Giving Back AbilityFirst Reveals its Future Plans at Reception for Community Leaders From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 5:32 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Board members of AbilityFirst, the nearly 90 year old Pasadena-based charity, held a reception for community leaders to update them on their services, leadership and future plans, at a recent Friends Reception hosted by Board Member and Vice Chair John Kelly and his wife Jennifer at their home in San Marino.Other AbilityFirst leaders in attendance included Board Chair Steve Brockmeyer, and Board Members Mark Fedde, Richard Frank, Carol Llewellyn, Patricia Vick, and Honorary Chair Jane Kaczmarek. Also attending were Jennifer Fedde, Richard Kim, Phaedra and Mark Ledbetter, Leslie and Rob Levy, John Llewellyn, Charlie McPherson, Maggie and Ralph Navarro, Lynda Patton, Peggy and Paige Parrish, Alison and Harlan Thompson, and Heba and Greg Wood.“More than ever we are reaching out and providing services to the communities in Greater Los Angeles,” said AbilityFirst CEO Lori Gangemi. “Looking ahead, our challenges are also greater than ever. That is why we are updating our community leaders on our programs.”AbilityFirst’s goals are to eliminate financial barriers from individuals participating in their programs and services regardless of their family’s ability to pay or receive government support, and to build a funding model that will sustain their programs into the future.Highlights of the evening included the heartfelt remarks and testimonials about AbilityFirst from participant families in the San Gabriel Valley. Paige Parrish, a parent of the organization’s work program participant, has stated, “Our family needed a place where Alex could be with her peers and a place that would allow us to give time to our other children. We were impressed by their overall mission and more impressed once we toured the center. AbilityFirst is like an extended family.”About AbilityFirstEstablished in 1926 AbilityFirst, formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. Through 25 locations across Southern California, they offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs as well as accessible residential housing complexes and an accessible camp, Camp Paivika, for both children and adults. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday
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