PCF’s Yes, Virginia Grants Benefit 11 Local Nonprofits

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Elizabeth House Executive Director Debora Unruh gave virtual hugs as well as donations — including one to a young student (photo at right) — that were made possible by Pasadena Community Foundation’s Yes, Virginia grants.

Despite a year of hardship, Pasadena Community Foundation was able for the 26th consecutive year to bring the magic of Christmas to a number of area charitable organizations, thanks to grants from its Yes, Virginia Fund.
In 1897, New York Sun editor Frank Church responded to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote to the newspaper to ask, “Is there a Santa Claus?” More than a century later, the reply remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the United States. In 1994, the story inspired PCF supporters to establish the Yes, Virginia Fund to provide annual grants to local nonprofit agencies so that Pasadena-area children in need could receive toys, books, gifts and special experiences for the holidays.

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Obituary | Sue Smiser October 16, 1922 – June 28, 2020

Sue Smiser

Those who knew Sue Smiser were blessed to know a gracious and kind woman. She was talented in every way – beautiful and funny, a devoted mother, brilliant businesswoman and manager, and family matriarch who was incredibly generous and supportive.
Sue came from humble beginnings. Born in Malone, TX on Oct. 16, 1922, she was one of nine siblings raised on the family farm. Eventually, her secretarial skills led her to a position at the Army base in Harlingen, TX where she met and married her husband, Samuel L. Smiser. After Sam’s military commitment, they resettled in Bakersfield, CA where they established their trucking business and raised their family.
In 1970, as the business expanded, they relocated to the Pasadena area. One of the many groups they connected with and came to support was the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Sam had attained the rank of Eagle during his time as a scout and Sue was the proud grandmother of three Eagle Scouts. Sam and Sue became major contributors to the construction of the council’s new scout center named the Smiser Scout Center in their honor. Sue continued to be a donor and board member for the council after she relocated to Coronado, CA.

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Elizabeth House Holding Virtual Gala This Week

Rene and Jean Fradet and Kathy and Curt Gibson were among those who attended Elizabeth House’s 2019 gala. This year’s event is a “virtual” auction fundraiser being held this week.

Elizabeth House’s annual gala, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser and last year netted more than $165,000, has been converted to a virtual gala, with a “Together We Care” theme. Instead of a single night, Elizabeth House will have a week of silent auctions from April 19-25, with a live auction on the final day. (The new format is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Executive Director Debbie Unruh has asked supporters to “invite the friends that you would have invited to attend the gala to participate in this exciting week leading up to April 25.”
Including supporting the auction week, anyone may donate the cost of seats and give additional support at ehgala2020.givesmart.com.
Elizabeth House is a nonprofit that serves pregnant and parenting women and their children experiencing homelessness.
Through the generosity of sponsors and donors, Elizabeth House will offer many wonderful packages, including stay at a vacation home in Sonora, Mexico, with plenty of travel date flexibility. Other high-profile auction items include premium seats at Dodger Dugout Club with full-service dining and drinks, fine jewelry like a trillion cut tanzanite and diamond ring, desirable fine wine packages, and a private tour for four of the Getty Center or Villa .
“The planned gala theme, Together We Care, is fitting during this time of crisis, loss and despair for many, including for some Elizabeth House families,” an event spokesperson said. “It highlights how much working together for a common cause matters to the most vulnerable.”
For more information on the gala or how to donate to the mission of Elizabeth House, visit elizabethhouse.net or call (626) 577-4434.

Elizabeth House To Hold Virtual Gala April 19-25

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Michael Cerrina, Heidi Luginbuhl, David Medina, Kristen Terranova, Stan Rushing, Nancy Norris, Founding Director Debora Unruh, David Samuels, Dave Knight and Director of Programs Terry Bright were among Elizabeth House’s 2019 board members celebrating at last year’s gala.

Elizabeth House’s annual gala, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser and last year netted more than $165,000, has been converted to a virtual gala, with a “Together We Care” theme. Instead of a single night, Elizabeth House will have a week of silent auctions from April 19-25, with a live auction on the final day. The new format is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Director Debbie Unruh has asked supporters to “invite the friends that you would have invited to attend the gala to participate in this exciting week leading up to April 25.”
Including supporting the auction week, anyone may donate the cost of seats and give additional support at ehgala2020.givesmart.com.
Elizabeth House is a nonprofit that serves pregnant and parenting women and their children experiencing homelessness.
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Keller Williams Celebrates Red Day With Service

Photo by Erin Rodick / Outlook Keller Williams Pasadena Day of Service volunteers include Lee Cuellar (front row, from left), Carrie Benuska, Brock Worthen, Danny Villela, Mary Anne Locher, Sebastian Marroquin, Madeline Herlache, Esther Clauson, Bruce Seid and Elizabeth Eichhorn. Middle row: Jennifer Newsome, Robert Hernandez, Aida Nouiehed, Jonathan Fan and Tia Spencer. Back: Sylvia Vega, Alex Varga, Brenda Guiterrez, Gary Landon, Chris Delamarter, Kathy Miles and Julie Truong.
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Keller Williams Pasadena Day of Service volunteers include Lee Cuellar (front row, from left), Carrie Benuska, Brock Worthen, Danny Villela, Mary Anne Locher, Sebastian Marroquin, Madeline Herlache, Esther Clauson, Bruce Seid and Elizabeth Eichhorn. Middle row: Jennifer Newsome, Robert Hernandez, Aida Nouiehed, Jonathan Fan and Tia Spencer. Back: Sylvia Vega, Alex Varga, Brenda Guiterrez, Gary Landon, Chris Delamarter, Kathy Miles and Julie Truong.

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Elizabeth House Gala is April 28

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Bill and Noli Caswell, Susan and Bruce Dodge, and Kristen and Dave Mickelson were among those who enjoyed a previous Elizabeth House Gala. This year’s event is being held on Saturday, April 28

Elizabeth House, based in Pasadena, is hosting its annual gala on Saturday evening, April 28, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program are at 7 p.m.
Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors” television show will be the honoree at this 15th annual gala.
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