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Pasadena Rotary Announces Recipients of $62,000 in Grants

Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 2:19 pm

The Rotary Club of Pasadena has announced the 11 nonprofit beneficiaries of $62,000 in funding through the club’s 17th Annual Community Grant Awards program.

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The announcement was made Wednesday during a virtual club meeting, representatives said.

The arts and culture organizations selected by the club’s 15-member grant committee received awards ranging from $3,500 to $6,000, according to the Rotary Club of Pasadena.

“Rotary Club of Pasadena has been committed to serving the community locally and internationally for 101 years,” President Ken Joe said in a written statement. “We believe in service above self.”

This year, grants were given to arts and culture groups to help offset the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Deborah Lewis, Rotary Club of Pasadena’s Community Grants Co-Chair.

“We recognize that during this difficult time, many organizations have needs that go beyond usual expenses,” Lewis said. “We are giving them the opportunity to use these funds to assist them with extra costs due to Covid-19. We hope this will help them get through the health and economic concerns they are experiencing.”

This year’s recipients were:

A Noise Within, accepted by Development Director, Patti Anne Miller
They are the only year-round repertory company in Southern California and only one of a few nationwide. Repertory means they rotate 2 (or more) shows at the same time. This week’s gala honored the late Pasadena Rotarian, Margaret Sedenquist. They are currently running shows online.
Armory Center for the Arts, accepted by Executive Director, Leslie Ito
One of their “Magic Moments” this past year was getting older adults, many of whom were in isolation, to take art classes via Zoom.
Boston Court, accepted by Charitable Giving Manager, Tina Langill
In addition to online shows, they have a Virtual Escape Room, using their facility as the location for this puzzle-solving activity.
LA Children’s Chorus, accepted by Artistic Director, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz – This year, they have been able to bring their choral programs online.  They
are currently holding auditions so if you know any talented eight-to-thirteen-year-olds, let them know!
Light Bringer Project, accepted by Managing Director, Patricia Hurley
Their Room 13 program, offering PUSD students the opportunity to develop their own creative projects assisted by mentors, has moved online as the students have moved online.
Lineage Performing Arts Center, accepted by Founder and Artistic Director, Hilary Thomas – Their new performing arts center, located on
Lake Avenue and Mountain Street, was all ready to open in March 2020 (!). They are looking forward to welcoming the community as things reopen.
Muse/ique, accepted by EVP of Development and Communications, Ron Silverman –  Their online program, MUSE/IQUE in A Minute (…or Two), has
has 115 episodes, which have already garnered over 100,000 listens.
Parsons Nose, accepted by Acting Managing Director, Hoyt Hilsman
In response to the pandemic, they formed Parsons Nose Radio. You can listen to it on their website or by saying “Alexa, play Parsons Nose.”
Pasadena Playhouse, accepted by Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman – In the past year, they have emphasized diversity in their online
offerings, including a program developed in response to the death of George Floyd.
Pasadena Symphony Association, accepted by CEO, Lora Unger
They will be back in full operation with their Pasadena Pops at the Arboretum on July 10. The tables will be spaced further apart and they are only allowing in vaccinated people.
Pasadena Conservatory of Music, accepted by Executive Director, Stephen McCurry – The Conservatory serves 5000 students a year from infants to
lifelong learners. This year, they have offered 1/3 of their programs online.

More information on the Rotary Club of Pasadena is available on the group’s website at

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