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Honoring Our Local Heroes

local_heroesHow do we thank those who do some of the most meaningful work in our community for limited remuneration? For the Pasadena Community Foundation, the answer was simple. Every year, the foundation honors local non-profit agencies with an invitation to a breakfast celebration that acknowledges their exceptional commitment and their important efforts. At the same time, the foundation awards them a grant that allows them to continue and, in some cases, extend their efforts on behalf of others. That was the joyful purpose of the 2009 Local Heroes Celebration held at 7:30 a.m. on June 5th at the University Club of Pasadena (175 No. Oakland Ave.). A wonderful addition to this year's event attended by 183 guests was a guitar solo by Polytechnic student Noah Kim who studies at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, one of the grant recipients.

This year, 45 non-profit agencies were selected to be awarded a total of $630,000 by the 55 years-young Pasadena Community Foundation (complete list of grantees and amounts is attached). Major grants such as this year's award to NATHA helped this remarkable after-school program in Northwest Pasadena reinforce its amazing accomplishments. Other smaller grants were awarded to organizations like Meals on Wheels and the Pasadena American Little League based upon their request and their needs.

Kicking off the morning's program was a presentation by the Executive Director of the Pasadena Community Foundation, Jennifer DeVoll, who reminded guests of the ongoing relevance of the Foundation as a perpetual source of funds for the changing needs of our community. Joining her in sharing their experiences as grant recipients were Bette Cooper, Board President of Pasadena Beautiful, which received an award for their project to renovate the garden at the Santa Catalina Library and Victoria Williams. Providing comments as well as an introduction to the young guitar soloist from San Marino, Noah Kim, was Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.


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