More than 1,000 people from throughout Pasadena and its environs are expected to participate in the Pasadena Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 9 a.m., Nov. 4, at Central Park. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20% by 2025. Continue reading “Walkers Take to the Streets to Fight Suicide Nov. 4”
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has recently appointed Karla Berentsen to its board of directors. Berentsen is a local resident with a passion for animals. She is currently a trusts and estate attorney and partner at the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP, as well as a member of the School Site Council at Sierra Madre Elementary School. She has been married to her husband, Stephen, for the past 16 years and they have three children: their daughter Sallie (10), and their two dogs, Boomer (9) and Trouble (3), both of whom are rescues.
“I am so fortunate to be involved with the Pasadena Humane Society, said Berentsen. “It is a privilege to help this amazing organization.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Karla to the board of directors,” said Julie Bank, president/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.
“Her dedication to animals, as well as her professional expertise will be a real asset to the organization.”
For more information on recent news at Pasadena Humane Society, visit pasadenahumane.org.
Five Acres has launched a digital campaign to raise awareness for foster care and adoption in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. The Five Acres Trust Fall Challenge invites friends, families, co-workers, businesses, community organizations and more to film and share their own trust fall videos online with the hashtags #fall4fiveacres and #20kby2020. The challenge symbolizes the agency’s key message: that every child belongs in the arms of a safe, loving and permanent family. Continue reading “Five Acres Launches Digital Campaign”
The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s recent ¡Fiesta Cubana! benefit celebrated California art and honored art and education advocates Reed and Chris Halladay and artist, educator and Los Angeles native Dave Lefner. Inspired by the PMCA’s current exhibition, Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films, the Cuban- and Hollywood-themed event took place in the Museum’s iconic Kenny Scharf Kosmic Krylon Garage.
Beneath twinkling lights, attendees danced to the sounds of Yambu Productions and posed with a Lyd & Mo flower wall and Vinty classic car. After bidding on silent auction artwork by renowned California artists, such as Ed Ruscha, Claire Falkenstein and Frank Gehry, guests dined on Cuban-themed bites and got swept into Cuban and Hollywood culture with Dominoes, Hollywood trivia, and flower and printmaking. To cap off the evening, the museum presented the Halladays and Lefner with California Visionary Awards and auctioned one of Dave Lefner’s reduction linocuts and a trip to Havana and did a paddle raise to support the Museum’s educational programs. All proceeds from the event supported PMCA’s mission, exhibitions and education initiative.
The annual Gourmet Garden Party to benefit the Convalescent Aid Society will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Castle Green. The event will include delicious food donated from top restaurants in Pasadena as well as an opportunity drawing with some wonderful prizes including Tournament of Roses parade and game seats and a table at the Pasadena Pops.
Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Moorish, Spanish and Victorian elements of the grounds and portions of the interior of the iconic Castle Green.
The Convalescent Aid Society began in 1923 and continues to provide the free loan of durable medical equipment for in-home use by clients.
For further information about the Gourmet Garden Party, call Deborah Lewis at (626) 796-1696.
The Pasadena Office of Sotheby’s International Realty recently reached out to the often overlooked San Gabriel Humane Society to see what assistance was needed for the furry friends in residence. SGHS had a wish list of wet kitten food, dry dog and cat food, kitty litter, small dog toys, dog and cat treats, towels and dog sweaters for warmth. Sotheby’s agents, staff and friends donated the requested items as well as more than $400 in cash and gift cards. A group of Sotheby’s agents loaded up their cars and delivered all of the donations to the staff at the SGHS. This facility, founded in 1924, is a private, nonprofit animal rescue, and it is extremely appreciative of any help. They are located at 851 E. Grand Ave. in San Gabriel.
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ recent Celebrating Children Gala was attended by a sellout crowd of 400 people at the Los Angeles Zoo. The fundraiser raised more than $475,000 that will help fund the therapeutic and other crucial support services that Hathaway-Sycamores — one of Los Angeles County’s largest mental health and welfare agencies — provides each year to thousands of children, youth, young adults and families facing serious life challenges. Continue reading “Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children”
Pasadena resident Debbie Lanni is serving as chair for the 2017 Operation Walk Gala on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. A native Southern Californian, Lanni is a civic leader who is actively involved in both local and national civic, community and arts organizations. Operation Walk is a volunteer medical humanitarian organization that provides the gift of mobility through life-changing joint replacement surgeries at no cost for those in need in the U.S. and globally.
After graduating from the USC, Lanni was director of events for University Affairs at USC.
She currently serves on the USC Keck School of Medicine Board of Overseers, the Kennedy Center National Committee for the Performing Arts, the Communication and Fine Arts Council at Loyola Marymount University and was a member of LMU/L.A. Board of Trustees for nine years. Lanni currently is a member of the Colleagues of Children’s Institute, the Blue Ribbon of the Los Angeles Music Center and Cuisine a Roulette — Meals on Wheels of St. Vincent Senior Citizen Program.
Lanni has two married sons, one living in Macau, China, and one in Pasadena. She resides in Pasadena and enjoys traveling, playing golf, and owning and racing thoroughbreds.
Operation Walk was founded in 1996 by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Dorr, also a Pasadena resident, who has led missions to 22 countries helping more than 10,000 patients walk again and return to productive lives. Continue reading “Local is Chair of Operation Walk Gala Oct. 28”