Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Awards $315,000 in 56 Gifts and Grants to Regional Non-Profits and Schools

Published : Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 5:21 PM

Recipients Pasadena Conservatory of Music (l-r): Vikki Sung, 2017 Benefit Chair of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Melissa Froehlich, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Stephen McCurry, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Christine Upton, Gifts and Grants Chair.

Gifts and Grants in the amount of $315,000 have been awarded to 56 schools and non-profit organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts’ (PSHA) Gifts and Grants program. These grants help support music education and music enrichment in schools, youth orchestras and choruses, and music therapy programs, as well as underwriting concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and other local cultural institutions.

Recipients Villa Esperanza Services (l-r): Vikki Sung, 2017 Benefit Chair of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Katherine Evans, Villa Esperanza, Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza and Christine Upton, Gifts and Grants Chair.

“It is so rewarding see that the money raised by PSHA is put to such good use supporting the many worthwhile organizations who bring music enrichment to our community,” said Gifts and Grants Chair, Christine Upton.

The group of about 80 individuals representing these organizations gathered at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music as Upton along with Vikki Sung, Benefit Chair for the 2018 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, presented each recipient with a certificate and a check for their projects. The individuals spoke about how the funding would benefit their organizations. Michelle Cox, Development Director for Villa Esperanza, an organization that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals, said they would use the grant for their music therapy program. “Music therapy helps our children communicate, focus their attention in the classroom and build their motor/movement skills,” she said. “We are honored to be a part of this group and grateful for PSHA’s generosity.” President, Dana Marevich, congratulated the recipients for bringing music programs directly to the community.

PSHA supports the Gifts and Gants program as well as three additional music programs: the Music Mobile, the Youth Concert and the Instrumental Competition through funding from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the organization’s annual fundraiser. Over the past 54 years PSHA has donated more than $23 million to further music enrichment programs throughout Southern California.

An all-volunteer organization founded in 1948, PSHA is a non-profit corporation whose members donate their time and talents to facilitate these programs. Producing this event takes the dedication of about 80 active members and 200 supportive associate members. New members are always welcome to come and get involved in this wonderful and rewarding cause while making lasting friendships. For more information, visit the website at

This year’s Showcase House will be held at the historic Boddy House at the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada. It opens on April 21st and runs through May 19th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (714) 442-3872 or visiting the website at







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