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The Black and White Gala celebration and fund-raising event was held Saturday night, 17 November and was a resounding success!  The splendid fete, sited on the roof of the Pasadena Art Center - South Campus, featured delicious hor d'oeuvres, wine and margaritas, and a good 'vibe' -- all accompanied by a tenor sax and guitar duo skillfully playing mellow jazz tunes from standards to sambas. 

All guests were well-dressed in black and white; portable heaters dispelled the chill.  During the ensuing ceremonies, Pasadena Mayor, Bill Bogaard, praised the efforts of Pasadena Forward and characterized the establishment of the Pasadena Marathon and Bike Tour as being 'a new tradition' in Pasadena.  He noted that Israel Estrada, Executive Director of Pasadena Forward, is one of the most effective and hard-working leaders he has ever met. 

Israel Estrada announced the date of the 2008 Marathon:  November 16th*.  He also stated that current plans will require $500,000 to produce the 2008 Marathon.  Estrada vowed to make the Pasadena Marathon one of the top ten marathon events in the country, promising that the various support organizations and staff would re-double efforts to ensure the success of our forthcoming event.

The identities of four, local, non-profit, community organizations were revealed as  beneficiaries of our 2008 Marathon efforts, during a video presentation.  Awards of appreciation were presented to various supporting organizations; new Pasadena Forward board members were introduced.  Founders Club members were recognized as providing crucial support in the Marathon start-up effort, at a time when only faith in approval from the City Council was possible. 

Further details of the Gala event will be forthcoming as soon as photos become available.  Thanks to everyone in attendance! 

And don't forget, we still need your support, both financially and through support and volunteer efforts. Collaborating Organizations and Supporting Organizations continue to be needed.  Ultimately, all proceeds from the Marathon and Bike Tour event will benefit the community through local charities and through other projects and services of Pasadena Forward.

Pasadena Forward continues to focus on the primary goals of the Pasadena Marathon & Bike Tour: to showcase this great city, and to provide a gateway for elite runners and cyclists as well as for people of varying physical fitness levels wanting to celebrate life, culture and health. 

Please visit our Volunteers page to see suggestions for ways in which you too can help. 

Thank you!
*Subject to final approval by the City of Pasadena
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