Pasadena Food Hug Bolsters Minority-Owned Restaurants

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City of Pasadena sanitation workers were able to enjoy lunch through donations made to Pasadena Food Hug, a nonprofit organization that local resident Trisha Muse (second from right) helped launch to benefit front-line employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trisha Muse’s vision for Pasadena Food Hug, which she founded and launched in August with the Latino Restaurant Association, was to deliver comfort and hope to those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and help local Black- and Latino-owned eateries survive the pandemic.
Thanks to caring donors and foundations, the effort surpassed its original fundraising goal of $30,000 and raised more than $62,000.
Since the summer, Muse and volunteers have delivered nearly 3,800 meals to first responders and essential workers in more than 30 industries including health care, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes and nonprofit organizations. She hopes to raise at least an additional $10,000 to enable the program to continue to support the restaurants and workers through the winter surge.

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PCC Foundation Receives $1.5 Million Gift

The Pasadena City College Foundation has announced a $1.5 million bequest from the estate of Adelaide Finkbine Hixon, an enthusiastic supporter of the college and advocate for education.
Hixon died in 2019 at the age of 101.
In 2000, she gave $1 million to the college, funds that were used to establish the Hixon Teacher Preparation Program. Last month, the foundation received an additional $1.5 million bequest in her will.
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As Hunger Rises, Foothill Unity’s Effort Does Too

If there’s anything Foothill Unity Center leaders have learned in the nonprofit organization’s 40 years of operation, it’s that need knows no season.
Though it ramped up distribution to deliver more than 4,000 festive food boxes for the Thanksgiving holiday — four times as many as it gave out in 2019 — the center dedicated to providing food services outreach throughout the San Gabriel Valley has seen a steady surge in need since the pandemic took hold in March.
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Behind the Scenes at Holiday Look In Home Tour

By Lisa Ashworth and Gail Crotty
Special to the Outlook

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Gail Crotty and Lisa Ashworth are serving as co-chairs of the 53rd annual Holiday Look In Home Tour.

The Holiday Look In is a home tour showcasing the architecture and gardens of four magnificent homes, which are beautifully decorated for the holidays by Pasadena’s finest floral designers. For your holiday shopping, we also feature a Holiday Boutique. With more than 2,000 visitors each year, the Holiday Look In has become a long-standing tradition kicking off the holiday season.
So how did we go from an in-person home tour and make it virtual? No one on our Holiday Look In Committee had ever done anything quite like this before. It’s been a real adventure and we’ve learned a lot. From exterior drone video to interior videography, from narration by David Lockington, the music director and conductor for the Pasadena Symphony, to the holiday music performed by the talented musicians from the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras, it is our hope this year’s event will be an experience that is as close as possible to actually being there while keeping you safe and healthy.

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Civil Rights Documentary at Senior Center Aug. 27

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Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Jackson Gray and Annie Devine reading a telegram at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1965 from Speaker of the House granting them permission to be seated on the House floor during the debate about the newly elected representatives from Mississippi.

An award-winning documentary “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders” will be shown for free Thursday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. online via Zoom, presented by the Pasadena Senior Center as part of its Cultural Thursdays series. It chronicles the vital role played by women in the Mississippi Civil Rights movement from the point of view of the women who lived it and changed history in the face of a hostile and violent segregated society.
In Civil Rights history, national leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, John Lewis and Julian Bond rose to prominence and captured the public’s attention.
But in Mississippi, the success and power behind the movement was a grass roots base of ordinary black women whose acts of defiance and courage were able to make great headway in that state. Yet most people have never heard of Victoria Gray Adams, Unita Blackwell, Mae Bertha Carter, Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and so many other women who saw an opportunity to emerge as activists in Mississippi’s Civil Rights movement.
Members as well as nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are invited to participate. Residence in Pasadena is not required.

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Hathaway-Sycamores Food Bank Open for Curbside Service

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Hathaway-Sycamores staff member Ivette Uribe distributes donations for families in need.

The Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services food bank has recently reopened for business after initially being closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak due to safety concerns for staff members and families.
However, with so many families in the community struggling and dealing with food insecurity, the food bank reopened as quickly and as safely as possible in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. As part of the new procedures to ensure everyone’s safety, curbside food pickup is by appointment only. Families who would like to be eligible for the food bank should call (323) 257-9600, ext. 7201.
This unprecedented public health crisis has made families’ daily struggles to meet their basic needs more challenging than ever. In addition to providing food boxes, families often rely on the agency for other necessities, including diapers, wipes, formula, hygiene products, clothing and more. Baby2Baby donated more than 3,000 diapers and pull-ups; 11,000 wipes; and hundreds of containers of formula, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent and other necessities for the families.
A grant from the California Family Resource Association also helped Hathaway-Sycamores provide essential items to more than 1,000 families, including food, household items, clothing, activity supplies, diapers, baby wipes, personal protective equipment and more. The local event venue NOOR recently donated nutritious, immune-boosting soups as part of its Community Soup To-Go program to the young adults in Hathaway-Sycamores Transition Age Youth program.
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services primarily serves a population of low-income children, young adults and families, including many who are in foster care or are experiencing homelessness. As the current health crisis continues, in addition to providing mental health services, Hathaway-Sycamores is also providing resources and comforts that the children, young adults and families they serve might need outside of normal services. This additional support is made possible by very generous community partners, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank; Baby2Baby; the California Family Resource Association; the National Charity League Inc., Glendale Chapter; and other supporters who are helping Hathaway-Sycamores to provide a much-needed safety net to this vulnerable population.
Additionally, many of the children, families, and young adults served by Hathaway-Sycamores lacked the vital technology needed to stay safely connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks in part to a generous donation from the National Charity League Inc., Glendale Chapter, the agency was able to purchase tablets for clients. The tablets are being used for schoolwork, virtual school, socializing and connecting with Hathaway-Sycamores staff during telehealth sessions.
Hathaway-Sycamores is deeply grateful to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, NOOR, the National Charity League, Baby2Baby and the California Family Resource Association and all of their donors for their generosity and commitment to providing basic necessities for children and families impacted by COVID-19.

Baby2Baby donated supplies for families helped by Hathaway-Sycamores.

Longtime ArtCenter Chair Steps Back, but Looks Forward

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Robert C. Davidson Jr. and his wife, Faye, are avid art collectors and philanthropists. Bob Davidson recently stepped down as chairman of the ArtCenter College of Design Board of Trustees.

When Robert C. Davidson Jr. sold his business and retired as CEO from one of the largest African American-owned manufacturing companies in California more than a decade ago, he set out with a new purpose: to encourage and inspire young people, especially the underprivileged, through educational opportunities.
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Friends In Deed ‘Jazz on the Screen’ Fundraiser

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Friends In Deed board President Richard Cheung, Pat Wickhem and Executive Director Rabbi Josh Levine Grater are pictured at the organization’s fundraiser last year. The “Jazz on the Screen” virtual benefit this year opens on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Friends In Deed’s annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green, is going virtual to “Jazz on the Screen.” The weeklong event begins on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and will include an online auction, playlist from local jazz artists, mystery wine pull and honoree spotlight videos. It will close with a live video event on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
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Transportation Board Ponders New Approach

Margaret McAustin

A board made up of officials from Pasadena and nearby cities is crafting a new strategic plan, potentially expanding its role in coordinating transportation initiatives in the area.
Members of the governing board for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority expressed interest Aug. 6 in moving beyond traffic and infrastructure concerns to consider other types of transportation, such as light rail and bicycles, for local development, as well as environment-related projects.
The joint powers authority was formed in 2017 and includes officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and the Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin represents Pasadena on the board, but she announced during the meeting that this would be her last term on the authority’s panel, as she is not running for re-election to City Council.
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