HEAR Center Fall Festival Fundraiser Oct. 22

The HEAR Center, a Pasadena nonprofit established in 1954, is holding its third annual Fall Festival Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2-6 p.m. The event will be held at a private Altadena residence, a historic Greene and Greene home at 2162 N. Holliston Ave. in Altadena.
Guests will enjoy board games, farm animals, great food, a bounce house and more. Admission is $35, but children 10 and under are free. All proceeds go to HEAR Center so that it may continue its mission of providing affordable hearing and speech care to all ages.
“We doubled our attendance at last year’s fundraiser and we hope to have another great turnout this year. This is a great event for the whole family,” said Ellen Simon, the executive director of the HEAR Center.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (626) 796-2016 or by visiting hearcenter.org.

Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Concert Sept. 27

OUTLOOK file photo Stacy Santeramo, Dr. Donna Byrns, Richard Cheung and Kathy Simpson were among those who enjoyed a previous Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
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Stacy Santeramo, Dr. Donna Byrns, Richard Cheung and Kathy Simpson were among those who enjoyed a previous Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Friends In Deed returns for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Castle Green in Pasadena. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz. There will also be a silent auction.
Friends In Deed, an interfaith nonprofit organization, meets many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena — homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children.
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YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast is Oct. 23

Edina Lekovic, director of policy and programming at Muslim Public Affairs Council, will be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley recently announced.
The event will be from 7-9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, located at 168 S. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena.
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Beyond Hunger: West Meets East to Benefit Heifer International Oct. 1

Farming and the men and women who feed the world will take center stage at Beyond Hunger: West Meets East, a new event benefiting the nonprofit organization Heifer International. The event, hosted by Heifer and sponsored by NBC Universal, seeks to bring awareness to the development organization’s work to end hunger and poverty around the world. A contingent of Pasadena-area residents is involved with the event.
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L.A. Children’s Chorus Names New Artistic Director

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, internationally regarded choral conductor, clinician and educator, has been named the next artistic director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs noted for its striking bel canto sound, announced Cheryl Scheidemantle, LACC chair. He assumes the post next summer on Aug. 1.
Malvar-Ruiz served from 2004 to July 2017 as music director of American Boychoir. His tenure was highlighted by some 200 performances annually and appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic, among others. He has worked with conductors Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich and Michael Tilson Thomas and artists ranging from cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pop legends Beyoncé Knowles and Josh Groban to opera singers Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman. He conducted the choir on six recordings and served as the music director on the 2014 film “Boychoir,” inspired by the choir.
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Hathaway-Sycamores Hosts Fundraiser at L.A. Zoo

Gayle and Michael Galper
Gayle and Michael Galper

The Los Angeles Zoo will be the site of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ 9th annual Celebrating Children fundraiser. In addition to raising funds for youth development activities to help the boys who reside at the organization’s El Nido Campus, guests at the Oct. 7 family-friendly event will enjoy exploring the zoo after-hours at this private affair.
This year’s dinner event, presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers, is from 6-10 p.m. The public can purchase tickets to the event, which includes an opportunity to meet some of the youth whose lives have been changed by the services they have received at El Nido. There also will be carousel rides, a silent auction, special gifts and giveaways.
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Rusnak Auto Group Donates $100,000 to Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy CSCP Celebrating the $100,000 donation are Meg Symes, Cancer Support Community’s executive director; Paul Rusnak, founder and chairman of Rusnak Auto Group; Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, vice president of public relations at Rusnak Auto Group; Michael Healy, CSCP board president; and Patricia Ostiller, CSCP director of development.
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Celebrating the $100,000 donation are Meg Symes, Cancer Support Community’s executive director; Paul Rusnak, founder and chairman of Rusnak Auto Group; Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, vice president of public relations at Rusnak Auto Group; Michael Healy, CSCP board president; and Patricia Ostiller, CSCP director of development.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received an unprecedented $100,000 matching gift from Rusnak Auto Group. Paul Rusnak, founder of Rusnak Auto Group, had announced a matching challenge of $100,000 at CSCP’s annual gala five months ago.
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‘Bach to Broadway’ Concert to Help Restore St. Andrew Church

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Claire Bogaard, Rev. Paul Sustayta of Pasadena’s St. Andrew Church, Jerilyn McAniff and Bill Bogaard were among those who enjoyed last year’s “Bach to Broadway” concert. The 23rd annual event will be held Friday evening, Sept. 29.
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Claire Bogaard, Rev. Paul Sustayta of Pasadena’s St. Andrew Church, Jerilyn McAniff and Bill Bogaard were among those who enjoyed last year’s “Bach to Broadway” concert. The 23rd annual event will be held Friday evening, Sept. 29.

The acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform Friday, Sept. 29, at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena in the 23rd annual “Bach to Broadway” Concert. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
Also performing will be a group of 23 professional choristers from the Los Robles Master Chorale under the artistic direction of Lesley Leighton, the former associate conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
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AbilityFirst Festival of Fall is Scheduled for Oct. 15

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst AbilityFirst Festival of Fall steering committee members include (front row, from left) Mark Fedde, Kris Bacani, Cynthia Amerio and co-chair Greg Wood. Back: co-chair Amit Patel, Samuel McRoberts, Joseph Longo and Paige Parris. Not pictured: Michael Hawkins, Jacqueline Kibler, Gale Kohl and Todd Johnson.
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AbilityFirst Festival of Fall steering committee members include (front row, from left) Mark Fedde, Kris Bacani, Cynthia Amerio and co-chair Greg Wood. Back: co-chair Amit Patel, Samuel McRoberts, Joseph Longo and Paige Parris. Not pictured: Michael Hawkins, Jacqueline Kibler, Gale Kohl and Todd Johnson.

AbilityFirst will hold its 43rd annual Festival of Fall Gourmet Food and Wine Event from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, on the grounds of the majestic and historic Laurabelle A. Robinson estate in Pasadena.
Jeff Michael, co-host of “This Morning on CBS-2,” will emcee the event and Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky on the hit TV show “Glee,” will serve as honorary chair.
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