Mission and Purpose
PACEF GROWS MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERSERVED MINORITY STUDENTS
Originally, in 1998, the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF) was organized to provide the Pasadena Altadena Links (a national organization composed of principally African American women), a means for their supporters to receive credit for their donations to the Links scholarship awards program. Also, PACEF served as the fiscal agent for the Links. However, as the foundation matured and expanded its membership to include community leaders who are not Links, the PACEF realized its full potential as a 501© (3) charitable foundation which would solicit community giving for worthy projects and provide substantive and ongoing scholarships to underserved minority students. When the PACEF separated from the Links, it continued as its fiscal agent and enhanced its collaboration with the Links by awarding one to two scholarship each year to students selected by the Links. However, its major focus is to fully endow a Scholars Fund under its own jurisdiction, managed by the Pasadena Community Foundation.
Each of the directors of the PACEF pledged to donate over $5000 over five years to grow the endowment fund to reach its goal of $250,000. This would allow the PACEF to give scholarships from the interest earned while the principal remained intact. The PACEF directors realized that their giving would be insufficient to reach the goal and would need the support of the community, The directors seven years ago decided to sponsor its first fundraiser, a luncheon and fashion show at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, With a capacity of 110 persons, it was sold out. This capacity filled event continued for three years at the Women’s City Club. The community responded to the idea of building an endowment for scholarships for underserved minority students by becoming major donors and sponsors and some by modeling in the fashion shows. At that time, Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson, Drew Washington, 2012 Rose Parade Queen, Ellen Ligons of PCC and president of the Pasadena Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Deborah Sanchez, wife of the Pasadena Police Chief and Jennifer DeVoll of the Pasadena Community Foundation and others were enthusiastic models in the fashion shows.
In its fourth year, the Hat-ti-tude luncheon and fashion show moved to the University club to accommodate over 200 guests. From 2013 to 2015, the fundraiser were sold out with attendance reaching almost 250 guests. Through the support and generosity of Macy’s on Lake Personal Shoppers Department, Eileen Fisher Boutique, Flutters and others, the fashions were well received making the events very successful. At each of the luncheons, the Links president and the PACEF presented the scholarships. The audiences heard from the PACEF scholarship awardees. In 2015, The Scholars (Endowment) Fund grew to $220,000.
In 2014, Dr. Jacqueline M. Jacobs, former Vice President for Instruction at the Pasadena City College (PCC) was a PACEF awardee for outstanding educational achievement along with Dr. Eddie Newman, former principal at Muir High School. Dr. Jacobs when accepting her reward praised the PACEF directors for their “smart” fundraising by growing the endowment that will benefit many young people in the future.
For three years, directors Brenda Galloway and Dr. Floraline Stevens chaired the events, director Betty Saddler chaired the events for two years, and directors Cynthia Roye and Barbara Coleman chaired the event in 2015. The 2016 luncheon and fashion show co-chairs were directors Yolanda Oliver (president of PACEF) and Nell Hollomand (CFO). The remaining directors served as chairs and members of the sub-committees. They were H. Diane Scott, Chrystal Johnson, Cleola Gavalas, Mildred Dockery, Reta Floyd, M.D. , Mary Latimore, Hazel Livingston, Kathryn McKnight, Betty Saddler, Floraline Stevens, Ed.D, Cynthia Roye, Ashana Thorman, Jeane Ward and Debbie Williams.
In 2014, a support group to the PACEF was organized to assist with the luncheon and fashion shows under the coordination of former director Brenda Galloway and PACEF vice president for development H. Diane Scott. The Friends are Drs. Phyllis Beech, Carolyn Gordon Greta Mandel and Karen Guinn Radley as well as Jacque Collier, Mary Crew, Faye Davidson, Edwina Dedlow, Charmaye Ealy, Gerri Edson, Janet Pope Givens, Marjoriedell Hopkins, Kathy Huante, Kay Lee, Nolanda Love, Cheryl Myers, Beverly M. Sandoz, Barbara Washington, Cortez Wilks, and Victoria Williams.
The eighth annual benefit, themed “Hat-ti- tude and Diamonds,” was staged April 16, 2016 at the Pasadena Hilton and drew nearly 300 fans. The event raised over $30,000 and two $1,500 scholarships were awarded to PUSD graduates.
In 2017 PACEF held its Hat-ti- tude with At-ti- tude benefit at the Hilton and reached its $250,000 goal. In celebration and thankfulness to our generous donors, the PACEF awarded two $5,000 scholarships to PUSD graduates.
In 2018, “A Decade of Hat-ti-tude With Gratitude”, co-chaired by Jeane Ward and Deborah Williams was a memorable affair that marked a series of milestones. First, it was the 10 year anniversary of the scholarship luncheon and fashion show. Second, it was another year in which PACEF was able to award two scholarships at $5000 each. And finally, it was a year in which we honored a founding member and guiding force of PACEF, Dr. Floraline I. Stevens who passed away earlier in the year.
As we move into the future, we look forward to successful fundraising events, the continued growth of our endowment fund, ever increasing sponsors and legacy donor and most importantly, our ability to award more and larger scholarships to deserving underserved students in the Pasadena-Altadena community.