San Marino Boys, Girls Win Rio Hondo League Crowns

The San Marino High School boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated South Pasadena and won the Rio Hondo League regular season titles. The teams, guided by Casey Holcomb and Mark Barr, include Agatha Augustynski, Sarah Broderick, Tzu-Yi Chan, Ellie Chen, Jasmine Chen, Kevin Chen, Rebecca Chen, Claire Chiu, Kyle Day, Jan Estandarte, Caitlin Hernandez, Matthew Hoo, Adrian Huang, Taylor Hughes, Zephanie Koh, Water Lam, Devin Lee, Megan Lien, Jill Lin, Maxwell Lin, Tristan Lin, Kyle Mauser, Jordan Ng, Alicia Ogawa, Nicholas Oo, Kurtis Tsai, Patrick Tulaphorn, John Van, Kalissa Villaluna, Ashley Wang, Serena Wang, Darren Wong, Kyle Wong, Preston Wong and Taylor Yang.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming teams defeated visiting rival South Pasadena last week to claim the regular season Rio Hondo League championships for the second consecutive year.
The boys, guided by head coach Casey Holcomb, concluded the regular season defeating the Tigers, 121-49, and a perfect 9-0 record, including a 5-0 record against Rio Hondo League opponents.
The girls, guided by head coach Mark Barr, dominated the Rio Hondo League meet against South Pasadena with a 109-59 win. The Titans (6-3 overall record) finished league play with a perfect 5-0 record.
Both teams will compete in the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center this Friday, May 5, at noon.

Signing Day at San Marino High School

San Marino High School standouts Jadyn Torres, Tommy Hannan, Alessio Brunochelli, Kyle Day and Mason Chiu signed letters of intent last Friday and committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Torres, who was an All-CIF basketball player this year, will attend Luther College in Iowa; Tommy Hannan will play baseball at MIT; Alessio Brunochelli, an All-CIF water polo athlete, will be going to Loyola; Kyle Day will swim at NYU; and Mark Chiu will continue to golf at Claremont McKenna College.

Groundbreaking for Athletic Complex Set for June

The San Marino Unified School District will break ground on its long-awaited Barth Athletic Complex at a ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
The ceremony will be at the track and field behind the currently existing gym building at Huntington Middle School. The athletic complex will replace that building to give HMS its first true multipurpose athletic facility.
The $14 million project has garnered substantial donations from residents, most prominently an initial $3.5 million offering from the Barth family, who earned naming rights for the sum. They later pitched in another $2 million toward the project’s debt service if SMUSD does not pay off its financing by 2021.
The Sloan family added a half-million-dollar donation. The Barger family kicked in a $250,000 donation. Other donations include $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.
SMUSD has committed $2 million of its own money to the project and anticipates it will use $1.5 million in developer’s fees to pay toward debt service.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Project Scientist Founder Wins Women of Influence Award

Sandy Marshall

Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall is the 2017 winner of the Orange County Women of Influence President’s Award sponsored by the Connected Women of Influence. The President’s Award recognizes a woman CEO, president or owner who has demonstrated success, growth and achievement in her business enterprise.
Marshall was chosen from nine finalists who were acknowledged at the awards luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The finalists received a certificate of recognition by state Sen. John M. W. Moorlach.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Marshall. “Our mission at Project Scientist is to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math. We hope to dispel the stereotypes around girls in STEM and winning this award gives us another platform to inspire girls to become women of influence in fields that are predominantly male dominated.”
While funding national STEM initiatives through the NASCAR Foundation (that Marshall also founded), she learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Marshall remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country.
Project Scientist is now on four university campuses serving more than 1,000 girls annually. For more information about upcoming Project Scientist Summer Academy, visit ProjectScientist.org.

Colburn School Gala Honors Williamson

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Alyce Williamson (left), who received the prestigious Richard D. Colburn Award recently, is pictured with Colburn School Gala co-chair Bea Bennett.

Alyce Williamson was honored at Colburn School’s annual gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She, along with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, each received the Richard D. Colburn Award.
“Ms. Williamson is a steadfast champion of cultural organizations up and down Grand Avenue and throughout Los Angeles,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “She is a consummate role model for leaders and philanthropists, and a tireless ambassador for the performing arts and arts education. It is with honor that we dedicate this gala to her and her legacy.”
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Assemblyman Chau Holds Workshop for Nonprofits

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Assemblyman Ed Chau speaks at the nonprofit workshop he hosted in Monterey Park last week.

Assemblyman Ed Chau hosted a workshop recently to provide local service-oriented nonprofits with some tips on Federal and California laws surrounding fundraising and reporting requirements.
“The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in serving the needs of our communities,” said Chau. “Many of the organizations in attendance today benefited from discussions regarding industry trends, best practices and were given an opportunity to network.”
The workshop, which was at the Barnes Park Service Clubhouse in Monterey Park, included presentations by Nancy Berlin, policy director for the California Association of Non-Profits; Patrick Anderson, Community Development project attorney at Public Counsel; and Audrey Rowe, Program Specialist, at the Franchise Tax Board, Exempt Organizations Unit.
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Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

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Paulette and Terry Chapman were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed by ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor Ellen Leyva. Pacific Clinics’ signature fundraiser will help them provide mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.

Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

Pacific Clinics CEO James Balla, emcee Ellen Leyva, Greg Bowman and Tony Gronroos were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s signature event will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed once again by Leyva, an ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor. Pacific Clinics’ annual fundraiser will assist the organization in providing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.
Pacific Clinics CEO James Balla, emcee Ellen Leyva, Greg Bowman and Tony Gronroos were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s signature event will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed once again by Leyva, an ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor. Pacific Clinics’ annual fundraiser will assist the organization in providing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.

Successful Stroll & Roll Raises Funds for AbilityFirst

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.
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Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.

More than 2,400 walkers, strollers and rollers joined together recently to raise money. Celebrity champion Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky on the TV show “Glee,” alongside longtime honorary chairs Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels,” Lee Meriwether and special guest Heather Langenkamp from “A Nightmare Before Elm Street,” joined the Stroll & Roll at the backlot at Universal Studios.
AbilityFirst held the annual fundraising event in support of its mission of serving children and adults with disabilities. The funds raised benefit the 2,000 people and their families served by AbilityFirst each year. AbilityFirst helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their personal best by focusing on the successful transition from childhood to adult life; employment and employment preparation; building social connections and independence; and offering participants and their families an opportunity to refresh and recharge. Each year, this event helps AbilityFirst to raise money for the 91-year-old organization’s programs, including Camp Paivika, its 70-year-old summer camp located in the San Bernardino mountains.

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer

“We are thrilled with this year’s Stroll & Roll,” said Chief Development Officer Josh Chan. “We experienced one of the largest, most successful, events in our 91-year history with more than 11,000 transactions online. All our staff, participants, their families, corporate teams and sponsors came together in support of AbilityFirst programs in the community.”
Fundraising for Stroll & Roll will continue through May 31 with a matching grant from the AS&F Foundation up to $75,000. Supporters can make their donation by visiting strollandroll.org.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Spring Concerts May 14

“Breathe in Hope” composed by Dale Trumbore will have its world premiere during the Pasadena-based Los Angeles Children’s Chorus spring concerts Sundays, May 7 and 14, at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
The choral work, commissioned by LACC, is set to text found on social media that implores people not to quickly forget recent clashes between African Americans and police.
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