First published in the June 30 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Photos courtesy Altadena Guild
The Altadena Guild’s recent home and garden tour, called “Festival de Mendocino Lane,” saw record crowds and record revenue to benefit Huntington Health and Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI).
More than 1,200 guests strolled along an iconic Altadena street and enjoyed touring four magnificent homes and exquisite gardens.
“You could see how happy everyone was to be back at this special community event,” said Karen Skinner-Twomey, guild president.
Guests enjoyed Argentinian food while listening to live music. Boutique vendors and classic cars also added to the day’s ambiance. New this year were a variety of booths from community organizations to provide information about their services.
Co-chairs Elaine Bauer and Patricia Ostiller said the event raised an unprecedented $140,000. Net proceeds will allow the guild to complete its final pledge payment under its $100,000 multi-year commitment to the hospital’s heart and vascular center, continue its support of the hospital’s employee and student scholarship programs, as well as support other hospital areas.
Proceeds will also support HMRI’s summer undergraduate research fellowship, giving students a hands-on laboratory research experience and mentorship from HMRI’s research faculty.
“The guild is indebted to everyone who attended and thanks the four wonderful homeowners for opening their gorgeous residences and gardens for our community to enjoy,” Skinner-Twomey said.
The guild was founded in 1951 and hosts events each year that benefit HMRI and Huntington Health. The guild welcomes new members. Individuals interested in joining the guild should send an email to email@example.com.