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Partners Trust Awards Funds to Three Charities at 1920s Wallace Neff Estate

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 4:08 pm

Partners Trust Associates and charity representatives gathered Wednesday evening June 22 in an impeccably maintained 1926 Wallace Neff San Marino home to celebrate the first half of 2016’s recipients of the Partners Trust Charitable Giving Fund — the second of many socials in an open house series intended to recognize new-to-market homes and notable company happenings.

The Partners Trust Charitable Giving Fund, which has participation from 100% of Partners Trust associates, raises money for charitable organizations that support initiatives for housing, healthcare and arts & education. Charities are vetted by the Charitable Giving Fund board for biannual distributions.

“Once vetted all possible recipients are sent out in a company wide survey and all associates vote to select three,” said Charitable Giving Fund Board Member Richard von Ernst. “Partners Trust was very generous in choosing all three from the Pasadena / LaCañada area for the first half of the year.”

The three charities, chosen by associates last week, include Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, Pasadena Meals on Wheels and Pasadena Humane Society. Partners Trust CEO and Founding Partner, Nick Segal presented checks to each of the charity’s representatives in a ceremonious gathering in the estate’s lush yard.


The first to be presented funds was Elizabeth Dever, House Director for Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families that are coming to Pasadena to seek out medical treatment. Families are in the house for an average of seven days, but some have stayed for up to six months, Dever said.



Ryne Meadors accepted a check on behalf of the Pasadena Humane Society. Meadors is Major Gifts Officer for the nonprofit which gives animal care and services for homeless animals in the local community, providing homes to about 12,000 animals per year.



Patti Feldmeth, President of the Board for Pasadena Meals on Wheels accepted a check on behalf of the organization which provides affordable, freshly prepared nutritious meals to the homebound, unable to cook for themselves. Feldmeth described the experience of being a reliable friendly face for their clients and the joy that it brings to clients and volunteers alike.



The evening was hosted by Partners Trust Pasadena office Founding Partners Susan and Bradley Mohr, listing agents for 615 South Allen Avenue, as well as the current owners of the exquisite Wallace Neff Mediterranean villa estate, built in 1926 for Neff’s siblings.


The property is located in the charming Huntington Library neighborhood of San Marino, an ideal setting for gathering and toasting all of the good that’s done within the Pasadena community and surrounds.

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