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Vons Foundation Offers Support to Rosemary Children’s Services

October 26th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

(L to R): Store Manager Laurie Williams, Store Assistant Manager Will Borjas, RCS Board Member Elena Elkina, RCS Executive Director Greg Wessels, RCS Board Member Pete Hettema, RCS Board Vice President Ralph Ramirez, and RCS Board Member Donna Benjamin.

(L to R): Store Manager Laurie Williams, Store Assistant Manager Will Borjas, RCS Board Member Elena Elkina, RCS Executive Director Greg Wessels, RCS Board Member Pete Hettema, RCS Board Vice President Ralph Ramirez, and RCS Board Member Donna Benjamin.

In an economic climate in which businesses seem to be struggling to keep their doors open, Vons in Pasadena at 155 W. California Blvd. proves that business is still going strong with a generous donation of $10,000.00 to Rosemary Children’ Services through the Vons Foundation.

“The Vons Foundation is 100% funded by Vons employees,” says Laurie Williams, Pasadena Vons Store Manager, “It is great to see the money go to a local organization and to see our money really put to work.”

Williams also explains the Pasadena Vons’ special connection to Rosemary Children’s Services. “One of our former employees was a resident at one of the Rosemary Children’s Services’ cottages about 34 years ago. Rosemary Children’s Services has been providing care to Pasadena for many, many years.”

With a 10% State Budget Cut to Foster Care Placement Services and Group Homes, as well as a reduction in funding to Mental Health Services, the Vons Foundation grant could not have come at a better time.

“We are extremely grateful to the Vons employees and the Vons Foundation for this generous grant, “says Jennifer Radics, Development Director for Rosemary Children’s Services. “This grant will allow us to continue providing much needed quality services to the ‘at-risk’ youth in Pasadena.”

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