UPDATE: Prayer Vigil | Remembering Piqui – South Pasadenans Coming Together to Help

At the LA Arboretum in Arcadia on Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm

PHOTO: courtesy of Estevez family | SouthPasadenan.com | Piqui as his family remembers him

Please note: Out of respect for Ana Estevez’s wishes to not publicize the services for Piqui in South Pasadena, we will not be posting the details of the start times and location.  We are well aware that the information has been made public and ask patience and grace from our fellow South Pasadenans.  Our hearts and prayers are with Ana at this time. Thank You.

Prayer Vigil For Piqui – For the Public:

Prayer Vigil – A prayer vigil and celebration of life will be held at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia on Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm. People will be gathering on the Bauer Lawn in front of the fountain. In lieu flowers, Ana is requesting that memorial contributions be made in memory of Piqui towards the Memorial Tree at LA Arboretum.

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Memorial Tree at LA Arboretum – The Arboretum was a very special place for Piqui. It is here that Ana wishes to memorialize her sweet boy with a tree marked in honor of his precious life. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, here is the information. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donations can be sent to:
Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation
Attn: Tree Dedication
301 N. Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007

Checks made payable to Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation (LAAF).

Or online at:
http://www.arboretum.org/support/tributes-and-memorials/

Please email any ideas, offers for in-kind contributions and messages of condolences to RememberingPiqui@wepartini.com #JusticeforAra

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It is a story of unspeakable sorrow and grief. As the family of Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. mourns his tragic loss, the community of South Pasadena is coming together to honor him and help the family through this difficult time. Piqui’s mother, Ana Estevez, her family and friends wish to thank the community for all of the kind offers of support, thoughts and prayers.

Anne Bagasao and Angelo Luchi of Partini are giving their time to coordinate arrangements for the family. As a local mother, Bagasao was devastated by the news and reached out to help and has been overwhelmed at the outpouring from the community. Generous offers from the community have come from people who have never even met Ana or Piqui, for everything from donating his favorite book to the local library, meal delivery for Ana and her family, personal services and offers to donate toward the two park memorials in his name. Says Bagasao, “South Pasadena is a small city but what we lack in size, we make up for in heart. Our community members are coming forward, without hesitation, to offer support. Our neighbors want to help and we are coming together to remember Piqui and support his loving Mom, Ana, who needs us more now than ever.” Local businesses have also come quickly to offer whatever services they can for the memorial and fundraising. So far the list includes the following with more calls coming every day.

The family wishes to thank:

Chef Bruce Kalman, Knead & Co., Bristol Farms South Pasadena, Gus’s BBQ, The Moo on Mission, Fiore Market Café, Vave Studios-Flowers & Events, Smudge Design Company, SouthPasadenan.com, Sugarmynt Gallery, Green Brooms Music Academy, Partini, Ronni Minnis Vocal Coach.

As the community grieves, people are looking for ways to help. The following are details on ways to help memorialize Piqui and assist his mother.

  1. Memorial Tree at LA Arboretum– The Arboretum was a very special place for Piqui. It is here that Ana wishes to memorialize her sweet boy with a tree marked in honor of his precious life. If you wish to make a donation in his memory, here is the information. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donations can be sent to:
Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation
Attn: Tree Dedication
301 N. Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
Checks made payable to Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation (LAAF).

Or online at:
http://www.arboretum.org/support/tributes-and-memorials/

  1. Prayer Vigil– A prayer vigil and celebration of life will be held at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia on Wednesday, July 19 at 7pm. An exact location in the park is to be announced. In lieu flowers, Ana is requesting that memorial contributions of any size be made in memory of Piqui towards the Memorial Tree at LA Arboretum.
  2. Funeral Mass– In addition to the prayer vigil on July 19, the family is making preparations for a funeral service to take place here in South Pasadena. Details regarding the service are still pending at this time and will be shared at a later date.

In-Kind Donations – In preparation for both the prayer vigil and the funeral, we are thankful for donations of goods and services that may help to offset expenses related to these events. Ana is faced with many financial strains at this time given the nature of her child’s passing.

Many local restaurants and businesses have come forth with offers to help with food and services as a way of showing their love and support.  If you have a service or can provide goods or equipment that might be helpful in this regard, please contact Anne Bagasao at anne@wepartini.com.

A new GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise funds to provide Ana with financial assistance during this most trying time.
Please use ONLY this link if you wish to make a contribution. Also, please share the link with as many people as possible. Every bit helps.

https://www.gofundme.com/justice-for-piqui

The following are fundraisers to raise funds for the family and for the Memorials in the Parks.

Greenbrooms Music Academy Introductory Lessons Benefiting Piqui’s Memorial Fund– Our friends at Greenbrooms Music Academy in South Pasadena will be donating 100% of all proceeds from their introductory lessons during the week of July 17-22 to Piqui’s Memorial Fund.

Greenbrooms’ owners, teachers and staff were so moved by this child’s passion for music that they felt they need to honor his memory.

If you or anyone you know, adults or children, have been curious about lessons, this is the perfect opportunity to contribute to Piqui’s memorial fund and to learn about the programs available at Greenbrooms. They offer instruction at every level.

For more information, please call (626) 808-4031

  1. LA Unified Employees Can Donate Sick Days to Ana – As you know, Ana is an employee of LA Unified School District. Due to the increasing impact of this tragedy, Ana has understandably had to miss many work days. If you or anyone you know is an employee of Los Angeles Unified School District, donation of sick days to benefit Ana is an option.Here is the form to donate sick days to Ana Estevez. Please share this with anyone you know who works for LAUSD or please feel free to post on your social media. Even if one person sees this and donates one sick day to Ana, it will help her tremendously.http://www.aala.us/docs/2017/07/DonorConfirmation-Ana- Estevez.pdf
  2. SugarMynt Gallery Paint & Pinot Benefitting Piqui’s Memorial Fund – Sugarmynt Gallery in South Pasadena will be donating 10% of all of the proceeds from their Paint & Pinot Class on July 29th. Sugarmynt is located on Meridien across from Heirloom in the old Family Fair location. Please visit their website to register and for more information on this opportunity.https://www.sugarmynt.com/paint-pinot.

Your caring and concern means the world to Ana and her family. They have expressed immense gratitude for our community and our support and prayers are very precious to her at this time.

Do not hesitate to message Anne and Angelo with questions or offers at RememberingPiqui@wepartini.com.

We will continue to update the community as information becomes available.

 

 

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