Altadena Guild Fundraiser Benefits Huntington Hospital, HMRI

Again this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined the Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Home Tour of Altadena residences, a highly anticipated annual event and “first Sunday in May” local tradition since 1952.
The Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital was founded in 1951 and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1965. The Guild is dedicated to providing support to Huntington Memorial Hospital and Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), both located in Pasadena.
In February 1952, the Guild held its first benefit, a tour of three Altadena homes, yielding a profit of $428, which the Guild donated to the hospital. Since that first home tour, and without missing a year until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the popular home tour continued, enabling the Guild to raise more than $2 million to date to benefit the hospital and HMRI.
“This year, in particular, our community owes so much to Huntington Hospital and its staff for their tremendous response to the pandemic and their tireless work in protecting us,” said Jeane Ward, Guild president. “Although our home tour will have to wait until 2022, we’re still raising needed funds for the hospital and HMRI. We hope those who usually attend the home tour will respond generously to our special mail appeal, ‘Putting Words into Action,’ recently sent to our supporters.”
At the hospital, the Guild underwrites employee scholarships and also supports the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center which benefits cancer patients. Also, in 2019, the Guild made a multi-year commitment of $100,000 for the new Huntington Heart and Vascular Center.
The Guild’s support of HMRI allows internationally recognized researchers to study in HMRI’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, researching diseases of the brain (migraine, Alzheimer’s), heart (heart attack, sleep apnea), liver (hepatitis, liver cancer) and colorectal diseases.
For more information on the Guild or to make an online donation, visit