Battle of the Paddles Ping Pong Tournament Raises More than $35,500 for Hillsides

first_img 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SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News 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. center column 2 Battle of the Paddles Ping Pong Tournament Raises More than $35,500 for Hillsides From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 1:36 pmcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeauty 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week David Shlomi of Rising Realty Partners was the winner of the individual ping pong competition during Hillsides second annual Battle of the Paddles ping pong tournament held at the SPiN Standard on October 1, raising more than $35,500 for Hillsides.The second annual Battle of the Paddles ping pong tournament held at the SPiN Standard in downtown Los Angeles on October 1, 2015 raised more than $35,500 for Hillsides, a child welfare nonprofit serving children in foster care and families in crisis. The money will be used toward Hillsides $12 million capital campaign, creating lasting change, to enhance Hillsides aging Pasadena campus.Local businesses and individuals paid to sponsor one or more teams to compete in the tournament, resulting in 75 players who faced off against each other in singles. Emerging as the winner was David Shlomi of Rising Realty Partners. The four-member team from Rising Realty Partners also won the team championship and took home the coveted Costa Cup, named for Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides chief executive officer.“We appreciate all the companies and individuals who played on behalf of Hillsides,” said Costa. “The money raised will go toward improvements that will have a direct impact on the lives of the children, such as a new student center that includes an expressive arts wing, gym, and expanded recreation area.”Sixty-two children live on the Pasadena campus in Hillsides residential program. The campus provides a safe and stable environment for children who cannot live at home, have suffered trauma, or have emotional and/or behavioral challenges. The campus also houses an Education Center for children with special needs. The residential treatment center and school are two of Hillsides four core programs that also include a program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood and Family Resource Centers for families in crisis.Emceeing the tournament was professional ping pong player and entertainer, Adam Bobrow.Presenting sponsors of the event were Brookfield, Capital Group, and CommonWealth Partners. Other sponsors of the event were Avison Young; Aon; Brian and Steve Botsford; Caruso Affiliated; CBRE; Erica and Derek Phillips; High Lantern Group; Joe Costa; John Hancock Real Estate; Kennerly, Lamishaw & Rossi LLP; Newmark Grubb; Pacific Federal; Premier Healthcare Services; Rising Realty Partners; Tangram; and Wolcott Architecture Interiors.Hillsides, headquartered in Pasadena, serves more than 6,200 children and families throughout Los Angeles County, including locations in Echo Park, Baldwin Park, and Pomona. For more information on Hillsides, please visit www.hillsides.org. Community Newslast_img read more

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For Pasadena’s Youngest Boxers, Months of Training on the Line at Saturday’s Villa-Parke Boxing Show

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff “I love the sport and I love winning. You have to set goals and have motivation,” said 17-year-old amateur boxer Humberto Robles of Pasadena.Pasadena’s youth amateur boxers will step into the ring and showcase their skills in the bi-annual Villa-Parke Boxing Show this Saturday, putting months of dedication and training on the line for the city to see.Kids from all over the state are making appearances to match up with boxers from Pasadena starting as young as eight. The long standing-boxing program facilitated through the city of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department is fully responsible for churning out these young boxers every year.“It’s an opportunity for Pasadena to showcase our kids alongside kids from all over Southern California,” said Fausto De LaTorre, Villa-Parke Community Center’s boxing specialist.Sacrifice and dedication is the name of the game for these young boxers. These Pasadena kids start from nothing and dedicate themselves to eight months of training, six days a week — all building up to get in the ring for their first match.“You start them from ground zero. You have to build them up to build their confidence and with that you give them the Olympic-style boxing skill,” said De LaTorre.De LaTorre will host 20 bouts on Saturday, in which he is hopeful that about ten of his kids will be matched up with opponents and showcased in the ring. This moment alone is what months of preparation has led up to for these kids.“I strive to help these kids feel confident, have self esteem and believe in themselves because this is a sport that you can’t play. It’s not a team sport,” said De LaTorre.De LaTorre, who has been boxing competitively since age nine and is a twenty year veteran within the city boxing program, emphasizes the importance of working one-on-one with every student who comes through the gym, which has an average attendance of fifty to sixty boxers every day.“I want each and every one of them to know that I’m here to help shape them into the boxers they not only want to be, but can be,” explained De LaTorre.For the young boxers, staying focused and loving the challenge fuels their anticipation for their big match.“I love the sport and I love winning. You have to set goals and have motivation,” said 17-year-old amateur boxer Humberto Robles of Pasadena.De LaTorre will also host a Master’s bout this weekend consisting of fighters age forty and older. This match allows boxers who cannot compete and move up the ranks under the USA Boxing guidelines get in the ring and match up with opponents. This is an exciting opportunity for De LaTorre; he says it’s important for the older boxers to continue to strive and to emphasize keeping a healthy lifestyle.The Villa-Parke Boxing Show has become a symbol for much more than entertainment and showcasing in the past years. It has made itself a medium within the city known for bringing the community together and teaching life skills that are sure to stick.“At the end of the day, you’re going to walk out of here with good health, knowing how to defend yourself and most importantly of all, you’ve learned a discipline and character that you can apply in everyday life,” said De LaTorre.The Villa-Parke Boxing Show is a great exhibition of the sport and to see up and coming area contenders. The show will kicks off this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Villa Parke Recreation Center located at 363 E. Villa Street.There is a $10 suggested donation and children under 12 are free.For more information call (626) 744-6530 or visit ci.pasadena.ca.us/HumanServices. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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