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LA Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl September 27, 2014


LA Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl raises funds to fight heart disease

Individuals, families, and company sponsored teams from across Los Angeles will come to walk a 5K and 1 mile Survivor route to help raise funds for the annual Heart Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Sept. 27, 2014. The Pasadena event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is one of five events in the Southern California area this month and has already raised $617,000 so far, with a goal of $ 1.7 million help fight cardiovascular disease. At the Expo, Kid Zone will feature activities for the family, including Heart Health education and CPR demonstrations. Sponsored booths will be throughout, with blood pressure screenings “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans,” according to the American Heart Association, where someone dies from CVD “every 39 seconds”, killing women more “than all forms of cancer combined.”

Through events like Heart Walk, American Heart Association looks to help better inform and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and promote “healthy habits, such as walking, as a Attendees will be able to pay tribute to their loved ones at the Wall of Hope.

 Sept. 27, 2014; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm; Free; Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103;  Register online at; Volunteer registration:; Volunteer registration:

Photo Courtesy of American Heart Association

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Celebrating Children Awards Reception by Hathaway Sycamore

It’s time for Dodger baseball!

Step up to the plate Tuesday, September 16th at Dodger Stadium to help raise money for the Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser – the Celebrating Children Awards Reception. Attendees will have the rare opportunity of having the entire stadium to themselves as the Boys in Blue battle the Rockies in Colorado. The Celebrating Children event will begin from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will have a meet and greet with Dodger great and six-time National League All-Star Ron Cey. Guests will also have a dinner buffet and a cocktail party at the stadium as well as a live auction, raffles and gift bags. The Celebrating Children Award will be awarded to Annsley and George Strong during the festivities. The Strongs have been actively involved in the charity for years while Annsley has served on the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board of Directors for 12 years and held the position of Board Chair.

The money raised for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services will help fund the mental-health and other support services to more than 8,500 children, youth, young adults and families.

September 16, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., starting from $150. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. (626) 395 – 7100 ext. 2516 or visit or email

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On September 20th, Bienvenidos will take over the Grauman’s Ballroom at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre for a night of fun and games to benefit 20,000 children and families. The fundraising event featuring casino games (blackjack, poker, craps and roulette); a Chinese dinner; a fabulous silent auction; music and dancing; a photo booth and prizes. Guests will be a part of Hollywood glamour - wandering the silent auction surrounded by photos of Hollywood’s brightest stars. It’s a fun night. Tickets are $100 - guests receive $200 in Gaming Chips to play (guests can turn in chips for raffle tickets to win prizes); and wine compliments of Barefoot and a tequila bar compliments of AsomBrosa (other cocktails are available for purchase). The site of countless movie premieres. Guests will party like Hollywood stars. “Bienvenidos’ Casino Night because it is a win-win – poker for you and support for foster kids. We can all be shining stars for thousands of foster kids at this party that epitomizes Hollywood history.” Karen Locke, Bienvenidos Board member.

Bienvenidos’ vision is of a society in which every family can provide a loving, healthy, and secure home where children can grow and thrive. Founded in 1986 to serve abandoned and neglected children, Bienvenidos is a multi-faceted social service organization that offers comprehensive supportive services for vulnerable children and families. Services are provided through four divisions: Foster Care, Community Services, Medical Services, and Mental Health.

September 20, 2014. 7pm-11pm, TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. Purchase tickets:
For information, contact Maxine Moshay, Director of Major Gifts at 213-785-5927 or

Courtesy of Bienvenidos

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Pasadena Magazine’s 2014 Top Doctor Celebration


On Thursday July 21st, Pasadena Magazine hosted it’s annual Top Doctor Celebration. Guests were greeted with hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the historic Castle Green. The soothing sounds of Mia Sable filled the ambiance while on the lawn guests were able to have their silhouette done by Candice Colbert. Trattoria Neapolis concocted their infamous “The Doctor” made with Old Overholt Rye, Amaro Nonino & Montenegro, and JT Bitters which suited the event perfectly.

Later in the evening Pasadena Magazine Editor, Cuyler Gibbons, began the commemoration speeches followed by esteemed guests from White Memorial and Glendale Adventist. Following the speeches guests enjoyed a lovely array of pastas and salads from Zugo’s Cafe out on the terrace. Guests mixed and mingled the night away to commemorate all of there hard work and dedication. Congratulations to the Top Doctors of 2014. We look forward to 2015!



About our Sponsors:

Glendale Adventist Medical Center is a non-profit organization located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, USA. GAMC is one of the city’s oldest businesses, founded in 1905, a year before Glendale was incorporated as a city.

White Memorial Medical Center is a non-profit, faith-based, teaching hospital, which provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services to communities in and near downtown Los Angeles.

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The 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast


Celebrate racial equality among women with YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast.

The 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast will be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel on Monday, October 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.  commemorating the powerful women throughout history who have battled racial discrimination and broken through the glass ceiling.

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley announced Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient, Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals to be the keynote speaker for the event. Emcee for the breakfast will be Emmy Award winner and KTLA 5 News presenter Cher Calvin. The YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast has brought together over 500 community leaders and advocates to share their experiences and support racial justice throughout the community since it started in 2002. 

After Brown v. Board of Education struck down racial segregation in public schools in 1954, people of color still feared to receive an education. In 1957, nine African-American students risked their lives to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. One of those nine students was a 15-year-old Melba Pattillo. A large group of angry protesters yelled their hate toward the ambitious students as they were being escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the US Army 101st Airborne Division. These nine students helped strengthen the civil rights movement and allowed equality for all Americans to receive a proper education.

Beals went on to write her memoirs about the events in Little Rock called “Warriors Don’t Cry.” Beals was the Executive Director for the Student Success program at Dominican University of San Rafael in California until her retirement this year. She is also founder and Chair Emeritus of the University’s Communication Department. In 2012, Beals founded a mentoring program for college students called Together on the Road to New Chapters (TORCH).

Emcee for the Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, Cher Calvin, has also done a lot for the Asian community. Calvin is a spokesperson and annual Master of Ceremonies for the charity Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches. She has also participated in the Vagina Monologues to help stop violence against women.

October 20, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., $60 each until September 30, $70 after. Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 South Los Robles Avenue. (626) 296-8433 or visit

-Michael Saakyan

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John Aaroe presents “Full House of Kings and Queens” In Benefit of Rosemary’s Children Services


It’s “A Full house of Kings and Queens” presented by John Aaroe Group Pasadena which benefits the Rosemary Children’s Services, one of Pasadena’s longest serving charitable organization supporting foster youth. 

The charity will be held on Thursday, August 28 at The John Aaroe Group in Pasadena and will have top prizes for poker players. Three different payouts will be awarded for players while non-players can hang out in the patio and enjoy the great food, music and drinks which is included in the donation.

The event will begin from 5:00 p.m. with the tournament as appetizing foods are served including an open bar and a DJ spinning great tunes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm.

Rosemary Children’s Services was founded in 1920 by the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena. The agency is committed to provide compassionate and therapeutic services to “at-risk” children. Every year Rosemary Children’s Services provides service to over 450 children throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County.

RSVP to Jordan Nedeff by Wednesday, August 20th.

August 28, 5PM – 10PM, $40 Non-Players, $100 poker buy-in. John Aaroe Group, 42 South Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.755.9291

-Michael Saakyan

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The Kenya Project Dinner Fundraiser

Want to affect positive change just by eating delicious foods, listening to great live music and dancing the night away?

Now is your chance!

Join the In Relation art team on the evening of Saturday, August 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to help travel to Kenya. The event will transport you to Kenya with a “Round the Garden” style dinner party.  Guests will be given Kenyan styled plates and silverware to journey through the gardens of the Manor. Guests will receive unique bites of food, enjoy cocktails, wine and coffee, and delectable sweets from several different local chefs and providers.

The chefs included at the event are Brad Mathews from Fishing with Dynamite, Justin Hernandez from Sonoma Wine Garden, Christoff Elce from Chefosophy, Magnus Stefansson from Gravlax and Kelly Mathews from Pop Up Pastries and Key of Kels. Guests will be entertained by life African-inspired music and drum circles, African dance, fire spinning and a creative presentation by the In Relation team of artists.

In Relation is a group of artists and filmmakers who create positive change by utilizing their artistic freedom. They immerse themselves in communities to understand, learn, collaborate and create at their highest capacity. Coming along with In Relation will be guest artist and native Kenyan, Ngene Mwaura, to feature Kenyan artists in portraits, explore traditional life of the Maasai, paint large scale permanent murals in Niarobi and host community gatherings involve dance, music and healing arts.

August 9, 6:00 p.m. – 11 :00 p.m., $25. The Manor, 466 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, Calif. 91011.

-Michael Saakyan

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Ready, set, getFit!


Ready, set, getFit!

Join Pasadena’s running community for a 5k/10k run ending at the Rose Bowl at the getFit event on Saturday August 16th.

The getFit Campaign is aimed at helping people get connected with Pasadena’s best retailers, professionals and service providers in the Health & Fitness industry. The event also helps runners gain exclusive access to discounts, special offers and give-a-ways from Pasadena’s active lifestyle businesses to help promote a healthy cardiovascular life.

Not really in the mood to run or can’t run? Come on by anyway! It’s FREE and open to all who would like to come on by and watch. It might increase some encouragement or that extra little boost you’ve been looking for to go out there and include some cardio into your day-to-day life.

GetFit is sponsored by Asics, Run with Us Pasadena, Clif Bar, Whole Foods Market and Agent of Change LLC. 

August 16, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., $44 5k, $48 10k. 1001 Rosebowl Drive, Pasadena, Calif. 91103.

-Michael Saakyan

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Bokaos Salon/Dream Center Event

Twenty women were celebrated at this years Dream Center by hairstylist Hasblady Guzman of Bokaos Aveda Salon in Pasadena.

The women received a free makeover to inspire them to go out and start new lives by looking for a successful job, find a new home and be reunited with their children. This is the 10th year Guzman has donated her time for a cause she believes in which empowers women to lead better successful lives. 

Guzman has established herself as one of the most respected tastemakers as a stylist. With a fierce clientele, Guzman has been honored as a top hairstylist by Siempre Mujer Magazine and featured on OK!, American Baby, Teen Vogue, American Salon, Modern Salon and Los Angeles Confidential. Owner of a well-established salon, Bokaos Aveda Salon, in Old Town Pasadena, Guzman provides patrons with products with the purest ingredients while delivering great service.

The Dream Center was founded in 1994 and is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month. The organization uses mobile hunger relief, medical programs and counseling to help bring individuals hope and a way off the streets and to a happy life.

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Hearts for Kids 8th Annual Western Round Up



 It’s the Hearts for Kids 8th Annual Western Round-Up Poker Night and Auction which goes on to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The event will be Saturday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Los Angeles. Enjoy some grub, drinks and poker provided by Dog Haus. Tickets vary from $75 for individual tickets to up to $1,000 for sponsorships. 

Founded in 1901, The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit hospital for pediatric care. The hospital has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the U.S. The Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, which is one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the country. It is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Each year, The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides more than 104,000 children with pediatric healthcare.

 August 9th, 6:30 p.m., $75 - $1,000. Saddle and Sirloin Club, 3933 Rigali Avenue, Los Angeles.

-Michael Saakyan