Bill Ukropina’s Holiday Lunch at the Rose Bowl Thrives Come Rain or Shine

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Photo Credit: John LavittEvery year for the past seven years, commercial real estate broker extraordinaire Bill Ukropina throws a holiday lunch at the Rose Bowl for friends & family, customers & guests. On Friday morning, December 12, despite the heavy rains the night before that seemed to be continuing on into the day, Bill Ukropina woke early in the morning, ready for another holiday fest. With Olympic gold medalist John Naber as his speaker and close to 300 on the guest list, the Executive Vice President of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance Office in Glendale was certain it would be a wonderful day. Maybe a little wet, but still as wonderful as years before.Bill Ukropina Holiday Lunch, Brookside Clubhouse RestaurantThen it happened. Bill Ukropina got the phone call from the Rose Bowl grounds staff, informing him that the heavy rains had flooded the visitor’s locker room with two feet of water, mud and turf. As any successful man in the modern world, Bill Ukropina knows when crisis comes, it is never the time to panic.Rather, taking proactive action with the help of the Rose Bowl team, Bill Ukropina shifted the event to the Brookside Clubhouse Restaurant, barely a hop, skip and a jump from the original location. With an email blast handled by his team, the event was back on. After all, Bill Ukropina’s Annual Holiday Lunch at the Rose Bowl is known for being annual because it happens every year come rain or shine.With over 265 people in attendance and hosted by Bill Ukropina and his beautiful wife, Linan, the Holiday Lunch was a great success. Although the guests had to navigate a new small river rushing down Rosemont Avenue, they braved the elements to attend. By attending, the guests were rewarded with an inspired afternoon of first-class networking, delectable delights, and the words of a true Olympic champion.Pasadena resident John Naber achieved a perfect balance as the speaker by being both inspiring and funny. As a backstroke specialist, John Naber earned five Olympic medals in 1976, and was honored as the Nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. Later inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, John Naber has had a successful post-athletic career as a network broadcaster and corporate speaker. John Naber focused his talk on the lessons of how to succeed that are detailed in his latest book “Awaken The Olympian Within.”As a charitable gesture, Bill Ukropina donated $10.00 for every guest who attended to “Legacy Connections,” the organization raising money for the Rose Bowl Renovation. In addition, he gave John Naber a very special gift by honoring him with an inscribed legacy brick that will forever be part of the new Rose Bowl main entrance. As described on the Legacy Connections website,  “The brick mosaic will be installed immediately in front of Gate A, the main entrance to the Rose Bowl Stadium.”Given the nature of a holiday gala where gifts are exchanged, Bill Ukropina wasn’t quite finished. Every attendee was given the opportunity to receive a free signed copy of John’s book, “Awaken the Olympian Within.” Given such an opportunity, there was quite a line, and John Naber signed a lot of books, but it was a lovely end to an amazing annual Pasadena event.About the AuthorGrowing up in New York City as a stutterer, John Lavitt embraced writing as a way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John Lavitt’s published work includes several articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Today, John Lavitt works at Open Interactive as the Director of Content Development. As a journalist, he is a Regular Contributor to The Fix where he writes investigative reports about the latest issues in the world of addiction and recovery. 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. 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British Pie Week 2021 activity round-up

first_imgSource: Higgidy Higgidy Steak & Sussex Ale pieHiggidy goes pie for pieHiggidy has pledged to donate over 100,000 pies to FareShare via its ‘pie for a pie’ on-pack initiative.The company will donate a meal to the charity for every Higgidy pie purchased during British Pie Week, with special stickered packs on sale in supermarkets.As part of its #PieceOfThePie social media promotion of the initiative, Higgidy is offering 500 pie lovers the chance to win a freebie and gift one to a friend, with the company donating £1 to FareShare for every pie claimed.“Higgidy’s donation of 100,000 pies throughout Pie Week will help to feed the most vulnerable in our society, while also help to bring people together. That’s what food does, it brings people together,” said Lindsay Boswell, CEO at FareShare.Higgidy has also launched two sharing sized pies to celebrate British Pie Week: Steak & Sussex Ale and Chilli-Roasted Sweet Potato & Feta. Both are available from Sainsbury’s with an RRP of £6. Source: M&SM&S Chicken Pie-EvM&S has marked British Pie Week with the launch of the Gastropub Chicken Pie-Ev – putting the family favourite chicken kiev into pie form.The pie is made with British chicken in a creamy garlic butter sauce, topped with panko breadcrumbs, encased in all-butter shortcrust pastry and topped with a puff pastry lid.The ‘epic hybrid’ hits the shelves some 42 years after M&S launched the first chicken kiev for British consumers.“Customers love our pies and they love our iconic kiev so we had to create this match-made in heaven… just in time for British Pie Week,” said Bethany Jacobs, M&S pies product developer.“We’re famous for our innovative hybrids so when we had the idea for a Pie-Ev we knew it was a winner.”Gastropub Chicken Pie-Ev is priced at £3.75 and serves one. Source: Turner’s PiesThe nation’s pie makers have been celebrating British Pie Week in style with new product launches, charity drives and competitions.Here British Baker looks at some of the activities taking place during 1-7 March, the special week in the calendar dedicated to pie promotion. Source: PukkaPukka Chicken & BaconHot on the heels of British Pie Week will be the launch of a classic Chicken & Bacon Pie from Pukka. The new addition to the company’s chilled individual pie portfolio pairs pieces of chicken breast with smoked diced bacon in a creamy sauce, encased in 144 layers of puff pastry.The launch will be highlighted with a ‘new recipe’ flash on the front of the recyclable orange packaging.“Chicken & bacon is a popular flavour combination in the UK and is one of the top 10 pie recipes. When you couple this with the fact that ‘Creamy Chicken & Bacon’ came out top in our independent consumer research, our new pie is sure to become a firm favourite, particularly among younger shoppers,” said Rachel Cranston, head of marketing and innovation at Pukka.Pukka’s Chicken & Bacon Pie will go on sale in Morrisons from 15 March (rsp £1.89, 213g) and rollout into Asda and other supermarkets nationwide throughout the rest of the year.center_img Source: Holland’s PiesThe pies have it for Holland’sHolland’s Pies is celebrating British Pie Week in democratic style by asking consumers to vote for their favourite flavour from its Family Pie range.The company has enlisted three celebrities to canvas support for their choice, with actor Will Mellor heading the Potato & Meat campaign, former Great British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams championing Cheese & Onion, and This Morning presenter Antonella Brollini leading the charge for Mince Beef & Onion.“British Pie Week is one of the biggest weeks in the pie calendar, so we’re excited to be rallying our amazing fans to choose their favourite flavour of Family Pie and to help us crown a champion! We know the decision will be tough and may cause divisions, but there can only be one winner,” said Leanne Holcroft, brand manager for Holland’s Pies.Particpants can cast their vote via the Holland’s website and be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s supply of family pies. Five winners will be selected at random, with entries closing before midnight on Sunday 7 March.The Lancashire baker is also donating 170 pies to charities and food banks every day during British Pie Week. Source: Turner’s PiesTurner’s turns up the heatWest Sussex baker Turner’s Pies has ramped up production to cater for extra demand during British Pie Week, as well as dressing its stores with bunting and balloons to befit the occasion.“We want to celebrate with our loyal customers and give them an even brighter welcome when they come into our stores in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Worthing and Rustington,” said Phil Turner, managing director.“Throughout the week we’ll be doing giveaways and continue to collaborate with our chosen charities to try to help raises awareness for them on the back of all that we are doing for British Pie Week.”In 2020, Turner’s was crowned supreme champion at the British Pie Awards for its steak and ale recipe, and the company has been using its social media feeds during British Pie Week to showcase this and other accolades won over the years.last_img read more

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Pianist on the rise

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.The story goes like this: When Charlie Albright was a mere 3 years old, he climbed atop the family piano and began tapping out “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”Whether the story’s true, or just a mother’s loving exaggeration, the Centralia, Wash., native had an early ear for music to be sure. His mother enrolled him in music classes immediately, where he played by ear before training classically at age 7.But this piano virtuoso is no one-trick pony. By the time Albright graduated high school, he’d earned an associate’s degree in science. “In looking at colleges,” he said, “I wanted to continue music and also continue academics.”Harvard’s joint program with nearby New England Conservatory appealed to Albright, a pre-med and economics concentrator who will receive a master’s of music in piano performance from the conservatory in 2012.“If I could do anything, I’d do music,” said Albright, who released his first album, “Vivace,” in February. “I love performing, but reality kicks in. It’s hard to make a career in music, and a huge majority of it is good fortune and luck.”Modest? Quite. Albright, whom The Washington Post described as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation,” is almost bashful when discussing his successes, which include playing alongside Yo-Yo Ma ’76 at a 2008 Harvard ceremony presenting an honorary degree to Sen. Edward Kennedy.“One morning I woke up and I got an email, and it read, ‘Charlie, do you want to play with Yo-Yo Ma? For Sen. Kennedy?’ And I about fell over.”In 2009, Albright won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received professional management as a result. He’d always toured, but in the past few years his career has taken off.Does touring ever get in the way of his schoolwork? “Oh yeah, all the time,???? he said.“This year it was one or two concerts a week, and lots of traveling. I was gone all the time, which meant lots of homework in airports, in airplanes, and hotels. Lots of emailing in problem sets and papers.”Last spring Albright had a mini-tour in Michigan — six concerts in two weeks. “A typical day would be to wake up, practice, have a rehearsal with an orchestra, take a nap, give a concert, do my physics problem set, wake up, and do it again the next day,” he said. “I flew back that first Sunday, had a lesson, spent the night, gave a presentation for a class, and flew back to Michigan. It was nuts.”His favorite Harvard memory? A road trip through Canada with his roommates — not the time Vice President Joe Biden told him, “If I did my job as well as you do yours, I’d be president.”“There’s so many absolutely phenomenal people, both in music and not, and I think I’m really fortunate because at Harvard you have a little bit of everyone,” said Albright, “and that’s crazily humbling.”Albright will remain at Harvard next year, as the artist in residence at Leverett House, an honor last held by Yo-Yo Ma himself.last_img read more

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New Burleigh development a sellout months before its completion date

first_imgRender of One Burleigh.NEW Burleigh Heads development One Burleigh Headland has sold out with Gold Coasters the biggest group of buyers.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe combination of a rare location and north-facing ocean views in a boutique, luxury project resulted in the development selling out months ahead of its expected completion date in January, 2018. A majority of local buyers — some living as close as 100m away from the new site — recognised the value of the development. It is the first time in nearly 30 years that brand new apartments are being built on the headland. Velocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said all of the buyers were owner-occupiers.“The One Burleigh Headland residents will value this address for its balance between the privacy created by being surrounded by the natural greenery of the national park and its closeness to the lifestyle, restaurants and amenities of Burleigh,” Mr Ansell said.“At One Burleigh Headland we have taken considerable time and investment in our design to complement the environment rather than take away from it, which will result in residents almost being hidden in the hillside where they can get sanctuary and quiet and not be exposed to the many people on the beach in front of them.”last_img read more

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