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The Valley Line: Wine-and-cheese affair benefits Friends In Deed

September 12, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Left to right: Monica Sierra, outgoing president of Las Candelas welcomes new president Jeannie Flint.
Left to right: Monica Sierra, outgoing president of Las… (Photo by Jane Napier…)

Whew! I'm exhausted from the unrelenting heat. This has been quite the late-summer siege. I know that some of you thrive in this kind of weather but for me, it is torture. Here in my very old house, the slightly younger but still antiquated air conditioner tries really hard, but it just can't make it cool enough for me to get any relief. I have found myself eagerly jumping into the car to run errands just to cool off.

I'm really counting on the accuracy of our weather people, who tell us that for a few days the temps will drop into the lower 90s or high 80s, which is certainly a whole lot better than the 100-plus we have been suffering through.

Last Sunday, I was buzzing about our foothill communities as I attend first a Friends In Deed fund-raiser in Pasadena and then sped to Oakmont Country Club for an end-of-summer party for Las Candelas. Yes, I love the car's air conditioning. But, since the vent was aimed right at my face, I did get an "ice-cream" headache, the kind that hits you mid-forehead. Well, it was better than melting.

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My first stop on Sunday was at the Cheese Store of Pasadena to experience a great late-afternoon soiree called "Taste!: A Wine and Cheese Pairing," to benefit the programs of Friends In Deed, once known as the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Congregations. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income and homeless people in the greater Pasadena area. Their motto is "Doing together what we cannot do alone."

It was a meaningful afternoon of networking, wine, cheese, good conversations and philanthropy honoring Pasadena City Housing Director William K. Huang for his passionate commitment to those in need. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was on hand to present Huang with an award and special recognition.

The Friends In Deed event committee included Richard Cheung, Pamela Marx, Katy Cashman, Jennifer Essen and Leslie Roberts. Also on hand to meet and greet was Pat O'Reilly, executive director of the Friends.

More than 160 people came to support Friends In Deed.

The Cheese Store of Pasadena is a cheese lover's haven. I have visited the store several times in order to gather exotic cheeses from Europe, as well as wonderful domestic ones.

On Sunday the store's staff prepared an amazing spread of not only wonderful cheeses, but also several kinds of salami, prosciutto, savory pâtés, olives and breads — it was a gourmet feast.

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