The Association of Black Employees (T.A.B.E.) at Pasadena City College recently held it’s 40th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Celebration – a lively breakfast to honor the best and brightest at PCC. This year’s celebration was co-chaired by Victoria Williams and Audrey Joseph. In front of a festive and capacity crowd, T.A.B.E. awarded three scholarships to Esther Moore, Anne Kala and Jennifer Boone Wilson, who are pursuing careers in Nursing, Public Relations, and Sociology at University of Phoenix and Cal Poly Pomona.
T.A.B.E. also recognized Joyce Pennie (Jacqueline Dodds Memorial Award); Richard Caldwell (Ted James Footsteps Award); Dave Smith (Outstanding Alumni); Dr. Rueben Smith (Men of T.A.B.E. Award) and Del Yarbrough (Community Award).
The energetic morning included 2016 T.A.B.E. Scholarship Recipient and 2018 UCLA Graduate Sequoia Thompson serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies; scrumptious breakfast delights by Castle’s Catering, festive soul music by a local DJ, a walk down memory lane of photos of the organization over the years, the rekindling of friendships via connections amongst current employees, T.A.B.E. retirees and community members. Attendees parted the celebration with cheerful memories made in the playful photobooth.
Local Legislators and their representatives who brought greetings and proclamations included Pasadena Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy, Pasadena Councilmember Tyron Hampton, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Senator Anthony Portantino, and LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Other T.A.B.E. community partners included LA Metro African American Employee Association; Pacific Oaks; Pasadena AKAs; Pasadena Deltas, Pasadena Journal; Pasadena NAACP; PCC President’s African American Advisory Committee; PCC Foundation; San Gabriel Valley NOBLE.
T.A.B.E. looks forward to continuing to support, advocate, mentor, and provide a system of growth and development for Black employees and students while strengthening its community partnerships. Dr. Christopher West serves as the 2018-2020 T.A.B.E. President. To connect with T.A.B.E. please visit https://pasadena.edu/faculty-and-staff/tabe/
Photo Credit: Richshell Allen