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2014 Spring Event

Pasadena Educational Foundation's 2014 Spring Event

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Pasadena City Hall - Courtyard

Thank you to all who attended and made our Spring Event a success! Your contribution helps the foundation provide critically needed support for the students and teachers in our Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre public schools.

2014 Spring Event, Pasadena City Hall Courtyard May 7, 2014
Guest Speaker: Edward James Olmos

It was a truly remarkable evening.
Looking around the beautiful grounds of the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard at this year's Spring Event, I was moved by the sight of so many passionate members of our community gathered together in support of our mission.
Thank you to all who made our 2014 Spring Event possible.
We were thrilled to present our honorees, Mayor Bill Bogaard and Edward James Olmos, with their awards. They both are champions for public education.
Highlighting the evening was the phenomenal presentation from Edward James Olmos. We were captivated by his strength, courage, passion and, yes, by his wonderful sense of humor. His commitment to public education is inspiring. His belief in what we are doing here at PEF is empowering.
We at the Pasadena Educational Foundation are privileged every day to see the innovation, inspiration, and the promise of a better future that your support -- at every level -- makes possible.
We see it...

Whether you were able to attend our Spring Event or not, we are grateful for your support.
A better future starts here -- in our schools and in our community. It starts with you.
We thank you,

Patrick Conyers
Executive Director


Special Guest Speaker

Edward James Olmos


Exemplary Service Award

Mayor Bill Bogaard


Supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation
by becoming a 2014 Spring Event Patron.


Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and humanitarian. The Academy Award- and Tony-nominated and Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor’s career in entertainment spans over 30 years. In that time he created a signature style and aesthetic that he applies to every artistic endeavor. He is an international advocate, spokesman, education activist and humanitarian. He also co-founded the educational non-profit organization Latino Literacy Now that has produced Latino Book & Festivals around the U.S. Mr. Olmos will be the recipient of the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s inaugural Trailblazer Award in recognition of his courage, commitment to excellence, and outstanding achievements which have opened doors to education for countless individuals.

Mayor Bill Bogaard

Bill Bogaard has served as Mayor of Pasadena since 1999, when he became the City’s first directly elected mayor. A champion of education matters during his tenure, he co-founded Pasadena: City of Learning—a collaborative of representatives of area non-profits and other institutions that works toward a goal of excellent life-long learning opportunities for all in our community. More recently, Mayor Bogaard, along with the Pasadena City Council, city staff, the PUSD School Board, and district staff, has charted our community on the course of a promising and important new partnership known as the School/City/Community Work Plan. The foundation is proud to celebrate Mayor Bogaard and his tireless work on behalf of quality public education in our community.

Pasadena City Hall

Completed in 1927, Pasadena City Hall is one of the crown jewels of Pasadena. Designed by the San Francisco architecture firm of Bakewell and Brown, it combines elements of both Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture and is inspired by the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio's work.  The Courtyard has a strong Colonial influence with a cast stone Baroque fountain as the focal point. Paths of crushed granite define the flower beds and cloistered arches paved with red Padre tiles surround the courtyard. California live oak trees provide shade for azaleas, hydrangeas, and rhododendron and beds of annuals that are planted on a rotational basis.

For more information contact:

Angela Parris at 626-396-3600 x88354 or
via email at

Thank you to our Patrons!