Envision Consulting Holds Successful Nonprofit Board Mixer

Envison Consulting, a local nonprofit search and consulting firm, along with sponsors Bolton Insurance and Missionwell, hosted its third successful nonprofit board matchmaking mixer recently in Pasadena.
A total of 19 selected nonprofits from around the Pasadena area, such as Foothill Family, L.A. Arboretum and Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena highlighted their services and board opportunities to more than 40 professionals seeking volunteer opportunities.
“So many of our nonprofit clients and community partners are always looking for qualified board members. We’re happy to create an atmosphere where they can build their boards with ease,” said Partner Matt Kamin. “Bringing together nonprofits with members of the community allows Envision to take an active role in building capacity for nonprofits of all missions and sizes.”
On average, Envision’s nonprofit board matchmaking mixer generates about one to three board members for five nonprofit and builds important connections for everyone that attends.
“We plan to host more board matchmaking mixers throughout the Los Angeles area this year,” added Partner Allison Fuller. “We hope that the mixers are just the launching points for nonprofits and professionals to build solid relationships that benefit our community as a whole.”
For those interested in learning more about the board matchmaking mixers, go to envisionnonprofit.com/board-matchmaking.

Thomson Receives Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Award

Bill Thomson

Local resident Bill Thomson was presented with the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Champion Award in front of nearly 100 attendees at the Rose Bowl’s Terry Donahue Pavilion recently. The award is given annually to a person who has “shown outstanding dedication and leadership in support of the RBAC and its programs to serve all ages, all abilities and all members of our diverse communities,” according to a spokesperson.
Thomson, a long-time RBAC volunteer and leader, was presented the award by John Naber, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist swimmer who is also a member of the RBAC Founding Board of Directors.
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Friends in Deed Women’s Room Fundraiser for Homeless Women

Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.
Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.

A group of local women in 2007, with an invitation from Friends in Deed, opened the Women’s Room, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, many of the original group will be joined by a host of new supporters and friends for a 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser at Brookside Golf Club’s Mediterranean Room adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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Junior League’s Little Black Dress Program to Fight Poverty

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its weeklong poverty awareness campaign from Monday, Feb. 6, to Friday, Feb. 10. Many JLP members will wear a single black dress or black ensemble to work each day to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, confidence and opportunities.
This low-cost operation will raise awareness among JLP members and the public about the work being done to support and develop the potential of women by initiating conversations with colleagues, family and friends. Beyond seeing people at their places of work and in the community, these members will be documenting the emotions and tribulations that this project brings up through their individual social media outlets using the #TheLBDI and #JLPLBDI.
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Kidspace Bets on Vegas Theme Benefit Feb. 4

The Circle of Friends is planning a “Vegas Baby!”-themed benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4, to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. The benefit will be held at a local country club where guests will be treated to dinner, dancing and a live auction.
“This year, we are celebrating the city that never sleeps with ‘Vegas Baby!’” said Circle of Friends President Tricia Nur. “Every year we aim to celebrate Kidspace with an epic event and this year is no different. The benefit chairs, Kate Kohorst and Ellie Richardson, are working incredibly hard along with their committees to ensure everyone who walks in the door feels like a high roller. We have live and silent auction items, one-of-a-kind entertainment and incredible patron support. It will be a night to remember.”
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Turtle Island Quartet to Perform at Caltech on Feb. 11

The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut will present a program titled “Jelly, Rags & Monk” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet is joined by jazz pianist Chestnut for a program of jazz and classical traditions from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.
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Sierra Club to Present ‘Chimps in Uganda’ Feb. 14

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group will introduce Sierra Club members Joe Young and Gayle Taylor, who will present “Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Los Angeles County Public Library.
Young and Taylor will share experiences of the Earthwatch Expedition to the Budongo Forest Reserve, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in East Africa. Their program describes daily activities in the forest, the tracking of chimps and monkeys, discovery of illegal snares and destructive activities. Interviews with local villagers will offer farming alternatives and assistance providing medicine to farm animals.
Included will be a weekend visit to Murchison Falls and scenes from Entebbe and Kampala, Uganda.
The program begins following the Conservation and Outings news. It is a free event and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Wayne Fisher, program chair at (818) 353-4181. The La Crescenta library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd.

Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.
Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.
Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit harambeeministries.org.