Junior League of Pasadena Celebrates 95 years of Service

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Junior League of Pasadena members who attended the organization’s 2019 Simply Speaking fundraiser included (front row, from left) Lena Kelly, Michelle Simonsen, Mackenzie Mize, Charlotte Miles, Sara Hatch, Lisa Zastrow and Anjali Daniels. Back: Sara Snider, Beth Foster, Samantha Williams, Valerie Mendoza-Villatoro, Katy Allamong, Linda Whittlesey, Susanna Kwan and Maddy Secundy. Junior League is celebrating its 95th year in 2021.

This year marks the Junior League of Pasadena’s 95th year serving the San Gabriel Valley community.
The JLP is celebrating this momentous accomplishment throughout 2021 by having its members complete 950 hours of training and community engagement, recognizing 95 women who have contributed to the success of the JLP, highlighting member’s 95 favorite recipes from its six cookbooks and hosting social celebrations with its membership and the community all year long.
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PFAR Giving Mobilizes Realtors for School Meal Distributions

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Lynwen Hughes Boatman

Partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, PFAR Giving recently mobilized local Realtors to assist in the distribution of meals to families at Field Elementary and McKinley. The three-day volunteer effort took place as the real estate community served alongside district staff who were also preparing for the school year.
Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors introduced PFAR Giving in May of 2020 to further plant its investment within the community.
“Realtors are the cornerstone of the community and PFAR is committed to being a valuable resource to its communities,” said PFAR President Eddie Ramirez. “It’s very exciting to see our Realtors lean into this wonderful opportunity of service to continue our support of educators and families during this unprecedented time.”
For more details about PFAR Giving, visit pfar.org/give or email giving@pfar.org.

Local Business Pair Donate $50k, Urge Others to Join Effort

As the grim reality of an unraveling economy begins to grip Pasadena, with nearly 20 million Americans filing for unemployment aid since coronavirus precautions have shut down businesses, many local nonprofit organizations have been scrambling to put emergency services into place and ramp up operations to meet the rise in needs, from food insecurity to homelessness to social services.
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Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success

OUTLOOK photo Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.
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Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.

“We do things differently here.”
That’s not a statement heard often from a public school principal, but then again, Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley is not a typical school head, nor is Rose City a typical public school. Continue reading “Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success”

Realtors’ Books Drive Kids’ Summer Reading Success

Photo courtesy Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek reads at Hamilton Elementary School at last spring’s Realtors Read Across PASadena event.
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Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek reads at Hamilton Elementary School at last spring’s Realtors Read Across PASadena event.

The other day, children’s librarian AnnMarie Hurtado was driving down Walnut Avenue when she spotted a little girl walking, proudly carrying her reading log, a few blocks away from the library.
“I thought, ‘She’s going to the library to get her prize!’” Hurtado said, warmly recalling the moment. “This is kind of like our summer Christmas; it’s our chance to give away books and get kids excited about coming to the library and excited about reading.”
The Pasadena Public Library’s Kids Summer Reading program has steadily gained elementary-age school readership over the years, but it got a big boost in 2016 when local Realtors initiated a massive book drive for 2nd-graders, giving away more than 1,700 books to Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre public schools. In the inset of each book, there is a sticker with a list of each public library location, phone number and hours, so that families have a go-to reference for more summer reading.
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