Rotary and Chief Deliver ‘Shop With a Cop’ for Boys & Girls Club

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Rotary Club President Ken Joe, Boys & Girls Club chair Brian Spaulding, BGCP CEO Lisa Cavelier, Rotary’s J.P. Harris and Kathy Meagher support the gift-card idea in lieu of “Shop With a Cop.”

Twice each year, for more than five years, the Rotary Club of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department have partnered to provide ‘Shop With a Cop’ for 20 Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena members. The kids and cops shop together at Target for back-to-school supplies, and later for Christmas gifts.
This year, due to COVID-19 and the need to stay safe, the partners decided that rather than shopping together in groups at Target, they would hand-deliver Target gift cards to all the kids attending summer session at the club. Parents and kids can then shop when they feel comfortable to get out to the store.
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Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree

San Marino police continue to investigate a single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday morning and led to a woman’s death.
The 83-year-old victim, whose name was still being withheld Tuesday at The Outlook’s press deadline, was driving an older-model Volvo that collided with a tree near the intersection of Lorain and Windsor roads at around 9:40 a.m. Monday. She died after being transported to Huntington Hospital by first responders. Continue reading “Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree”

PAL Golden Badge Benefit Honors Locals March 22

Abel Ramirez
Abel Ramirez

The Pasadena Police Activities League will hold its 16th annual Golden Badge Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 22, at Noor in Pasadena’s Paseo Colorado. This year’s Golden Badge Awards — “the Magic of Motown” creates a special opportunity to revisit the “Sounds of Young America” as an inspirational mainstay in the evolution of music, while simultaneously celebrating the continued successes of the Pasadena Police Activities League.
Abel Ramirez and Sindee Riboli will be honored with the Golden Badge Award for their commitment to supporting the youth of Pasadena. Officer Roxanne Haines will also be honored with PAL Service Awards in recognition of her service as a PAL kid to the PAL director.

Sindee Riboli
Sindee Riboli

Ramirez became the owner of El Portal restaurant 24 years ago. He and his wife, Rosalia, have supported multiple local organizations through the decades, including Pasadena Senior Center and Pasadena Playhouse. Their son, Armando, manages Yahaira’s Café and Vanessa’s Coffee House, adjacent to El Portal.
Riboli, the president of Sharp Seating Co., has volunteered on the Tournament of Roses Executive Committee, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Rosemary Children’s Services, Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, Pasadena City College Foundation, USS Pasadena Foundation, American Cancer Society, MPYD (Mentoring and Partnering for Youth Development), and she was a co-founder of the Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk for City of Hope.

Roxanne Haines
Roxanne Haines

Haines played softball at PAL in 1997, and became Marshall High School’s Associated Student Body president, captain on several sports teams, a member of Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 and then graduated from UC San Diego. Officer Haines became the director of Pasadena PAL in 2016 and has focused on educating youth how to learn through their experiences to achieve, discover and strive toward their goals.
This year is the 21st anniversary of PAL, a national organization that came to Pasadena in 1997. It partners the youth of our community with men and women of the Pasadena Police Department in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment while providing academic and cultural enrichment. PAL offers homework assistance, various sports and a wide variety of special activities such as robotics and arts classes that give students an opportunity to build character and form a positive relationship with our community’s law enforcement. Currently, the PAL program serves an average of 110 children in grades 4-12 every day with more than 200 on the waiting list.
This is the organization’s primary fundraising event, and proceeds from the evening are dedicated to reducing the waitlist and increasing vital PAL programs.
The Golden Badge Awards will include dinner and silent and live auctions, featuring an array of fabulous items and experiences. The evening will include an exclusive raffle drawing for a $2,000 private jewelry shopping spree, courtesy of local jeweler Mimi et Cie. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
To support Pasadena PAL, sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $175 each and can be purchased on the Pasadena PAL website pasadenapal.com/events. For more information, call Jill Hawkins at (626) 791-1225, ext. 701.