Simply Speaking, the Junior League of Pasadena’s Gala was a Success

From left: Lisa Zastrow, Lena Kelly, Sara Snider, Charlotte Miles, and Mackenzie Mize.Guests at the Hotel Green for the Junior League of Pasadena Amanda Smith, left, and Elizabeth RidenourMichelle Balian ,left, and Sonam PatelGuests at the Hotel Green for the Junior League of Pasadena Carla Buigues, left, Anthony Guthmiller and Teresa RuelasMackenzie Miles, left, Larry Jones, Mireya Jones, and Charlotte MilesMireya Jones the CEO of Jones Coffee Roasters and her husband Larry Jones meet guests

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

10:57 am | April 16, 2019

The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) hosted their 6th Annual Simply Speaking Gala. The event took place at the historic Castle Green in the heart Old Town Pasadena.

Guests began the evening the moment they walked through the gates, into one of Pasadena’s oldest and best kept secrets: The Castle Green. As they entered the private grounds they were transported back in time to 1898, when it was built as an annex to the resort Hotel Green. On the main lawn guests mingled with friends and local tastemakers, and enjoyed live music and a variety of light fare tastings from philanthropic local restaurants including Bone Kettle, Castle Catering, Fleming’s, Green Street Restaurant, Stonefire Grill, The Panda Restaurant Group, The Stand and We Olive. Guests enjoyed cocktails and wine, and toasted to the past, present and future of the Junior League of Pasadena, while browsing exciting silent auction items along the veranda.

The program began at 7:30 p.m. Guests were welcomed into the ballroom of the castle and introduced to the keynote speaker, Mireya Jones, CEO of Jones Coffee Roasters. The program included an award presentation of the Community Impact Award to Five Acres and the Forever Rose Award to Green Street Restaurant. Pasadena’s own Anthony Guthmiller hosted an exciting live auction along with a raffle and fund-a-need.

The evening will concluded with dancing, desserts and a photo booth. Guests took home a sweet reminder of the evening with a visit to the Sugarfina Candy Bar.

Funds raised from the night contributed to JLP’s focus on BELS (business, entrepreneurship and leadership skills for women) to empower women to break barriers in order to build futures and strengthen their communities.

About Junior League of Pasadena

Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Pasadena is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective leadership of trained volunteers. Past projects have included Madison Elementary School, Kidspace Museum, and the Pasadena Senior Center. To receive further information, please contact the Junior League of Pasadena at (626) 796-0244 or visit their website at