Local Teenager Launches Fundraiser for School in Need

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Adrienne Usher stands with Divine Saviour School Principal Armando Carvalho
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Adrienne Usher stands with Divine Saviour School Principal Armando Carvalho, whom she met with this summer to discuss launching a $25,000 GoFundMe fundraiser for the school.

When Adrienne Usher, 14, toured Divine Saviour School in Los Angeles earlier this summer, the first thing she noticed was how small it was.
Then she realized how big an impact she could have.
Adrienne, a Pasadena resident and the youngest of her sophomore class at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, knew at the beginning of the summer that she wanted to do something special with her time off. That “something” proved to be a GoFundMe fundraiser, titled “Dollars for Divine,” seeking to collect $25,000 for the private Catholic school by the end of August.
“I thought, ‘I want to give back to my community. That could be a way to do it,’ but once I actually went to the school, I’m like, ‘Yeah, this is definitely what I want to do. I want to help give these kids an opportunity,’” Adrienne said. “It would make my month — or my year.” Continue reading “Local Teenager Launches Fundraiser for School in Need”

Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire

Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens, former Olympian and  Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers Drysdale, Dr. Lilly Lee and Angela Miller
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Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens, former Olympian and
Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers Drysdale, Dr. Lilly Lee and Angela Miller volunteered to share experiences and words of wisdom at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared recently with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire”

Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs

Brandi Chastain
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U.S. 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team member Brandi Chastain poses with the commemorative statue unveiled last week at the Rose Bowl Stadium, which pays tribute to the “99ers” team and all it did for women’s sports.

It was the kick felt around the world for women’s sports, and now, the momentous occasion of soccer legend Brandi Chastain celebrating the winning goal for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team has been immortalized on the green expanse near the Rose Bowl Stadium entrance with a life-like bronze statue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs”

Salvation Army, Hoping to Widen Reach, Seeks Expanded Facility

Salvation Army social services assistant Dorothy Outley, Capt. Terry Masango and volunteer Georgia Law
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Salvation Army social services assistant Dorothy Outley, Capt. Terry Masango and volunteer Georgia Law work hard daily to put the food pantry in order. They hope to create a bigger and better operation going forward.

The Pasadena Salvation Army Tabernacle Corps may be just one of the international faith-based organization’s 56 social service agencies throughout Southern California, but to Capt. Terry Masango there is a unique urgency to its local mission.
Masango is betting big on Pasadena, eager to serve the community in which he lives and meet an ever-growing need, one that he has seen explode in the past four years as leader of the local center. He and the agency’s California division are exploring the possibility of expanding the facility’s campus at 960 E. Walnut St. to double the number of families and individuals they serve through food assistance, after-school programs, case management, weekly meals, recovery assistance, homeless services and myriad other social services. Continue reading “Salvation Army, Hoping to Widen Reach, Seeks Expanded Facility”

Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation

resident/CEO Jennifer DeVoll and Executive Director Sue Mossman
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Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman (right), who will be honored for 40 years of service on July 13 at Castle Green, is pictured with Pasadena Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer DeVoll.

It’s hard to imagine a Pasadena without the Colorado Street Bridge, stately City Hall, renowned Greene & Greene homes or the turn-of-the-century, red brick landmark buildings that, united, make up historic Old Town, widely seen as an enviable example of urban revitalization across the nation.
Yet the loss of such assets is nearly what happened back in the 1970s, and many times since, before Pasadena Heritage rose to protect some of the city’s most iconic and idyllic structures, buildings, grassy knolls and everything in between. For 42 years and counting, the nonprofit organization has worked diligently — sometimes loudly and visibly, other times quietly, behind the scenes — to protect the city’s historic resources and strengthen policy to foster preservation, resulting in a beautiful place to live. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation”

AbilityFirst Helps Kids Ring in Summer Fun

graduate Billy Jones, program supervisor Lisa Duenas and participant Alec Hamilton
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AbilityFirst after-school/summer day program graduate Billy Jones, program supervisor Lisa Duenas and participant Alec Hamilton plan to have a lot of fun this summer during dance rehearsals, basketball games and field trips.

When Billy Jones first came to the AbilityFirst after-school program at age 7, he was already in intensive therapies for some learning difficulties and trouble communicating. Sometimes, he would give in to his version of the fight-or-flight instinct and just take off, or go AWOL, as he calls it.
But at AbilityFirst, Jones tried to run away only once. They told him if he wanted to stay, he had to follow the rules. And as it turns out, he did.
“That’s how much he loved and bought into the program,” said his mother, Stephanie Jones. “For him to turn on a dime like that — running was his impulse for everything that upset him. … I always wondered, what is AbilityFirst doing for him that no place else is?” Continue reading “AbilityFirst Helps Kids Ring in Summer Fun”

Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees

Akila Gibbs
Akila Gibbs, Pasadena Senior Center Executive Director

When Juliette Wheal, 83, first considered giving up her lifelong home in London to join her son and his family in Altadena, the idea of moving countries and leaving behind all she’d ever known was, in short, daunting.
But she wasn’t getting any younger, and her only son had made sunny California his permanent home for nearly 30 years already. She longed to be closer to him and her beautiful grandchildren. Although she ultimately jumped the pond, she was determined upon arrival to keep a sense of independence.
“I didn’t want to be a burden,” she recalled.
Shortly after arriving, she read about the Pasadena Senior Center and its events in one of the free local newspapers, and decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees”

Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

“Evening of Dreams” prom
Photos courtesy Kyle Mickelson
Residents from all over the Greater Pasadena area attend Capernaum’s largest annual event of the year, the “Evening of Dreams” prom, including Rosella Rutt (front row, from left), Chloe Smith, Zachary West, Stephanie Lough and Erin Loo. Middle row: Amy Nielsen, Mary Fischer, Jonathan Klish, Carter Newman-Milic and Shirley Dostal. Back: Ben Sanders.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes. But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year. Continue reading “Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope

Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott
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Pasadena City College Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott, former PCC president, have successfully led the ambitious “Impact Campaign,” raising $16 million for four initiatives: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics. Scott has chaired the five-year campaign whose initial goal was $10 million.

With the Pasadena City College Foundation on the cusp of completing an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest community college is assured of continuing to impact lives and serve as graduates’ bridge to an evolving economy for many generations to come, foundation members said recently.
With an initial goal of $10 million when it kicked off in late 2014, PCC’s first-of-its-kind “Impact Campaign” has now raised about $16 million, which will be dedicated to four major initiatives to improve outcomes for its 29,000 students: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics.
The campaign’s success will improve programs not supported by the college’s operational budget, like the resurfacing of the athletic field, engaging internship opportunities for continuing students or strengthening chances at employment for those graduating. Continue reading “PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope”

ChapCare Zones In on Local Health Care for Uninsured

ChapCare
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ChapCare CEO Margaret Martinez, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Kaiser Permanente Southern California President Julie Miller-Phipps celebrated ChapCare’s new Pasadena location, which will serve low-income residents.

“Location, location, location.”
A real estate tycoon might typically utter that phrase, but this time it was Margaret Martinez, CEO of Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, or ChapCare, on the opening of its new, cutting-edge health-care facility in the heart of northwest Pasadena. Continue reading “ChapCare Zones In on Local Health Care for Uninsured”