Record Number of Attendees and Funds Raised Made This Year’s Jazz on the Green the Best Ever

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STAFF REPORT

1:15 am | October 3, 2019


Over 500 guests and honorees gathered together to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz, drinks from local wine producers and distilleries, and a gourmet selection of appetizers and small plates provided by local eateries. There was also a silent auction, with an exciting array of items to bid for. Altogether Jazz on the Green raised over $200,000 in much needed funds for Friends In Deed.

Honorees for the event were Mishele Myers, Nothing Bundt Cakes Pasadena, Pasadena Covenant Church, and Bill and Claire Bogaard.

These individuals and organizations have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and have been long-serving supporters of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs.

For their service to the City of Pasadena, Bill and Claire Bogaard received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Richard Cheung, Board President of Friends In Deed, said: “Celebrating our 125th year serving our most vulnerable neighbors has been a very humbling experience for our agency and, continuing that theme of celebrating long service, it will be an honor to recognize Bill and Claire Bogaard for their years of work in our community.”

Musical accompaniment to the evening was performed by the Donovan/Muradian Trio (DMT) featuring Chad Edwards. The trio is located in the Pasadena area, and musicians Chad Edwards (piano), Larry Muradian (bass) and Jeff Donovan (drums) perform the music they love with a swinging, straight-ahead jazz style reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s.

Friends in Deed, a 125-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), Street Outreach Team (working to end homelessness on the streets of Pasadena) and Homelessness Prevention Program (rental assistance for folks threatened with eviction). Friends in Deed is committed to providing a dignified experience for all its clients and the ongoing fight for long-term sustainable housing for all.