On Thursday, September 17th at the Women's City Club in Pasadena, 100 women representing 26 different local women's groups that together have donated 1,606 years of service to benefit our community, joined members of the Pasadena Community Foundation's Legacy Society to share their experiences in philanthropy.
Over a luncheon that included the Women's City Club's famous fresh baked "popovers," they were inspired by the story of Bridget "Biddy" Mason, a woman who understood the importance of giving. Born a slave on a Southern Plantation in the early 1800s, Biddy eventually became a wealthy Los Angeles land owner who was renowned for giving back to help others.
Women's Service Groups from Pasadena Area Participating in Legacy Luncheon
Women's City Club of Pasadena
and the Blinn House Foundation
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Eta Lambda Omega Chapter
Assistance League of Pasadena
College Women's Club
of Pasadena for Advancement
in Education (C.O.P.A.)
Daughter of Vartan
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority -
Jack and Jill of America
Junior League of Pasadena
League of Women Voters - Pasadena
Area Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society
The Links - Pasadena/ Altadena Chapter
National Charity League - Pasadena Area Chapter
National Charity League - San
Marino Area Chapter
Pasadena Art Alliance
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Pasadena Woman's Club
San Marino Woman's Club
Sierra Madre Woman's
Woman's Civic League
Woman's Club of South
The Yes, Virginia Fund
Zonta Club of Pasadena
After discovering that California was a "free state," Biddy successfully petitioned the court to free her and her three daughters. Because of her long experience in healing the sick and delivering babies, she became a midwife and nurse which brought her financial independence.
As the first black woman to own property in early Los Angeles, she used some of her resources to assist local charities. Though her generosity, and that of her family, they made a difference by providing food and shelter to those in need, visiting prison inmates and helping to found and finance L.A.'s first black church.
The Pasadena Community Foundation, a philanthropic resource to our local community, hosted this annual Legacy Luncheon which this year included representatives of local women's service groups that may ordinarily not have the opportunity to come together and learn from each other.
In honoring them and members of the Foundation's own Legacy Society, the Foundation was able to thank those who often are not in the spotlight but make a difference through their generous effort to improve the quality of life in our community. The following list of women's service groups and donors to the Foundation's own Legacy Society were in attendance.