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By Carl Kozlowski 07/10/2014

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Members and officers to be sworn in at Pasadena Chamber of Commerce gala

Plenty of Pasadena’s finest businesses and their owners will be honored Friday when the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2014 Pasadena Chamber Inaugural Gala. 


The annual event features swearing in of new members to the board of directors, as well as new board officers and the new chair of the board, Ben Green of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Being welcomed as new members of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2014 are Jeff Christoffel of Honda Pasadena, Kevin Duffy of Corporate Center Pasadena and CB Richard Ellis, Timothy Lusher of the Westin Pasadena and Margaret Martinez of CHAP Care. 


Board officers for 2014-15 are Green, Thomas Daly of Christy, Parker and Hale as chair-elect, Ron Carter of The Carter Agency as treasurer, and Patty Waggoner of Amalgamated Bank as secretary. CL Keedy of UBS Financial Services remains on the executive committee as immediate past chair. Also being sworn in are Vice-Chairs Karl Bird of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Michael D’Antuono of the National Construction Alliance, Joan De Souza of Joan’s Candles and Home Decor, George Falardeau of Art Center College of Design, Ishmael Trone of F & M Business Center and Justin Tsui of TeamLogic IT.


That evening, the chamber will honor Dr. William Opel of Huntington Medical Research Institutes with the Directors Award for community service. Thorson Buick & GMC will be recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year in the large business category. Pasadena Federal Credit Union will be recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year in the small business category. 


For information on the event, please email leanne@pasadena-chamber.org.

Electrifying fundraiser 

Tesla joins the Five Acres 27th Annual Golf Classic as hole-in-one partner

The Five Acres child and family services program, which will be hosting its annual golf classic at the Annandale Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 27, has announced that Tesla will be this year’s hole-in-one partner. The event, which raises money for Five Acres’ various programs, will include a speakeasy-themed cocktail hour, a silent and live auction, and finish with a private dinner and entertainment.


The Tesla partnership comes just as the world’s premium electric automotive company prepares to open a showroom in Old Pasadena. The company will offer test drives throughout the day and have a representative on hand to answer any questions golfers and guests may have. 


Casey Adams will co-chair the golf tournament for the fourth time, along with second-time Co-Chair Rustin Mork. Both golfers and Five Acres supporters provide direction and enthusiasm for the golf committee to ensure a successful outcome for the organization. 


Since the Classic’s inception in 1988, the tournament has raised $2.9 million for Five Acres’ extensive programs. 


Bolton & Co returns again this year as title sponsor along with Excelsior Partners, Majestic Realty Co. and Wells Fargo Bank. Sponsorships are currently available for purchase at different levels and stand-alone tickets to the Supper at the Speakeasy are $125 each. 


“Each year, Five Acres finds itself in the unique position of not knowing if we can count on the funding that is crucial to providing our services,” Five Acres Advancement Chair Ryan Dietz said in a prepared statement. “Because of this our efforts to secure support from private individuals and foundations is even more paramount. A key component of this is the annual Golf Classic. I am pleased to continue as a committee member under the leadership of our outstanding co-chairmen, Rustin Mork and Casey Adams, and I know we will continue to raise the bar on this event.” 

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