Pasadena Senior Center Gala: Zest!

Aug 19, 2013

Senior Center Front“If you are lucky enough to be born with a fine life and have a good education, you ought to give back. If there is an organization worth your time, give one hundred percent.”

These are the sentiments of Weta Mathies, who along with her husband Dr. Allen Mathies, will be honored at this October’s “Zest Gala” benefiting the Pasadena Senior Center. Among a 60-year commitment to “improving the lives and health of others,” Dr. Mathies is president emeritus of Huntington Hospital and dean emeritus of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. He also serves on the board of directors of Huntington Hospital and Huntington Medical Foundation, among several others.

Weta Mathies is president emeritus and treasurer of the Pasadena Humane Society and helped found the County-USC Medical Auxiliary, known as CARES. She was patron chair of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors from 2009 to 2011 whose proceeds support the Pasadena Senior Center.

An evening of cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction is being organized by Pasadena’s own Abel Ramirez, owner of El Portal, and Peggy Buchanan. NBC4’s weatherman Fritz Coleman will continue his hosting duties, working as emcee “with a comic twist tailored especially for this event,” and will oversee the auctioning of an eight-day cruise for two down the Danube River courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

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The Pasadena Senior Center presents “Concerts in the Park” through September 3rd at the Levitt Pavillion Memorial Park bandshell. Tuesday, August 20th will see the energetic and contagious zest of Lisa Haley and the Zydecats, followed by The Rock Bottom Boys with hits of the 60s and 70s on August 27th, and the series ends with the Great American Swing Band.

The Center offers classes, one-day outings such as the Fillmore & Western Railway Mystery Murder Train (Sept. 28th), a women’s basketball league, archery, ballroom dance, and more clubs—grocery bingo, gourmet dinner, needle arts, poker, painting, open line dancing, salsa dance, sing-a-long music, music jam—than anyone could possibly attend. No down time for seniors!

2012 Pasadena Senior Games; photo by Cheryl A. Guerrero/Pasadena Sun

2012 Pasadena Senior Games; photo by Cheryl A. Guerrero/Pasadena Sun

Zest Gala Benefiting Pasadena Senior Center
Saturday, October 12th
Tickets: $200
For more info, call Pam Kaye at 626.685.6756 or email
Location of event included in printed invitation

Unless otherwise stated, photos courtesy of Pasadena Senior Center

Unless otherwise stated, photos courtesy of Pasadena Senior Center






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