Wells Fargo Honors Veteran With a Car

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive Lisa Stevens and retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal Simon Kim enjoy their ride atop the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the Rose Parade on Monday. Wells Fargo recently honored Kim by donating a home and a new Honda Accord to him.
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Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive Lisa Stevens and retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal Simon Kim enjoy their ride atop the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the Rose Parade on Monday. Wells Fargo recently honored Kim by donating a home and a new Honda Accord to him.

Wells Fargo exhibited its commitment to improving the lives of service members and veterans last month when Simon Kim, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal, recently received the keys to a two-story Moreno Valley home paid for by Wells Fargo. Then, last week, he received the keys to a new 2018 Honda Accord paid for by Wells Fargo and the Southern California Honda Dealers.
Kim thought he’d been invited to Irwindale to decorate Wells Fargo’s 2018 Tournament of Roses parade float at Phoenix Decorating Co.; instead he received a Honda Accord.
Wells Fargo collaborates with car dealerships and manufacturers to donate vehicles to Military Warriors Support Foundation for use in its Transportaion4Heroes program. Recipients also receive one year of family and financial mentoring with MWSF.
“It was a privilege and honor to represent our company in creating a life-changing event for Lance Corporal Kim and his family, who is a true hero who served our country,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive, West Coast.
Kim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. The lead gunner was awarded the Purple Heart commendation for injuries sustained during his deployment, including a bullet wound to his shoulder, shrapnel injuries and a concussion. In collaboration with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Wells Fargo presented Kim and his son with a new mortgage-free home.
“Other than the birth of my son, this tops everything,” Kim said. “You’ve changed my whole life and given me a new life for my son.”
Wells Fargo has donated more than 350 homes, valued at more than $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states since 2012. The donations are part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing pledge to veterans, which includes employing 20,000 veterans by 2020 and providing homes, career-transition assistance, and financial education to veterans and their families.

Pasadena Stars on New Year’s Day

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.
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Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.

At the celebrated start of 2018, the world focused its attention on Pasadena Monday morning with the 129th Rose Parade rolling past millions of television viewers and hundreds of thousands of people along the parade route.
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Cleo King Fundraiser to Benefit First AME Church

Actor/producer Cleo King will perform at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Saturday, Jan. 13. She and The Love History Workshop will be featured during the annual Rev. Martin Luther King Breakfast.
King played the sassy grandmother in CBS’ television show, “Mike & Molly.” She is currently working on “Transformers 4” with Mark Wahlberg, director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The upcoming event is hosted by the Olivia Wilson Women’s Missionary Society, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is located at 1700 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Tickets are $15 per person, with proceeds benefiting missionary units’ funding in order to assist more underserved people in the community.

100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.

If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”

President Draws on Deep Roots to Promote Rose Parade

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.

Lance Tibbet’s Pasadena roots are deep. This year’s Tournament of Roses president was born and raised in Pasadena; he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. His business — wholesale nursery Magic Growers, Inc. — is based in Pasadena.
“I went through all the schools, my business is here, I live here, a few years ago I said, ‘Maybe I’m a little too provincial, maybe I need to get out into the world?’” Tibbets said.
In the past year, he’s certainly accomplished that — in the most Pasadena role of all.
As president for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Tibbet had the enviable task of visiting each of the parade’s marching bands, “traveling around the country and traveling around the world, spreading the good work of the tournament.”
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Original Twohey’s in Alhambra Will Close Feb. 1

Located in Alhambra and serving up family-friendly American fare, including famous burgers, onion rings, award-winning soda fountain hot fudge sundaes and making memories for 75 years, the original Twohey’s Restaurant will permanently close its doors Feb. 1 as the restaurant’s lease was not renewed.
Twohey’s originally opened in Pasadena in 1943, and then moved a decade later to its present location at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra.
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Curbside Christmas Tree Pickup Begins Jan. 2

The city of Pasadena is offering Christmas tree recycling services.
Curbside pickup for Christmas trees will be available to Pasadena’s solid waste customers on their regularly scheduled collection days and routes from Jan. 2-12. Trees may be left on the curb. The city is asking residents to remove all stands, ornaments and lights.
Residents also can drop off their trees for recycling from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. through Jan. 4 at the following locations: Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., or at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
For more information, call the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.

Woman’s Civic League Raises Funds at Holiday Boutique

Darlene Besocke and Susan Halladay (left) and Margaret Hunter and Sandy Grinnell participate in the Woman’s Civic League Holiday Boutique.
Darlene Besocke and Susan Halladay (left) and Margaret Hunter and Sandy Grinnell participate in the Woman’s Civic League Holiday Boutique.

The Woman’s Civic League of Pasadena recently held its annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon at the Woman’s City Club.
Jolly Boutique shoppers checked lots of items off their gift lists and, along the way, bought themselves a gift or two at the boutique.
Rita Elshout, Woman’s Civic League Ways and Means chair and her committee coordinated this annual event. All the hard work was rewarded by funds raised that provide grants to nonprofit organizations serving women and children in the Pasadena area. Each of the members did her part to make the boutique a financial success.
The Woman’s Civic League’s first vice president Margaret Hunter played Christmas favorites on the piano, entertaining members and guests before the luncheon. After lunch, the Blair High School Choral Group under direction of Amanda Engstrom sang songs celebrating the Christmas and Hanukkah season. An opportunity drawing and silent auction was also included.