First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
The A Piece of My Heart Foundation recently had its inaugural golf tournament at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
Golf registration began at 9 a.m., and the shotgun start was at 11 a.m.
The post-golf reception and silent auction began at 5:30, followed by the awards presentation and dinner program.
Dr. Michael Silka, a world-renown heart specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker.
The Rev. Kerwin Manning and his wife, Madelyn, established the nonprofit organization in honor of their daughter, Morgan Manning, who died at age 14 of a rare heart condition, Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia.
“Morgan went to heaven on April 8, 2017,” Kerwin Manning said. “We were totally devastated by her sudden death. We knew immediately that we wanted to commit the rest of our lives bringing awareness to CPVT, supporting other young people living with CPVT, and preventing other families from experiencing what we have. Dr. Silka said there is a new procedure on the horizon that could be a game-changer.”
Morgan Manning had been a student at Pasadena Christian School from preschool through 8th grade, and her parents received her graduation certification posthumously.
“The Mannings represent everything that is good and right about our community,” said Pasadena Christian Head of School Steven Gray. “Their deep faith and rich service to the community has always been a powerful example to all of us. Even with the tragic loss of Morgan, a bright star of our junior high 8th-grade class [of 2017], they sought to bring healing to other children and families through their foundation. It is an honor for us to be able to help in some small way to support them.”
Kerwin Manning added: “Dr. Gray and his entire board helped pave the way for this event. Their support has been invaluable and we are honored to partner with them.
Pasadena Christian School was the event’s premier sponsor. Other top sponsors included Todd and Karen Stevens, Presciosa Entertainment Corp, Allegra Consulting, Cell Consultants/Event Planners, the Wai family,Cynthia Brooks Catering, and Scale Education & Research Foundation.