CSCP Receives Affiliate of Distinction Award
November 17th, 2017
Dear Members, Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends,
November 17, 2017 was a special day for Cancer Support Community Pasadena.
An Affiliate of Distinction:
While attending the CSC Affiliate Leadership Conference in Washington DC, CSCP was honored with the Affiliate of Distinction award, which recognizes excellence in program delivery, administration, fundraising, governance, and communications.
From l to r, Laura Wending, CSCP Program Director; Patricia Ostiller, CSCP Director of Development;
Meg Symes, CSCP Executive Director; Sally Werner, Senior VP, CSC Affiliate Relations;
Sara Goldberger, Senior Director, CSC Program; Michael Healy, CSCP Board President
While we are so pleased by this recognition, the true honorees are:
PCF Grant Helps Cancer Support Community with Move to New Offices
November 6th, 2017 PCF News
When Licia (pictured left)was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2005, she had no idea how to deal with her illness. “I was just starting treatment, my friends and family were frightened for me, my husband had died of cancer, and I was truly scared,” said Licia.
A friend of Licia told her about the Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP), so she went. “The team at CSCP very carefully started to direct me towards hope. I needed education, and at CSCP I was able to meet with trained therapists, as well as patients going through similar circumstances. The team at CSCP provided the information I needed regarding my medical choices, and I became an informed patient advocate, able to make better decisions. With the help of my support group, I was slowly moving beyond my fears.”
A couple of years later, Licia returned to CSCP to be part of the survivorship community. In addition to support groups, CSCP offers more than a hundred educational workshops and stress management classes each month, including art, yoga, and even bead making. Licia became a substitute yoga class instructor for CSCP and continues to be involved with the organization as a volunteer and a fundraiser.
The Cancer Support Community Pasadena provides emotional support and guidance for patients like Licia, as well as their families and caregivers, to help them better deal with cancer. They have proven that getting people actively involved in dealing with their cancer will improve the quality of their life. All programs are free of charge, and nearly 1,000 people in the Pasadena area come to CSCP each year. The Pasadena Community Foundation recently awarded a Capital Grant to Cancer Support to support a move to their new location at 76 East Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. These new offices provide more space for their programs and greater comfort for their clients.
Mayfield athletes, Boosters score big win in service to others
10/26/2017 Mayfield News
The gym was packed, school spirit could not have been higher and the work of our student-run Athletic Leadership Council scored a huge victory for Mayfield.
It was 104 degrees in the shade—and we were having a BBQ. The freshmen, JV and Varsity volleyball teams were geared up for big games—and we lost. Plus, it wasn’t exactly prime time for a party—a school night for students and a blazing rush hour commute for parents.
None of that mattered.
After weeks of planning, Mayfield’s student-run Athletic Leadership Council and the Booster Club pulled off their wildly successful "Dig Pink" fundraiser and spirit match—a non-league volleyball game against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy to raise money for the Cancer Support Community, Pasadena.
By the end of the evening every person in the standing-room-only gym claimed victory, thanks to the energetic vision of Mayfield students under the guidance of Athletic Director Lynda Gilbert and the Booster Club.
We raised more than $2,500 for the cancer support group. We also welcomed our FSHA friends to our beautiful campus for a game that showcased the skills of both teams.
“We couldn't have imagined anything better. We poured our heart and soul into the event, and it was awesome seeing so many girls from all grade levels supporting the Cubs,” said Kat Lopez ’18, one of the student leaders. “Okay, maybe winning the game would've been nice, but everything was so much more than that! It was a win-win for everyone!”
Head of School Kate Morin acknowledged our generous donors who contributed to new gym air conditioning and renovations, giving special thanks to our Mayfield "Champions," the Mayfield Booster Club, the Francis H. Clougherty Charitable Trust and the John and Dorothy Shea Foundation, who provided the leadership support for the gym project. A banner thanking all donors of $1,000 or more now hangs above the student section in the Sr. Mary Wilfrid Gymnasium.
Meg Symes, Executive Director of the local Cancer Support Community Pasadena, attended the game and said her organization was “so honored” to be the beneficiary of the donation, which she said will go a long way toward serving the needs of people with cancer and their families.
The mother of two Mayfield alums, Katherine ’06 and Sarah ’08, Mrs. Symes had not visited campus for several years. She said she was “blown away” by the Mayfield school spirit and sense of unity.
“Clearly, the girls are happy; Mayfield is thriving,” she said. “I am so grateful for all of this.”
Our students had sold pink cancer awareness t-shirts in advance and charged $5 admission to the game with all profits going to the cancer support group. Through the generosity of the Boosters (and the stamina of the dads behind the fiery grill), students ate for free, adding to the festivities.
In one poignant scene during the Varsity game former FHSA player Katherine Lund, who was forced to retire from volleyball after multiple concussions, joined her younger sister on the court to serve the first point of the match.
On Mayfield’s side of the net, Mrs. Gilbert and players exchanged emotional moments as they honored departing senior teammates.
With the mission-driven bonds of Catholic, all-girls education uniting FSHA and Mayfield, the event also showcased how girls working together for good are a force that can’t be stopped, Mrs. Morin said.
“There was something so special about this event that is will stay with us for a long time,” Mrs. Morin said. “The energy of our two schools together was exceptionally incredible. I am so glad that we could use this game to come together as sister Catholic schools.”
It felt like a reunion of sorts in the bleachers and at the BBQ.
“When FSHA arrived it was so wonderful to watch. All the girls knew each other because they have played club sports together or they go to the same parish or went to elementary school together,” said Mrs. Gilbert. “They were hugging and high-fiving each other.”
When the buzzer sounded and balls soared, the grit and talent of our athletes impressed those in the crowd whose raucous cheering left many hoarse days later.
The FHSA varsity team won 4/1 (28/26; 25/21; 23/25; 27/25) in a highly competitive match against Mayfield volleyball team, which is headed to the Prep League playoffs.
Mrs. Gilbert said that the subtext of the game and the work of the Athletic Leadership Council furthers one of Mrs. Morin’s initiatives that calls on Mayfield educators to work toward deeply developing our students as young women leaders of faith and service.
“I am so proud of the athletic council for just really working together and making this beyond successful,” Mrs. Gilbert said. “I am more proud of the Varsity team for the way they played. The game could have gone either way and our Cubs never once gave up the fight!”
For Kat, event co-chair Lauren Lo Coco ’18 and their fellow athletic council members, the event stands as a formative lesson that will stay with them for a lifetime.
“It shows how active young women are in our society,” Kat said. “It was wonderful that FSHA joined us for this event. It made it all that more meaningful.”
Ladies Night Out Benefits Cancer Support Community
From Staff Reports PASADENA NOW
11:23 am | October 9, 2017
On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Cancer Support Community Pasadena held The 7th Annual Ladies Night Out 2017, an evening of entertainment, laughter, and commemoration. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women in the community who have been touched by cancer. The event was tiki-themed and t00 place at Pasadena’s concert venue, “The Rose”.
“Ladies Night Out is an annual favorite and proceeds from the event help underwrite the wide breadth of services we offer to ensure that nobody faces cancer alone.” said Michael Healy, the President of the Board of Directors at Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP). “I had the pleasure of speaking briefly at last year’s event and everyone in the house was having a great time supporting Cancer Support Community – Pasadena.” Cancer Support Community Pasadena is celebrating its 27th year anniversary this year of serving cancer patients and their family members in the San Gabriel Valley.
Co-Chairwomen of Ladies Night Out 2017 were Samantha Knight, Michelle Mendez and Lyn Beecher Salembier. The evening included games, live auction, raffle, drinks, dinner and live entertainment. Founding Benefactors included Ellen and Harvey Knell, General Finance Company, Terri and Jerry Kohl, Julie and Scott Nesbit, RBC Wealth Management and Rusnak Auto Group. Patron Society members are Melissa Alcorn/Anderson & Murison, Rosemari Annear, Becki Bales, LeAnn and Michael Healy, Marie and John Queen, Dana and Mike Naples, Sue and Steve Silk, Meg and John Symes, and Wells Fargo Private Banking.
“LNO was a fun evening filled with laughter and celebrating friendships. We had incredible auction items and prizes, and everyone enjoyed shopping and playing games for a wonderful cause”, affirms Danielle Gay, CSCP Events Coordinator. “The revenue from the event will touch the lives of so many people,” Gay added.
For more information on Cancer Support Community Pasadena, please visit the CSCP website, www.cscpasadena.org or call (626) 796-1083.
Posted on September 21, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
Rusnak Auto Group Donates $100,000 to Cancer Support Community
Photo courtesy CSCP
Celebrating the $100,000 donation are Meg Symes, Cancer Support Community’s executive director;
Paul Rusnak, founder and chairman of Rusnak Auto Group; Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, vice president of
public relations at Rusnak Auto Group; Michael Healy, CSCP board president;
and Patricia Ostiller, CSCP director of development.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received an unprecedented $100,000 matching gift from Rusnak Auto Group. Paul Rusnak, founder of Rusnak Auto Group, had announced a matching challenge of $100,000 at CSCP’s annual gala five months ago.
“We are incredibly grateful to Paul for his tremendous generosity,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “This was an incredible opportunity for CSCP. We got to work promoting this amazing matching opportunity and our donors rose to the occasion. In three months, more than 250 individual donors raised more than $100,000 and Paul sent CSCP a generous matching check.
“Paul, his daughter Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, and the entire Rusnak family are setting the stage for a new level of philanthropy for the women, men and children CSCP serves who are facing cancer. This match clearly inspired many others to join in supporting CSCP; we thank Paul, Liz, Rusnak Auto Group, and all of our donors who met this remarkable matching opportunity for appreciating CSCP’s mission.”
Founded in 1990, Cancer Support Community Pasadena is a nonprofit organization providing support groups, educational workshops and stress management classes to individuals affected by cancer. CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, in Pasadena. All programs are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers.
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
Ladies Night Out to Benefit Cancer Support Community
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Ladies Night Out committee members include (front row, from left) Executive Director Meg Symes, co-chairs Samantha Knight, Lyn Beecher Salembier and Michelle Mendez, and Danielle Gay. Middle row: Mary Rita Katana, Peggy Smith, Alison Hubbs, Kathy Meeks, Christina Kempton and Melissa Alcorn. Back: Toi Treister, Julie Wofford, Tracy Grohs and Vicki Laidig.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena will host its seventh annual Ladies Night Out, an evening of entertainment, laughter and commemoration, on Thursday, Oct. 5. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women in the community who have been touched by cancer. The event will be tiki themed and take place at Pasadena’s concert venue “The Rose.” The evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“Ladies Night Out is an annual favorite and proceeds from the event help underwrite the wide breadth of services we offer to ensure that nobody faces cancer alone,” said Michael Healy, the president of the board of directors at Cancer Support Community Pasadena. “I had the pleasure of speaking briefly at last year’s event and everyone in the house was having a great time supporting Cancer Support Community Pasadena.” CSCP is celebrating its 27th year anniversary this year of serving cancer patients and their family members in the San Gabriel Valley.
Co-chairs of Ladies Night Out are Samantha Knight, Michelle Mendez and Lyn Beecher Salembier. The evening will include games, live auction, raffle, drinks, dinner and live entertainment. Founding benefactors include Ellen and Harvey Knell, General Finance Co., Terri and Jerry Kohl, Julie and Scott Nesbit, RBC Wealth Management and Rusnak Auto Group. Patron Society members are Melissa Alcorn/Anderson & Murison, Rosemari Annear, Becki Bales, LeAnn and Michael Healy, Marie and John Queen, Dana and Mike Naples, Sue and Steve Silk, Meg and John Symes, and Wells Fargo Private Banking.
Ladies Night Out sponsors are Mary and Bill Urquardt, Lisa and Brad Freer, Sharp Seating, the Salembier Family, Margaret and David Mgrublian, Tracy and Josh Grohs, Cherie Harris/Life Source, Rosemary Simmons, Tiffany and Boris Beljak, Ann Olson, Vicki and Brad Schwartz, Michelle Mendez, Gamble Jones Investment Council, Dr. Michael Hakimi, Salon Aguayo, Angie and Fritz Miller / SEIA, Samantha and Peter Knight, Peggy Smith, Ellen Driscoll, Julie and Mike Wofford, Pam Franklin, Andrea and Jim Coupe, Sarah Rogers Real Estate/John Aaroe Group, Linda and Warren Procci, Anchor Pacifica, and Toi and Dana Treister.
For more information, visit cscpasadena.org or call (626) 796-1083.
JULY 14, 2017 BY OUTLOOK NEWSPAPERS
Poker Bowl Hits Jackpot for Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community-Pasadena recently held its seventh annual Poker Bowl at the Flying A Garage, which houses a private collection of American classic automobiles owned by Aaron and Valerie Weiss. More than 180 guests — a new record for attendance — enjoyed socializing over burgers and tacos outdoors before heading inside for an evening of poker and blackjack, raising more than $52,000. Prizes for the winners were generously donated by supporters, and all of the money raised will go toward CSC’s programs providing free support, education and hope to anyone facing cancer.
JULY 13, 2017 BY OUTLOOK NEWSPAPERS
Cancer Support Community Honors Farrah Fawcett Foundation
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. From left are CSCP Board President Michael Healy; CSCP Director Meg Symes; Foundation President Alana Stewart; and David Kessler, board member of FFF.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently celebrated the official naming of the Farrah Fawcett Group Room in its facility with a naming ceremony. Farrah Fawcett started the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007, after being diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She died June 25, 2009. The foundation funds research for HPV-related cancers, promotes awareness and cancer prevention strategies, and provides patient assistance funds to help those struggling with the expenses of treatment.
“We are so grateful for the foundation’s generous grant to CSCP, and so pleased to have this beautiful new partnership,” remarked Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “We are both organizations working to provide education, support and hope to individuals facing a cancer.”
The evening began with a presentation from David Kessler, board member of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and expert and bestselling author on death, grieving and healing. More than 60 people attended. After Kessler’s presentation, Symes and CSCP Board President Michael Healy officially dedicated Group Room #2 as the Farrah Fawcett Room. As a tribute to the late Fawcett, the room was decorated with orchids, which were her favorite flower.
Alana Stewart, president of the foundation, spoke of her friendship with Fawcett and how pleased the late actress would have been to see the foundation’s resources supporting CSCP’s endeavors.
CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, on the second floor of the Pasadena Humane Society’s building. For more information, call (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.
Posted on June 15, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
Cancer Support Community Bets on June 23 Poker Bowl
Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.
Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa
The seventh annual Poker Bowl Tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. More than 150 guests are expected to attend the event and will play Texas Hold’em and Blackjack surrounded by a private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner will be provided by Son of a Bun and Tacos Chihuahua food trucks, and dessert will be provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Prizes include Dodger tickets, UCLA/Stanford football game tickets and hotel accommodations, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, four Hollywood Bowl tickets and a $1,000 American Express gift card. They will be awarded to the last nine players at the final table. Raffles prizes are two Baume & Mercier watches donated by Mimi et Cie.
Founding benefactors include Ellen and Harvey Knell, General Finance Co., Terri and Jerry Kohl, Julie and Scott Nesbit and RBC Wealth Management. Patron society members are Melissa Alcorn/Anderson & Murison, Rosemari Annear; LeAnn and Michael Healy; Marie and John Queen; Dana Rodriguez and Mike Naples; Sue and Steve Silk; and Wells Fargo Private Banking.
Poker Bowl sponsors are Lisa and Tim Sloan; County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Linan and Bill Ukropina/Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisers; Jeff Buckner/Negri Foundation; the Spartan Group; Barger family; Michele and Todd Doney; Fletcher Jones Foundation; Longo Lexus; Susie and Brad Talt; Maura and Sean Townley; Dennis Alfieri; Kal and Roy Antoun; Janet Braun; Ellen Driscoll; Pacific Wine Distributors; Vicki and Bradley Schwartz; Meg and John Symes; Joan and Charlie Wood; and Elita and David Balfour.
Funds raised by Poker Bowl are a significant source of revenue for Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a nonprofit corporation that touches more than 2,000 people in the Greater Pasadena community annually. “Poker Bowl raises vital funds that enable Cancer Support Community Pasadena to provide free support for people facing cancer — because nobody should face cancer alone,” noted Michael Healy, president of the board of directors.
Posted on April 20, 2017 by Outlook Newspaper
Cancer Support Community Holds 25th Annual Angel Gala
The 25th annual Angel Gala, “Bright Lights, Big City” benefitting Cancer Support Community Pasadena, was held recently at downtown Los Angeles’ City Club and brought in record-breaking revenue of $373,000 and was attended by 370 guests. The event featured a reception with auctions, dinner, entertainment by Nina Lares and the Calvillo Sisters.
Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and the Rusnak Auto Group were honored with Angel Awards for their generous and consistent support throughout the years.
“The generosity that evening was contagious and one special guest, Paul Rusnak of the Rusnak Auto Group, made a surprise announcement of a matching gift challenge of $100,000. We are thrilled and will work diligently to raise funds for the match. Untold participants will benefit from the success of this event and the generosity of all our guests,” said Meg Symes, executive director.
Fritz Coleman was the emcee. Guests were moved by the personal stories of Dallas Raines, Angie Everhart, Wendy Burch, CSCP member Bill Brummel as well as the honorees, Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and her father, Paul Rusnak.
The organization provides free services to cancer patients and their family members. It includes professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind-body programs that depend heavily on funds raised by the annual Angel Gala. CSCP touches more than 2,000 people in the greater Pasadena community annually.
“We are all so grateful for all the work our co-chairs Kal Balian Antoun, Elizabeth Arnett, Dana Rodriquez and the committee put in to plan this record-breaking evening,” said CSCP Board President Michael Healy.
Posted March 2, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
New Board Members Join Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently elected three new members — Megan Reed, Bradley Talt and Charles Wood — to serve on its board of directors.
“I am excited to welcome them to the board of directors,” said Michael Healy, president of the organization’s board. “Each of them brings a passion for the work of CSCP and a desire to continue to strengthen our programs and services for individuals facing cancer.”
Reed currently serves as the executive director of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which provides programs and services to at-risk youth in 17 youth centers throughout Los Angeles County. In 2013, Reed served as campaign manager for the Rose Bowl Legacy Connections Campaign, for the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia, Reed lives in Pasadena and has three children, Chase, Blake and Lindsay. “As a breast cancer survivor, I am eager to serve on CSCP’s board to help expand our reach and enhance our programs for individuals impacted by cancer,” said Reed.
Talt joined CB Richard Ellis in 1983, where he built his career in the commercial real estate arena. During his nearly 20-year tenure at the company, Talt focused on brokerage, shopping center development and asset management. In 2002, he formed B.A.T. Ventures to develop and hold commercial retail properties. B.A.T. Ventures also co-owns and manages 139 apartment units in Anaheim along with an industrial park. In addition, Talt provides consulting services on shopping centers and retail properties. He and his wife, Susie, live in Pasadena and have three adult children, Taylor, Justin and Amy. “I am very excited to serve on the CSCP Board as its mission and goals of serving those affected by cancer are so wonderful and enriching,” remarked Talt.
Wood, a finance professional and educator, returns to the board for his second term. He began his career in corporate finance at First Boston and Credit-Suisse First Boston in 1976. Wood founded C.E. Peterson & Co. in 1989 where he advised on a broad range of corporate issues until retiring in 2011. Wood has more than 30 years of nonprofit experience in Los Angeles County, serving as a consultant to and director of several local organizations, including the Tournament of Roses Association, AAF Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, House Ear Institute and Center for Community & Family Services. “I am delighted to return to Wellness. Since cancer touches each and every one of us in one way or another, I am hopeful my service to CSCP will help enhance the comfort and caring of our wonderful staff.”
Founded in 1990, Cancer Support Community Pasadena is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing free support, education and hope to individuals impacted by cancer and is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, in Pasadena.
Posted on March 23, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
Cancer Support Community Receives Taper Grant
Cancer Support Community Pasadena has received a $50,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofits and their work in the communities.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of such a generous grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “This grant provides our organization with valuable general operating support, allowing us to expand and strengthen our programs and services for individuals impacted by cancer. We are grateful to the S. Mark Taper Foundation for appreciating the importance of our mission and for helping us to further our mission.”
The Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. CSCP provides 100 monthly education and stress management classes and workshops, in addition to 11 distinct weekly support groups that give patients, family and friends/caregivers, children and those bereaved coping skills and a safe environment in which to express their feelings and connect with others undergoing similar experiences. Program participants are invited to attend one support group per week and unlimited stress management classes and educational workshops. All support groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and are offered free of charge.
CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, in Pasadena, on the second floor of the Pasadena Humane Society’s building. For more information, call (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.