Showcase House for the Arts Awards $590,000 to Nonprofits and Schools

Schools and nonprofit organizations were among the 63 recipients who received grants totaling $590,000 from the Gifts and Grants program of Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. This year’s monies will support music education, school music programs, instruments, music therapy and the underwriting of concerts, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
“It is very rewarding to be able to support these wonderful and dedicated nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to supporting music and the arts, especially to children and young adults, and to many underserved areas of our local communities,” said Gifts and Grants chair Judee Welch.
Pasadena-based organizations, which financially benefitted from PSHA, included Blair Middle and High School, Foothill Family, Frostig Center, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Hillsides, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus of Pasadena, Marshall Fundamental School Music Boosters, Marshall Fundamental Secondary High School Orchestra, Pasadena Arts Council, Pasadena Community Orchestra Foundation, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Senior Center, Pasadena Symphony Association, Professional Child Development Associates, Villa Esperanza Services, Washington STEAM Magnet Academy and Wilson Middle School.
The group of about 120 representing the organizations gathered at the 2017 Showcase House of Design Restaurant. Welch, with the help of member Marilyn Anderson, the benefit chair for the 2016 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, presented each recipient with a certificate and a check for their project. A representative from each organization spoke about how the funds will be used. President Lynn Mehl congratulated the winners for bringing music directly to the community.
Funding for the PSHA’s Gifts and Grants program come from ticket sales, purchases at the Shops at Showcase, and proceeds from the Showcase Restaurant at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts supports local music education with one of the nation’s oldest and most successful house and garden tours. Through broad community support over the past 52 years of its annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, PSHA has donated more than $21 million to community music education programs. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization was founded in 1948.

Pasadena Pops Heads Back to the ’60s

The Pasadena Pops continues its popular outdoor summer concert series with the Midtown Men singing music from “Jersey Boys” on Saturday, July 15, at the L.A. County Arboretum. The Midtown Men bring their Broadway talent, choreography and unique onstage chemistry to the Arboretum to deliver a blast from the past celebrating music from the ’60s, led by resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank. Hits from the Four Seasons, the Beatles, Motown and more, include such old favorites as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Get Ready” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
The production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” The Midtown Men include Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony-Award nominee J. Robert Spencer who shared the Broadway stage for more than 1,000 performances of the mega-hit production.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Among many venue amenities, audience members can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The food court will host food trucks and specialty ice creams by Choctál. Two beverage centers will serve fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on the site before each concert with deserving animals in need of adoption as part of the Pups for Pops program.
Large LED video screens allow concert-goers to see the artists and orchestra up close, with high-quality sound and production. Free parking and shuttle service are available at the nearby Westfield Santa Anita shopping center.
The Arboretum is at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Single tickets, beginning at $25, and season subscriptions are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, going online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by purchasing them at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.

Bank’s Leader Bridges Culture, Finance Across Pacific

Photo courtesy East West Bank Dominic Ng has served as East West Bank’s chairman and CEO for 25 years, helping it expand to more than 130 locations across the U.S. and China and ranking among the 30 largest banks in the nation.
Photo courtesy East West Bank
Dominic Ng has served as East West Bank’s chairman and CEO for 25 years, helping it expand to more than 130 locations across the U.S. and China and ranking among the 30 largest banks in the nation.

In another life, East West Bank Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng, an avid fan of rock ‘n’ roll, might have made a living by strumming his guitar in a quaint Pasadena coffee shop.

But thankfully for the city, he instead became a financial guru for East West Bank, transforming the institution from a small savings and loan association with $600 million in assets in 1991 into a full-service commercial bank today with $35.3 billion in assets. He’s been named by Forbes as one of the 25 most notable Chinese Americans and one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times.
But the arts have never been far from his heart, and as part of encouraging business ties between the U.S. and China, Ng has also made it his mission to bridge the cultural divide between the two countries, shepherding the bank to become a patron of Chinese art, music and culture throughout the region and the United States.
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Obituary: Daniel Bush Downer

Daniel Bush Downer
Daniel Bush Downer

His family and many friends lost a creative, talented, principled, caring and witty man on June 15 with the passing of Daniel B. Downer, 98, a resident of San Marino for 63 years.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Dan relocated to Southern California with his family in 1939 and graduated from Pomona College in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in Fairbanks, Alaska, and married his college sweetheart, Mary Louise Geis of South Pasadena, in Juneau, Sept. 1, 1945. Continue reading “Obituary: Daniel Bush Downer”

Poker Bowl Hits Jackpot for Cancer Support Community

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Local residents who enjoyed Cancer Support Community-Pasadena’s recent Poker Bowl included (seated, from left) Annie Swanson, Nora MacKenzie, Cindy Budzyn and Gayle Penrod. Middle row: Jay Cohen, Steve and Lisa Scharre, Danielle Gay, Priscilla Musso, Jack MacKenzie and Michael Galper. Back: Scott Swanson, Sam Gay, Joe Musso and Michael Budzyn. The event was held at the at the Flying A Garage, a private collection of American classic automobiles. More than 180 guests — a new record for attendance — enjoyed socializing over burgers and tacos outdoors before heading inside for an evening of poker and blackjack, raising more than $53,000. Money raised will go toward CSC’s programs providing free support, education and hope to anyone facing cancer.

South Lake Rooftop Cinema Series to Begin

South Lake Business Association’s first Rooftop Cinema event on Saturday, July 15, featuring a free movie and parking, will be held at 55 S. Lake Ave., on the rooftop of the Pasadena Towers parking structure.
South Lake Business Association’s first Rooftop Cinema event on Saturday, July 15, featuring a free movie and parking, will be held at 55 S. Lake Ave., on the rooftop of the Pasadena Towers parking structure.

South Lake Business Association is presenting the fifth annual Rooftop Cinema Series, a free open-air movie series on Saturday, July 15, and Saturday, Aug. 12. Thousands are expected to attend for the action blockbuster “Fast and Furious 6” (July 15) and the romantic action drama “Top Gun” (Aug. 12) during Pasadena’s popular summer event.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy the resident DJ and fun pre-show activities. The “Fast and Furious 6” screening includes family-friendly games such as pingpong, corn hole, Jenga, giant chess and Connect Four. Food trucks and vendors, including Rounds Premium Burgers, will also be on-site with delicious food and beverages available for purchase.
On Aug. 12, the award-winning romantic military film “Top Gun” will air in anticipation of the recently announced sequel. Guests can enjoy a Top Gun-themed photo op, themed bounce houses and face painting for kids. Food vendors include: Le Petit Pomme Frites, Rounds Premium Burgers and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
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Former Maranatha Star Drafted by Atlanta Hawks

Photo courtesy Eric Evans After a stellar sophomore campaign at the Oregon, Tyler Dorsey was drafted in the second round (41st overall pick) by the Atlanta Hawks.
Photo courtesy Eric Evans
After a stellar sophomore campaign at the Oregon, Tyler Dorsey was drafted in the second round (41st overall pick) by the Atlanta Hawks.

Tyler Dorsey has excelled at nearly every level of competitive basketball he’s participated in, winning a CIF-Southern Section championship with Maranatha High School in 2015 and helping Oregon make an unprecedented run to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament this past spring.
The Pasadena native will now have an opportunity to make a name for himself in the NBA after being drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks last week.
“I’m excited, and I’m blessed to be in this position,” said Dorsey, who was the 41st pick of the draft. “I’m happy the Atlanta Hawks believe in me and chose me because all I need is one opportunity. To get drafted is a dream come true.”
Dorsey didn’t celebrate and rest on his laurels. The former Maranatha standout was working out in the Minutemen’s gym the next morning.
“I’m all about putting in work,” Dorsey said. “I’m ready to put in that work and get ready for summer league.”
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Fusion Pasadena ‘Lunch & Learn’ June 30

Fusion Pasadena is inviting the public to its “The Power of Relationship-based Learning” seminar tomorrow, June 30, to meet new people, do some casual networking and enjoy a catered lunch in a friendly atmosphere.
Fusion Pasadena Head of School Dani Ryckman will present the discussion, held from 12-1:30 p.m. at Fusion Pasadena Campus at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 118. Due to limited space, an RSVP is required at: fusionacademy.com/outreach-events/lunch-n-learn-41/.

NCL Pasadena Rose Gala

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell Members of the Pasadena Area Chapter of National Charity League’s Ticktocker class of 2017 include (front row, from left) Emma Stellwagen, Emily Gray, Bridget Garrity, Sarah Montgomery, Olivia Vandergriff, Olivia Nouriani and Piper Lewis. Second row: Julia Mozilo, Lauren Beljak, Sofia Bennett, Lauren Montgomery, Katherine Penner, Gillian Arnold, Lucy Harvey and Christine Babcock. Third row: Rebecca Daley and Claire Colburn. Back: Megan Clancy, Jillian Brady and Quincy Foster. The young women were presented recently at the NCL Rose Gala, held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Members of the Pasadena Area Chapter of National Charity League’s Ticktocker class of 2017 include (front row, from left) Emma Stellwagen, Emily Gray, Bridget Garrity, Sarah Montgomery, Olivia Vandergriff, Olivia Nouriani and Piper Lewis. Second row: Julia Mozilo, Lauren Beljak, Sofia Bennett, Lauren Montgomery, Katherine Penner, Gillian Arnold, Lucy Harvey and Christine Babcock. Third row: Rebecca Daley and Claire Colburn. Back: Megan Clancy, Jillian Brady and Quincy Foster. The young women were presented recently at the NCL Rose Gala, held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The Pasadena Area Chapter of National Charity League recently celebrated the 2017 Senior Ticktockers at the Rose Gala Presentation Ball at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel downtown. More than 330 guests shared in the formal presentation of 20 Ticktockers to friends and family in the Biltmore’s Crystal Ballroom. This NCL tradition, emceed by Jonathan Jaffrey, included an introduction of each girl’s mother and escort followed by a presentation of each young woman as she stepped through a floral-laden arch created by Drew Domenghini of Patterson’s Topiaries.
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Old Pasadena Summer Cinema Kicks Off in July

Summer Cinema returns to Central Park in July.
Summer Cinema returns to Central Park in July.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema returns in July with 19 free movie screenings in unique locations throughout historic Old Pasadena. New this year: Three themed nights at Central Park, featuring special activities starting at 6:30 p.m. and a movie under the stars at 8:30 p.m.
Date Night, Saturday July 8: “The Sting” (1973) PG. Live ragtime music, swing dance lessons and a themed photo booth.
Family Night, Saturday July 15: “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) PG. A free video arcade with Neon Retro Arcade, costumed movie characters, superhero face painting and free frozen goodies from Kona Ice.
Ladies’ Night, Saturday July 22: “Mamma Mia” (2007) PG-13. Free henna tattoos and hair braiding, hustle dance lessons and an ABBA-inspired DJ.
Visit oldpasadena.org/summercinema for a complete listing of all 19 films being screened through July.