Pasadena Museum of History Honors 2013 Contemporary History Makers

Patina’s Johannes Masserer (PMH Board) with Mary Lane and Amy Masserer.  (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)2012 CHM Honoree Karen Craig (PMH Board), Steve Craig, Quinn Tang (PMH Board) (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)Lynn and Bradford Macneil (PMH Education Program Coordinator). (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)PMH Board President Laura Thompson (foreground) with (l to r) Johannes Masserer (Patina, PMH Board), 2013 CHM Honoree Nat Read and wife Linda Read. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)Tom Bunn, with PMH Executive Director Jeannette L. O’Malley. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)2013 CHM Honoree Nat Read and wife Linda with 2008 CHM Honorees Charles and Betty McKenney. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)Martha Camacho, Jan Sanders (PMH Board), Christine Reeder, Charles and Betty McKenney (2008 CHM Honorees) (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)Dave and Phyllis Crandon with 2012 CHM honoree Karen Craig (PMH Board) and Steve Craig. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)PMH President Laura Thompson with Honorary Event Chair Jim Watterson. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)2012 CHM Honoree Janet Kadin (PMH Board) and Sheryl Peters. (Photo credit: D. Reynolds)Vasillis and Christina Aivazis. (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)Eileen and Phil Rapa, Ruth Charles, Jim Ciccola. (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)Talin Yacoubian, Varuj Babikian. (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)Vasillis and Christina Aivazis, Jim Williams, Wendy Funkhouser (PMH Board), Talin Yacoubian, Varuj Babikian. (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)2013 Contemporary History Maker honorees Marilyn and Jud Roberts. (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)Karl  I. Swaidan, Managing Partner, accepts 2013 Contemporary History Maker Award on behalf of 2013 CHM honoree Hahn & Hahn LLP.  (Photo credit Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo)


4:41 pm | October 14, 2013

On Saturday, September 28, Pasadena Museum of History celebrated the achievements of its 2013 Contemporary History Maker honorees at a festive benefit dinner and silent auction in the museum’s Fenyes Estate gardens. Hahn & Hahn LLP, the Dorothy Trask Clune Murray Foundation, Nat B. Read, and Marilyn & Jud Roberts joined an elite roster of individuals and organizations honored with this designation since the award was inaugurated in 2000. A Contemporary History Maker is defined as an individual, business, or corporation whose civic passion, innovative design, or charitable interests continue to shape Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage.

The black tie soiree featured a gourmet dinner created by Chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group and a quartet of outstanding wines selected by Guest Sommelier Chris Meeske of Mission Wines (South Pasadena) with assistance from the event’s Sommelier Sponsor, Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse LLP. More than 250 guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres:

• Blini with smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche
• Beef sirloin crostini, tapenade, Parmigiano-Reggiano, baby arugula
• Brioche, goat cheese, grilled pear chutney
• Bamboo-spiked king trumpet mushrooms, garlic, parsley
• Farinettes – roasted chicken, shallot and blue cheese griddle cakes
and cocktails, including the specially-selected wines (2012 Domaine Sigalas, Assyrtiko/Athiri, Santorini, Greece; 2012 Meiomi, Pinot Noir, Monterey, Santa Barbara & Sonoma Counties) during the reception and silent auction prior to dinner. The dinner menu featured:
• A starter of roasted beets, aged goat cheese and hazelnut-cavolo nero pesto on little gem lettuce with shaved black bread, paired with a 2012 Francois Chidaie, Touraine Sauvignon, Val de Loire, France
• The entrée of braised short rib with red wine reduction & fennel pollen accompanied by potato confit, rainbow chard, & caramelized French butter pear, paired with a 2010 Bodega, Teso La Monja Romanico, Temperanillo, Toro, Spain.
• Dessert was a decadent triple chocolate mousse cake with crème brulee center served with caramel sauce & hazelnut crisp.

Biographies of the 2013 Honorees

Hahn & Hahn LLP
Founded in 1899, Hahn & Hahn LLP is one of the oldest law firms in California and is the largest general practice firm in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. The firm retains its century-old tradition of commitment to intellectual and professional excellence and unsurpassed integrity in the practice of law. At the same time our practice reflects the vitality of the rapidly evolving Pasadena community of which the firm is an integral part.

Dorothy Trask Clune Murray Foundation
Begun in the early 1970s, the Dorothy Trask Clune Murray Foundation supports Pasadena public education, leadership, health, and museums under the leadership of trustees Jim B. Boyle, Jr., A. William Olson, and Edward O. Robinson. The Foundation has been a major donor to the Museum for more than fifteen years.

Nat B. Read
Nat Read is a public relations practitioner, author, songwriter, and stand-up comic. Through his public relations consultancy, Read Communications, he provides counsel on government relations and crisis management. He is the author of Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, Los Angeles 1841 to 1878; The Jonathan Club Story; and Poet Cop. Nat served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees in the eighties.

Marilyn & Jud Roberts
Enriching the local community through their philanthropic endeavors and volunteerism, long-time patrons Marilyn and Jud Roberts hold a dear place at PMH. Marilyn is the author of A Journalist’s Journey: Harold Norwood Hubbard, which features oral histories from her father’s life. Their recent donation and cataloging of Hal Hubbard’s papers is a
valuable addition to the Museum’s collections.

Sponsors & Patrons

Chartreuse Sponsors
Avery Dennison
Hahn & Hahn LLP
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Sommelier Sponsor
Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruze LLP

Marketing Sponsors

Event Sponsors
Patina Catering
Mission Wines
Your Great Event
Oleg Cassini

Fuchsia Sponsors
John & Helen Baatz
City of Pasadena City Manager’s Office & Department of Libraries & Information
Karen & Steve Craig
Wendy Funkhouser & Jim Williams
Legacy Partners
Amy & Johannes Masserer
Don & Nancy McIntyre
Dr. Dennis O’Leary & Linda Davis-O’Leary
Pasadena City College Foundation
Nat B. Read
Marilyn & Jud Roberts
Laura & Jon Thompson
Bill & Carol Thomson
Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Aquamarine Patrons
Julie Gallant
Ron & Nadya Gustafson
Russ & Norma Hanlin
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kadin
Steve & Helen Kerstein
Chuck Livingstone
Jay & Penny Lusche
Joyce McGilvray
Penny Plotkin
Rosemary Simmons
Elizabeth Smalley, M.D. & Garth Gilpin
Stanislawski & Co., CPAs
Sid & Betsey Tyler
Jim Watterson
Judy & Randy Wilson
Maria Low Way
List as of 9/28/13

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