The 60th anniversary of the Pasadena Senior Center will be celebrated with a series of special events and activities throughout 2020.
Founded in 1960, the vital community asset is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older, as well as specialized services for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.
The idea for a senior center that would serve the needs of Pasadena residents was sparked in 1953. Four years later the Pasadena-Altadena Committee for Senior Citizens was formed to outline a plan. The city of Pasadena donated a site at the south end of Memorial Park, and a bond issue was passed by voters to fund construction. With additional funding from the Junior League of Pasadena, an executive director was hired who would work with a nonprofit board of directors to achieve the long-held goal of providing recreational and social services to senior citizens.
The doors of the organization opened in 1960, and it was the first independent, nonprofit senior center in Southern California and one of the first in the nation. Pasadena Junior League members contributed thousands of hours to staff the new facility the first 10 years.
An extensive expansion in 1998 tripled the size of the center, making many more programs and services possible to enrich the lives of members as well as non-members. The following year, it became the first in California to receive accreditation by the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers.
“It is fitting that the 60th anniversaries are associated with diamonds because they symbolize commitment, strength and endurance,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center. “This organization continues to shine after 60 years, and the older adults we serve sparkle like diamonds.”
Sixtieth anniversary commemorations will include #AgeWell Day in October 2020 and an evening celebration that will feature a look back at the Pasadena Senior Center’s history and a look forward to the future. Fritz Coleman, KNBC-TV weathercaster and comedian and a long-time supporter of the center, will be the honoree at the gala.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.