Diamond-Draped Guests Gathered for Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Diamonds are Forever Gala

Published on Jun 5, 2023

Guests came together for Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s 33rd annual Angel Gala which was held on Saturday, June 3rd at the newly renovated Hilton Pasadena. This year’s theme, Diamonds are Forever, saw guests in tuxedos and gowns celebrating their favorite Bond character.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) provides free support groups, educational workshops, and healthy lifestyle classes to cancer patients, their families/caregivers, cancer survivors, and those bereaved in the greater San Gabriel Valley. Funds raised from CSCP’s Angel Gala will support the organization’s efforts in sustaining and expanding programs offered free of charge to those affected by cancer.

This year’s Angel Gala honorees were Meg and John Symes and Aaron and Valerie Weiss of the San Marino Motor Classic. Meg and John Symes’ have been actively involved with CSCP since 2010, when Meg joined the organization’s Board of Directors. After years of leading successful annual events, she was promoted to Executive Director in 2016. In 2019, Meg received a second cancer diagnosis and became a participant in the support services CSCP offers, which led her to retire thereafter. Today, as a two-time cancer survivor, Meg continues to support CSCP and advocate enthusiastically for the “lifeline” the organization is to so many people facing cancer.

In 2011, Aaron Weiss co-founded the San Marino Motor Classic, an annual event held in San Marino’s Lacy Park. This event showcases motor vehicles from the early to mid-twentieth century and this year will be held on Sunday, August 23rd. From its inception through 2022, the San Marino Motor Classic and accompanying Symphony of Cars Gala has raised $3.2 million for local charities. Since 2018, CSCP has been the beneficiary of the Symphony of Cars Gala, held at the park the evening before Sunday’s event.

“It’s a pleasure to honor Meg and John Symes and the San Marino Motor Classic and its principals, Valerie and Aaron Weiss,” remarked Patricia Ostiller, CSCP’s Executive Director in an earlier statement. “Meg and John have been wonderful supporters and Meg has also served in leadership positions at Cancer Support Community. Valerie and Aaron have taken their love of cars and created the San Marino Motor Classic to benefit nonprofit organizations in town, including CSCP. We look forward to celebrating these special people.”

Co-Chairs Sandi Mejia-Ramirez and Vicki Laidig, both CSCP Directors, were thrilled to recognize the outstanding honorees. Exciting live and silent auctions and a could’t-miss raffle full of unique prizes enticed guests.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Jorge Jarrín. Jorge was a play-by-play sports broadcaster, for both TV and Radio, for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The mission of CSCP is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Services are available in English, Spanish, and Armenian. For more information, go to cscpasadena.org or call (626) 796-1083.



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