.

Honorees for the event were Rhonda Stone, Executive Assistant to the Mayor and City Council; Hercules Forwarding freight shipping company; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Altadena. These individuals and organizations  demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and have been valued supporters of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.

Music for the evening was provided by jazz group LosAKAtombros, an ensemble of highly regarded musicians with impressive resumes in jazz and classical music, including work in film, theater, and television and as recording and touring artists. The roots of the band are in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, a predominantly African American and historically Japanese American community. Alongside an affinity with African American creative music from the late 50s and 60s, most notably with artists such as Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, members of the band (third-generation Japanese Americans) take inspiration from their Japanese heritage. The ensemble’s repertoire therefore includes both jazz standards and original works that explore Japanese musical traditions.

Friends In Deed, a 124-year-old social services agency in Pasadena, focuses on alleviating the effects of poverty for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Monies raised will go to support its Food Pantry (open three days each week), the Women’s Room (a day shelter for homeless and at-risk women), Bad Weather Shelter (weather activated during the winter months), Homelessness Prevention Program (rental assistance for folks threatened with eviction) and Street Outreach Program, working to connect with the chronically homeless in an effort to get them housed. Friends In Deed is committed to providing a dignified experience for all its clients and to the ongoing fight for long-term sustainable housing for all.