By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
It wouldn’t be the start of the college football season without the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club, which will begin its 68th season next week.
The group, which supports area high school and college football teams with donations and dues, holds weekly luncheons every Friday from September to November.
Next week’s meeting will pay homage to Santa Anita Park, which is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup in November. Mike Willman, the racetrack’s director of publicity, will be the keynote speaker along with Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.
Other speakers scheduled for this season include Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn, Occidental football coach Bill Redell and Pasadena City College coach Fred Fimbres. The group will honor the Pacific League and Rio Hondo League football coaches on back-to-back weeks Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. An area high school coach also will speak each week.
Coaches scheduled to speak this season are Maranatha’s Pete Karavedas (Sept. 7), Pasadena Poly’s Brendan McGrail (Sept. 14), Rosemead’s Marc Paramo (Oct. 5), Alhambra’s Joe Kanach (Oct. 12), St. Francis’ Jim Bonds (Oct. 19), Rio Hondo Prep’s Ken Drain (Oct.26), La Salle’s Russell Gordon (Nov. 3) and Flintridge Prep’s Antonio Harrison (Nov.9).
A UCLA official will speak on Oct. 19, with Todd Hewitt, USC’s director of equipment operations, speaking on Nov.2.
The Pasadena Quarterbacks Club also is in the middle of its 2012 membership drive. Memberships range from basic, which gives individuals a $7 discount off the $30 luncheon price; season pass and Gold Club. Corporate memberships are also available.
More information can be found at the organization’s website at http://www.pasadenaquarterbacks.org.
Membership in the organization is not required to attend the luncheons, which charge $30 for non-member guests.