PFAR Giving Mobilizes Realtors for School Meal Distributions

Lynwen Hughes Boatman
Del Lile

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.”
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PCC Receives $3 Million Federal Grant

Erika Endrijonas
PCC President

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pasadena City College a five-year, $3 million grant.
PCC’s project, Putting Career First and Expanding the Network of Care in PCC’s Pathway to Completion for Hispanic Students, has three goals:
1. Academic programs: Develop a multi-faceted approach to career exploration that offers robust internship opportunities contextualized for different careers with content embedded into the curriculum;
2. Institutional management: Build and foster a multi-modal “Network of Care,” a student support model rooted in the fundamental belief that student support and advising is a shared responsibility provided at the individual and group levels; and
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Tournament of Roses Releases Community Impact Report

Volunteerism and investing in the community are among the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ cornerstones. Each year, it provides a Community Impact Report with details about the organization’s commitment to those it serves.
“The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association is a vital community organization focused on positively impacting people through community involvement and charitable giving,” said Carlos Illingworth, senior director of community relations. “The association and the Tournament of Roses Foundation work together to strengthen engagement and drive social impact throughout the region.” Illingworth also serves as executive director of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation.
The engagement and impact efforts include developing and implementing programs around enhancing educational opportunities, investing in the community, strengthening community business partnerships and creating experiences that make a difference. Examples include:
• The 2020 Rose Bowl Game contributed approximately $75.3 million to support universities in the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
• To date, the Tournament of Roses has contributed more than $1.3 billion to America’s colleges and universities in support of higher education and collegiate athletics.
• The Tournament of Roses annually donates more than $590,000 to select organizations and individuals within the Greater Pasadena area.

Senior Center Fall Term to Be Virtual Via Zoom

The fall term of the Masters Series presented by the Pasadena Senior Center will be virtual via Zoom Tuesdays, Sept. 22, to Oct. 13, from 2-4 p.m. and will be titled “The Power of Theater.”
The four sessions of the series, which embraces lifelong learning, will explore topics from adaptations and playwrights to Greek origins, socially relevant musicals and plays based on fact.
Beverly Olevin, director, playwright, teacher and award-winning novelist, will present the weekly, interactive classes, which will include scenes from plays that explore the conflicts, joys and journeys of our lives and reveal what makes us laugh, touches our hearts and helps us live richer lives.
• Sept. 22: Novels Turned Into Stage Plays — A great novel does not necessarily make a great play. They are two very different art forms. Explore examples of successful adaptations from novel to stage, including “Crime and Punishment,” “Moby Dick,” “Lord of the Flies” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
• Sept. 29: The Works of Our Best Playwrights — Olevin will discuss plays by Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Lin Manual Miranda, August Wilson, Eugene O’Neill and William Shakespeare.
• Oct. 6: Spectacle! — Theater from Greek origins to today’s socially relevant musicals will be examined.
• Oct. 13: Plays That Bring Famous People to Life — Explore plays that transform true events into intellectually exciting theater.
The cost for the full series of four presentations is $50 for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $60 for nonmembers. This online series is not available for payment for individual sessions.
To register for the fall term of the Masters Series or for more information, visit and click on online classes, call (626) 795-4331 or email Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for joining each week’s Zoom class online.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults, so its doors are open five days a week for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this period are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Virtual Cocktail Class, Party Raise Funds for Hathaway-Sycamores

Photos courtesy Hathaway-Sycamores
Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners and board chair Michael Galper handed out cocktail and charcuterie packages to guests at the Raymond 1886 before the event.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services recently hosted the second virtual “Dinners From the Heart” event of the summer. The agency partnered with the Raymond 1886, the celebrated Pasadena restaurant and cocktail bar for a virtual cocktail class and party.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome from state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who joined the party from Sacramento to show his support and thank the agency for all the work it does.
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Armory Center for the Arts Reaches Out Online to Teach Art

Clockwise from left are Armory teaching artist Heather Hilliard, student Philip Sanchez, teaching artist Joe Sanchez, teaching assistant Nicole Magana, Heritage Square senior property manager Donna Hess and student Jila Ashrafi.

By Jon Lapointe
Special to The Outlook

Heritage Square Senior Apartments resident Philip Sanchez never took an art class and doesn’t like computers. “I’m technology challenged,” Sanchez confessed.
But that hasn’t stopped the 70-year-old from discovering new talents in weekly online art classes for Heritage Square residents taught by Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts and made possible through the generosity of local foundations.
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Jericho Road Helps Pave Nonprofits’ Route to Success

Melanie Goodyear

When Jericho Road Pasadena first opened its doors in 2010, effects of the Great Recession were still being felt and many local nonprofits were in upheaval, closing or restructuring.
Now, as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary, Executive Director Melanie Goodyear can draw some comparisons between that economic crisis and the current pandemic-induced recession, but noted that nonprofits are by and large much healthier and better informed. And that, in part, is because of Jericho Road.
“It’s really reassuring to hear about how many nonprofit organizations are not just surviving but are really rising to the occasion, pivoting operations and doing great work,” said Goodyear, sitting down to discuss the way in which her nonprofit has Continue reading “Jericho Road Helps Pave Nonprofits’ Route to Success”

Holden’s Legislation to Require Diversity Passes Senate

Chris Holden

A bill that requires diversity on corporate boards in California recently passed the Senate floor. The legislation, AB 979, is jointly authored by Assembly members Chris Holden of Pasadena, Cristina Garcia and David Chiu, with Eloise Gomez Reyes as principal co-author. The bill requires publicly held corporations headquartered in California to have at least one director from an underrepresented community by the close of 2021.
“Corporations have money, power and influence,” Holden said. “If we are going to address racial injustice and inequity in our society, it’s imperative that corporate boards reflect the diversity of our state. One great benefit of this action — corporations with ethnically diverse boards have been shown to outperform those that lack diversity.”
According to a statement from Holden’s office, soon after the social unrest following the killing of George Floyd, many corporations publicly stated their support for diversity and black lives. Critics, however, have pointed out that this public support for social justice movements often does not lead to long-term structural change in hiring and retention policies of a diverse staff and leadership. The current statistics are quite stark. The Harvard Law School “Missing Pieces Report: The 2018 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards” found that out of 1,222 new board members of Fortune 100 companies, 77% were white.
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Young & Healthy’s Oktoberfest Gala Is Oct. 2

Photo by Keira Wight / OUTLOOK
Young & Healthy Board President Sandy Roberts, Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker, 2020 honoree Allison Dietrick and Carrie Walker are pictured at last year’s Young & Healthy gala. This year’s annual fundraiser, a virtual event, will be livestreamed on Friday, Oct. 2.

Young & Healthy, the Pasadena-area nonprofit, is putting a German twist on its gala. The annual fundraiser on Friday evening, Oct. 2, will have an Oktoberfest theme.
“We have reimagined our event, which will consist of contact-free delivery of a delicious German dinner and a virtual family-friendly, livestreamed fundraising program to enjoy in the comfort of your home,” an event spokesperson said.
Young & Healthy’s mission is to provide access to high-quality health care for uninsured and underserved children and families, and to improve the quality of life for all children in the Greater Pasadena area through prevention, education and enhanced health care services. Since the organization’s founding in 1989, Young & Healthy has provided $22,087,680 in volunteer medical services, cared for 27,702 patients, and currently boasts 330 volunteer medical professionals.
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Edmund Walter Kiessling – Obituary

Edmund Walter Kiessling

Ed passed from natural causes at home surrounded by family on Aug. 23, 2020. He was born in Oakland on Aug. 20, 1928, then moved to Pasadena, residing there for 50 years. He graduated from L.A. High in 1946 and received his Master’s in Geology from UCLA in 1958, the same year he mapped Lockwood Valley. Ed served in the Army in the Korean War in addition to being a Naval reservist and worked at the CA Division of Mines and Geology for 39 years. An avid backpacker, he climbed numerous US peaks and local trails and advocated for local history and conservation. Those who knew Ed will vividly remember him for his friendship and character that left a positive impression on all. Ed is survived by sons Ken and John; daughters-in-law Gwendolyn and Jennifer; and grandsons Justin, Ryan, Alexander and Caliph.