Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts Celebrates Gale Kohl at Annual Gala

Published on May 20, 2024

On May 18, the Pasadena Convention Center’s historic 1931 exhibit hall buzzed with energy as the Armory Center for the Arts hosted its annual gala. This year’s event marked a special occasion as the organization honored long-time board member and community leader Gale Kohl for her significant contributions and unwavering support since 2008.

Kohl, owner of Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, has been a pivotal figure in the nonprofit art center, providing invaluable leadership and support. The evening was hosted by Dodgers broadcaster Jorge Jarrín, a close friend of Kohl, adding a personal touch to the celebration. This gala was notable as the Armory’s first sit-down table gala held outside its Old Pasadena campus in over two decades.

Guests enjoyed a night filled with live entertainment, an open bar, and multi-course meals. The festivities included heartfelt tributes to Kohl, highlighting her dedication to the arts and the community. A wine raffle and after-dinner dancing added to the evening’s enjoyment. The gala aimed to raise funds to support the Armory’s art education and exhibition programs, ensuring continued access to art for all community members.

The proceeds from the event will directly benefit the organization’s mission to nurture creativity, learning, and social justice through art. Since its founding in 1947, the Armory Center for the Arts has been dedicated to showcasing innovative contemporary artists and promoting the idea that artists are educators. The organization is committed to advancing equity and social justice by tailoring learning opportunities to the evolving needs of the community. For more information on the Armory and its programs visit

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