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. Continue reading “Convalescent Aid Society Gives New Life, Independence”
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.” Continue reading “Avramovich Makes Upward Jump in Young Life”
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. Continue reading “Fred Claire Golf Tournament to Benefit City of Hope on Aug. 14”
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. Continue reading “Five Acres’ 30th Annual Golf Classic is Sept. 18”
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”
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”
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone for one night only to celebrate swing, the Rat Pack and more on Saturday, July 29, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
The Pasadena Pops, led by conductor Larry Blank, will perform hits from the kings of swing: Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, and, of course, Frank Sinatra, among others.
An old-fashioned crooner with luxuriant vocals that meld the traditions of old and new, Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for his preserving, presenting and interpreting of that seminal body of work. Popular tunes include “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.”
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 located 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.
In 2016, Huntington Hospital provided more than $108 million in healthcare services and support to residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, as part of its nonprofit mission to provide significant benefits to its communities in the form of free and part-pay hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means.
“It is our responsibility to identify and address the unmet needs of those underserved in our community,” said Jane Haderlein, Huntington Hospital’s senior vice president of philanthropy and public relations. “Assisting those in need — from our elderly neighbors to families facing financial hardship — is a commitment that we proudly embrace.”
These community benefits include charity care for those patients unable to pay, as well as care expenses underwritten by the hospital that reflect the differences between the actual cost of the care and the amount of money received for patients covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal.
Community benefits support research, education and training, including clinical research, graduate medical education programs, scholarships and continuing education in nursing and many other disciplines. They also encompass benefits directed at the community-at-large, including senior citizens, other vulnerable populations, the underserved and those suffering from specific diseases such as heart failure.
Health screenings, community health fairs and flu shots also were services provided by Huntington Hospital.
Totals for the hospital’s 2016 services include health screening and counseling for 2,400 people; weekly breastfeeding support groups to 3,500 mothers; Senior Care Network Resource Center support and referrals benefiting 5,000 callers; free health education classes for 2,100 people; and long-term care management through Senior Care Network to 725 seniors.
The full report of benefits is detailed in the 2016 Community Benefits report, which can be viewed at huntingtonhospital.org/community/community-benefit.aspx.
The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley’s Girls’ Empowerment Programs have received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America. These programs include the YWCA Pasadena’s TechGyrls and Express Yourself! after-school programs, and Girls Empowerment Summer Camp.
The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women” through girls’ after-school and summer programs, and adult and senior technology classes, providing women and girls in the Pasadena-Foothill Valley community with the tools and support to achieve their goals. Continue reading “YWCA Girls’ Programs Receive $10K Economic Mobility Grant”