PACEF ‘Hattitude’ Luncheon Fashion Show is April 21

Floraline Stevens
Floraline Stevens

The Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund will host its 10th annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, themed “Hattitude With Gratitude,” on Saturday, April 21. Ladies and privileged gentlemen will be treated to a delicious luncheon. Come wearing a hat with “Hattitude, ”as the highly anticipated affair will highlight hats, attitude, engaging models and fashionable ensembles.
The luncheon will be held at the Westin Hotel, 191 N. Los Robles Ave. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a reception and boutique shopping, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and VIP tables are available for $1,500 (VIP tables seat 10 and guests receive complimentary champagne.)
This year’s event is dedicated to its founder and previous PACEF president Floraline Stevens. Stevens passed away in January and will be forever missed by many. She was a true leader and team builder. She suggested the idea of an annual luncheon to highlight PACEF’s goals of providing scholarship assistance to deserving graduates from the Pasadena Unified School District. The first benefit luncheon was attended by 100 guests. From there it has grown to more than 300 guests.
Proceeds from this benefit will help fund PACEF’s Scholarship Endowment Fund. PACEF recognized that one year scholarships were not enough to make an impact on the rising costs of college. In 2007 PACEF strengthened its support and increased financial scholarships for talented and skilled minority youth that needed substantive support to attend college. The directors recognized that ongoing four-year scholarships would allow graduates to become contributing adults. This type of financial commitment requires much larger sums of money and a source of continuous financing of the endowment. In 2016, PACEF realized its full potential as a 501c(3) charitable foundation managed by the Pasadena Community Foundation. With the community support, the fund has raised approximately $300,000 to date.
For additional information, contact co-chairs Debbie Williams at (626) 797-0410 or Jeane Ward at (626) 798-2989. Or visit the PACEF website to purchase tickets online at

Pasadena-Altadena Links Benefit Brunch is Dec. 3

The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, in collaboration with the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund, presents “Diamonds and Pearls: A Winter Wonderland,” a benefit brunch and afternoon of fun and entertainment, on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Imperial Palace in Pasadena.
“Diamonds and Pearls” is a prelude to a fun and magical holiday season — complete with savory brunch cuisine, silent auction, dancing and lots of camaraderie. The festivities kickoff at 11 a.m. with a reception, followed by brunch starting at noon.
Singer and guitarist Aalon Butler will provide the afternoon’s soulful tunes.
Proceeds will help fund a number of Links programs, including the 29th annual lsaac McClelland Memorial Scholarships for Pasadena Unified School District graduating seniors; “Links Up for Success” mentoring program for PUSD middle and high school girls; “Senior Talent Show’’; and other community initiatives.
The Pasadena-Altadena Links have awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships to deserving area students and have held the Senior Talent Show for more than 26 years.
As one of the longest existing chapters in the Western Area of the Links, the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter recognizes the importance of providing meaningful programs and services in our community.
Tickets are available for $125 per person and both patron and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact benefit chair Earlie Douglas, (626) 797-1171 or purchase online at For additional information, visit

PACEF Hosts Annual Luncheon, Fashion Show May 20

Kevan Hall
Kevan Hall

The Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund will host its 9th Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, “Hat-ti-tude with Attitude” on Saturday, May 20, to help benefit its scholarship endowment.
Ladies (and privileged gentlemen) will be swanking and swooning over haute couture ensembles and fabulous chapeaux. The highly-anticipated affair encourages guests to “wear a hat like you mean it: With attitude.” The event will highlight fashions by award-winning designer Kevan Hall. Tickets are now available.
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