PEF Honors the Heart of PUSD Schools With BBQ

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

To honor those who serve as the heart of our public schools, Pasadena Educational Foundation kicked off its 50th year with a “Thanks to You BBQ.”
The event was hosted by Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald. A native of Jamaica, McDonald and his barbecue team grilled up jerk chicken for more than 300 Pasadena Unified School District employees who work in the Ed Center, Maintenance and Operations, the offices of Food & Nutrition Services, school principals and assistant principals.
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Westridge Holds Annual Yam Festival

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Toni LeBel / The Outlook

Every fall, students at Westridge and their parents get creative in their kitchens and whip up a variety of dishes and baked goods that feature that oddly-shaped, sweet orange tuber, the yam.
Among the foods served up by the parents at this year’s event were yam fries, pies, soups, mochi and ice cream, couscous with yams, candied yams, yamadoodle cookies and yam biryani.

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Northern Trust Previews ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Erin Rodick / The Outlook

Northern Trust recently hosted an intimate group of guests at the Ambassador Auditorium for a preview of the Pasadena Symphony’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Guests were treated to a performance and discussion with conductor Anna Rakitini and soloist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.
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Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital June Ball

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Erin Rodick / The Outlook

The Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital recently presented 34 local young women, including eight honored in absentia, at the 59th June Ball at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Due to COVID, the June Ball was postponed until November, making the 2021 Ball affectionately remembered as the “June Ball in the fall.”
More than 450 guests celebrated with the debutantes and their families in the ballroom, which was transformed into a spectacular French garden by Jacob Maarse florists.
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Educational Foundation Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Erin Rodick / The Outlook

The Pasadena Educational Foundation gathered current and former board members to kick off the PEF’s 50th anniversary year.
“It was great to see them come together as we reminded ourselves how far we’ve come as an organization and how many people have given their time and energy to quality public education in our community,” PEF Executive Director Patrick Conyers said. “There was a wonderful spirit” at the celebration.

Faith Helps Local Caterer Endure Challenging Times

By Kristi Scott
Special to The Outlook

Tony Lancaster,Owner and Chef of HOPE Cafe & Catering

Many supporters of Door of Hope, a Pasadena-based nonprofit which helps families transition out of homelessness, are familiar with the organization’s meal donor program. The popular program, which allows volunteer groups to serve a prepared dinner to the families at Door of Hope’s transitional housing locations, has been temporarily halted because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Last year, nearly 300 people volunteered as Door of Hope meal donors. And on nights when meal donors are not available, parents take turns cooking for all of the house’s residents.
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Step Up to Support Pasadena Businesses

By Paul Little, Special to The Outlook

Paul Little
President and CEO, Pasadena
Chamber of Commerce

We are in an unprecedented health crisis here in the United States and in the Pasadena area. Everyone — individuals, businesses, nonprofits and health-care providers — is being strained by the epidemic. While absolutely necessary to ensure the health of our residents, closure orders for restaurants, entertainment venues, meeting spaces, fitness studios and more are having a drastic and negative impact on our business community and its employees.
This is an especially difficult time for our retail, restaurant and service businesses. Most remain open and providing service, though in dramatically altered ways. Restaurants are offering takeout service, delivery and curb-side/valet pickup.
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