Tournament of Roses Preps for New Year’s Parade, Bowl Game

102nd Rose Queen Reflects on Her Reign of Honor

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2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber crowns La Salle College Preparatory senior Camille Kennedy as the 102nd Rose Queen amid much fanfare at the Pasadena Playhouse in October.

It’s hard to believe for 102nd Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, but in less than a week, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, she’ll embark on a trip down Colorado Boulevard with the Royal Court for their greatest show yet at the 131st Rose Parade, waving to nearly 700,000 people and an estimated 65 million television viewers.
For the La Salle College Preparatory senior it’s been a journey: In a little more than two months, she and the six princesses have attended about 130 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and the Greater Los Angeles area.
“It’s been just a really incredible time, pretty crazy, but really, really great,” Kennedy mused from Tournament House. She’d just finished her semester finals at La Salle that day, and relief washed over her. Now she could focus on the grand finale and enjoying her last moments of the year with court members, with whom she’s grown very close. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Preps for New Year’s Parade, Bowl Game”

Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition

Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.
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Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

The experience of the Rose Bowl Game is a memorable one that includes Southern California weather, the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, a battle between two of college football’s best teams and one voice to guide the 94,000-plus fans in attendance. Continue reading “Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition”

Club 21 Celebrates Abilities, Inclusion of People With Down Syndrome

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Club 21 board President Eric Gray, Molly Litteken, Gabby Murdoch, board member Leslie Caldwell and Executive Director Nancy Litteken joined recently in the nonprofit’s monthly educational meet-up and Christmas fundraiser at Pasadena Covenant Church.

It appeared to be a Christmas party like any other, as Club 21’s recent celebration unfolded in the Pasadena Covenant Church amid festive decorations, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the serving of hot chocolate and hot dogs, and a celebratory fundraiser offering a wide array of holiday gifts and crafts. Continue reading “Club 21 Celebrates Abilities, Inclusion of People With Down Syndrome”

Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama

Bryce Young
Bryce Young

After leading Santa Ana Mater Dei to a memorable 12-1 season, Pasadena resident Bryce Young was to have signed a national letter of intent as early as Wednesday to play football for head coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.
Young was recently named the Gatorade California Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Monarch to win the award.
The announcement of the signing was set to occur during the Outlook’s press deadline. Continue reading “Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama”

At 100, Pasadena NAACP Takes Mission Into New Era

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK  NAACP Pasadena chapter former President Gary Moody (left) joined event co-chairs Juanita West Tillman and Tommy McMullins at the 31st annual Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner in 2016. The branch is celebrating its centennial year.
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NAACP Pasadena chapter former President Gary Moody (left) joined event co-chairs Juanita West Tillman and Tommy McMullins at the 31st annual Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner in 2016. The branch is celebrating its centennial year.

A lot may have changed outwardly in 100 years regarding civil rights for African-Americans and other minorities across the United States, but the NAACP Pasadena Branch is perhaps more acutely aware than anyone of the old adage “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Continue reading “At 100, Pasadena NAACP Takes Mission Into New Era”

In Praise of Pasadena’s Spirit of Giving and Serving

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Years ago, I saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. Its headline read, “Sometimes words aren’t enough. Even for a newspaper.”
That resonated with me. While reporting community news with articles and photographs is vital, a newspaper also has the ability to make a difference in “building community.”
We’re now in our third decade of publication at The Outlook, and covering the remarkable work of our local nonprofit organizations has been a significant mission since the day we launched our company. We’re a family-owned business and have discussed the importance of “giving back” and charity. We are keenly aware that our company is in a unique position to help make a difference, and feel not only that we are blessed, but that we have a social responsibility. Continue reading “In Praise of Pasadena’s Spirit of Giving and Serving”

Nonprofits’ Young Volunteers Enrich City’s Culture of Philanthropy

Photo courtesy Mayfield Senior School Mayfield Senior students volunteer at the L.A. Food Bank.
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Mayfield Senior students volunteer at the L.A. Food Bank.

With the city of Pasadena topping the numbers of charities per capita, the nonprofit organizations striving to make a difference and mitigate disparities among the local population through service-oriented work are acutely aware of the ongoing need for hands-on volunteers from the community. Continue reading “Nonprofits’ Young Volunteers Enrich City’s Culture of Philanthropy”

Pasadena’s Russell Is Keeping PBS in the Public Eye

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

For those who haven’t been touched lately by a PBS program, sound the “Masterpiece” trumpet: More free, quality content is coming with even more means to access it, whether it’s streamed from the local affiliate’s website, its app or through your cable provider.
Recent Pasadena transplant Andrew Russell, who serves as president/CEO of Public Media Group of Southern California, is making increased accessibility part of his greater mission in the ever-changing broadcast landscape, “for viewers like you,” as the tagline goes. Continue reading “Pasadena’s Russell Is Keeping PBS in the Public Eye”

Five Acres Sounds the Alarm: More Foster Families Needed

Jillian and Scott Shriner adopted their younger son through the child- and family-services nonprofit Five Acres, which advocates for foster children to find a permanent home.
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Jillian and Scott Shriner adopted their younger son through the child- and family-services nonprofit Five Acres, which advocates for foster children to find a permanent home.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, people far and wide have begun to gather energies, recipes and vacation days to unite with family, immediate or extended, or take part in a “Friendsgiving” celebration.
But for Annie and her wife, Gail, the holidays are especially poignant: Surrounded by their four young children brimming with energy, love and chatter, the mothers are reminded how they built their family in the nontraditional way, by fostering to adopt through Five Acres, a child- and family-services agency based in Altadena.
Annie reminisces about how each child came into the family fold. Some were easier to adopt than others, while some of the adoptions were filled with nausea and nerves and sleepless nights ahead of court battles.
“I compare the adoption process to me giving birth — as painful as it could be, as soon as it was over and they were ours I was ready to do it all over again,” said Annie, who requested that her last name be withheld to protect her children. Continue reading “Five Acres Sounds the Alarm: More Foster Families Needed”

Tigers Edge Rowland, Capture First CIF Crown Since 1981

Head coach Gene You guided Westridge to its first CIF tennis title in 38 years.
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Head coach Gene You guided Westridge to its first CIF tennis title in 38 years.

As a sixth-grader, Caroline Lopez entered Westridge School’s gym and hoped to one day see a banner with her name on it. It took five years but she accomplished that mission last Friday as she helped the Tigers defeat Rowland, 11-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship match at the Claremont Club. Continue reading “Tigers Edge Rowland, Capture First CIF Crown Since 1981”