Zest Gala Benefits Pasadena Senior Center and Honors Community Leader Scott Jenkins

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From STAFF REPORTS

11:00 am | November 6, 2017


The Pasadena Senior Center’s annual Zest gala on Saturday, Oct. 28, was an elegant, fun-filled evening honoring R. Scott Jenkins, a prominent local attorney and community leader whose good works in Pasadena, surrounding areas and abroad have impacted the lives of thousands.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction was followed by dinner and a program. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, served as master of ceremonies.

Born and raised in Pasadena and an attorney since 1979, Jenkins joined the Pasadena law firm Hahn & Hahn in 1985. He is a partner in the firm and specializes in business, real estate and land use entitlement issues.

After joining the all-volunteer Tournament of Roses Association in 1982, he worked his way up to the office of president, presiding over the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game in 2014. He currently chairs the Rose Bowl Management Committee, which represents the Tournament of Roses Association in its relationships with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences as well as with College Football Playoff officials and other participating universities and conferences.

Jenkins serves on the boards of directors of Forest Lawn and Huntington Hospital, and previously served on the boards of the Foundation of San Marino Community Church, Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle, Pasadena Police Department Reward Advisory Board and Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. For 12 years he served on the board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which provides the food that is distributed by the Pasadena Senior Center to low-income older adults every week.

“During my time on the board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, I served as president for three years and oversaw its growth into the second largest food bank in the nation,” Jenkins said. “It was a very productive time, and it was a privilege to serve an organization that benefits low-income seniors and other needy population groups that experience food insecurity on a regular basis. I am grateful to be honored by the Pasadena Senior Center, an important partner of the food bank.”

A former president of the San Marino Board of Education, he lives in that city with his wife Cindy. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Courtney and Lindsay, and have one granddaughter, Adelynne Rose, whose middle name is in honor of his work with the Tournament of Roses Association.

Scott and Cindy Jenkins volunteer to take trips to Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest nations in the world, every few years with other members of San Marino Community Church, where he is an elder. They work with AIDS orphans, set up daycare shelters and provide at least one meal a day for children who walk up to five miles for the nourishment.

Proceeds of the Zest Gala will help fund the Pasadena Senior Center’s enrichment classes and social service programs. For more information about the programs of the Pasadena Senior Center, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4311.

Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.