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

OUTLOOK file photo Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
OUTLOOK file photo
Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s 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.
Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed community liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. According to an event spokesperson, the honorees have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
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Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27

Friends In Deed returns to Castle Green on Sept. 27 for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz while perusing silent auction opportunities. Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed Community Liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. All have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
The evening will feature a jazz trio with John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini and John Leftwich. Pisano has recorded and toured the globe with artists such as Joe Pass, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer and many others. He recorded more than one dozen albums with Joe Pass.
Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” He has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond.
Leftwich, a classical guitarist, has performed with a wide variety of musical luminaries, including Tierney Sutton, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Mel Torme and Hubert Laws. His music has been featured in commercials and movies.
For more information, visit friends­indeedpas.org or contact Friends In Deed at (626) 797-2402 or friendsindeedpas@gmail.com. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available online at friendsindeedpas.org/fid/events/event/2017-jazz-on-the-green.

Friends in Deed Food Pantry Feeds Hungry, Gives Dignity

Photo by Camila Castellanos
Photo by Camila Castellanos

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” so read the iconic words etched at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
But during the past week of patriotic parties, one wonders if American poet Emma Lazarus, who penned the sonnet for the country’s beacon of freedom, could have imagined that 134 years later, the nation that is considered the world’s wealthiest also would be home to some 42 million people struggling with hunger, including 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors don’t have enough to eat, according to Feeding America.
Perhaps Lazarus might take heart, however, that in communities across America, nonprofits such as Friends in Deed in Pasadena strive to combat that hunger and give dignity back to the working poor through food pantries.
Located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, the interfaith collaborative Friends in Deed food pantry serves as a little market, allowing clients to shop for the food they like and need, especially fresh produce and proteins such as meat and chicken.
“This place is a real life-saver — I’m super appreciative of these guys,” said Ife Sangode, who was shopping at one of the food pantry’s new Thursday openings. The pantry just expanded its hours to open three times per week from the longstanding two days.
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Friends in Deed Women’s Room Fundraiser for Homeless Women

Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.
Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.

A group of local women in 2007, with an invitation from Friends in Deed, opened the Women’s Room, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, many of the original group will be joined by a host of new supporters and friends for a 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser at Brookside Golf Club’s Mediterranean Room adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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