One grant went toward purchasing six paddocks with "on demand" water access for horses ridden by special needs children learning better motor skills through the highly successful Move A Child Higher (MACH 1) program in the upper Arroyo Seco.
Other grants helped purchase 4 wheel drive vehicles for the Sierra Madre Search & Rescue team, food for the low income meal program at the Senior Center, artificial turf for the children's play area at Hillsides Home for Children and music stands and lights for Pasadena Pro Musica.
Whatever the cause, the grants to nonprofit agencies distributed on Friday, May 21st by the Pasadena Community Foundation at its annual Local Heroes Celebration have helped meet important local needs.
The Pasadena Community Foundation's (PCF) Local Heroes Celebrations this year awarded $540,199 to 39 local nonprofit agencies in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. Grants ranged from as little as $1,528 to the Pasadena Arts Council to as much as $50,000 to Hillsides Home for Children.
About 200 people attended this year's 7:30 a.m. breakfast celebration at the University Club of Pasadena. Joining in the celebration was Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard who presented a special proclamation designating May 21st 2010 as LOCAL HEROES DAY IN PASADENA. Receiving the proclamation was the Chairman of the PCF Board, Dr. Arnold Mulder and the Foundation's Executive Director, Jennifer DeVoll.The Pasadena Community Foundation's annual Local Heroes Celebration gives well-deserved recognition and much needed grant support to the many nonprofit organizations located in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.
The 57-year-old Foundation is "very focused geographically but very inclusive in terms of the type of work it supports" says Foundation Executive Director, Jennifer DeVoll.
"For that reason, PCF is often referred to as a 'one stop" giving opportunity because one gift supports many organizations that serve a broad range of needs in the community."
DeVoll views PCF as "our true 'hometown Foundation' with deep knowledge of the community and those organizations working so hard to meet its most crucial needs.