Photos: Rose Magazine’s “Jewels of Pasadena” gala honoring women of distinction in Pasadena

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Rose Magazine and the Pasadena Star-News honored local women of distinction last week in our first-ever “Jewels of Pasadena” gala event at the Pasadena Hilton.
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Finalists and winners were a real cross-section of life in the Crown City. There were many categories of awards — ranging from arts and culture to health care and education.
At right is the full list of winners.
And read about all the nominees here, in Rose Magazine’s April issue.
More photos after the jump.

Nadine Washington, below, was honored as Woman of the Year for her decades-long work advancing attention to women’s issues and working toward racial justice in the city of Pasadena.
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Below, Nadine Washington at the podium, framed by her fellow Woman of the Year finalists.
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Below, Heather Adams accepting the award for Young Woman of the Year. Adams is a student adviser and community ambassador to the City of Pasadena Ambassador Youth Program.
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Dancers Michelle Kolb and Teya Wolvington, below, of Lineage Dance perform a selection from “A Sister’s Strength,” inspired by the courageous journey of Annie Wells in her battle against breast cancer.
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Pasadena’s Public Information Officer Ann Erdman, below, served as the master of ceremonies for the gala.
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Below, Woman of the Year finalist Ljiljana Grozdanic in the Pasadena Hilton ballroom. Grozdanic is a major force for historic preservation and the advancement of the arts in the city.

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Below, Mother of the Year winner Rita Gail Turner and Artist of the Year winner Jessica Kubzansky celebrate together.
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At center, Woman of the Year finalist Tahra Goraya. Goraya was the national director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., and was elected as the first female president of the Southern California chapter. She is district director for Senator Carol Liu.
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Below, Rose Magazine and Star-News advertising manager Jesse Dillon at the microphone.
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Below, Mother of the Year winner Rita Gail Turner and her son, who nominated her.
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The Junior League of Pasadena, represented below, was winner of the Publisher’s Choice award for Non-Profit of the Year.
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Below, San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group publisher Steve Lambert and his wife Deana.
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Below, Young Woman of the Year finalist, artist Ellie Benuska
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Below, Lindsay Grant, manager of event marketing, and Rose Magazine editor Pia Abelgas Orense at the gala.
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

3 thoughts on “Photos: Rose Magazine’s “Jewels of Pasadena” gala honoring women of distinction in Pasadena

  1. This was a wonderful event in every way. Thank you Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine for another innovative way to honor women.

  2. As Chair of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, I applaud the Pasadena Star-News and the Rose Magazine for choosing to honor women. This awesome event displayed the make-up of a Woman (i.e., Teacher, Artist, Volunteer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Mother, Health Provider, Athlete, Young Woman). Wow! Jewels of Pasadena – Women of Distinction – another validation of the value of a women!

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