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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 28, 2013 


Over $150,000 raised for kids in need; Pasadena philanthropists John and Linda Seiter presented Celebrating Children Award

Storied Dodger Stadium was the site for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ 2013 Celebrating 
Children Awards Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 24.Some 400 people attended the annual event, 
which raised over $150,000 for the more than 9,000 children and families served each year by Hathaway-
Sycamores, one of Los Angeles County’s largest, nonprofit, private children's mental-health and 
welfare agencies.


Those attending this special event not only had the entire stadium to themselves, as the Boys in Blue 
beat the Giants in San Francisco, but they also were treated to private tours of the stadium, and a 
meet-and-greet photo/autograph session with Dodger great Maury Wills, and Delano Robinson, Jackie 
Robinson’s sister-in-law. A standout MLB shortstop, Wills is best remembered for his years with the 
Los Angeles Dodgers (1959 – 1966, and 1969 – 1972), and was an essential component of the Dodgers’ 
championship teams is the mid-1960s. Roger Owens aka “The Peanut Man,” who is famous for pitching 
peanuts in Dodger Stadium, was also in attendance entertaining guests with his throwing prowess!


Guests of the 2013 Celebrating Children event, which was emceed and chaired by Hathaway-Sycamores’ 
Board Member Ken Goldstein, also enjoyed a Stadium Club cocktail party replete with a Southern BBQ 
spread, and dodger dogs, followed by a live auction. The centerpiece of the Celebrating Children event, 
however, was the presentation of the Hathaway-Sycamores’ Celebrating Children Award, which honors 
an individual or family that exemplifies the values of integrity, leadership and commitment to the well-
being of children, adults, families, and communities. This year’s award recipients were philanthropists 
and longtime Pasadena residents John and Linda Seiter.


The Seiters also have been longtime supporters of Hathaway-Sycamores. For her part, Linda Seiter 
served on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Board of Directors from 1996 through 2005. She also has been actively 
involved in the agency’s annual “Shot-At-A-Million” golf fundraiser, not only as a player, but also as the 
host of several post-event parties.


Additionally, for more than a decade, the couple has sponsored an annual holiday dinner for the youth 
in residential treatment at Hathaway-Sycamores’ El Nido campus in Altadena. Currently, the Seiters 
are directing their support toward Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Independent Living Program, 
an innovative initiative designed to assist youth emancipating from the foster-care system by providing 
housing and helping them to master the skills needed to live independently.


The Seiters are dedicated philanthropists. “We really believe strongly in giving back and supporting 
the community,” said John Seiter, who, prior to retirement, spent the majority of his career with The 
Capital Group, where he served as a member of its Board of Directors, and as executive vice president 
of a subsidiary business, Capital Guard Trust Company. In addition to their generous support of Hathaway-
Sycamores, the Seiters also donate to other worthwhile organizations through the Seiter Family 
Foundation. Their Foundation’s overarching focus is on the greater Pasadena area and the San Gabriel 
Valley, with a particular emphasis on education, children, and medicine.”


Commenting on the Celebrating Children Award recipients, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO 
William Martone said, “John and Linda Seiter have bettered the lives of so many people, particularly 
children, and Hathaway-Sycamores is extremely appreciative of their longstanding support. The Seiters, 
including their daughters, have always looked beyond themselves and instead focused on how they can 
help others. They truly are an inspirational family.”


Major individual and corporate sponsors for the 2013 Celebrating Children Awards Reception included: 
Linda and John Seiter; Southern California Gas Company/Sempra Energy; Morrison & Foerster 
LLP; Wells Fargo; Paulette and Henry Matson; Pelican Hill Resort; Llumina Press; Meadowood Napa 
Valley; and Target.

Hathaway-Sycamores Celebrating Children event held at Dodger Stadium on Sept 24: 
Rob Myers (executive vp, Hathaway-Sycamores), Michael Young (executive vp, corporate 
partnerships, Dodgers), John Seiter (of Pasadena, event honoree), Dodger great Maury 
Wills, Linda Seiter (of Pasadena, event honoree), Bill Martone (president and ceo of Hathaway-
Sycamores), Ken Goldstein (Hathaway-Sycamores board member and Celebrating 
Children event chair) Photo credit: Keith Berson


There’s a lot of excitement in the City of Arcadia these days and why not? First throughout the summer 
there were GREAT music venues at Santa Anita Park and the Arboretum. People are still talking 
about Chubby Checker and the great Oldies event at Santa Anita. Not to be outdone, the Arboretum 
can boast of the great Beatles tribute. Just the other night was their annual Taste of Arcadia with 
endless food booths, entertainment and a walk on the Red Carpet!

Now the real excitement begins! This Friday September 27 live racing returns to Santa Anita Park 
through November 27th. Many consider Santa Anita Park the premier of racetracks and I agree with 
the unmatched view of our beautiful San Gabriel Mountains! 

Opening day kicks off the season with a FREE Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita posterand the $5000 
Show Visor handicapping contest.

Saturday, September 28th is a great family day. There will be Free Breeders’ Cup at Anta Anita Park 
tote bag, KROQ Concert (Wear your dancing shoes!) and Food Truck Festival! 

On October 4, Friday, by 7:30, a photographer’s dream! Enter through Gate 8 before 7:30 am to 
register and shoot photos at Clocker’s Corner. There will be hundreds of horses working out and with 
the backdrop of the Mountains; you’ll have a perfect setting. When workouts conclude, breakfast will 
be served.

The following day, Saturday, October5th, jockeys will be signing autographs on Free Santa Anita 
Jockey posters.

Other upcoming events include Saturday October 12th Oktoberfest with German beer and food as 
well as live entertainment; Sunday, October 13th Road Kings Car Show, Monday, Columbus Day is 
Dollar Day: $1 hot dogs, soda and beer; and Saturday, October 19th, Free Santa Anita Throw Blanket 
for Thoroughbred Members. (It should be noted all freebies are “while supplies last” but they also 
have a lot!)

Of course the REAL EXCITEMENT is the upcoming Breeders’ Cup World Championships on 
November 1 and 2. My birthday gift this year is attending on Friday, and I cannot wait. You can 
purchase tickets at . There also is information on the various races and what 
horses are favorites for each race. See you at the track!

Pasadena, September 9, 2013-The La Salle Board of Regents is proud to announce that the Hoop It Up 
Basketball Tournament is returning to Southern California after a ten year absence. Established in 
1989 by the National Basketball Association, Hoop It Up is the nation’s largest three-on-three outdoor 
street basketball competition. Over the years, more than 500,000 players have competed in the games. 
The tournament is designed to promote both community and fitness, and will be open to youths, teens 
and adults, with an expected participation of 400 to 500 players with hundreds more in attendance. 
The weekend’s events will be held at the La Salle High School Campus and will also feature a 3 point 
shooting contest and slam dunk contest on Saturday, October 5th. 

As part of the ongoing efforts to promote fitness, health, and well-being in the community at large, La 
Salle High School will also host the inaugural Pasadena Community Health Fair during the Hoop It Up 
Tournament on October 5th from 9am to 4pm on the La Salle campus. This supporting Community 
Health Fair will be free to all participants thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors Methodist 
Hospital of Arcadia, Merrill Lynch, East West Bank, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. 


La Salle High School to host the event with the Pasadena Community Health Fair



We will meet at the Arcadia Community 
Center, 365 Campus Drive, 
at 7:30am sharp and board a bus to 
Henninger Flats, a forested notch 
sitting conspicuously on the mountain 
slopes above Altadena. Henninger 
Flats is one of the most popular 
destinations in the San Gabriel 

 This hike is five miles roundtrip 
with a 1,300 foot elevation gain with 
a moderate level of difficulty. The 
dirt road is wide and well graded, it 
boasts outstanding city views all the 
way up especially in the non-summer 
months when the air is fresh 
and the visibility can be clear. At the 
top of Henninger Flats, is a real treat, 
complete with water, picnic tables, 
bathrooms, a nature center & museum and lots of pleasant shade where we will enjoy our lunch. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat. Pre-registration 
is required. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and transportation. 

 You can register now, on-line or in person! To download the registration form, go on-line to the 
City of Arcadia’s website: or stop by the office, 375 Campus Drive. For more 
information please call 626.574.5113!