Green Was the Color Du Jour as ‘Emerald Necklace’ Was Celebrated at Pasadena’s Amigos De Los Rios Gala

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 6:05 PM


The ‘Emerald Necklace’ was celebrated at a gala for Amigos De Los Rios, the Pasadena environmental organization working to nurture the watershed in the San Gabriel Valley.


People and nature came together in an evening that promised a close working relationship between partner groups, all with the aim of cleaning up the environment.


The gala celebrated the volunteers and the 5,000 students who helped Amigos De Los Rios plant 6,000 shrubs and 1,000 trees at 20 different locations in the San Gabriel Valley, said Amigos De Los Rios founder and Managing Director Claire Robinson.


Bringing greenery into peoples’ lives is the mission of the organization.


““The benefits are public health benefits, from increasing urban forestry and green space and all the mental health and anxiety reduction and great opportunities for physical fitness and discovery of civic space together,” she said. “Our primary focus has been in more disadvantaged areas impacted by a lack of parks that have more infrastructure. But our vision crosses the whole L.A. basin.”


The organization regularly partners with other local groups and shares a special affinity with the Arroyo Seco Foundation. Amigos De Los Rios uses the native plants grown by the Arroyo Seco Foundation in its landscaping and native plant restoration work.


The event was the third since the organization was founded in 2003. Amigos De Los Rios held its previous galas in 2003 and 2005.


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