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Created as a day to bring awareness and funding for AbilityFirst programs for children and adults with disabilities, this year’s Stroll & Roll will highlight the various programs that help individuals achieve his or her personal best.
The organization’s signature fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 8, at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The park is at 1245 N. Spring St. between Broadway and Spring Street. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., breakfast and group photos 8:30 a.m., welcome ceremony at 9 a.m. and step-off at 9:30 a.m.
Presented by Comerica Bank, Nextera Energy and Subaru of Glendale, Stroll & Roll will feature a new venue with new interactive experiences along the 5K route, including a Los Angeles Chargers sponsored football throwing contest, a fully accessible photo booth and several food trucks.
To find event information and to register, visit strollandroll.org.
Harlan Thompson, a retired finance executive, has been elected chairman of the board of AbilityFirst. Thompson follows long-time supporter of the organization, John Kelly.
The new executive committee for 2018 consists of Thompson, Ray Cherry (vice chair), Wendy Lees (treasurer) and Mike Dokmanovich (secretary). Also on the board: Steve Brockmeyer, Will Craig, Dr. Diane Danis, Mark Fedde, Tom Fenchel, Richard Frank, Maria French, Stuart Hemphill, Jay Henneberry, John Kelly, Joanne Kim, Carol Llewellyn, Mordena Moore, Kathryn Sanders Platnick, Randall Repp, Arthur Rothberg and Patricia Vick.
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The Grand Pinot Tasting “PinotFaire” was recently held at the Altadena Town & Country Club, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting AbilityFirst. It was a gorgeous day to spend the afternoon sipping award-winning wines at the country club. More than 200 guests and wineries enjoyed the event while sipping 120 tastings and eating delicacies from local purveyor Howie’s Market and Alexander’s Prime Meats.
The room was filled with wine aficionados, wine lovers and local supporters. AbilityFirst CEO Lori Gangemi was on hand along with PinotFaire event producers Mike Farwell, Ramon Miramontes and Bonny Garcia. This year brought a new layer to the event — the Best of the Best wine competition, with local California winery Wedell Cellars taking home the prize for first place. A unique event to the community, the Grand Pinot Tasting helped unite the Pasadena and surrounding communities by celebrating and enjoying delicious wines while giving back to a long-standing charity in the community.
PinotFaire, Pasadena’s premiere wine festival, will kick off its ninth year at the Altadena Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 24. This year, a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Pasadena-based nonprofit AbilityFirst, a 91-year-old organization serving children and adults with disabilities and with a new addition of a Best of the Best Wine Tasting Competition, featuring a blind taste test in which participants choose their top three favorite wines.
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The founders of Pinot Pigs Wine Bar — coming to Pasadena in early 2018 — is hosting a private wine tasting event with Brian Loring of Loring Winery at Alma de la Rosa in Pasadena this Saturday, May 27. Loring will be pouring some of his favorite pinot noirs as well as other varietals. A raffle will benefit AbilityFirst’s programs and services in support of helping people with disabilities achieve their personal best. AbilityFirst offers more than a dozen programs to help individuals transition from childhood to adult life, as well as employment services, job training, and programs to help build social connections and independence.
The tasting kicks off the 8th annual Grand PinotFaire, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Altadena Town & Country Club. The Grand PinotFaire will feature hundreds of wines from notable wineries on the West Coast, paired with delectable cheeses and charcuterie from Howie’s and Alexander’s Prime Meats.
For more information or to RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 862-7441. Space is limited.
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More than 2,400 walkers, strollers and rollers joined together recently to raise money. Celebrity champion Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky on the TV show “Glee,” alongside longtime honorary chairs Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels,” Lee Meriwether and special guest Heather Langenkamp from “A Nightmare Before Elm Street,” joined the Stroll & Roll at the backlot at Universal Studios.
AbilityFirst held the annual fundraising event in support of its mission of serving children and adults with disabilities. The funds raised benefit the 2,000 people and their families served by AbilityFirst each year. AbilityFirst helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their personal best by focusing on the successful transition from childhood to adult life; employment and employment preparation; building social connections and independence; and offering participants and their families an opportunity to refresh and recharge. Each year, this event helps AbilityFirst to raise money for the 91-year-old organization’s programs, including Camp Paivika, its 70-year-old summer camp located in the San Bernardino mountains.
“We are thrilled with this year’s Stroll & Roll,” said Chief Development Officer Josh Chan. “We experienced one of the largest, most successful, events in our 91-year history with more than 11,000 transactions online. All our staff, participants, their families, corporate teams and sponsors came together in support of AbilityFirst programs in the community.”
Fundraising for Stroll & Roll will continue through May 31 with a matching grant from the AS&F Foundation up to $75,000. Supporters can make their donation by visiting strollandroll.org.
AbilityFirst, a 91-year-old nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities, is set to host its annual fundraiser and 5K walk called Stroll & Roll. AbilityFirst is honored to name Lauren Potter as this year’s Stroll & Roll Celebrity Champion. The event will be held on Sunday, April 2, at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City. The walk begins at 7:30 a.m., but check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 6 a.m.
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