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First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The 56th annual Debutante Ball for the San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League, which recognized 27 women from the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, was held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Pictured are Isabella Giardina (front, from left), Grace Davis, Emma Cates, Margaret Saldebar, Lauren Ginn, Mackenzie Dawes, Leia Sun and Ella Graham. Middle: Katrina Khonsari, MaryJane Ary, Reese Chapman, Lily Snaer, Amelia Loewel, Katherine Collins, Anna Moller, Charlotte Sohl, Hailey Yoo, Blake Pak and Skyler Pak. Back: Erin Hill, Alina Sanok, Peyton Talt, Anne Pascale, Thayer Talt, Clancy Karr and Leily Rossi. Not pictured: Nicola Iannelli. See additional photos, page 6.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Pasadena-based brand Wetzel’s Pretzels will be cruisin’ into 2022 with its inaugural float entry — “California Cruisin’” — in the 2022 Rose Parade. Through its debut, the hometown brand will celebrate its rich heritage while joining a New Year’s Day tradition cherished by millions of families worldwide.The brand’s float “shares Wetzel’s fun, light-hearted spirit and cool, SoCal vibes that inspire its fresh take on soft pretzels,” according to a company statement. “Combining a classic California road trip and beach party, the float features a custom-painted convertible that’s cruisin’ to the upbeat tunes pulsing from a boom box, with surfboards in tow. Palm trees, ‘gram-worthy’ snacks and iconic road signs — Route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway’s Route 1 among them — round out the scene. Partnering with Artistic Entertainment Services, the float will be constructed using hundreds of thousands of florals and natural materials in its design.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. By Angela Yim-SullivanWells Fargo Commercial Banking Over the course of the pandemic, Wells Fargo has been connecting with small and large businesses to help them navigate a new normal.This includes helping business owners understand their financing options and adjust business plans due to recent supply chain constraints.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos by Larissa Althouse / San Marino Tribune Everyone was in a festive mood as members of the San Marino League recently gathered at their annual holiday party at a landmark Pasadena venue.Along with dinner, guests enjoyed a concert by the La Cañada High School Choir.San Marino League President Susan Feinberg expressed her gratitude for the event that was missed last year due to the pandemic.“We are happy to be together, in-person to celebrate the holidays,” Feinberg said.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. He was referred to as the “mayor of San Marino” during the 60 years he spent in this city, and now, friends and family members are remembering Paul Elieff through donations to a memorial fund that has been established in his memory.Elieff died on Oct. 19, leaving the community in shock and the city of San Marino a decidedly less friendly place, according to those familiar with the beloved figure.The subsequent outpouring of affection has resulted in the “Little Paul” Elieff Memorial Project Fund, which has collected donations since shortly after his passing. Already, more than $26,000 has been collected in memory of “Little Paul,” as he was known, according to Dennis Kneier, Elieff’s neighbor for almost 40 years and the treasurer of the fundraising effort.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. By Rev. Jessica Vaughan LowerSpecial to the Tribune Nearly every family who celebrates the Christmas season has cherished traditions this time of year.Some of them revolve around food, some of them include going to the Nutcracker, and nearly all of them include decorating.We have traditions like this in our family, too, including a tradition to methodically work through every Christmas movie we have time to watch between the Friday following Thanksgiving and Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.Everyone in our family has a different favorite movie, sometimes a different favorite depending on the year. Our Christmas movie staples include “Home Alone,” “Elf,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and — of course — “A Christmas Story.” As a result, we can quote dozens of lines from various Christmas movies at random moments throughout the holiday season. All of us can repeat the plots of these movies in our sleep.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. By Dia DuVernetPresident/CEO, Pasadena Humane Fourteen-year-old Bonnie was turned into the shelter just after Thanksgiving last year.Sadly, the gray and white cat’s owner was no longer able to care for her and made the hard decision to surrender Bonnie to Pasadena Humane.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. For the fourth year in a row, four San Marino Rotary Barth Scholarships will be available to graduating seniors from San Marino High School and Southwestern Academy.The scholarship is named for Rotarian Andy Barth, who has long supported the work of San Marino Rotary Charities.Scholarships are awarded to seniors who are planning to attend a two-year, four-year or vocational school on a full-time basis. Each scholarship has a value of $2,500.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The Rotary Club of San Marino’s International Projects Committee will hold a special fundraising auction of a painting by internationally renowned artist Teodoro Anton Nieto today, Dec. 9.This work was donated by Laura and Franz Reinert, members of the Tijuana Independencia Rotary Club, to help the San Marino club raise funds for its international projects.