Leadership Pasadena, Junior League of Pasadena Set the Table at New Charity Event

Andrew Arizmendi, Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, Lisa Waldrep and Dr. Don Waldrep Andy and Jennifer BurghdorfAnthony Guthmiller and Liz Rusak with their Audi A8 Tailgate TableAnthony Jones, Carla Buigues, Anthony Guthmiller, Nicole and Sam Lamb and Josh DriskellAvril Martin and Heather MartinBill Birney and Carey YountBrian and Katrin CostaCarla Buigues and Mary SpellmanCourtney Thomas and friendsDaniel Coffman, Jacen Crehan and Sarah Kellers of Staged SpacesDennis Lowe, Shona Lamb, Jordi Stringfellow and Shelly LoweDianna Hudson and Veronica FrancisJunior League of Pasadena members enjoying the eveningJunior League Sara Hatch and Leadership Pasadena Cindy BengtsonKabrel Geller, Maria Gonzales and Gustavo AlacalaKat O\'Sullivan, LP alum and event SponsorKorosh Soltania and Jordi StringfellowLawrence Charles and Liz RusnakLeadership Pasadena alumni and Board membersLenora DeMars, Michelle Blemel, Cesare Safieh, Avril Martin and Heather MartinLeslie Frazier, Anthony Guthmiller, Jeanne Chung and guest

Photography by JOY ELISE PHOTOGRAPHY

4:37 am | November 25, 2019


Setting the Table “The World of Conversation” delivered a new kind of charity event to Pasadena on November 13.

It was a visual extravaganza with 28 gorgeous designed tables plus great bites, beverages and dessert and a fabulous auction. Jordi & Co with Jacob Maarse Florists and David Orgell San Marino, the Pasadena Humane Society and Forest Lawn took top honors at the beautiful design competition, each winning a $6,000 full page color ad in LA Dreams Magazine.

Proceeds of the evening benefited Leadership Pasadena and the Junior League of Pasadena.

Event Co-Chair Jeanne Chung explained, “My vision was to see the creative forces in the Pasadena design community come together and inspire by pushing the boundaries of design, and on Saturday they did exactly that. All that participated went beyond their comfort level, and that to me was exciting, as too often we are bound by what others dictate. On Saturday the designers were free to experiment and put together a design that truly reflects their own design aesthetic and sensibility. Setting the Table was a stimulating evening for the designers, organizers, and attendees and such a thrill to see everyone’s hard work culminate the way it did. The room buzzed with excitement and anticipation. It is truly rewarding when you see design taken to a different level where for so long, the norm has been to play it safe. So many new conversations and collaborations formed as a result of Setting the Table and I can’t wait see where these new relationships go!”

Event Co-Chair Anthony Guthmiller of Aluxe shared a similar vision for this event–to provide a vehicle and venue where creative souls could interpret their ideas into a table setting that would inspire others.

“I was thrilled to see all the creative expression at Saturday evenings Setting the Table, the Art of Conversation event. They say art is the truest expression of one’s soul. Saturday we witnessed a collection of amazing souls’ expressions. The time, energy and art that was created in each of the tablescapes was so inspiring. It was also great to see people connect with each other. Imagine what will happen from all these connections and inspiration,” according to Anthony.

Participating in the artistic evening were ALUXE, ReWeaveLA, LCF Custom Travel, Amberleaf, Inc., Shannon Boggs , Plan-d Gallery, We Olive Pasadena, This Messy Table LA, Meredith Green Designs, Town & Country Event Rentals, Jeffrey Design, Timeless Celebrations, Charles & Company, Irma Villigas, Amy Peltier Interiors, Wesley Hall, Currey and Company, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, Pasadena Humane Society, Rusnak Audi Pasadena, Jacob Maarse Floral Design, The Silver Lining, Zoe Mosiacs, artWORKS/Learning Works, Casa|Wasy Interior Design, Inc., Pacific Floral and Event Design, Tameka Dianne, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, David Orgell San Marino, Custom Comfort Mattress, JORDI & CO Events, Shari-Tipich, The Art of Room Design, Caviar Dreams, Superhero of Love and Courtney Thomas Design.

Avery Dennison, LA Dreams Magazine, Rusnak Audi Pasadena, Hathaway Sycamores, Huntington Hill Imaging Centers, Town and Country Event Rentals, Lionmark Entertainment and UBDI.com were the top sponsors. Other generous sponsors were LA Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Joel Almquist; Hahn & Hahn; Bill and Claire Bogaard; City National Bank; DBS Law Group; Joe Lumarda; KSHIFT; SLC Law Group; Synder Diamond, California Closets, Eats on Madison, Lisa Marie Zastrow, Bill and Phyllis Lynes, Patti Traglio; Sweeten; One West Bank; Primuth, Driskell & Terzian; Backstrom Leadership Strategies and Calleton, Merritt, De Francisco & Bannon and Pacific Oaks College. Wines were donated by Young’s Market Company. Specialty liqueur tastings were provided by Austin Cocktails, Ketel One Vodka, Krafted Rum and Dulce Vida Organic Tequila. Desserts were provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes Pasadena, Twirl Bar, Nomad Pops and Etc Gourmet Kitchen.

For more about Leadertship Pasadena, visit http://www.leadershippasadena.org/

For more about the Junior League of Pasadena, visit https://www.jlpasadena.org/