PEF Raises $182K for PUSD Students


First published in the July 14 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Pasadena Educational Foundation raised $182,000 to support scholarships, arts and music, and all of PEF’s programs and initiatives at an event called “Celebrating Our Schools Elevate 2022.”
The evening event celebrated PEF’s 50th anniversary, showcased students and teachers, honored members of our community, shared inspirational stories and supported PEF’s mission to achieve excellence and equity in all Pasadena Unified schools.
This year’s event honored educator, mentor, activist and volunteer Alma Stokes, featured Katrina Cabrera Ortega, television writer and producer (“Dynasty”) and co-founder of LIFT (Latinas Inspired for Tomorrow) Scholarship, and PEF’s award-winning interactive showcase highlighting PUSD’s innovative programs and students.
Exemplary Service Award honoree Stokes is an example of what one person can do to bring change to her community. Stokes has inspired thousands of students during her 30-year career in the Pasadena Unified School District and has elevated thousands more through her outstanding work with many organizations that support the health, well-being and education of young people in the community. Stokes is a tireless educator, activist and dedicated PEF board member.
Writer, director and proud PUSD parent Katrina Cabrera Ortega shared her own story of success and her commitment to supporting the dreams of students through scholarships. Ortega, together with a group of community members and support from PEF, created scholarships to recognize the achievements, accomplishments, talents and financial needs of PUSD students.
Ortega believes that community-based scholarships, regardless of their amount, provide students with a vote of confidence in their capabilities, provide a demonstration of support for their journey and a recognition of their skill.
The Interactive Student Showcase provided opportunities for guests to explore the remarkable PUSD programs driving student success. The students and teachers captivated guests with their creative exhibits — generating science fiction stories on the spot, driving tiny solar rovers, piecing together “ancient” artifacts and so much more.
If you are interested in supporting PEF’s efforts you can donate at
Your contribution will help ensure Pasadena Unified students will receive dynamic and thought-provoking educational opportunities.