PCF lends a hand, Ward’s celebrates 90 years and local writers earn well-deserved praise
Raising $1.6 million as part of its 60th anniversary campaign to boost its endowment and support local grant making programs, the Pasadena Community Foundation recently announced plans to help fund a number of projects in the areas of education, housing, music and theater.
In recent years, the PCF has funded an average of 30 to 40 local nonprofits annually. Since its inception, the foundation has benefited more than 200 local charities in the Pasadena area.
In the field of education, PCF officials announced plans to commit $60,000 a year over three years to fund programs aimed at closing the achievement gap for Pasadena Unified School District students. One of this year’s grantees was the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s First Grade Readiness summer program for kids who need help transitioning from kindergarten to first grade.
In the area of human services, the PCF awarded Abode, a nonprofit affordable housing agency, a capital improvement grant for Centennial Place, a single-room occupancy facility that was formerly the Pasadena YMCA at the corner of Marengo Avenue and Holly Street. Abode houses formerly homeless individuals at the facility through a partnership with the city of Pasadena and Union Station Homeless Services.
In the arts, first-time grantees were MUSE/IQUE, conducted by Rachael Worby, and Theatre at Boston Court.
For a list of the PCF’s Top 60 funded nonprofits, visit pasadenacf.org.
Congratulations Carla and Chip
Two Pasadena Weekly writers were recently honored for their work.
First, Chip Jacobs, an investigative reporter and author of a number of books, won first place in the compilation/anthology category at the recent Southern California Book Festival for his latest work, “The Vicodin Thieves,” a collection of stories that Chip wrote for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Weekly, Los Angeles CityBeat and the Pasadena Weekly.
Carla Sameth, a local writing coach who has penned a number of pieces for the Pasadena Weekly, had one of those stories — “One Day on the Gold Line,” a first-person account about LA County Sheriff’s deputies beating her up on a Gold Line platform — published in “Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature, Vol. III,” an anthology featuring the works of women writers and poets.
Congratulations to you both.
Speaking of anniversaries, Ward's Service is marking 90 years, making it one of the oldest family-run automotive businesses in California, if the not the country.
To celebrate the event, Ward’s is hosting a classic car show in Monrovia, where the business moved 12 years ago after 78 years in Pasadena.
On display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at 130 Railroad Ave., in Monrovia will be classic motorcycles, hot rods from the1920s to the ’70s, antique cars, muscle cars, National Hot Rod Association race cars, rare and unusual vehicles, and a high-wheeler bicycle. The event is free and open to the public.
“Many of the vehicles are owned by our customers and we are proud to include them as part of our 90th anniversary gala,” said fourth-generation owner Jim Ward. “To entertain our guests, we will be doing an engine blow with the local fire department. Later, we will hold a raffle with some large gift prizes that auto fans are sure to enjoy. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Monrovia Fire Department to help them restore one of their antique fire trucks.”
For more on the event, call Melanie Ward at (626) 357-8080. For more information on Ward Service, visit wardservice.com.
Jersey Mike’s Subs is working with the national nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America in an effort to lay commemorative wreaths at the headstones of those who died in American wars.
The effort started Oct. 1 and ends on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. On National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 14, thousands of wreaths will be laid at Arlington National Cemetery and nearly 900 locations across the country.
Jersey Mike’s, which has hundreds of locations across the country, has an outlet in Pasadena at 122 S. Lake Ave. and South Pasadena at 462 Fair Oaks Ave.
Last year, Jersey Mike’s raised more than $218,000 for the wreath-laying effort.
This year, the company is giving customers three ways to participate:
1. The social “Giving Menu” in which customers can share the Wreaths Across American story on social media and Jersey Mike’s will donate $1 for each social action made, up to $25,000.
2. Donations: Jersey Mike’s will provide $1, $3 and $5 donation cards to make it easy for customers to donate to the cause.
3. On Veteran’s Weekend, anyone who makes a donation at a local Jersey Mike’s store will receive a free cookie as a thank you.
“We are honored to participate in such an important initiative recognizing the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom,” Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, said in a
For more on Wreaths Across America, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org. For more on Jersey Mike’s, go to www.jerseymikes.com