07 Jan Simply Speaking Benefit
SIMPLY SPEAKING BENEFIT, AN EVENING WITH TRINA TURK
April 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the La Canada Country Club
Including the Breakwomb and trioKAIT
This year’s Simply Speaking event features a keynote speech by Trina Turk, a local fashion designer known throughout the country for her bold and California-inspired line of contemporary apparel, shoes, and accessories. Performing at the fundraising event will be sketch comedians, the Breakwomb, and the musical group, trioKAIT.
TRINA TURK is inspired by California’s vibrant multicultural mix, architecture, and landscape—a synergy that permeates her contemporary, colorful aesthetic. Infused with bold signature prints and dynamic hues unique to each collection, Trina’s modern and optimistic outlook meld the best of classic American design with a California confidence, incorporating beautiful fabrications and impeccable quality. Founded in 1995, TRINA TURK celebrates Golden State style with eleven annual collections of chic women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, swimwear, recreation, footwear, handbags, jewelry, eyewear, a Mr Turk menswear line, and residential décor and textiles. Trina Turk can be found online at http://www.trinaturk.com
The BreakWomb is a trio of moms who do sketch comedy…or a trio of sketch comedians who do motherhood. The longtime friends, whose resumes include The Second City Chicago’s Mainstage and ETC and The Groundlings Main Company, launched their web series after all having kids around the same time. Their videos tackle parenthood topics ranging from baby monitors to birthday parties and have been featured by the likes of Huffington Post, TODAY Parents, Buzzfeed, PopSugar Moms, Scary Mommy, BBC, Daily Mail, and Upworthy.
trioKAIT brings a modern, tight and groovy sound to the piano trio format, shuffling wide-ranging influences and Kait’s innovative compositions into a refreshingly modern take on instrumental music that is as uncategorizable as it is infectious. Fused together via Kait’s music, the trio melds into a laser-focused single entity that is captivating, playful and exciting.
2016 Simply Speaking Benefit Luncheon
The Junior League of Pasadena’s annual fundraiser and community award presentations were held at the San Gabriel Country Club on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. This event was a time for JLP members and community members alike to celebrate the first year of the new JLP vision statement supporting women in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Skills (BELS). They gave out community awards and raised funds to support another year at the forefront of Pasadena volunteering.
This year’s Community Impact Award Winner went to the most praiseworthy woman, Akila Gibbs, of the Pasadena Senior Center. With the Senior Center celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2015, Akila is committed to meet the growing needs of seniors in the self-proclaimed “silver tsunami.” The true lady that she is, she also commented on the recent passing of Cynthia Rose in her acceptance speech.
Julie Echols, JLP Sustainer Board President, had the honor of bestowing the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award to Sharon Thralls. Sharon passed away in April and Terry Cloughtery accepted on her behalf. The Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award recognizes a woman who has made an exceptional contribution to the Junior League of Pasadena and a significant difference in the community. “She (Sharon) believed in providing resources where they were limited so that all community members, especially children, had equal opportunities. She also valued training and the focus on developing other leaders to continue good work, thus providing a strong continuum of needs met.” says Julie.
The keynote speaker was Meaghan Rose, CEO and Co-founder of Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription service that is used by many women around the country. Her story that she shared with the audience struck a chord in many hearts and the inspiration she evoked was felt by all.
About the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award
The Junior League of Pasadena’s Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award was created to recognize and honor a Junior League of Pasadena Sustaining Member who has demonstrated the following qualities to be considered an outstanding volunteer.
Candidate must be a Sustaining member in good standing who has been a Junior League of Pasadena member for three or more years. Current Sustaining Board Members are ineligible for this award. Sustaining transfers are eligible.
The award is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution throughout her Junior League career and to the community. The recipient should be an individual who is held in high regard by her peers as someone who has made a “significant difference” because of her volunteer service.
The deadline for nominations falls in the Spring of each year. Selection will be made by the Sustaining Member Board of Directors and announced at the Simply Speaking Luncheon.