It’s a Tie for Leadership Pasadena’s Inaugural Tablescape Design Competition

Suzi Sheedy, Dana Naples, Anthony Guthmiller, Juliana Serano, Rita GoochJim Kenney, April Bosum, Zac Cervantes, Griselda de Mel, Amber Anderson, Ricky BielLP committee member Cheri Washington and Fire Chief/LP alum Bertral WashingtonPasadena Vice Mayor John Kennedy and Fire Chief Bertral WashingtonGlenn Crawford and President Eszylfie Taylor, Taylor Insurance and Financial ServicesRay and Barbara Bushnell, LP alumLP alum Phlunte\' Riddle and Aaron WheelerJeanne Ward and Rae Magnuson, Women\'s City Club of PasadenaJennifer Scibetta, Community Dir. and Charlotte Miles, Pres., Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.Josh Driskell, LP Board Chair, Mary Spellman, LP alum, and Cheri WashingtonHelene Williamson, Lynne Graves, Mary Spellman, Anthony Guthmiller, Cindy Bengtson, Lee Houck, and Cheri Washington, LP event committeeWinning tablescape, artWORKSCarlos Villegas, Sergio Hernandez, and Mikala Rahn, artWORKS; Dana Banta and Catie Roheim, The Monogrammed HomeWinning tablescape, artWORKSWinning tablescape, The Monogrammed HomeWinning tablescape, The Monogrammed Home

Photo credits: Hosie Thomas; Jenny Chen, Joy Hillman

7:11 pm | August 1, 2018


Hundreds of guests. Dozens of volunteers. 14 tablescape designers. And not one but two designers took the prize for “Favorite Tablescape” of the night. Yes, Leadership Pasadena’s first tablescape competition, Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation, ended in a tie!

Dana Banta and Catie Roheim of The Monogrammed Home and Mikala Rahn along with students from her artWORKS program designed the two winning tablescapes as voted on by event guests. While the design teams produced distinctly different tableaus, both underscored the evening’s “conversation” theme and captured the attention of guests and fellow designers alike. Thanks to the generosity of DREAMS Magazine, each designer will be awarded a full-page color ad in the luxury publication.

The dual awards were presented by the magazine’s Ty Fischer and Natalie Friberg following a spirited auction and prize drawing hosted by Artistic Director Anthony Guthmiller, with remarks by Leadership Pasadena’s Board Chair, Joshua Driskell and Executive Director Cynthia Bengtson. Both applauded the designers for their creativity and thanked the team at NOOR, generous sponsors, and dedicated volunteers who made the event possible. All proceeds from the evening will be used to fund the organization’s community and Veterans training programs.

Event guests included Pasadena Vice Mayor John Kennedy, Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Leadership Pasadena board members and former students, event sponsors, and prominent business leaders and their guests.