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Representatives from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Eta Lambda Omega ChapterAccording to a recent article on Forbes.com, "women tend to donate more of their wealth than men do ... giving an average of 3.5%, while men give l.8%."

On Thursday, September 17th at the Women's City Club in Representatives from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Pasadena ChapterPasadena, 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

Community Organization

of Pasadena for Advancement

in Education (C.O.P.A.)

Daughter of Vartan

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority -

Pasadena Chapter

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

Shakespeare Club/League

Sierra Madre Woman's

ClubSoroptimist International

of Altadena/Pasadena

Woman's Civic League

Woman's Club of South


The Yes, Virginia Fund

Zonta Club of Pasadena

At this invitational luncheon, Actress Carla Valentine portrayed Biddy Mason whose life story began in 1818 in the slave-holding state of Georgia. She moved west when her master, Robert Marion Smith, relocated his household first to Utah and then to California.

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.


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