Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH), a Pasadena-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of men’s health issues, recognized a Pasadena City Councilmember, the Chief Executive Officer of a San Gabriel Valley-wide network of nonprofit health centers, and the Rose Bowl Operating Company for their work that “positively impacts and strengthens the community in essential ways” during the organization’s Annual Gala last Saturday, April 29.
About 100 people attended the event that filled the elegant Maxwell House in the Western Justice Center headquarters at 55 South Grand Avenue in Pasadena.
Aside from members of MEMAH and their honorees, other important guests at the Gala included U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-California 27th District) and State Assemblyman Chris Holden, as well as former Tournament of Roses president, Ronald Okum.
The Annual Gala was held as MEMAH prepares for another significant annual community health event: Get Healthy Pasadena 2017, which the organization will host along with Pasadena City College, on June 24 at the PCC Campus.
“Our annual Get Healthy Pasadena event has provided free health screenings to over 8,000 attendees so far, but we are not done yet”, said Jim Morris, MEMAH Executive Director. “In the current political climate, the opportunity to access health information and receive affordable care will become more difficult for everyone, that’s why our health events are available to all adults, regardless of income or social status”.
At the event Justin Chapman, President of MEMAH, said although the organization seems to be an exclusively men’s group, the Get Healthy Pasadena event has always been inclusive, as its programming is designed to benefit both men and women.
“Our organization is called Men Educating Men About Health, but usually, at least in my household, my wife is the one looking out for my well-being and my health,” Chapman said. “Since Get Healthy Pasadena and most of our other events are for both men and women, it is time we, as an organization, acknowledge the important role that women play in men’s health.”
During the Gala, District 3 City Councilmember John J. Kennedy was recognized as Man of the Year for “championing the important issues that affect every resident, business owner and visitor to Pasadena,” according to MEMAH.
“He brought intelligence, he brought activism, he brought a fiery passion into the position,” Assemblyman Holden said as he introduced Kennedy at the event. “He understands what it is to be connected to people, to hear what their concerns are, and to provide leadership within the City government.”
Congresswoman Chu presented the Woman of the Year Award to Margaret Martinez, CEO of the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAPCare), for her “deep commitment to the health of vulnerable populations.”
Chu recalled she first met Martinez in 2012 when her congressional district changed from the 32nd to the 27th, which includes Pasadena.
“It was the year everybody was saying I had to meet Margaret Martinez,” Chu said. “They said she is a legend, she is the power behind the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena or ChapCare. And I did met her, and she led me around the facilities of ChapCare and I was amazed. It was not only a beautiful facility, but it had so many incredible services for low-income residents and services for the vulnerable.”
CHAPCare now operates eight health centers throughout the San Gabriel Valley, each one of them offering a full range of affordable healthcare services.
The Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC) was recognized as the Business of the Year awardee for 2017, for its economic and civic contributions to the Pasadena community.
In honoring the RBOC board, former Tournament of Roses President Okum particularly gave credit to General Manager Darryl Dunn and his staff for continuing to work to maintain the Rose Bowl as a significant Pasadena icon.
“I’ve watched him promote the City, the Rose Bowl; I’ve watched him build relationships in all areas with all different types of people. Nobody says ‘no’ to Darryl, but Darryl never says ‘no’ to anybody,” Okum said. “And the staff he’s put together to run the Rose Bowl is absolutely amazing. They’re doing something very special in this City, and making all of us in this room very proud that we live in this City or work in Pasadena.”
On June 24, Get Health Pasadena 2017 will offer free health screenings to men and women for heart, liver, and kidneys; diabetes, cholesterol, prostate, stroke, and blood pressure; body mass index (BMI) measurement; and vision tests, hearing tests and dental examinations. Free lunch will be available for those with six or more screenings, and those who attend a seminar, featuring talks by leading health professionals, get one additional lunch ticket. In addition, health and lifestyle products and body massages will be available.
Those planning to attend must be at least 18 years old and are encouraged to pre-register through the MEMAH website, www.meneducatingmen.org. For more information, call (626) 817-9499.
Get Healthy Pasadena is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Creveling Lounge at PCC at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.