Tadashi Shoji & Norman Rockwell

Apr 8, 2014

Ever hitched a ride in a blimp? Room for two is available on the Goodyear blimp, if your price is right.

Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/LATimes

Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/LATimes

You can also snag four tickets to tour of battleship USS Iowa docked in San Pedro, get Rose Parade grand stand seats, or go on a wine tasting tour at Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles with eight of your closest wine aficionados.

Up to 400 guests are expected at Foothill Unity Center’s Golden Plate Awards on april 26th. The theme is the “Fabulous” ’50s and will feature classic cars from Street Rods Forever, jutebox music, and a silent and live auction.

One of the live auction items was donated by a new Center volunteer, Laurie Orvis. It is a signed and numbered lithograph of Norman Rockwell’s Bedside Manner (Boy and Sick Puppy), first seen on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on March 10, 1923. The framed 38″ x 33″ lithograph features the printed facsimile signature, lower right, and the Norman Rockwell Authorized Estate blind-stamp gold seal, lower left. It is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


Born in Sendei, Japan, but a current resident of Pasadena, Tadashi Shoji has worked with the likes of Jiro Takamatsu, Bill Whitten, and Richard Blackwell. Now as founder and chief designer of his own collection, his “special occasion dresses in the contemporary market” can be found at Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. One of his dresses will be for auction.

Tadashi Shoji Runway 2013

Cynthia Kurtz, president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Sierra Madre fundraiser Colleen McEvoy, and four local Jewish organizations will be receiving Golden Plate Awards.

15th Annual Golden Plate Awards
Saturday, April 26th
6 p.m.:  Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.:  Dinner & Live Auction
The Trinity Ballroom, 778 S. Rosemead Blvd.
Tickets:  $150 (purchase here)
A full list of auction items may be found here
For more info, visit

Founded in 1980, Foothill Unity Center is the primary provider of food, case management/crisis help, and access to health care resources across eleven San Gabriel Valley cities. As the federally designated Community Action Agency for the Foothill Area, it operates two locations, in Monrovia and Pasadena, serving clients in Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. 77% of clients are at or below the National Poverty Level. The number of people it serves has more than tripled over the last five years, making community funding contributions and volunteer support more critical than ever.

Le Vigne Winery, Paso Robles CA

Le Vigne Winery, Paso Robles CA



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