Congressman Adam Schiff has named Pasadena’s Claire Bogaard as one of the “2020 Women of the Year,” an annual tradition to recognize inspiring women throughout local communities in the 28th Congressional District during Women’s History Month in March.
Bogaard was one of 15 women honored for her extensive volunteerism in the community, including that of her work as founding member of Pasadena Heritage, one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California.
Schiff called Bogaard personally to bestow the news.
“Congressman Adam Schiff called me to let me know that I was one of the women chosen as this year’s Women of the Year. It was a wonderful surprise! As a great admirer of Adam Schiff, I was deeply honored to be recognized in this way,” she said, noting that the preservation group is still accomplishing important work. “As one of the founders of Pasadena Heritage, I have been pleased to watch the organization over the years build a strong ethic of preserving our city’s great historic resources, especially its outstanding neighborhoods.”
Among the nonprofit organization’s accomplishments under her watch, Bogaard recalled that of saving Gartz Court, a six-unit historic bungalow court facing demolition in the mid-1980s. The bungalows were moved, restored and sold to first-time homeowners at affordable prices. Another project, completed in 2019, involved the repair and restoration of a huge historic mural in the library at McKinley Public School.
“The artist was Frank Tolles Chamberlin and the mural was dedicated in 1942,” she said. “I was truly moved by how generously Pasadena residents and school leaders supported the restoration of this great art treasure.”
Some of the other many organizations and committees Bogaard has served on include as an advisor and trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, advisory committee for the Restoration of Pasadena City Hall, the Neighborhood Associations’ Board of Directors, and chair of the No 710 Action Committee. In addition, Bogaard served on the Board of the West Pasadena Residents’ Association for several years.
Typically, the women are honored with a celebratory luncheon, but due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, Schiff gave an online Facebook speech to sing their praises.
“Every year in March, in honor of Women’s History Month, my office hosts an event to honor our district’s Women of the Year,” Schiff said. “Unfortunately, we had to postpone our celebration due to coronavirus, but I wanted to make sure these outstanding women get the recognition they deserve. They are all pillars of our communities and I thank them for their invaluable service.”