Foothill Family Welcomes New Board Members

Foothill Family has welcomed Pasadena community members Pin Tai, William Chu, Carlos Schonfeld and Mike Morey to the Foothill Family Board of Directors. They were nominated and elected by the board for their strengths in community and business leadership and are poised to share their time and talent in support of Foothill Family’s mission to build brighter futures for children and families in the community.

Pin Tai
Pin Tai

Tai is president and CEO of Cathay Bank. He joined Cathay Bank in 1999 as the general manager of New York Region and became executive vice president in 2006 in charge of the Eastern Regions and EVP and chief lending officer in 2013. Tai graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

William Chu
William Chu

Chu is the COO of the Singpoli Group, and president of Invest L.A. Regional Center, a Singpoli-related company. Previously, he served as CEO of First Asian Bank and United Pacific Bank, as well as a senior executive at East West Bank. Chu is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business administration from USC.

Carlos Schonfeld
Carlos Schonfeld

Schonfeld is a partner at the Capital Group in Los Angeles, where he is both an analyst and portfolio manager. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant for William Kent International in Washington, DC. Schonfeld is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. He went on to receive his master’s degree of business administration at Stanford University.

Mike Morey
Mike Morey

Morey is the COO of Bolton & Co. Pasadena Headquarters, and chair of the Bolton Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Morey has held management responsibilities in underwriting, marketing and sales with both carriers and agencies. He sits on the advisory board for multiple national property casualty and health insurance carriers and serves on the Azusa Pacific University School of Business Advisory Board.
“Foothill Family is thrilled to have these accomplished and committed individuals on our board of directors. They bring remarkable leadership and expertise, which will help us to better serve the children and families in our communities through our life-changing programs,” said Steve Allen, CEO of Foothill Family.

Pasadena Stars on New Year’s Day

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.
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Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.

At the celebrated start of 2018, the world focused its attention on Pasadena Monday morning with the 129th Rose Parade rolling past millions of television viewers and hundreds of thousands of people along the parade route.
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Cleo King Fundraiser to Benefit First AME Church

Actor/producer Cleo King will perform at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Saturday, Jan. 13. She and The Love History Workshop will be featured during the annual Rev. Martin Luther King Breakfast.
King played the sassy grandmother in CBS’ television show, “Mike & Molly.” She is currently working on “Transformers 4” with Mark Wahlberg, director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The upcoming event is hosted by the Olivia Wilson Women’s Missionary Society, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is located at 1700 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Tickets are $15 per person, with proceeds benefiting missionary units’ funding in order to assist more underserved people in the community.

100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.

If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”

LCHS Princesses ‘Make a Difference’ on Royal Court

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
La Cañada High School seniors Georgia Cervenka and Julianne Lauenstein have embraced their role on the Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

The whole princess thing takes some getting used to, but by now Julianne Lauenstein is comfortable with it. Her La Cañada High School classmate Georgia Cervenka is getting close.
Both young women were named to the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court in October and have since attended dozens of functions, serving enthusiastically with five others on the court as ambassadors for the organization and for the Pasadena area.
Lauenstein, who’s eyeing a career in medicine, had some practice. She’s also spent 2017 as a member of the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court, attending dozens of local functions and serving as an ambassador for her hometown and its Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “LCHS Princesses ‘Make a Difference’ on Royal Court”

Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez, La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
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Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez,
La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”

LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.
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La Cañada High School’s Julianne Lauenstein (left) and Georgia Cervenka were among the seven young women selected to the Tournament of Roses Royal Court at a ceremony on Monday in Pasadena.

In Pasadena on Monday, seven Rose princesses — including two from La Cañada High School — and 30 other finalists were celebrated for their goodness, just hours after horror transpired in Las Vegas.
“These young women have shown they believe in the power of kindness, of selfless service, and now they stand ready to make an even greater difference,” said Dave Link, chair of the Tournament of Roses Royal Queen and Court Committee, with a nod this this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Making a Difference.”
“We’re all reading the news about the tragedy in Las Vegas, the senseless deaths,” Link continued, asking his audience to contribute funds or blood to help victims in the nation’s deadliest shooting. “It seems odd having a celebration in the wake of that news, but we have 37 young ladies who have looked forward to this for a very long time and who have worked hard for the past few months. It doesn’t seem right not to celebrate.” Continue reading “LCHS Princesses Chosen for 2018 Rose Court”

Swim With Mike Scholarship Fund Swells With Support

Photo courtesy Dan Avila Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.
Photo courtesy Dan Avila
Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.

Mike Nyeholt keeps on swimming.
The former three-time All-American swimmer, who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident 37 years ago, is in the pool three, sometimes four times a week. Despite some shoulder injuries, the Pasadena resident still hits the water and is a familiar face to anyone doing laps at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center pool.
He has a lot to swim for. This year, his Swim With Mike nonprofit is bigger than ever, helping 56 physically disabled athletes find new purpose in life through scholarships at colleges nationwide. The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, based at USC, is the only kind in the country, raising more than $19.6 million and sending recipients to 104 universities across the country since its inception.
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‘Set Beautiful Free’ Aims to End Human Trafficking Misery

Even from across the world, grassroots efforts can take hold and make a difference for an epidemic almost too abhorrent to imagine.
Pasadena-based committee members for India’s Set Beautiful Free have learned this, after recently immersing themselves in a world so forsaken they couldn’t believe it to be true until they saw it firsthand. They had heard of the organization that helps rescue impoverished women and girls sold into the sex trade, but before they were ready to commit financially and hours of service, they had to see it to believe it. Continue reading “‘Set Beautiful Free’ Aims to End Human Trafficking Misery”

Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day

Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including San Marino’s J.P. Blecksmith — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq.
J.P.’s father, Ed Blecksmith, spoke as a representative for all 11 local Gold Star Families who lost a son or daughter in the War on Terror: “This was a title, Gold Star Family, that none of us sought,” he said. “Losing a child, especially one who has volunteered to serve his or her country during a time of conflict, is a prospect very few families have had to face.”
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