Pasadena Rotary Centennial Gala Draws a Crowd, Achieves Giving Goals

Diane & JP Harris, Colleen CareyRob & Ginny Fisher, Heather Cain & Board Member Sean Cain, President of the Rotary Club Scott VandrickColleen Carey, Rob & Ginny Fisher, Dianna Peterson-MoreDirectors of the Rotary Club Terry Masango, Paul Martin, Chistopher PerriWill & Zoryana HoymanDr. Grant Willcox, Gail Scanlan, Janet WillcoxDistrict Governor Elect Greg Jones, Brenda JonesPresident of the Rotary Club Scott Vandrick, Tony Foster, Mary Lou ByrneDana Bean, Kalvin Chan, Garrett Bell, Jan Sanders Adriana Lim Smith, Past president Mary Lou Byrne, Garrett Collins, Matt Macentire, Kelly Bradley, Board of Directors Member Nate BradleyCandice Colliflower, Edgar Garcia-MoraMark & Patricia BatatianTony foster, Patrick Garcia, Eric BakerArmida Baylon. Lala MinasianJonathan Edewards, Edseld\'souza, Eric GunterMark Baratta, Janet Moore, Board member Sean Cain, and Cyrus AfshinRenate Melcowene, Jan Moscaret, Board member Debbie Loveland, Susanne Sohen, Mel CohenJason Clawson, Geam Buchanan, Jean & Marilyn Buchanan, George Falardeau, Police Chief John E Perez

By DONNA BALANCIA | Photography by TORI MOCA

5:07 am | October 22, 2019


One hundred years of service by Pasadena Rotarians was celebrated as more than 200 guests raised $160,000 at the club’s Centennial Ball on October 19.

Those on hand included Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Police Chief John Perez and Rotary International District 5300 Governor Luanne Arredondo.

The event included the premiere of the Rotary Club of Pasadena’s Tribute Video produced by Pasadena Media, a 6-minute retrospective of the Club’s century of good work and centennial reflections by President Scott Vandrick.

“The legacy of the Rotary Club of Pasadena lives on through the Club’s acts of goodwill and bonds of friendship,” said Vandrick. “It was awe-inspiring to gather at our Centennial Ball to toast a community organization which makes the world a better place.”

There was also the unveiling of the Rotary Club of Pasadena Centennial Project, “Heart of the Home,” a capital renovation project in collaboration with Union Station Homeless Services.

The special fundraising event raised more than $160,000 toward four Centennial goals: Increasing local community grants; increasing international projects funding; a meaningful gift to Rotary International’s Polio Plus program to eradicate Polio from the planet; and a major gift to Union Station Homeless Services to support the completion of “Heart of the Home,” a capital renovation project at the adult center on Raymond Avenue.

“Over the past hundred years, thousands of Pasadenan Rotarians have put service above self and uncovered avenues to improve a community which we all share,” Vandrick said. “I was incredibly proud of the Rotary Club of Pasadena, and of all of our past and current members.”

For more information about the Club and its good works, visit http://www.pasadenarotary.com/ .