Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless

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Union Station Homeless Services’ Community Allies program matches neighbors with companions who were formerly homeless, many of whom become dear friends, like Dr. Monique Margetis (left) and Verlinda Bee.

Like a lot of concerned Pasadenans, longtime resident Dr. Monique Margetis was alarmed by what seemed to be the growing number of homeless men and women she saw on the streets, under overpasses, crowding the parks.
As a pediatric pulmonary specialist, she also was familiar with children living in unhealthful conditions — in garages, for example — when their parents couldn’t afford more. Continue reading “Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless”

Tournament Names Royal Court

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The Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of its 2020 Royal Court on Tuesday amid much fanfare, introducing (from left) Rukan Saif of Arcadia High School; Mia Thorsen of Marshall Fundamental School; Emilie Risha of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Reese Rosental Saporito of Marshall; Michael Wilkins of Maranatha High School; Camille Kennedy of La Salle College Preparatory; and Cole Fox of South Pasadena High School.

It all came up roses for seven lucky young women, four of them Pasadena residents, when the Tournament of Roses announced the members of its 2020 Royal Court on Monday. Continue reading “Tournament Names Royal Court”

Philanthropists Band With PUSD on Music Education

Jerry and Terri Kohl visited Altadena Elementary School recently to deliver 500 guitars, just part of the more than 2,000 they’ve donated to  the Pasadena Unified School District over the past 10 years with the national nonprofit  Little Kids Rock.
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Jerry and Terri Kohl visited Altadena Elementary School recently to deliver 500 guitars, just part of the more than 2,000 they’ve donated to
the Pasadena Unified School District over the past 10 years with the national nonprofit
Little Kids Rock.

When Jerry Kohl was growing up in Pasadena, nothing made him feel more complete than playing his guitar when he found himself on his own. His parents worked long hours, and Kohl spent hours toiling away at the instrument until he was good enough to start his own band in middle school.
His love for music was matched early on by his high school sweetheart and future wife, Terri, and together they have embarked on a mission to ensure that music — and guitars — are readily available to Pasadena schoolchildren. Through the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, the Kohls have provided vital financial support that has brought music curriculum and more than 2,000 guitars to elementary-age children across the city. Continue reading “Philanthropists Band With PUSD on Music Education”

Aquatics Center’s Master Stroke: Lifesaving Water Skills for PUSD Kids

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center swim instructor Aaron Akers referees a kicking competition among Jefferson Elementary School 3rd-graders who participate in the nonprofit’s free “Learn to Swim” program.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center swim instructor Aaron Akers referees a kicking competition among Jefferson Elementary School 3rd-graders who participate in the nonprofit’s free “Learn to Swim” program.

Jefferson Elementary School teacher Gloria Barrera proudly watched over her 3rd-graders as they happily splashed and swam at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center last week, delighted squeals piercing the steamy morning as instructors guided the students in formation on strengthening kick exercises.
She loves her students’ enthusiasm for the program, but more important is that teaching them water skills will help save lives and introduce the children to a love of all the things you can do around the water, Barrera explained. Continue reading “Aquatics Center’s Master Stroke: Lifesaving Water Skills for PUSD Kids”

At 30, Young & Healthy Fills Gaps in Kids’ Health Care

Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker has helped expand the nonprofit’s mission.
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Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker has helped expand the nonprofit’s mission.

Health care services and their accessibility might ebb and flow over the years, but for three decades, Young & Healthy has remained a mainstay for the community’s uninsured and underserved children and families through education and enhanced health care services.
Just in the past year, the nonprofit provided direct and preventative health services — free of charge — to 13,759 Pasadena-area families, with 1,314 of them receiving direct clinical services. Those numbers might be decreasing, said Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker, but wait: That’s a good thing.
When the Affordable Care Act took effect, Young & Healthy led the charge to help thousands navigate paperwork and the health care exchange, which ultimately has helped more families gain access to the greater panorama of health care providers. Continue reading “At 30, Young & Healthy Fills Gaps in Kids’ Health Care”

PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.
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Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.

As students across the region head off to college this fall, a contingent of Pasadena Unified School District graduates is proudly donning backpacks to attend an institution right here in town­ — Pasadena City College — in a quest to achieve a quality higher education at a lesser cost. Continue reading “PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC”

Bogaards’ Lifetime Legacy: 50 Years of Embracing Causes

Bill and Claire Bogaard, tireless advocates for nonprofits across the city, will be honored at Friends In Deed’s annual fundraiser gala on Sept. 25.
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Bill and Claire Bogaard, tireless advocates for nonprofits across the city, will be honored at Friends In Deed’s annual fundraiser gala on Sept. 25.

As Friends In Deed celebrates its 125th anniversary this month, the nonprofit will honor a true power couple who’ve helped instrument prolific change across the city and worked their hardest to ensure that change is positive for all area residents.
Bill and Claire Bogaard will be recognized with lifetime achievement awards at the event, an honor that the 50-year Pasadena residents say they feel privileged and humbled to accept. Apart from having served as the longest-running mayor, with four terms totaling 16 years, Bill Bogaard has served on multiple nonprofit boards, as has Claire, who also served on the city’s Planning Commission.
“It is wonderful and gracious of them to think of us and we appreciate it very, very much,” Bill Bogaard said, recognizing the nonprofit without missing a beat. Continue reading “Bogaards’ Lifetime Legacy: 50 Years of Embracing Causes”

Local Fire Foundation Rises From Ashes to Support PFD

Pasadena Fire Foundation Gala chair Carla Buigues, Fire Chief Bertral Washington and PFF board chair Daniel Arias celebrated the nonprofit’s revitalization at its inaugural fundraiser last year.
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Pasadena Fire Foundation Gala chair Carla Buigues, Fire Chief Bertral Washington and PFF board chair Daniel Arias celebrated the nonprofit’s revitalization at its inaugural fundraiser last year.

Who’s up for supporting Pasadena’s first responders?
You know, those men and women who risk their lives to save yours and protect your health against fires, medical emergencies and hazards, 24-7.
Well, Daniel Arias, board chair for the Pasadena Fire Foundation, is betting a lot of people will in fact want to support the Pasadena Fire Department and the community outreach it hopes to achieve.
“We really want the foundation to be able to do something really special for the community,” Arias said. “I’d love for it to really be an avenue to engage with the community, to build a bridge between the foundation, the department and the community to work together and raise funds that can be used to support the many programs at the Fire Department that may not be covered in the city’s budget.” Continue reading “Local Fire Foundation Rises From Ashes to Support PFD”

Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.
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Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.

Every child has a story to tell, a dream to follow, a leader within, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena wants to help each of the 2,000 kids it reaches annually to fulfill that potential.
The programs and activities the nonprofit organization has helped craft are more than after-school care — they provide a trajectory to put local children on the path to success, to become productive, caring, healthy and responsible citizens. The kind of kids who will take what they learn back to their neighborhoods and families.
“We change lives here, we really do,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier during a bustling summer day. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates”

Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites

Three local private high schools have again tipped the grade scales among Los Angeles County’s best private schools, according to the neighborhood research website Niche.com, which uses parent and student reviews, public test scores and college data to compile its annual rankings.
According to Niche’s compilation of the “2020 Best Private High Schools” in the county, Flintridge Prep ranked No. 2, Polytechnic School No. 3 and Westridge No. 5, reclaiming the same spots they had in last year’s ratings. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites”