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.
What are you craving? A hoppy microbrew? Green corn tamales and mole? A glass of chardonnay with lively music? Families Forward Learning Center, formerly known as Mother’s Club, will host its seventh annual Twilight Tasting featuring live music, a “Wine Wall” and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6-10 p.m. Top local restaurants will offer a diverse array of gourmet bites.
Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit as it continues to serve local at-risk families through an award-winning Two-Generation Learning Program. To purchase tickets, visit Bit.ly/TwilightTasting2017 or call (626) 792-2687, ext. 112.
Like most big families, Families Forward Learning Center members almost always end up gathering in the same spot: the kitchen, of course.
It’s the heart of the home, where breakfasts and lunches are shared and the conversation flows. For young parents living far from any family and struggling financially, it’s where a cup of coffee also offers a reprieve from the pressures of raising young children.
“This is just where everyone comes through, between classes or before or after,” said Berit Anderson, development associate of Families Forward Learning Center, giving a recent tour of the center’s gleaming kitchen and colorful facility. “It really is the heart of our center. I’m sure you can tell today is fish stick day!” Continue reading “Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children”
Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has changed its name. It is now called Families Forward Learning Center to reflect the organization’s evolution to preparing families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through a unique two-generation learning program.
“The heart of our organization has always been our staff and the people we serve, and as we become Families Forward, the spirit and legacy of Mothers’ Club will persist in our unmatched commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s at-risk families,” said Families Forward Executive Director Hector La Farga Jr.
Joining in the announcement celebration on Thursday were representatives from local elected officials, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Christopher Holden, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and various members of the Pasadena City Council. Continue reading “After 56 Years, Mothers’ Club Becomes Families Forward”