South Pasadena Chinese American Club Awards $15,000 in Grants

South Pasadena Chinese-American Club Hosts first-ever ceremony recognizing grant winners in library community room

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com | Teacher Sandra Matson Fennell, second, from left, the Skills USA Advisor at South Pasadena High School, was honored for Skills USA Careers Essential Online Curriculum. She is joined, from left, by Tony Chen, Elaine Wang, and Damian Ugalde

Individuals making a difference in the city were honored Monday night as the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club (SPCC) presented $15,000 in grants to a variety of local school and community programs.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com | The South Pasadena Chinese American Club (SPCC) awarded $15,000 in educational grants on Monday, Nov. 13. Awardees, school officials and SPCC board members were asked to pose for a photograph following the announcement of the grants. Above are, from left, Tony Chen, Sandra Matson-Fennell, Elaine Wang, Joanna Yao, Stella Lee, Laurie Thackery, Sulynn Chee, Dawn Bishop, Yuki Cutcheon, Joe Loo, Nancy Ray, Kathleen Michel, Melissa Cheng, Natasha Wang, Patrick Barr, Dawn Tull, Helena Yee, Allen Lin. Pictured l-r back row are Damian Ugalde, Bethany Chen, Geoff Yantz, Katy Nielsen, Jeannie Chiu, Rebecca Bertolina, Benjamin Ku, David Speck, Sara Austin, James Jontz, Julie Giulioni, Sal Redner, Katya Tsyganova, Maida Wong

The first-ever event was held in the South Pasadena Community Room.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com | SPCC Grants Coordinator Nancy Ray presents South Pasadena High teacher James Jontz a check for digital scenery and Little Theatre projection

“We believe in making our community an even better place to live by contributing to it, by building bridges and by sustaining relationships,” said SPCC President Joe Loo. “The grants program is one way we help, by funding projects and contributing to activities.”

The South Pasadena Chinese-American Club, a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to provide valuable services to the South Pasadena community by contributing to local schools, promoting cultural awareness and providing a variety of community events.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com | SPCC Grants Coordinator Nancy Ray, left, is joined, from left, by Melissa Cheng, Ming Wang and Sal Rednar, all part of a Chinese martial arts project at South Pasadena High School

Along with awardees and guests, South Pasadena Chinese American Club President Joe Loo, Vice President Yuki Cutcheon, Grants Chair Nancy Ray, South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Geoff Yantz and members of the Board of Education attended the event.

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