Black Tie & Burgers a Big Success!


The Board of Directors and staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena have pronounced the organization’s fifth annual Black Tie & Burgers gala on Saturday, October 19, a resounding success. The event, held at a private home in Pasadena, drew 320 guests and helped raise some $200,000 for the Club’s year-round programs and activities that promote academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.

The gala featured live and silent auctions, dancing, and delicious hamburgers from local favorite Pie’n Burger. As a special addition to this year’s event, the Club raffled off a seven-night stay at Monarch’s House in St. Andrews, Scotland worth $13,500. Monarch’s House is an elegant seven-bedroom, eight-bath home just steps from the famed Old Course, town center, beaches, St. Andrew’s Castle, the British Golf Museum, and pubs.

“Wow, what great support we received for our 5th Annual Black Tie and Burgers!” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Board Chairman Rick Lieber.  “Our Committee’s planning paid off with the best event ever.  We had an incredible venue from a very generous host as well as record attendance and record funds raised.  I send an enormous thank you to all who support us and our mission to serve the Pasadena area youth.  We cannot do it without you.”

In addition to dinner and dessert by Pie’n Burger, the evening included appetizers from The Spot Gourmet, cocktail hour entertainment by Cale, and dance music by DJ Nick Castro. Flowers were sponsored by Craig and Sandy Russell; the event’s emcee and auctioneer was Simon Waters, and wine was provided by Craig Stewart and Trinchero Family Estates. Disney VoluntEARS and the AT&T Pioneers provided volunteer assistance for the evening.