Cancer Support ‘Ladies Night Out’

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Local residents Silvia Dobbs, Evie Sherrod, Dede Cook, Janine Purdy, Tracey Nelson, Beth Milton, Lydia Valenta, Debbie Yeh, Rita Gooch and Sandy Kobeissi enjoyed the Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s recent “Ladies Night Out” event. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women who have been touched by cancer. The event raised more than $172,000.

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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Rusnak Auto Group Donates $100,000 to Cancer Support Community

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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.
“We are incredibly grateful to Paul for his tremendous generosity,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “This was an incredible opportunity for CSCP. We got to work promoting this amazing matching opportunity and our donors rose to the occasion. In three months, more than 250 individual donors raised more than $100,000 and Paul sent CSCP a generous matching check.
“Paul, his daughter Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, and the entire Rusnak family are setting the stage for a new level of philanthropy for the women, men and children CSCP serves who are facing cancer. This match clearly inspired many others to join in supporting CSCP; we thank Paul, Liz, Rusnak Auto Group, and all of our donors who met this remarkable matching opportunity for appreciating CSCP’s mission.”
Founded in 1990, Cancer Support Community Pasadena is a nonprofit organization providing support groups, educational workshops and stress management classes to individuals affected by cancer. CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, in Pasadena. All programs are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers.

Ladies Night Out to Benefit Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena Ladies Night Out committee members include (front row, from left) Executive Director Meg Symes, co-chairs Samantha Knight, Lyn Beecher Salembier and Michelle Mendez, and Danielle Gay. Middle row: Mary Rita Katana, Peggy Smith, Alison Hubbs, Kathy Meeks, Christina Kempton and Melissa Alcorn. Back: Toi Treister, Julie Wofford, Tracy Grohs and Vicki Laidig.
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Ladies Night Out committee members include (front row, from left) Executive Director Meg Symes, co-chairs Samantha Knight, Lyn Beecher Salembier and Michelle Mendez, and Danielle Gay. Middle row: Mary Rita Katana, Peggy Smith, Alison Hubbs, Kathy Meeks, Christina Kempton and Melissa Alcorn. Back: Toi Treister, Julie Wofford, Tracy Grohs and Vicki Laidig.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena will host its seventh annual Ladies Night Out, an evening of entertainment, laughter and commemoration, on Thursday, Oct. 5. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women in the community who have been touched by cancer. The event will be tiki themed and take place at Pasadena’s concert venue “The Rose.” The evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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Cancer Support Community Honors Farrah Fawcett Foundation

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. From left are CSCP Board President Michael Healy; CSCP Director Meg Symes; Foundation President Alana Stewart; and David Kessler, board member of FFF.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. From left are CSCP Board President Michael Healy; CSCP Director Meg Symes; Foundation President Alana Stewart; and David Kessler, board member of FFF.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently celebrated the official naming of the Farrah Fawcett Group Room in its facility with a naming ceremony.
Farrah Fawcett started the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007, after being diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She died June 25, 2009. The foundation funds research for HPV-related cancers, promotes awareness and cancer prevention strategies, and provides patient assistance funds to help those struggling with the expenses of treatment.
“We are so grateful for the foundation’s generous grant to CSCP, and so pleased to have this beautiful new partnership,” remarked Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “We are both organizations working to provide education, support and hope to individuals facing a cancer.”
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Poker Bowl Hits Jackpot for Cancer Support Community

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Local residents who enjoyed Cancer Support Community-Pasadena’s recent Poker Bowl included (seated, from left) Annie Swanson, Nora MacKenzie, Cindy Budzyn and Gayle Penrod. Middle row: Jay Cohen, Steve and Lisa Scharre, Danielle Gay, Priscilla Musso, Jack MacKenzie and Michael Galper. Back: Scott Swanson, Sam Gay, Joe Musso and Michael Budzyn. The event was held at the at the Flying A Garage, a private collection of American classic automobiles. More than 180 guests — a new record for attendance — enjoyed socializing over burgers and tacos outdoors before heading inside for an evening of poker and blackjack, raising more than $53,000. Money raised will go toward CSC’s programs providing free support, education and hope to anyone facing cancer.

Cancer Support Meeting June 6

A discussion about life, recurrence, death and cancer will be presented at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Tuesday, June 6, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Author David Kessler will lead the discussion. He will offer a safe place where talking about the fear of death does not mean giving up. Instead, it means learning how to live fully despite cancer. He teaches how fear does not stop death, fear stops life. He will present practical information about how to reduce common fears of recurrence, illness and death and how to find a stronger, richer life after cancer.
Kessler has written five best-selling books. He is a board member of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and is a frequent guest on the “Dr. Oz Show” and a contributing writer to Oprah.com.
The Cancer Support Community-Pasadena is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Make reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

Healthy Eating for Cancer Patients

A presentation on healthy eating for cancer patients will be given at the Cancer Support Community Pasadena on Monday, May 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation is free.
Pam Braun, former chef and restaurant owner, will share her healthy eating plan for cancer patients and survivors. She will explain what to put into the shopping cart and how to cook it.
The Cancer Support Community is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

New Board Members Join Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently elected three new members — Megan Reed, Bradley Talt and Charles Wood — to serve on its board of directors.
“I am excited to welcome them to the board of directors,” said Michael Healy, president of the organization’s board. “Each of them brings a passion for the work of CSCP and a desire to continue to strengthen our programs and services for individuals facing cancer.”
Reed currently serves as the executive director of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which provides programs and services to at-risk youth in 17 youth centers throughout Los Angeles County. In 2013, Reed served as campaign manager for the Rose Bowl Legacy Connections Campaign, for the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, Reed lives in Pasadena and has three children, Chase, Blake and Lindsay. “As a breast cancer survivor, I am eager to serve on CSCP’s board to help expand our reach and enhance our programs for individuals impacted by cancer,” said Reed.
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