The ensemble from the St. Francis High School’s upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” entertained guests at the school’s benefit POSH event, held March 23 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.(Courtesy of St. Francis High School)
Fr. Matt Elshoff, a former president of St. Francis High School, is shown with Kelly and Taylor Keyte during the school’s POSH (Protect Our Scholastic Heritage) benefit at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.(Courtesy of St. Francis High School)
The mother and son realty team of Andy and Carey Haynes share a moment together at the LCF Chamber mixer.(Jane Napier Neely)
Anthony Santillo, from left, Sookie Mathews and Scott Brown of Compass Realty, hosts of the March 21 LCF Chamber mixer.(Jane Napier Neely)
Jane Kane, left, and Kerri Lewin are all smiles during the LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer held March 21 at Compass Realty.(Jane Napier Neely)
Don Voss, Greg Brown and Steve Del Guercio join happy hour fun at the float association’s March 22 gathering. Brown is a current member of the LCF City Council while Voss and Del Guercio are former councilmembers.(Courtesy of La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.)
State Sen. Anthony Portantino, left, chats with City Councilman Mike Davitt chat during the March 22 LCF Tournament of Roses Assn. Happy Hour. The Portantino family hosted the event.(Courtesy of La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.)
Shown at the LCF Tournament of Roses March Happy Hour are, from left, Brenda Pieroni, host Ellen Portantino and Barbie Eland.(Courtesy of La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.)
A general view of the dining room at the Langham hotel set up for the POSH event.(Courtesy of St. Francis High School)
It only happens every other year, and when it does it’s a huge splash! I’m talking about POSH (“Preserving Our Scholastic Heritage”), a major fundraising gala for St. Francis High School.
This year more than 300 guests clad in formal wear arrived at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena to experience a “Starry-Knight,” a play on the name of the school mascot, the Golden Knight.
A special part of the POSH evening came when an ensemble of cast members from the upcoming school production of “Fiddler on the Roof” sang “To Life” for the guests.
Co-chairs for this magical evening were Christa Durfee and Alicia Lund. The gala featured a wonderful silent auction filled with items guests didn’t want to pass up, a delicious dinner, an energetic paddle raise for science classroom technology, engaging entertainment and a successful live auction.
Although exact numbers were not available, I’m told this year’s event was a tremendous success, exceeding fundraising goals and strengthening relationships.
Two nights before the St. Francis fundraiser, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce mixer was hosted by Compass Realty on Foothill Boulevard. I was greeted by Scott Brown, manager of the company. Spring had sprung inside their office as bright yellow daffodils were in vases on desks, serving table and the bar — it was a very happy welcome.
More than 75 people came to meet and greet and chat about who was doing what and various plans for the upcoming spring break from schools. Chamber officials in the mix included its president and chief executive, Pat Anderson with office assistants Nancy Rappard and Tina Daly. Steven Hronek, chairman of the board of directors, took on his usual role as master of ceremonies. Our Miss LCF court were on hand to sell raffle tickets for all sorts of prizes donated by chamber members.
Jane Kane, a Realtor affiliated with Compass, was celebrating her birthday. Yes, of course everyone had to sing the birthday song to her. She tried to be a shrinking violet, but it didn’t happen. I don’t know how she felt about it, but I thought the song as performed by those of us assembled was delightfully off key.
The crowd gravitated toward one of the front conference rooms where the Spot Gourmet Catering had set up a delicious spread such as chicken and beef sandwiches, artichoke dip, fresh vegetables and more. It was a very congenial gathering.
On Friday night, Ellen and Anthony Portantino opened up their lovely home to host the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. (LCFTRA) Happy Hour, which is a great excuse to raise a little cash for the annual float and engage in neighborly talk at the same time. It was a cool evening, so the hosts set up portable heaters to help their guests feel cozier.
The food tables were laden with all sorts of hors d’euvres brought by attendees. There were plenty of beverages to go around also.
Among those seen mixing it up were Sue Beatty, Bill Pounders, John Burrows, Clyde and Bobbie Hemphill, Peggy Hotaling, Harriet Hammonds, Nancy and John Wolhaupter, Pat Hutchins, Carolyn Adams, Ann Neilson, Sarah Marshall, Alison and Mike Davitt, Susan Grabarczyk, Chuck Terhune, Barbie Eland, Mike O’Connor, Chuck and Harriet Hughes, Nancy and Mike Leininger, Jenny and Frank Pass, Jeb Long, Terry Beyer, Nana and Joel Smith, Gale and Tom Caswell, Greg Brown, Brenda and Len Peroni, Steve and Elysa Del Guercio, Brett Pounders, Art Johnson, Alice Perez, Trish McRae, Mary Gant, Larry Keyes, Lynn and Don Voss , Fraser and Dee Draper, Helen Gilstrap, Pat Anderson and Becky Gelhaar.
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