Ronald McDonald House Pasadena Honors Philanthropy at SHINE Gala – Pasadena Star News

Ronald McDonald House Pasadena Honors Philanthropy at SHINE Gala – Pasadena Star News

Ronald McDonald House Pasadena Chairman Jeff Johansingh, Executive Director Mara Leong McGuinese, Community Honoree Martin Holford, and SHINE Gala Chair Kim Oblak. (Photo by Valerie Weiss)

The House That Love Built, known as the Ronald McDonald House Pasadena, hosted the 19th annual SHINE Gala: “Fueling Families Together,” on October 14.

Kim Oblak chaired the automobile-themed event, which included a display of luxury cars. Held at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, the evening attracted 360 guests and raised more than $371,000 to help families get the best possible medical care for their seriously ill children.

The event recognized two RMHP leaders: Corporate Honoree, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., and Community Honoree, Martin Holford, in recognition of his 15 years of dedication to the Ronald McDonald House Pasadena mission.

A highlight of the evening was hearing from the Navarette family, whose son was born with a life-threatening congenital heart defect.

When he was just seven days old, he had his first surgery, followed by two more before he was three years old. The RMHP was the family’s home away from home during his treatment.

Pasadena House occupies three historic homes on South Pasadena Avenue, just steps from Huntington Health and Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Families staying at the home have access to a fully stocked pantry, meals prepared by volunteer groups, a large yard with outdoor seating, and therapeutic family support services.

Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.


It’s been 75 years since legendary California pioneer Lucky Baldwin’s Arcadia fiefdom became an arboretum and botanical gardens in Los Angeles County.

Three co-chairs are Susan Kranwinkel, Annette Castro Ramirez, and Pamela Hellings Tegtmeyer. (Photo by Marilyn Wu, Los Angeles County Arboretum)

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Arboretum Foundation honored Los Angeles County Supervisor Katherine Barger for her continued support of the historic landmark. More than 200 guests dined and danced under the stars on October 14.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Katherine Barger and Michael Desplaines, CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum. (Photo by Marilyn Wu, Los Angeles County Arboretum)

Proceeds from the event will help fund educational programs and care for the arboretum’s 127-acre gardens and historic buildings.

Pamela Hellings Tegtmeyer, Susan Kranwinkel and Annette Castro Ramirez led the action, which raised $241,000. Attendees included Alice Williamson, Sue Chin Rim, Justin Hutchings, Kathleen Ellison, Annette Ermshar, Dan Monahan, Robin Alvarado, John Tegtmeier, Doug Kranwinkel, Beth Hansen, Elaine and Harvey Knell, Freddie and Ken Hill, Ilona Linden, Eva Cowan, and Betsy Tyler.


Tuesday: Los Angeles Opera presents the English Concert in Handel’s “Rodelinda.” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 7:30 p.m. 213-972-8001.

December. 1: Noise Within presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Buzz inside the theater, Pasadena. Offers run until December 24th. 626-356-3100 or

December. 2: Los Angeles Opera presents soprano Audra McDonald in concert. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center. 7:30 PM

December. 1-9: Los Angeles Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” Pasadena Civic Hall.

December. 2-3: 56th Annual Home & Shop Look Tour to benefit the Pasadena Symphony and POPS.

December. 5: The Center Theater Company presents the musical “A Christmas Story.” Offers run until December 31st. Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.

December 5: The Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena presents a free concert featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Corelli and Brahms. Altadena Baptist Church, Altadena. 12:30 pm

December. 9: Pasadena Playhouse’s holiday variety show opens. Performances will continue through December 23.

December 9: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs “Visions” with violinist Christian Tetzlaff in a program featuring works by Brahms, Mozart and Rossini. Alex Theater, Glendale 7 p.m. 213-622-7001 or

December. 16: The Pasadena Symphony and Pops present their annual Candlelight Concert. All Saints Church, Pasadena. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.: 626-531-1401 or boxoffice@pasadenasymphony

December. 24: Los Angeles 64. County Holiday Celebration. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center. From 3pm to 6pm Parking and entry are free.

Coming in 2024

January. 17: Pasadena Playhouse presents “Kate.” Performances run through February 11.

January. 28: Center Theater Company presents Matthew Bourne’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet.” Offers run until February 25th. Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.

February. 3: Kidsspace Children’s Museum’s annual Circle of Friends benefit. Oakmont Country Club, Glendale.

February. 24: Hillsides presents its annual “Artist in Residence – Exhibition.” The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles.

March 13: The Pasadena Playhouse presents “One of the Good Ones.” Offers run until April 7.

April 2: The Center Theater Company presents the musical “Funny Girl.” Offers run until April 28th. Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center

May 28: Pasadena Playhouse presents “Jelly’s Last Jam.” Performances run through June 23.

June 5: Center Theater Band presents the musical “Strange Episode.” Offers run until June 30th. Ahmanson Theater.

July 30: Center Theater Troupe presents the new comedy “Clue.” Offers run until August 25th. Ahmanson Theater.

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