Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy

Each November, a trio of trees appears in Arcadia’s Santa Anita Mall the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike other symbols of the impending holiday season, however, these trees aren’t adorned with lights, bells or baubles, but with paper tags, and on each of these tags, three wishes are written. By Christmas Day, those wishes materialize into gifts for foster children living at 10 residential facilities across San Gabriel Valley. Such is the magic of the Sugar Plum Trees, an annual project that has been organized by Friends of Foster Children since 1976. Continue reading “Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy”

PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.
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Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.

In what’s become a Pasadena rite of spring, several hundred local ladies donning extravagant hats and fabulous fashions will flock to the Pasadena Hilton on Saturday, April 16, for the seventh annual “Hat-ti-tude” boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Hosted by the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, the benefit will raise money toward PACEF’s Scholar Fund for students in the Pasadena Unified School District. But what’s the story behind PACEF, and who are the founders beneath the brims? Continue reading “PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’”

Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection

Michael Nogueira
Michael Nogueira

When you’re celebrating a wedding or family milestone, commemorating a loved one, hosting a commercial event or raising money for a cause, the last thing you want to be worrying about on that day is linens and cutlery. Fortunately, you can leave the details to Michael Nogueira, founder and proprietor of Sir Michael’s, a full-service limousine and event rental company that has been coming to hosts’ rescue for more than 30 years. Continue reading “Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection”

Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.
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Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.

For high school seniors, prom is a significant rite of passage — a night to dress up, let loose and revel in the culmination of the past four years. It’s also a significant financial undertaking: prom-goers can spend upward of $150 on a ticket alone, not to mention the cost of attire, flowers, food and transportation. For girls in particular, the pressure to have immaculate hair and makeup is topped only by the anxiety of finding the perfect prom dress — and, like most things teenage girls pine after, they don’t come cheap. Continue reading “Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army”

Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police

Photo courtesy PAL Board The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.
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The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.

Roxanne Haines was 12 years old when she was approached by two police officers while playing softball in a local park. The northwest Pasadena resident had had mixed experiences with cops in the past — her mother worked as an unsworn employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, but she’d also been stopped by police officers while walking home at night. Continue reading “Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police”

After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future

Photo courtesy Foothill Family Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
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Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

It all started with a hat. In 1926, a community volunteer named Josephine Marsh passed a hat among her friends to collect money for a Pasadena family in need. From that $100 and the actions of three local ladies, a 90-year legacy of family services was born. While its name and leadership have changed more than a few times over the decades and its services have evolved with the times, the agency now known as Foothill Family remains true to its original mission to empower children and families in their lives through comprehensive counseling and mental health treatment. Continue reading “After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future”

Auctioneer Fast-Talks His Way Into Success at Fundraisers

Photo by Melissa Kobe/ OUTLOOK Sean Endicott leads the live auction at the recent Kidspace Circle of Friends benefit. After 12 years working events for Pasadena schools and organizations, the auctioneer has become a stalwart of the local nonprofit community.
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Sean Endicott leads the live auction at the recent Kidspace Circle of Friends benefit. After 12 years working events for Pasadena schools and organizations, the auctioneer has become a stalwart of the local nonprofit community.

If you’ve been to a live charity auction in the Pasadena area lately, there’s a good chance that the man behind the microphone was Sean Endicott. Over the past 12 years, the fast-talking, upbeat auctioneer has cemented himself as the go-to guy for many local schools and nonprofits’ major fundraising events, gaining as much praise for his charismatic personality as his ability to move high-end auction items at top dollar. Continue reading “Auctioneer Fast-Talks His Way Into Success at Fundraisers”

Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.
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Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.

Mike Simms is no stranger to the elements. Between volunteering with the Forest Service, curating the Echo Mountain ruins and running Friends of Echo Mountain, a local preservationist group, Simms spends each of his days hiking the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena. Continue reading “Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless”

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Broncos or Panthers garb and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years. Continue reading “Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday”

Door of Hope Swings Open for Gala on Feb. 20

Door of Hope will celebrate 30 years of helping Pasadena homeless families rebuild their lives at a gala on Feb. 20. Pictured are Door of Hope board members, supporters and staff, including (front row, from left) Jim Howe, Bob Joe, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Door of Hope founders Steve and Iris Lazarian, and Door of Hope Executive Director Tim Peters (far right). Back: George Rothwell, Greg Waybright, Gil Gazanian and Jeremy Rose.
Door of Hope will celebrate 30 years of helping Pasadena homeless families rebuild their lives at a gala on Feb. 20. Pictured are Door of Hope board members, supporters and staff, including (front row, from left) Jim Howe, Bob Joe, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Door of Hope founders Steve and Iris Lazarian, and Door of Hope Executive Director Tim Peters (far right). Back: George Rothwell, Greg Waybright, Gil Gazanian and Jeremy Rose.

For the past 30 years, Door of Hope in Pasadena has stood as a beacon of optimism in the community, helping homeless families rebuild their lives through a variety of resources. Nearly 1,500 individuals who once lived on the streets have found better futures as a result of their experience at the Christian faith-based transitional housing service. This concept of looking ahead toward a brighter tomorrow is one of the nonprofit’s primary pillars. It makes sense, then, that instead of focusing on the past three decades of success, Door of Hope is choosing to celebrate what’s to come in the next 30 years and beyond at the organization’s upcoming gala on Feb. 20. Continue reading “Door of Hope Swings Open for Gala on Feb. 20”