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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Names New President

Barbara Damerel Takes Office for the 2020-21 Term

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 10:05 pm

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) has announced Barbara Damerel has been named President for the 2020-2021 term. An active member of PSHA since 2003, Ms. Damerel has held numerous Board and Committee positions over the years, including Benefit Chair for the 2019 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Descanso Gardens.

“Over the years I have observed how resilient PSHA is as an organization while undertaking a fundraiser of such an enormous size and scope as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. I have been awed by the resourcefulness and dedication of the all-volunteer membership as we find solutions to nearly insurmountable problems. Now, with all the issues presented by the pandemic, we have once again faced adversity and pivoted to present the 2020 Showcase House as an innovative and comprehensive virtual tour. It took quick thinking, creativity, a committed team and a devoted membership to bring it to fruition. I am grateful to and proud of the many members who give so generously of their time and talents to ensure PSHA is able to continue to support music programs in the community. Although this year we have had to pause the production of our own music programs for safety reasons, we are elated that we are able to conduct the Gifts & Grants program this year and offer grants to the many organizations that do such outstanding work in the arts community.We will continue to find new ways to meet our goals in this unprecedented set of circumstances. We know the loyalty and support of our visitors, designers, resources, and of course our members, will see us through. “

Ms. Damerel is not new to volunteering. She has volunteered in the Huntington Hospital gift shop for thirty-nine years and currently serves on the board for the Hill Haribson House in San Marino. She was very active in San Marino Schools, Girl Scouts, and San Marino Chapter of National Charity League.

Ms Damerel is a resident of San Marino since 1977 with her husband, Jeffrey. She has a grown son, Barrett and his wife Brooke and granddaughter Clarke, who reside in La Canada. Her daughter, Darsie and husband Ryan live in Kenmore, Washington. When she is not volunteering, she has her own insurance business.

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts was created to bring the joy of music to children and adults through exposure, education and experience. Since 1948, has donated over $23 million and countless volunteer hours dedicated to reaching 6,000 elementary school students and musicians aged 16-24 annually. And Gifts & Grants program awards financial support to non-profit organization in the local performing arts community.

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