American Cancer Society Hope Gala is This Saturday

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Phyllis and Dave Crandon with Mary Bowser were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.

The American Cancer Society will hold its San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala, a premier fundraising event in the fight against cancer, this Saturday evening, Sept. 16. The event, to be held at Noor (300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena), begins at 5:30 p.m.
Since its inception in 2010, this event has raised more than $500,000 to benefit cancer survivors and patients as well as ongoing research and advancement.
“The San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala draws support from Pasadena and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley,” an event spokesperson said. “With your support, the American Cancer Society will continue to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We are working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. We are the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to our contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the U.S. in the past two decades. Now, that is a reason to celebrate, so please join us.”
For ticket information, call (626) 564-6078 or email sgvhopegala@cancer.org.

A Gala Time at Huntington Ball

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Enjoying last Saturday night’s Huntington Ball were (front row, from left) Paul Haaga, Laura Olhasso and Tyler Parker. Back: Heather Haaga, Bill Olhasso and Blythe Haaga Parker. The ball was held under the stars at the Huntington Library and celebrated the library’s unparalleled private collection of books, manuscripts and photographs.

La Cañada Kiwanis Prepares for 15th Annual Wine & Gourmet Event

Photo courtesy Maureen Bond / Kiwanis
Carl Christensen (from left), Clyde Hemphill, City Councilman Jonathan Curtis, Mayor ProTem Terry Walker and Mayor Michael Davitt attended last year’s Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The 15th annual Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting event will be held this year along with a premium wine auction at Memorial Park on Sunday, Sept. 24.
The annual event is presented by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and new this year, Rosso Wine Shop. Jeff Zimmitti, Rosso Wines owner, will coordinate the wine offerings.
“Jeff has brought in many new and exciting wineries for tasting and we know the people are going to love it,” said Mike Leininger, president of the La Cañada Kiwanis.

Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5

USC Trojan Affiliates, a philanthropic and social women’s group of USC, invites alumni, parents and friends to attend its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at El Portal Restaurant, 695 E. Green St. in Pasadena. The social reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the program and meeting. The evening will feature Vandana Desai, deputy science lead for the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science at Caltech speaking on “Seeing the Universe With Infrared Eyes.” Continue reading “Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5”

Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade. Continue reading “Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’”

New Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Appoints Dean

Dr. Mark Schuster
Dr. Mark Schuster

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Board of Directors has appointed professor of pediatrics, researcher, educator and health policy expert Dr. Mark Schuster as founding dean and CEO of its School of Medicine, located in Pasadena.
In his role as founding dean, Schuster will oversee the day-to-day operations and unique direction of the School of Medicine, aimed at developing community health physician leaders. He will assume the position in October. Continue reading “New Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Appoints Dean”

Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families

Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.
Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.

Norma Flores and her two young daughters were all smiles as they loaded four new mattresses into their mini-van. “This is a huge help for my family,” said Flores. “The ones we have now are old and no good.”
Flores was one of many Hillsides clients to receive free mattresses from Leesa Sleep, an online direct-to consumer luxury mattress company. During a mattress donation event recently held in Pasadena, Leesa donated 111 mattresses to Hillsides youth and families at the site of Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Continue reading “Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families”

Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters

Susan Jakubowski
Susan Jakubowski

Susan Jakubowski said she is proud to be part of a community that cares.
In her quest for a City Council seat in November’s election, Jakubowski said she has been able to reaffirm that mantra as she has entered campaign mode.
“It has been so much fun,” she said. “People have been great. They’ve been forthright. As I talk with people in their homes and in the community, they’re aware of the issues and it really pleases me that they care about the same issues that I do.” Continue reading “Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters”