Father’s Day at Senior Center | Dads, Grandads Celebrated

Large turnout for luncheon at Senior Center enjoys jokes, a message from South Pasadena City Council member Bob Joe and a BBQ meal donated by Golden Oaks Apartments and Anthem Blue Cross

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

South Pasadena City Council member Bob Joe wondered out loud how many fathers and grandfathers were in the audience during Friday’s Father’s Day BBQ Luncheon at the local Senior Center.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

“Raise your hand high,” he said, speaking into the microphone.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

“Are there any great-great grandfathers?” he added, looking into the crowd.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

A few hands shot up.

Joe, a jovial soul, who brings out the most of every opportunity, was enjoying the fun, encouraging guests to laugh and enjoy Father’s Day, and laugh at their dad’s jokes.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

“No matter if they are funny or not, just laugh,” insisted the smiling Joe, before passing along what he called a ‘Dad Wisdom’: “Why in a country of free speech are their phone bills?” he asked, hearing laughter, following that up by saying: “A man knows he is growing old because he’s beginning to look like his father.”

The councilman then enjoyed a more serious moment, noting: “No man stands taller when he stoops to help a child” – Abraham Lincoln.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

Next came, “My father gave the greatest gift anyone could give – another person. He believed in me” – the late Jim Valvano, basketball coach.

And, one more from a late legend. “The most important thing in the world is family and love,” recalling the words of former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

Joe told audience members that the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 while Mother’s Day was initially recognized on May 10, 1908.

Those on hand enjoyed the fun, laughter and poignant messages. DJ Ben Rushing, busy spinning tunes for the seniors, provided entertainment. Golden Oaks Apartments and Anthem Blue Cross donated the food.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

Dodger Historian Mark Langill, a longtime South Pasadena resident, provided free Dodger t-shirts.

An ovation followed the offering by the Major League Baseball team. “If you’re not a Dodger fan, you’ll become a Dodger fan,” joked Liliana Torres, the community services supervisor, recognizing the generosity on the team.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Dads were honored Friday as the South Pasadena Senior Center hosted its annual Father’s Day luncheon

 

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