Facing a difficult decision, the South Pasadena Educational Foundation has postponed its annual Parti Gras, a festive fundraiser in the spring at Arroyo Seco Golf Course featuring food from local restaurants, a silent and live auction and dancing long into the night.
The onslaught of the coronavirus has claimed it latest major event.
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, SPEF President Mike Mayne and the organization’s Executive Director Stacey Petersen wrote: “The health, safety and security of our families are important to us, and we want everyone to feel confident about attending SPEF-sponsored events. Because of this and in light of public health recommendations regarding the coronavirus outbreak, SPEF has made the difficult decision to postpone Parti Gras 2020.”
A Caribbean theme was in the works for this year’s event in May before it was scratched. As soon as they are able to secure a new date, community members can mark it on their calendars.
SPEF’s summer enrichment programs, summer school and summer camps, are moving forward as planned but SPEF employees are “working with the South Pasadena Unified School District to ensure that all recommended public health guidelines, including social distancing, are followed,” reads their message.
Should extended school closures or additional health recommendations cause summer programs to be postponed or canceled, SPEF officials will inform families.
“Thank you for your support and understanding during this ever-changing time,” wrote Mayne and Petersen.