Today's older adults have a zest for living, and that is the theme of the 2013 fundraising gala for the Pasadena Senior Center Saturday, October 12 – Zest!
The gala, to be held at a private club, will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $200. All proceeds will help fund the Pasadena Senior Center's programs and services.
Zest co-chairs Abel Ramirez and Peggy Buchanan promise an elegant, fun-filled evening: Dr. Allen and Weta Mathies will be honored and NBC4's weatherman Fritz Coleman will serve as emcee with a comic twist tailored especially for this event and will serve as auctioneer for a romantic, eight-day cruise for two down the Danube River courtesy of Viking River Cruises.
"The Pasadena Senior Center relies on the generosity of our donors and is eternally grateful for their support. Without them, seniors in the greater Pasadena area would have no access to the great variety of life-enhancing programs and services that are the hallmark of this vital and vibrant organization," said Akila Gibbs, executive director. "From foundations and individual donors to people who come to the Zest gala, they are all angels in our estimation."
Honorees Dr. Allen and Weta Mathies are a renowned power couple with a nearly 60-year tradition of community leadership and volunteerism. After meeting at Colorado College in 1951, the Mathieses married five years later and have worked diligently ever since to improve the lives and health of others.
Dr. Allen Mathies is president emeritus of Huntington Hospital and dean emeritus of USC's Keck School of Medicine. He has served as board member, chair and committee leader of dozens of professional and community organizations and currently serves on the boards of directors of Huntington Hospital, Huntington Medical Foundation, Episcopal Communities & Services and several other organizations.
Weta Mathies is president emeritus and treasurer of the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA board of directors and is an associate member of Las Madrinas and the Pasadena Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She helped found the County-USC Medical Center Auxiliary, known as CARES, and has served as president several times. She was patron chair of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors from 2009 to 2011 whose proceeds support the Pasadena Senior Center.
The Mathies Award, given annually by the Partners in Care Foundation to a recipient who has shown creative leadership in the field of health care, is named for Dr. Allen and Weta Mathies.
"If you are lucky enough to be born with a fine life and have a good education, you ought to give back," said Weta Mathies. "If there is an organization worth your time, give one hundred percent."
Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a friendly environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.