Pasadena Duo Teaches Retirement Challenges, Joys

Mitchell Kauffman and Joanne Moran
Mitchell Kauffman and Joanne Moran

Life after retirement may seem a distant future filled with leisurely walks, sunsets and golf rounds, but the realization of the golden years also can be a rocky path of uncertain economic stability and feelings of futility, say those who have forged the path previously.
What should be years of joy and tranquility — oftentimes for married couples, in particular — also can morph into depression that comes with loss of purpose, changing roles and fear of change.
Those fears are what brought financial planner Mitchell Kauffman and his wife and partner, Joanne Moran, a clinical psychologist, to work together, creating workshops to help others manage the financial and emotional challenges for a successful retirement. Continue reading “Pasadena Duo Teaches Retirement Challenges, Joys”

John Robert Ruder

John Robert Ruder
John Robert Ruder

On June 18, John Robert Ruder passed away at 21 years old. Jack was a loving son and brother, funny, incredibly driven and kind. A proud Mustang at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo class of 2018, Jack played intramural basketball for freshman and sophomore years as well as St. Francis High School varsity ball.
In his spare time, he put his entrepreneurial skills to good use: starting and monetizing a YouTube channel that grew to more than 600,000 subscribers, as well as pursuing other business start-up ventures.
We know he touched the lives of many while he was here with us, whether it be his friends, business partners, or his family who love him so much. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (also known as NARSAD: National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression).
He is survived by his mother, Shannon Drennan Ruder; his father, Tim Ruder; and two loving sisters, Claire and Claudia.
The funeral will be held this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Bede. There will also be a rosary today, June 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Bede.

Lake Avenue Community Foundation Honors Local Couple

Photo courtesy LACF Mandy and Mike DiMarcangelo (center), recipients of the Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, are pictured with (from left) LACF Associate Director Sol Pineda, Volunteer Program Manager Beth Winton and Executive Director Nancy Stiles.
Photo courtesy LACF
Mandy and Mike DiMarcangelo (center), recipients of the Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, are pictured with (from left) LACF Associate Director Sol Pineda, Volunteer Program Manager Beth Winton and Executive Director Nancy Stiles.

Pasadena residents Mike and Mandy DiMarcangelo, who have donated hundreds of hours helping Pasadena Unified School District students during the past several years, received the Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, it was announced this past week.
“Mike and Mandy have gone above and beyond as volunteers in the STARS After-School Program and group mentoring,” said Beth Winton, LACF’s volunteer program manager.
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Tournament of Roses Foundation Awards Grants to 45 Nonprofits

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Foundation 2017 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients and Tournament of Roses Foundation Board of Directors
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Foundation
2017 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients and Tournament of Roses Foundation Board of Directors

The Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded grants totaling $200,000 to 45 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.  Thirteen of the 45 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. The Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded grants totaling $200,000 to 45 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.  Thirteen of the 45 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. Since its inception in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded more than $3 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association. The Foundation assists charities in the Greater Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. These grants will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Foundation Awards Grants to 45 Nonprofits”

Nonprofits Receive Grants From Arts League

Pasadena Arts League grant recipients include (front row, from left) Jessica Catalan, Harmony Project; Holly Boruck, Surrogate Gallery Projects; Jeanette O’Malley, Pasadena Museum of History; and Liane Shih, Light Bringer Project. Back: Scott Ward, Armory Center for the Arts; Dee Danner, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Stephen McCurry, Pasadena Conservatory of Music; Jay Belloli, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Max Wrightson, Young Musicians Project.
Pasadena Arts League grant recipients include (front row, from left) Jessica Catalan, Harmony Project; Holly Boruck, Surrogate Gallery Projects; Jeanette O’Malley, Pasadena Museum of History; and Liane Shih, Light Bringer Project. Back: Scott Ward, Armory Center for the Arts; Dee Danner, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Stephen McCurry, Pasadena Conservatory of Music; Jay Belloli, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Max Wrightson, Young Musicians Project.

The Pasadena Arts League recently held its annual meeting at the home of Richard and Susan Feinberg in Pasadena. Attending the Garden Party event were Pasadena Arts League members and their grant awardees. Money for the grants was raised from member’s dues and from yearly art activities of the group. This year, nine area arts organizations were awarded grants. B.J. Ledyard, PAL grant chair, announced the winners and distributed checks to the following organizations:
Armory Center for the Arts: art, theater and drama lessons for its Art’s Community Pathways Initiative
Light Bringer Project: an art program for school-age children in the Pasadena called “Room 13”
Harmony Project: music to engage children from under-resourced communities. Children receive four to 10 hours a week of music instruction.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: for financial assistance to underserved children so they can participate in the L.A. Children Chorus
Pasadena Museum of California Art: to support the educational programs for upcoming exhibits
Pasadena Museum of History: for the masterpieces program, which helps to fund Fenyes Mansion Tours for elementary students
Pasadena Conservatory of Music: for financial aid for its outreach programs
Surrogate Gallery Projects: to showcase under-represented artists in pop-up galleries in empty spaces
Young Musicians: for bringing music to grades 6 to 8 at Elliot Middle School
In addition to providing grants to San Gabriel Valley arts organizations, PAL also plans art-related activities for its members. These often include exclusive tours of artist studios, galleries, museums and private art collections in Southern California plus musical and theater events.
The Pasadena Arts League welcomes new members year-round. For more information visit pasadenaartsleague.org or email: info@pasadenaartsleague.org.

Cancer Support Community Bets on June 23 Poker Bowl

Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.
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Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.

The seventh annual Poker Bowl Tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. More than 150 guests are expected to attend the event and will play Texas Hold’em and Blackjack surrounded by a private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner will be provided by Son of a Bun and Tacos Chihuahua food trucks, and dessert will be provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Prizes include Dodger tickets, UCLA/Stanford football game tickets and hotel accommodations, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, four Hollywood Bowl tickets and a $1,000 American Express gift card. They will be awarded to the last nine players at the final table. Raffles prizes are two Baume & Mercier watches donated by Mimi et Cie.
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Banner Bank Names New Manager

Jim Boyd
Jim Boyd

James Boyd has joined Banner Bank as manager of the Pasadena branch. Boyd has more than 16 years of branch management experience. He earned a general banking certificate from Woodbury University, certifications from the American Institute of Banking and an associate’s degree from Cerritos College.
Boyd is involved in the community, serving as the president of the Downey Rotary Club. He also serves as a board member for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and the ARC of Downey, Association for Challenged Citizens.
Located at 721 E. Union St., the Pasadena branch is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. Boyd can be reached at (626) 204-0477.

New President of Junior League of Pasadena Named

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell Amy Onderdonk
Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Amy Onderdonk

The Junior League of Pasadena has named Amy Onderdonk as president of the women’s volunteer organization, which has more than 700 members in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Members of the JLP are looking forward to her leadership of the 91-year-old organization as they continue in their issue area of the Support and Development of Women. Members of the JLP volunteer hundreds of hours each year to support this issue area and the women in our community.
Onderdonk is beginning her eighth year of membership with the JLP, serving on the JLP Board of Directors as membership director and, most recently, as president-elect. She is a Pasadena native and is a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“For more than 90 years, the JLP has been consistently making a positive impact in our community,” said Onderdonk. “I look forward to continuing that legacy with our strong and dedicated members.”
JLP past-President Jennifer Allan Goldman said, “In working with Amy the last three years, I have watched her grow into a confident leader, ready to continue the JLP’s work in our community on empowering women to break barriers. I am so excited for Amy and cannot wait to see what next year has in store for the organization!”

Pacific Oaks College Purchases Campus, Solidifies City Roots

Pacific Oaks Education Corp. has purchased the property and campus which houses the college, solidifying the school’s roots within the city of Pasadena and strengthening its mission to positively impact the local community, PO said in a statement.
The purchase includes properties located at 45 and 55 Eureka Street, as well as two buildings at 433 N. Fair Oaks Ave. and 100 W. Villa Street, situated at the southernmost edge of northwest Pasadena.
For more than 70 years, PO has been a pioneer in anti-bias and progressive curriculum in the fields of early childhood education, human development and marriage and family therapy.
“Establishing a permanent home in northwest Pasadena is of great significance to Pacific Oaks and a continued step toward the achievement of our social justice mission. This commitment to our neighbors is an investment in our future, the city’s future, and the many lives we help to transform,” said Patricia Breen, president of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.
Located within the District 3 boundaries of Pasadena, PO resides in an area with an economically diverse population and a history within the social justice movement. The institution strives to be an anchor and a gathering place for residents and community members.
“Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School has cemented its preeminent position of developing educators in the space of early childhood education and so much more,” said John Kennedy, vice mayor of Pasadena and councilmember for District 3. “The college’s recent purchase of its northwest Pasadena campus, after years of renting there, is a testament to the commitment, vision and expertise of President Patricia Breen in building community. The trajectory of
Pacific Oaks College is in one direction, up!”
The institution said it plans to host a Pacific Oaks Community Housewarming in fall 2017 to celebrate the legacy and the future of Pacific Oaks College in its newly permanent home.

Pacific Asia Museum Gala on Saturday

Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu Chen
Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Dr. Tei-Fu Chen

The USC Pacific Asia Museum will host its annual gala on Saturday, June 10, at the Langham Huntington Hotel in honor of Legacy Award recipients Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen of the Chen Art Gallery and Visionary Artist Award recipient Tadashi Shoji, creative director of his eponymous fashion label.
The Legacy Award is for leadership and vision in the promotion of Asian art and culture through their collection, the Chen Art Gallery. Tei-Fu Chen serves on the USC PAM Board of Councilors and the Chen Art Gallery loaned significant and rare objects to the museum for its recent exhibition, “Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China,” in 2016.
Fashion designer Tadashi Shoji, will receive the Visionary Artist Award, for his creative contribution in furthering Asian designs in fashion and the arts. Having built his brand in the early 1970s, Shoji has deep roots in Pasadena and also with the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Tadashi Shoji
Tadashi Shoji

“I am proud to honor three leaders in the Asian community, two in art collecting and one in the fashion industry,” said USC PAM Director Christina Yu Yu. “Drs. Chen and Mr. Shoji are in line with USC PAM’s mission of furthering intercultural understanding through the arts and are primary examples of how to push that mission forward. This is our chance to say thank you to them for their support to the museum and contribution to Asian arts and culture throughout the region.”
Art lovers, donors, and collectors will gather to support USC PAM at a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a program. This year’s special guests include indie music artists Run River North and USC PAM Celebrity Ambassadors Hudson Yang, Ian Chen and Forrest Wheeler from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” to assist with the paddle auction.
Individual tickets are $400-$2,500. Gala table prices range from $7,500-$50,000. For table and ticket information, follow this link: usc.edu/esvp (code: pamgala2017).