Westridge Grads Return for College Conversations

Photo courtesy Westridge School Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart
Photo courtesy Westridge School
Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart

Westridge School graduates from the class of 2017 (as well as one student from the class of 2013) recently kicked off the school’s Homecoming festivities with the seventh annual College Conversations luncheon for the senior class. The event’s series of individual speakers and panel discussions provided an opportunity for current students to hear firsthand about the experiences of alumnae, now on the other side of the college application process, in an effort to alleviate stress and pressure current seniors feel this time of year.

Mardi Gras Fest to Benefit Methodist Hospital Feb. 13

Photo courtesy Methodist Hospital Mardi Gras King and Queen Dr. John Quigley and wife Margaret will be honored.
Photo courtesy Methodist Hospital
Mardi Gras King and Queen Dr. John Quigley and wife Margaret will be honored.

To honor their dedication and hard work on behalf of patients and families living in the San Gabriel Valley, long-time orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Quigley, and his wife, Margaret, will serve as King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Food Fest 2018.
“We are honored and grateful to be part of such a wonderful community,” said Quigley. “Mardi Gras has always offered friends and supporters of the hospital an opportunity to gather in a comfortable and jovial setting to enjoy one another’s company.”
The 23rd annual Mardi Gras Food Fest will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Sirona’s in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. More than 900 guests attended the Mardi Gras celebration last year, which raised $175,000 for breast health care and digital mammography services.
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FSHA Students Awarded Grants for Research Program

Photo courtesy FSHAAmelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha
Photo courtesy FSHA
Amelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students in honors scientific research (aka SciSearch) have been awarded three Archer STEM Research Grants, a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls. Grant recipients include Amelia Andrews, Ellis DeJardin, Cate Doud, Michelle Liu, Darcy Michero, Lauren Risha, Genevieve Spiotto and Claire Villegas.
More than $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of FSHA’s students who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of $5,500.
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Western Justice Breaks Barriers Teaching Conflict Resolution

Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.
Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK
Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.

One of the first lessons Western Justice Center teaches is that with conflict, there is opportunity — a chance to break barriers, appreciate differences and raise awareness.
The nonprofit’s mission is to build a more civil, peaceful society by promoting differences and understanding in culture, race and class through creative programs that build skills in conflict resolution. And one of the best places to begin building, WJC has found, is from the ground up: in the schools.
“You can never eliminate conflict because conflict is a part of human nature, but teaching people how to manage and deal with conflict is essential to reaching peaceful resolution, whether it is in the courts, in schools or in the community,” said WJC Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin.
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Maranatha High School Prepares for Red Carpet Benefit on March 3

Photo courtesy Maranatha High School Maranatha High School’s Gala Committee members preparing for the March 3 fundraiser include (front row, from left), Sue Tippett, Eve Matthews, Josette Wolf, Darlene Scott, Valerie Leiva, Franci Nakamura and Larissa Althouse. Second row: Jaqueline Hseih. Back: Ching Chow, Erin Slessor, Justin Coleman, Shannon Boalt, Lisa Hall, Lisa Freer, Martha Gonzalez, Jan Emamian, Lisa Quinn, Lisa Pitney and Diana Shishoian.
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Maranatha High School’s Gala Committee members preparing for the March 3 fundraiser include (front row, from left), Sue Tippett, Eve Matthews, Josette Wolf, Darlene Scott, Valerie Leiva, Franci Nakamura and Larissa Althouse. Second row: Jaqueline Hseih. Back: Ching Chow, Erin Slessor, Justin Coleman, Shannon Boalt, Lisa Hall, Lisa Freer, Martha Gonzalez, Jan Emamian, Lisa Quinn, Lisa Pitney and Diana Shishoian.

Maranatha High School’s Hollywood-themed Benefit Gala, “Lights…Camera…Auction!” will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Westin Pasadena.
The event will be a night of glitz and glamour to raise funds for the school’s new Technology Center, which will feature robotics, 3-D printing and two new computer labs to provide students with tools and resources to develop skills for the careers of tomorrow.
The gala will include dinner, live and silent auctions, a DJ and dancing. For more information, visit maranathagala.org.

Playhouse’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Extended Through Feb. 25

Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina
Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina

The wackiest beach party in town will continue through Feb. 25 due to high demand. Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” as reimagined by Chicago theater group the Hypocrites.
This wacky beach party — with flying beach balls, rubber duckies, ukuleles, banjos, plastic swimming pools and a tiki bar — brings the audience on stage.
“Pirates” is adapted and directed by Sean Graney, co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell and with music direction by Andra Velis Simon.
“We are over the moon with the response to this production,” said Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “Our audiences have wholeheartedly embraced the Hypocrites’ wild and fresh adaptation of this Gilbert and Sullivan classic, and we are delighted to keep the party going.”
Tickets are on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling (626) 356-7529.

AbilityFirst Gains New Chairman

Harlan Thompson
Harlan Thompson

Harlan Thompson, a retired finance executive, has been elected chairman of the board of AbilityFirst. Thompson follows long-time supporter of the organization, John Kelly.
The new executive committee for 2018 consists of Thompson, Ray Cherry (vice chair), Wendy Lees (treasurer) and Mike Dokmanovich (secretary). Also on the board: Steve Brockmeyer, Will Craig, Dr. Diane Danis, Mark Fedde, Tom Fenchel, Richard Frank, Maria French, Stuart Hemphill, Jay Henneberry, John Kelly, Joanne Kim, Carol Llewellyn, Mordena Moore, Kathryn Sanders Platnick, Randall Repp, Arthur Rothberg and Patricia Vick.
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Circle of Friends Benefit This Saturday

Photo courtesy Circle of Friends Members of the Circle of Friends benefit committee include (front row, from left) co-chairs Amy Hasquet and Stacy Armillei, Anna Hasbun, Shelly Lapsi and Kimberly Church. Back: President Jennifer Kennedy, Jennifer Etienne, Tess Henderson, Debbie Barsom, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber. The group’s “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit will be held this Saturday night, Feb. 3.
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Members of the Circle of Friends benefit committee include (front row, from left) co-chairs Amy Hasquet and Stacy Armillei, Anna Hasbun, Shelly Lapsi and Kimberly Church. Back: President Jennifer Kennedy, Jennifer Etienne, Tess Henderson, Debbie Barsom, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber. The group’s “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit will be held this Saturday night, Feb. 3.

The Circle of Friends is planning a “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit for Saturday, Feb. 3, to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. The benefit will be held at a local private club where guests will be treated to dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction.
“We aim to celebrate Kidspace with a fantastic event and raise money for all the Kidspace initiatives,” said Circle of Friends President Jennifer Kennedy. “The benefit chairs, Stacy Armillei and Amy Hasquet, and their dedicated team have done a great job on planning this year’s exciting evening. With live and silent auction items, one of a kind entertainment, and incredible patron and community support, it truly is the best party of the year.”
“It is our hope that we raise much-needed funds to support the museum in its goal to bring educational services and activities to all children in our community,” said event co-chair Amy Hasquet.
Committee chairs are Debbie Barsom, Marissa Bell, Karen Chou, Kimberly Church, Jennifer Etienne, Anna Hasbun, Tess Henderson, Neha Jesperson, Shelly Lapsi, Katy Lukes, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber.
Live auction items include travel packages to Hawaii, Deer Valley, Cabo, Paris, Palm Springs as well as Italy. In addition, there are concert tickets in the auction to Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion. There are opportunities to ride on the Goodyear Blimp and a California Speedway Experience.
Raffle tickets will be sold with chances to win either custom-designed diamond and sapphire earrings or a two-night stay at the Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas.
For more information about the benefit, visit kidspacemuseum.org.

Tournament of Roses Adds Executive Committee Member

Terry Madigan
Terry Madigan

The 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny recently detailed the leadership and organizational structure for the 2018-19 Tournament of Roses. Terry Madigan, a volunteer member since 1993, was elected to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Tournament of Roses President in 2026. He will provide leadership for the 137th Rose Parade and the 112th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2026.
Madigan was appointed a Tournament of Roses chair in 2010 and a director in 2013. He has served as Committee chair for host, judging, parade operations and special events. Madigan has been vice chair for float entries and post parade and a committee member for community relations, decorating places, equestrian, formation, parade operations, post parade and TV/radio.
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Villa Esperanza Goes to the Races

Photo courtesy Villa Esperanza Benefit Chair Joan Feser enjoys the festivities with her children John, Juliana, and Michael (pictured clockwise), at last year’s Race Day. This year, the event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24.
Photo courtesy Villa Esperanza
Benefit Chair Joan Feser enjoys the festivities with her children John, Juliana, and Michael (pictured clockwise), at last year’s Race Day. This year, the event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24.

Villa Esperanza Guild will hold its 20th annual “A Day of Thoroughbred Racing” on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Anita Racetrack’s Club House Terrace. Guests will enjoy lunch, raffle and prize drawings in addition to a day of racing.
The guild, which is celebrating its 50th year, supports residential and independent living programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Chairing this year’s event is Joan Feser, a former special education teacher and mother of three adult clients who participate in Villa’s programs.
Tickets to the event are $130 each and include admission to the park, an official program, lunch and seating at a table for four. Tickets and event sponsorship opportunities are available online at VillaEsperanzaServices.org or by calling (626) 449-2919, ext.162.