Funds Poured in for AbilityFirst at the PinotFaire

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Craig Sloane, Lori Gangemi, Mike Farwell and Alan Matoza enjoyed wine tasting at the recent PinotFaire at the Altadena Town & Country Club.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Craig Sloane, Lori Gangemi, Mike Farwell and Alan Matoza enjoyed wine tasting at the recent PinotFaire at the Altadena Town & Country Club.

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.

Sept. 24 PinotFaire Benefits AbilityFirst

The Enthusiast Club toasts at the PinotFaire festival.
The Enthusiast Club toasts at the PinotFaire festival.

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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Pinot Pigs Wine Bar Hosts Loring Winery Tasting

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 info@pinotfaire.com or call (626) 862-7441. Space is limited.

Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.

Emergencies can happen without warning. And although first responders do their best, there are times they come across situations that make the emergency even more challenging, including communicating with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue reading “Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled”

Successful Stroll & Roll Raises Funds for AbilityFirst

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.

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.

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer

“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.

Stroll & Roll Benefits AbilityFirst

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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