Assistance League of Pasadena Installs 2017-18 Board of Directors

Photo courtesy ALP Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.
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Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.

Members of the Assistance League of Pasadena gathered at their chapter headquarters on June 12 for their 2017-18 annual Meeting and Installation. President Irene Miller addressed the attendees, sharing many of the year’s accomplishments. She noted that this past year, members and community volunteers contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours, which equates to more than $400,000 in value.
The evening culminated with the installation of the 2017-18 Board of Directors by Lynn Mehl.
The Assistance League of Pasadena is a chapter of Assistance League — a national, nonprofit, volunteer organization with more than 26,000 member volunteers. Chartered in 1941, Pasadena is one of the longest-standing chapters. Its philanthropic programs include Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits, Bear Hugs, Very Important Performers and Craft Fair Gift Shop. All are supported through donations, grants and its Treasure Fair Thrift Shop revenue.
Operation School Bell provides underserved students with school uniforms, books, shoes and personal care items. Nationally during the year, more than 331,000 children benefited from this program. Assault Survivor Kits helps restore dignity to assault victims by furnishing them with clothing and personal care items when law enforcement retains their clothing for evidence. Bear Hugs provides teddy bears to comfort traumatized, abused and neglected children. Very Important Performers celebrates Pasadena middle school students who have shown dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and behavior or have made a positive difference in their school environment. Craft Fair is a consignment shop showcasing handcrafted items created by individuals over age 50. Its goal is to provide extra income, plus a sense of added productivity in seniors’ later years.
Membership in Assistance League of Pasadena is open year-round. For additional information, contact (626) 449-2068 or visit pasadena.assistanceleague.org.

Thousands to Attend the 5th Rooftop Cinema Series

South Lake Business Association presents the fifth annual Rooftop Cinema Series, a complimentary open-air movie event taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. Guests can enjoy the romantic action drama “Top Gun” during Pasadena’s popular summer event at the Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Ave.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy the resident DJ and pre-show activities. Guests can enjoy a “Top Gun”-themed photo op, bounce houses and family-friendly games, prizes and giveaways. Food vendors include: Dunkin Donuts, Kaboom Kettle Korn, Le Petite Pomme Frites (Mediterranean Cuisine), Los Colorines (Latin Cuisine), Nothing Bundt Cakes and Sushi Burrito.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a reclining beach chair for a comfortable seating experience. The Rooftop Cinema Series has a special VIP seating area offer: Guests must present a printed receipt of a same-day purchase from a South Lake Avenue retailer. This promotion is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“South Lake’s Rooftop Cinema Series is a community-building experience and a fun way for event attendees to learn about the South Lake Avenue District and all it has to offer, said Gina Tleel, executive director of the South Lake Business Association. “South Lake events provide our guests with the opportunity to learn about district updates and provide the South Lake Business Association the opportunity to thank guests for being patrons of the South Lake Avenue District.”
For the complimentary movie and free parking, an RSVP required. Contact southlakeavenue.org or call (626) 792-1259.

Feline Friends at Humane Society’s CatCon Aug. 12 and 13

Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena
Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will facilitate on-site adoptions at CatCon, the annual convention where pop culture and cat culture converge. More than 100 cats and kittens will be available for adoption over the course of the two-day event held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The cats and kittens will be housed in the Furever Home Adoption Lounge in partnership with CatCon’s Presenting Sponsor, Rachael Ray Nutrish.
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PCDA Rosé Soiree This Weekend

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK John Tanner, Karen Otamura, Stephanie and Greg McLemore, and Stephanie and Leo Dencik were among those who enjoyed last year’s Rosé Soiree.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
John Tanner, Karen Otamura, Stephanie and Greg McLemore, and Stephanie and Leo Dencik were among those who enjoyed last year’s Rosé Soiree.

Professional Child Development Associates will hold its third annual Rosé Soiree event on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6, at the historic Blacker House in Pasadena. Proceeds from the event will benefit PCDA, which provides therapies and services for children, teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.
For $65, guests will be feted at the Rosé Soiree Main Event, a wine and gourmet food-tasting garden party. Celebrated local chefs and California wineries will participate, curated by Chef Claud Beltran, on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. A $250 patron ticket includes an invitation to the main event as well as a seat at the exclusive pre-event long table al fresco dinner catered by Chef Claud and others to be held on Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Both parts of the event will take place in the garden of the historic Blacker House, the restored 1907 Greene & Greene craftsman home of PCDA board member Ellen Knell and her husband, Harvey. Following an extensive restoration by the Knells, the home and grounds have been restored to the designs as they were originally conceived, and the house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chef Claud Beltran of Bacchus Restaurant and tap & kitchen, both in Pasadena, is a long-time supporter of PCDA, and a believer that local chefs should contribute to their communities. “PCDA makes a difference in our community for so many families who have a child with special needs, and I am proud to support their work with the Rose Soiree event.”
To purchase tickets, visit pcdateam.org/rosesoiree.

Convalescent Aid Society Gives New Life, Independence

OUTLOOK photo Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.
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Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.

Sylvia Macias and her son, Miguel, struggled since the day the young boy began battling a rare muscle disorder at just 1 year old. Not falling into any known medical condition, the mom fought for her son’s care, battling insurance red tape, countless appointments, misdiagnosis, unhelpful treatments, gaps in health care coverage and Miguel’s ever-changing physical disabilities and needs.
Then she met Convalescent Aid Society. It was the one bright spot during a dark time, she said, recalling the nonprofit as the easiest stop on the healthcare circuit.
“They had us like a ball, bouncing back and forth, seeing so many different specialists, one after another after another without any diagnosis,” the single mom of five recalls. Her nearly adolescent son could no longer squeeze into his childhood wheelchair, which was hurting his brittle bones and fragile frame on a daily basis.
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Avramovich Makes Upward Jump in Young Life

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK Dave Avramovich, the new Greater Los Angeles regional director for Young Life, has spent much of the last decade as the organization’s San Marino area director and also moonlighting as a football and baseball assistant coach at San Marino High School.
Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Dave Avramovich, the new Greater Los Angeles regional director for Young Life, has spent much of the last decade as the organization’s San Marino area director and also moonlighting as a football and baseball assistant coach at San Marino High School.

Dave Avramovich is looking for himself, to use a phrase.
More than a decade after taking on the duties of the San Marino Area director — which would later evolve into the Greater Pasadena area — for the nondenominational Christian-based nonprofit Young Life, Avramovich became the regional director for the Greater Los Angeles area on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Among his many responsibilities in his new job are finding his replacement.
“I’ll be looking for the next ‘me,’” he said in a telephone interview, “so that’s kind of a crazy deal.”
Despite taking on the greater role, Avramovich, who has and will continue to call Pasadena his home, said he plans on staying local.
Avramovich moved to Southern California in 2003 by way of Seattle, and was coaching in La Cañada Flintridge when Young Life’s director took note of his connection with his players. Avramovich also was studying at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena at the time.
By January 2007, Avramovich took on his San Marino duties with Young Life, a youth group which aims to help kids grow through both faith- and community-based events and programs.
“The people are great, so it didn’t take long,” he said, when asked about acclimating to his then-new community. “Because I was coaching baseball and football right away, I got to quickly know a lot of parents.”
Which puts Young Life on the same page as those parents, explained Avramovich, himself a father. He points out research suggesting that kids and teenagers often only have minutes’ worth of meaningful interaction with adults each day, on average.
“Kids are desperate for relationships with adults,” he said. “They just don’t have them. If we can have a meaningful interaction, if we can listen for three or four minutes a day, we’re doubling that.
“They feel a lot of pressure to be great,” Avramovich added, speaking of San Marino’s children. “Kids are kids. They need their playtime. They need their unstructured time. I just hope when they’re with us, they don’t feel pressured and can just relax and have a good time.”
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Fred Claire Golf Tournament to Benefit City of Hope on Aug. 14

Fred Claire (left), whose golf tournament on Aug. 14 will benefit City of Hope, is pictured with former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in a 1988 locker room celebration.
Fred Claire (left), whose golf tournament on Aug. 14 will benefit City of Hope, is pictured with former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in a 1988 locker room celebration.

Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew has been selected as the recipient of the Celebration of Life Award in conjunction with the inaugural Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic that benefits City of Hope. The tournament and dinner will be held Monday, Aug. 14, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.
“We are honored that Rod will be with us at our tournament dinner to accept this award and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Claire, the former longtime executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Rod’s recent health journey is truly a celebration of life and his ongoing efforts on behalf of heart disease and history of being involved in great causes to help others is an inspiring story,” said Claire.
Carew, 71, is among the greatest hitters of all-time, a seven-time batting champion and first-ballot selection to the Hall of Fame. In retirement, he’s championed several causes, including the fight against heart disease since becoming a survivor last year. He partnered with the American Heart Association on “Heart of 29,” a campaign named for the jersey number he wore throughout his 19-year career with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.
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Five Acres’ 30th Annual Golf Classic is Sept. 18

Photo courtesy Five Acres Five Acres is holding its 30th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 18 in Pasadena. The event’s Sponsorship Committee includes (seated, from left) co-chairs Rustin Mork and Scott Street. Standing: Ryan Dietz, Will Nash, Jim Halferty, John Berger, Joey Reaume, Danny Reaume, Brad Reaume, Jason Berns, David Bolstad, Burke Eiteljorg and Ben Taylor. (Not pictured: Billy Abel, Casey Adams, Jennifer Berger, Don Boline, Travis Buhl, Anthony Cannizzo, Brian Dennis, Bill Hayden, Chris Hoshek, Craig Stewart and Erica Tejeda.)
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Five Acres is holding its 30th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 18 in Pasadena. The event’s Sponsorship Committee includes (seated, from left) co-chairs Rustin Mork and Scott Street. Standing: Ryan Dietz, Will Nash, Jim Halferty, John Berger, Joey Reaume, Danny Reaume, Brad Reaume, Jason Berns, David Bolstad, Burke Eiteljorg and Ben Taylor. (Not pictured: Billy Abel, Casey Adams, Jennifer Berger, Don Boline, Travis Buhl, Anthony Cannizzo, Brian Dennis, Bill Hayden, Chris Hoshek, Craig Stewart and Erica Tejeda.)

Five Acres will hosts its 30th annual Golf Classic and “Mad for Plaid Par-Tee” on Monday, Sept. 18, at a private golf club in Pasadena. The event will raise critical funds to support children and families in Los Angeles, and will also recognize past chairs for their contribution to Five Acres’ mission.
Following the golf tournament, guests are invited to don their finest plaid for the Scottish-themed “Mad for Plaid Par-Tee.” The evening will supply cocktails in the “Tartan Tavern” along with dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Auction items include an eight-day Viking Cruises river cruise, helicopter ride and guitar autographed by Maroon 5.
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Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders

Andrew Friedman
Photo courtesy Jon SooHoo / Dodgers Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena, has helped change baseball culture in Los Angeles since joining the organization in October 2014. The Dodgers boast the league’s best record as they seek their first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers have ruled the Los Angeles sports scene for the past several years, but the
beloved team is now the talk of Major League Baseball, and for good reason.
“The Dodgers are absolutely amazing,” ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian said on television after L.A. defeated the White Sox last Thursday. Los Angeles had notched its 31st win in the last 35 games, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1977 Kansas City Royals. “They lead the league in ERA, they lead the league with 10 shutouts and they’re second in the league in runs scored.”
As of Tuesday, the Dodgers also have a major-league-best 69 victories and a double-digit lead in the National League West, which they have won the past four seasons.
“I think it has to do with the number of different guys who have had their fingerprints on the success of the team to date,” said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena. “We’ve had a few guys who have been consistently way above average, and a number of other guys who have chipped in to give us length in the lineup and rotation.” Continue reading “Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders”

Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU

By Robert Haleblian

Photo courtesy Azusa Pacific University Sports Information
Former Maranatha standout and Pasadena native Andrew Elffers led the Azusa Pacific University football team to its first Division II playoff berth last year. He is a dual-threat quarterback and has rushed for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns the past three seasons with the Cougars.

In the quarterback-rich nature of Southern California football, it is easy to get lost in the mix. With Josh Rosen at UCLA and Sam Darnold at USC, the scene is at an all-time high. In a time where big names and big schools dominate headlines, Pasadena’s own Andrew Elffers is making a name for himself in a less traditional way.
“A huge reason for why I chose APU [was that] I just felt something different about the school,” said Elffers. “The main thing that attracted me to APU was that it was a faith based institution. When I was [deciding] between the Division I offers or going to APU, a Division II school, I knew APU was going to be the best school for me to develop my character as a man, a man of integrity, and as a hard worker [who] cares for others more than [myself].” Continue reading “Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU”