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Zest Gala October 28 Will Benefit Pasadena Senior Center and Honor Community Leader Scott Jenkins
The Pasadena Senior Center’s annual Zest gala Saturday, Oct. 28, will be an elegant, fun-filled evening honoring R. Scott Jenkins, a prominent local attorney and community leader whose good works in Pasadena, surrounding areas and abroad have impacted the lives of thousands.
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction during a 5 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner and the program at 6 p.m. Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition to the silent auction, two tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” at the Pantages Theater will be awarded to the winner of an opportunity drawing.
Born and raised in Pasadena and an attorney since 1979, Jenkins joined the renowned Pasadena law firm Hahn & Hahn in 1985. He is a partner in the firm and specializes in business, real estate and land use entitlement issues.
After joining the all-volunteer Tournament of Roses Association in 1982, he worked his way up to the office of president, presiding over the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game in 2014. He currently chairs the Rose Bowl Management Committee, which represents the Tournament of Roses Association in its relationships with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences as well as with College Football Playoff officials and other participating universities and conferences.
Jenkins serves on the boards of directors of Forest Lawn and Huntington Hospital, and previously served on the boards of the Foundation of San Marino Community Church, Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle, Pasadena Police Department Reward Advisory Board and Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. For 12 years he served on the board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which provides the food that is distributed by the Pasadena Senior Center to low-income older adults every week.
“During my time on the board of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, I served as president for three years and oversaw its growth into the second largest food bank in the nation,” Jenkins said. “It was a very productive time, and it was a privilege to serve an organization that benefits low-income seniors and other needy population groups that experience food insecurity on a regular basis. I am grateful to be honored by the Pasadena Senior Center, an important partner of the food bank.”
A former president of the San Marino Board of Education, he lives in that city with his wife Cindy. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Courtney and Lindsay, and have one granddaughter, Adelynne Rose, whose middle name is in honor of his work with the Tournament of Roses Association.
Scott and Cindy Jenkins volunteer to take trips to Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest nations in the world, every few years with other members of San Marino Community Church, where he is an elder. They work with AIDS orphans, set up daycare shelters and provide at least one meal a day for children who walk up to five miles for the nourishment.
“I am so pleased the Zest gala will recognize and celebrate Scott Jenkins,” said Gibbs. “His leadership and achievements in the community and abroad have had a profound effect on people of all ages, from children in Malawi to senior citizens in Pasadena.”
To receive an invitation to the Zest gala or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 685-6756. Tickets are $200 per person. Proceeds will help fund the Pasadena Senior Center’s enrichment classes and social service programs. The location of the gala will be included in the printed invitation.
For more information about the Zest gala or the services and programs of the Pasadena Senior Center, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4311.
Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.