Sultan, the cat who adopted the staff at the Pasadena Museum of History, welcomed the formally-dressed guests to the museum’s “Pasadena to Paris” benefit, which raised $105,000 in support of the museum’s educational programs on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Sultan, who has tuxedo shirt-front markings, is always ready for a party. He has a devoted group of children who come to the museum just to visit him.
It was evident from the fashions of the elegantly gowned women and tuxedo-clad men that they were loving Paris, the city of light, and la joie de vivre of the French style. The guests carefully perused the silent-auction tables that offered beautiful treasures, enticing get-aways, fabulous restaurant certificates, notable wines, and not-to-be-missed sporting memorabilia and events.
Fran Shellgren created a French-inspired buzz with the clever necklace she created for herself from wine corks, ribbons, and beads. Her husband, Don, explained that the corks were from bottles of French wines, many of them excellent vintages they had consumed in the 1960’s. Fran and Don are committed museum patrons and Fran was part of the benefit committee that was chaired by Jim Watterson, who was last year’s honoree.