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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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.

Junior League of Pasadena Celebrates 95 years of Service

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Junior League of Pasadena members who attended the organization’s 2019 Simply Speaking fundraiser included (front row, from left) Lena Kelly, Michelle Simonsen, Mackenzie Mize, Charlotte Miles, Sara Hatch, Lisa Zastrow and Anjali Daniels. Back: Sara Snider, Beth Foster, Samantha Williams, Valerie Mendoza-Villatoro, Katy Allamong, Linda Whittlesey, Susanna Kwan and Maddy Secundy. Junior League is celebrating its 95th year in 2021.

This year marks the Junior League of Pasadena’s 95th year serving the San Gabriel Valley community.
The JLP is celebrating this momentous accomplishment throughout 2021 by having its members complete 950 hours of training and community engagement, recognizing 95 women who have contributed to the success of the JLP, highlighting member’s 95 favorite recipes from its six cookbooks and hosting social celebrations with its membership and the community all year long.
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PFAR Giving Mobilizes Realtors for School Meal Distributions

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Partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, PFAR Giving recently mobilized local Realtors to assist in the distribution of meals to families at Field Elementary and McKinley. The three-day volunteer effort took place as the real estate community served alongside district staff who were also preparing for the school year.
Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors introduced PFAR Giving in May of 2020 to further plant its investment within the community.
“Realtors are the cornerstone of the community and PFAR is committed to being a valuable resource to its communities,” said PFAR President Eddie Ramirez. “It’s very exciting to see our Realtors lean into this wonderful opportunity of service to continue our support of educators and families during this unprecedented time.”
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Local Business Pair Donate $50k, Urge Others to Join Effort

As the grim reality of an unraveling economy begins to grip Pasadena, with nearly 20 million Americans filing for unemployment aid since coronavirus precautions have shut down businesses, many local nonprofit organizations have been scrambling to put emergency services into place and ramp up operations to meet the rise in needs, from food insecurity to homelessness to social services.
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