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first_img 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena center column 3 AbilityFirst Fest of the West Benefiting Children and Adults with Disabilities Raises $37,000! From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 2:04 pm Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS AbilityFirst along with Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo held a fun-filled Country-Western Themed Family Event – Fest of the West on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the University of Claremont Consortium. Approximately 220 people attended and the event raised $37,000 ! Benefits went to children and adults with disabilities at two of the 24 locations for AbilityFirst – The AbilityFirst Claremont Center and Camp Paivika, an accessible camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.The event featured terrific live music by The Silverados, a great silent auction with items ranging from weekend getaway trips to a mountain bike and more! A great time was had by all with delicious barbeque foods, carnival games, a real life cowboy, a petting zoo and the famous Wells Fargo Stagecoach which gave people the opportunity to climb in for a picture opportunity.“On behalf of Wells Fargo, we are proud to have been part of this event and in giving back to our community through our sponsorship to help children and adults with special needs,” said Rick Arcaro, VP of Sr. Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo.Claremont Mayor, Opanyi Nasiali presented AbilityFirst with a certificate in celebration of the Fest of the West event and for many years of dedicated service to the Claremont community and making a difference in the lives of those with disabilities. “It was great to see the community come out and support AbilityFirst. We had many of our participants from other programs throughout Southern California at the Fest of the West event and they had a terrific time. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, our presenting sponsor Wells Fargo,” said Lori Gangemi, President and CEO of AbilityFirst.About Ability FirstAbilityFirst, formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. Through 24 locations across Southern California, they offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs as well as accessible residential housing complexes and an accessible camp, Camp Paivika, for both children and adults.About Wells FargoWells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more


first_imgWith the hustle and bustle of move-in day behind them, Harvard College freshmen looked more settled into their new surroundings as they filed in for the University’s annual convocation on Tuesday.But as President Drew Faust acknowledged, the Class of 2016 was just beginning to experience a whole new sense of disorientation, “a moment when you realized that your arrival here was no longer about where you’ve been or even where you are now, but where you are going.”“We already know that when it comes to succeeding, you are all experts,” Faust told her young audience. “But your four years here are going to give you a whole new sense of what success means.”Faust and a host of University leaders gathered with the College’s newest class to formally welcome them to Harvard. Although convocation is a relative infant in terms of Harvard traditions — it was first held in 2009 — each speaker took the opportunity to introduce the incoming class to the 376-year-old legacy of liberal arts education and free inquiry that precedes them.“For the next four years, we are here to help you become comfortable with being uncomfortable,” Faust said. “One of the reasons why you are here is that we recognized your capacity for leaving your comfort zones.”Not to be felled by rain, the ceremony was moved from its usual location in Tercentenary Theatre into the Memorial Church and Sanders Theatre. (Connected by video, the day’s speakers were split between both venues in the interest of fairness — “one of Harvard’s values,” Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman said.)The Rev. Jonathan Walton (from left), Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman joined the overflow crowd in the Memorial Church for part of the convocation. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Rev. Jonathan Walton, the new Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, began the event with an invocation. He wished freshmen “strength and courage to embrace the infinite possibilities that the future holds, even as we remain humble,” as well as the ability to “face down the existential angst that such opportunities may bring.”A large part of that angst comes from a natural impulse to compare oneself with others, said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“Don’t compare — connect,” Smith urged. “Get up after class and talk to your classmates; reach out to your professors and your teaching fellows. Make connections here and now that will last you a lifetime.”After all, he added, Harvard’s strength as a major research university stems from the fact that it “connects people, and in doing so shapes what we know, who we are, and how we make our impact on the world.”“Don’t compare — connect,” urged Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Get up after class and talk to your classmates; reach out to your professors and your teaching fellows. Make connections here and now that will last you a lifetime.” Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIf those new connections spawn discomfort, that’s the point, said Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.“Our goal is to make you alert to the human and natural worlds, and to prompt you to be self-critical, creative, and analytical,” Hammonds said. “We hope your assumptions will be uncomfortably challenged. We hope you’ll feel unsettled by your encounters with different cultures, different traditions, and new ideas, and we expect you to be curious about it.”Quelling the sometimes-intimidating rhetoric, College senior Peggy Walenda Mativo shared her Harvard experience with the Class of 2016. In her path from shy Kenyan boarding school student to Harvard undergraduate, she was reminded of a Swahili proverb from her childhood: “If you want something that’s under the bed, then you have no other option than to bend and root for it.” She described her slow and faulting process of finding the courage to seek out mentors in the natural sciences and in laboratory work, where she discovered her passion for research.Like the proverbial shoe under the bed, “People who want to connect with you are out there,” Mativo said. “All you have to do is reach for them.”Students also heard from Harvard Alumni Association President Carl Muller ’73, J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, who led them in a rendition of “Fair Harvard,” and heard performances by the Kuumba Singers, the Harvard University Band, and the Holden Choruses.In an afternoon filled with thoughtful guidance, perhaps Faust had the best tip of all: Don’t forget to trust your own instincts.“Sometimes the way you will find your way is by not taking others’ sage advice,” she said.Harvard Alumni Association President Carl Muller ’73, J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, led the freshmen in a rendition of “Fair Harvard.” Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

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